For Educators

Educator Workshops



The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in partnership with Friends of Reinstein Woods, offers a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers. These 3-hour to 6-hour workshops are designed to help educators incorporate environmental education into their existing curriculum. Workshops also can be done at an individual school upon request. See DEC’s  Upcoming Educator Workshops schedule for workshops at Reinstein Woods and other locations. For more information about educator workshops, contact Reinstein Woods at 716-683-5959.

Reinstein Woods sends out quarterly emails announcing upcoming workshops and other opportunities for teachers. To request that you be added to the list, send an email to: (We recommend using a personal email address since many school districts block bulk emails).

Summer Teacher Institute
2017 Dates T.B.A.

Educators of students in PreK to grade 12 will learn effective techniques to enhance their teaching in math, English language arts, science and other subject areas. Extensive information on environmental education resources available to Western New York teachers is included in the program. Participants receive written materials to enable them to transfer their new knowledge directly to the classroom. The 2016 Institute, held in August 2016, covered topics like invasive species, tree and plant identification, geocaching, citizen science projects, and bird-classroom connections.

Topics and dates for 2017 will be announced in early 2017.

Past Institute Resources 

Please visit Summer Teacher Institute 2016 to view some of this year’s Institute resources.

Please visit Schoolyard Institute Resources to view some of 2014’s Institute resources.