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Fall Festival 2017

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Sep 16, 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, Depew NY

About this Event

Join us at the 17th annual Fall Festival and celebrate “the Great Outdoors” with a full day of nature fun, demonstrations, live animals, food, music and more! A donation to Friends of Reinstein Woods is gratefully requested at the door to cover festival expenses. No registration required.

All Day Events

  • Interactive exhibits from more than 30 nature, environmental and historical organizations
  • Pond Exploration Zone
  • Scavenger Hunt (win a prize!)
  • Wildlife Spotter’s Challenge
  • Nature Play Stations
  • Simulated Fly fishing
  • Snowshoeing for Kids
  • Kids: make an owl, wooly bear, and binoculars!
  • Live animals
  • Food for sale by Boy Scout Troop 500 and Yogurt Shack
  • Face painting, costumed characters, door prize, and more!
Special Events:

10:00 a.m. and Noon: Duties of a Detector Dog
Environmental Conservation Office Hunt and his K-9 partner, Bear, demonstrate how dogs assist in solving environmental crimes.

11:00 a.m. The Job of a Forest Ranger
Smokey Bear will make a special appearance after DEC Forest Ranger Kennedy demonstrates fire prevention and forest fire-fighting techniques.

Noon and 2 p.m. : Musical Perfomances by Mama Earth
Don’t miss this interactive musical show!

1:00 p.m.  Invasive Species Walk & Talk:  Forest Pests
Join WNY PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) and discover how invasive insects such as Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, and the Asian Longhorned Beetle can impact forests like Reinstein Woods. Learn about simple steps you can take to help Stop the Invasion!

 1:30 p.m. Hike with Erie County Park Ranger 
Experience the beauty of Reinstein Woods with Erie County Park Ranger Jerome Krajna, who will share tips on how to have a safe and fun hiking experience anywhere!

3:00 p.m. Invasive Species Walk & Talk:  Invasive Plants
Join WNY PRISM to discover a wide range of invasive plants, the impacts they have on the environment, and some simple steps you can take to help Stop the Invasion!

2017 Exhibitors:

Boy Scouts of WNY
Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow
Buffalo Geological Society
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
Buffalo Zoo (10am-1pm)
Cheektowaga Historical Association
Cheektowaga Recreation Department
Cheektowaga YES (Youth Engaged in Service)
Cornell Cooperative Extension: Master Gardeners & WNY EAB Task Force
Cub Scout Pack 616
DEC Division of Fish & Wildlife
DEC Division of Forest Protection
DEC Division of Lands & Forests
DEC Division of Law Enforcement
DEC Division of Materials Management
DEC Great Lakes Program
Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm
Earth Spirit Educational Services
Erie County Park Rangers
Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District
Federation of Fly Fishers (Lake Erie Chapter)
Friends of Reinstein Woods
Girl Scouts of WNY
NYS Parks Interpretive Office
Niagara Frontier Koi & Pond Club
Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve
SPCA Wildlife Department
Tifft Nature Preserve
US Department of Agriculture (APHIS)
US Fish & Wildlife Service
WNY Stormwater Coalition/Erie Co. DEP

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