22nd annual #RWFallFest welcomes all to celebrate fall season
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the 22nd annual Fall Festival at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Cheektowaga. The event is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Visitors can spend the day enjoying nature activities, exhibits, live animals and music. The festival is free and open to the public.
DEC Reinstein Woods Center Director Meaghan Boice-Green said, “We are committed to offering a welcoming atmosphere for all people to enjoy nature at Reinstein Woods. This year’s ‘Fall for All’ festival is a fun way for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to kick off the fall season.”
A scavenger hunt leads families on an adventure to find some of the more than 20 nature and environmental organizations at the festival, including Penn Dixie Fossil Park, Buffalo Geological Society, Buffalo Women of Environmental Learning & Leadership, and People Inc. The first 500 visitors will receive a tote bag and water bottle courtesy of festival sponsors M&T Bank and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York. Festival sponsors also include Gear for Adventure and Wegmans.
Festivalgoers can practice wildlife observation skills at the Wildlife Spotters Challenge before heading out on a guided nature walk. Kids of all ages will become scientists through interactive activities at the Pond Exploration Zone and Science Zone, while also enjoying crafts, face painting and costumed characters. Smokey Bear will make a special appearance.
Presentations will happen throughout the day, including wildlife talks from the SPCA featuring live animals. Festivalgoers can enjoy music from the Buffalo Ukulele Club show while dining on treats available for purchase at Boy Scout Troop 500’s food stand.
Reinstein Woods is located at 93 Honorine Drive, off Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga. A donation to Friends of Reinstein Woods is appreciated at the door to support the festival. For a complete list of festival activities, call 716-683-5959 or visit the festival webpage.