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Buffalo River Stewardship Brainstorming Session

5:30pm-7pm (late arrival is fine! please come when you can!)

Location: - Heritage Discovery Center 100 Lee St, Buffalo, NY 14210

An event hosted by Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, with support from Erie County Parks, Western New York Land Conservancy's The Riverline, and Buffalo Niagara River Land Trust, being held on April 26th from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at the Heritage Discovery Center. During this event, introductions will be given by each of the participating partners, who will outline their work along the Buffalo River corridor, as well as opportunities for community members to be engaged in the stewardship of the river and surrounding ecosystems. After introductions, community members will breakout into groups to discuss ongoing work along the Buffalo River, and brainstorm ideas for long-term stewardship and engagement at various points of interest along the river. Opportunities to learn more about the organizations working in the area will be available, and a summary of goals, scheduled events, and brainstorming results will be sent out to participants after the event. As community members who are directly impacted by the work our partners do, your input and engagement is critical to the success of these projects, as well as any future work that might be done in the area! This is a unique opportunity to use your voice to effect change in your community! 

 

Accessibility:
There are accessible parking spaces and wheelchair access via the front door. A large parking lot is behind the center.
 
Other:
Pizza and light refreshments will be provided, and children are welcome to attend. Registration is not required, but notice of planned attendance is appreciated. Please reach out to Robert Coady or Wendy Paterson with any questions about the event (rcoady@bnwaterkeeper.org or wendy.paterson@erie.gov).

Register for Buffalo River Stewardship Brainstorming Session

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Ranger Program 4/27/24

Intense Spring Hike ~ Erie County Bureau of Forestry ~

10am

Location: Bureau of Forestry - Forestry Lot 1 @ Warming Hut (11200 Genesee Rd., Sardinia, NY)

Erie County Bureau of Forestry has an extensive and varied trail system. Come with Ranger Roy for a 5 to 6-mile hike in Spring conditions. We will go over some preparation and safety basics before heading out. This hike will be strenuous and challenging, not a good first hike.

 

· Meeting Location: Forestry Lot 1 @ Warming Hut (11200 Genesee Rd., Sardinia, NY)

· Duration: 2-3 hours

· Elevation: Significant elevation changes

· Trail Conditions: Potential for cool spring temps and muddy trails. Will be walking wooded trails

· Equipment Needed: Come equipped with your 10 essentials, good boots, layers of clothing, hiking crampons if you have them and poles if you use them

· Other: No stroller/wheelchair accessibility, dogs are welcome on a leash

Register for Intense Spring Hike ~ Erie County Bureau of Forestry ~

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Ranger Program 5/5/24

Search for Spring Ephemerals ~Como Lake Park ~

10am

Location: Como Lake - Meeting Location: Shelter 11 (Previously Shelter 5, Boy Scout Shelter)

Spring ephemerals are fleeting wildflowers that bloom briefly in early spring, seizing the limited sunlight before the forest canopy shades them. Join Ranger Adam as we hike along Cayuga Creek to catch these flowers in bloom while they last!

· Meeting Location: Shelter 11 (Previously Shelter 5, Boy Scout Shelter)

· Duration: 1-2 hrs

· Elevation: Minimal elevation change

· Distance: Approximately 1 mile

· Trail Conditions: Trail is packed dirt with a potential for wet and muddy conditions

· Equipment Needed: N/a

· Other: No wheelchair accessibility, dogs are welcome on leash

Register for Search for Spring Ephemerals ~Como Lake Park ~

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Ranger Program 5/11/24

“Mother” Nature ~Akron Falls Park ~

10am

Location: Akron Falls - Meeting Location: Akron Falls upper parking lot

Join Ranger Leanne on a hike that will teach you the importance of planet earth’s many mothers in nature. We will hike and learn how female animals care and raise their young in all of the different ecosystems. You do not need to be a mother to attend, this is a hike for all!

 

· Meeting Location: Akron Falls upper parking lot

· Duration: 1 hr

· Elevation: Slight elevation changes

· Trail Conditions: Potential for slippery conditions

· Equipment Needed: Decent hiking shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather

· Other: No stroller/wheelchair accessibility, dogs are welcome on a leash

Register for “Mother” Nature ~Akron Falls Park ~

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Ranger Program 5/18/24

Ellicott Creek Park History ~Ellicott Creek Park ~

10am

Location: Ellicott Creek - Meeting Location: Ellicott Creek Park, Bark Park Parking Lot

Join Ranger Nikki for a walk in the past at Ellicott Creek Park. Starting on the Ellicott Island we will learn about the history of how the island was created and how this park came to be.

 

· Location: Ellicott Creek Park, Bark Park Parking Lot

· Duration: 1-2 hrs

· Elevation: Flat

· Surface Description: Mostly pavement

· Equipment Needed: Proper footwear

· Other: Dog friendly, strollers and wheelchair accessible. (Disclaimer- will be starting inside the dog park)

Register for Ellicott Creek Park History ~Ellicott Creek Park ~

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Ranger Program 5/24/24

Ranger Meet and Greet w/ Smores! ~Sprague Brook Park ~

6pm

Location: Sprague Brook - Meeting Location: Upper camping loop between loops A and B

Come hangout with Ranger Greg at Sprague Brook Park and learn about the Ranger Program! Bring questions and Greg will try to bring answers! - Roast marshmallows, talk about your favorite camping gear, learn how to start a fire and more. This is a meet and great event so come and go as you please!

 

· Meeting Location: Upper camping loop between loops A and B

· Duration: 2.5 hrs

· Elevation: None

· Trail Conditions: Stationary event on a grassy area

· Equipment Needed: A good marshmallow roasting stick

· Other: Dog friendly, stroller and wheelchair accessible

Register for Ranger Meet and Greet w/ Smores! ~Sprague Brook Park ~

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Ranger Program 6/2/24

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls ~Emery Park ~

10am

Location: Emery Park - Meeting Location: Fieldhouse Parking Lot

Join Ranger Stephanie for some waterfall fun! We will be traveling up one of Emery’s creeks to see a cascading waterfall from a point of view that we often don’t get to see. Along the way we will discuss aquatic invertebrates and their importance in the environment.

 

· Meeting Location: Fieldhouse Parking Lot

· Duration: 2-3 hrs

· Elevation: Significant elevation changes

· Surface Description: We will be walking in a creek so expect slippery rocks and wet conditions

· Equipment Needed: Come equipped with your 10 essentials, good waterproof boots, layers of clothing, hiking crampons if you have them and pole

· Other: No stroller or wheelchair accessibility. Please leave dogs at home!

Register for Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls ~Emery Park ~

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Ranger Program 6/8/24

The Buffalo River: Where it was, where it is, and where it is going ` Red Jacket Park ~

10am

Location: Red Jacket Riverfront Natural Habitat Park - Location: Red Jacket River Front Park, Parking Lot

Head out with Ranger Nikki in one of our Pocket Parks to learn about the history of the Buffalo River over the years and how it has changed physically and environmentally. We will also focus on how the river has an effect on the keystone species that dominate our area.

 

· Location: Red Jacket River Front Park, Parking Lot

· Duration: 1-2 hrs

· Elevation: Some varied terrain; mostly flat

· Surface Description: Black top and grassy trail

· Equipment Needed: Proper footwear

· Other: Dog friendly, stroller and wheelchair accessible

Register for The Buffalo River: Where it was, where it is, and where it is going ` Red Jacket Park ~

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PITP

Pints In The Park * Hosted by Resurgence Brewing Company * June 7th, 8th

4pm-9pm

Location: Chestnut Ridge - Top of The Sled Hill

Pints in The Park Series in partnership with local breweries! 

Pints in the Parks is a partnership between local breweries and the Erie County Dept. of Parks to offer fun, free, family-friendly "beer garden" style pop-up events in parks throughout the County in the summer. Events are free of charge, family-friendly and comply with all Erie County and NYSLA regulations/ permitting guidelines. 

A portion of all sales are donated to The Erie County Parks Donation Account to support free, public special events and programs.  

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PITP

Pints In The Park * Hosted by Resurgence Brewing Company * June 7th, 8th

12pm-9pm

Location: Chestnut Ridge - Top of The Sled Hill

Pints in the Parks is a partnership between local breweries and the Erie County Dept. of Parks to offer fun, free, family-friendly "beer garden" style pop-up events in parks throughout the County in the summer. Events are free of charge, family-friendly and comply with all Erie County and NYSLA regulations/ permitting guidelines. 

A portion of all sales are donated to The Erie County Parks Donation Account to support free, public special events and programs.  

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PITP

Pints In The Park * Hosted by Resurgence Brewing Company * June 14th & 15th

4pm-9pm

Location: Ellicott Creek - Shelter 6

Pints in the Parks is a partnership between local breweries and the Erie County Dept. of Parks to offer fun, free, family-friendly "beer garden" style pop-up events in parks throughout the County in the summer. Events are free of charge, family-friendly and comply with all Erie County and NYSLA regulations/ permitting guidelines. 

A portion of all sales are donated to The Erie County Parks Donation Account to support free, public special events and programs.  

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PITP

Pints In The Park *Hosted by Resurgence Brewing Company* June 14th & 15th

12pm-9pm

Location: Ellicott Creek - Shelter 6

Pints in the Parks is a partnership between local breweries and the Erie County Dept. of Parks to offer fun, free, family-friendly "beer garden" style pop-up events in parks throughout the County in the summer. Events are free of charge, family-friendly and comply with all Erie County and NYSLA regulations/ permitting guidelines. 

A portion of all sales are donated to The Erie County Parks Donation Account to support free, public special events and programs.  

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PITP

Pints In The Park *Hosted by 42 North & Resurgence Brewing Company* June 21st & 22nd

4pm-9pm

Location: Como Lake - Shelter 11

Pints in the Parks is a partnership between local breweries and the Erie County Dept. of Parks to offer fun, free, family-friendly "beer garden" style pop-up events in parks throughout the County in the summer. Events are free of charge, family-friendly and comply with all Erie County and NYSLA regulations/ permitting guidelines. 

A portion of all sales are donated to The Erie County Parks Donation Account to support free, public special events and programs.  

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PITP

Pints in The Park * Hosted by Resurgence Brewing Company * June 21st & 22nd

12pm-9pm

Location: Como Lake - Shelter 11

Pints in the Parks is a partnership between local breweries and the Erie County Dept. of Parks to offer fun, free, family-friendly "beer garden" style pop-up events in parks throughout the County in the summer. Events are free of charge, family-friendly and comply with all Erie County and NYSLA regulations/ permitting guidelines. 

A portion of all sales are donated to The Erie County Parks Donation Account to support free, public special events and programs.  

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PITP

Pints in The Park * Resurgence Brewing Company * July 26th & 27th

4pm-9pm

Location: Chestnut Ridge - Top of The Sled Hill

Pints in the Parks is a partnership between local breweries and the Erie County Dept. of Parks to offer fun, free, family-friendly "beer garden" style pop-up events in parks throughout the County in the summer. Events are free of charge, family-friendly and comply with all Erie County and NYSLA regulations/ permitting guidelines. 

A portion of all sales are donated to The Erie County Parks Donation Account to support free, public special events and programs.  

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PITP

Pints in The Park *Hosted by Resurgence Brewing Company* July 26th & 27th

12pm-9pm

Location: Chestnut Ridge - Top of The Sled Hill

Pints in the Parks is a partnership between local breweries and the Erie County Dept. of Parks to offer fun, free, family-friendly "beer garden" style pop-up events in parks throughout the County in the summer. Events are free of charge, family-friendly and comply with all Erie County and NYSLA regulations/ permitting guidelines. 

A portion of all sales are donated to The Erie County Parks Donation Account to support free, public special events and programs.  

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PITP

Discover Emery / Pints in the Park *Hosted by 42 North Brewing Company*

12pm-9pm

Location: Emery Park - Amphitheater

Discovery Emery in partnership with 42North Brewing Company! Come out to the newly restored, historic Emery Amphitheater for a day of live music, food, local brews, vendors, and more and enjoy the beauty that is Emery Park. 

Due to limited parking, this event will be ticketed. Check back frequently for event updates and information.  

Pints in the Parks is a partnership between local breweries and the Erie County Dept. of Parks to offer fun, free, family-friendly "beer garden" style pop-up events in parks throughout the County in the summer. Events are free of charge, family-friendly and comply with all Erie County and NYSLA regulations/ permitting guidelines. 

A portion of all sales are donated to The Erie County Parks Donation Account to support free, public special events and programs.  

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Fall Fest

Fall Fest ~ Como Lake Park ~

10am - 4pm

Location: Como Lake

More Information Coming Soon.....

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Santa

Santa Land ~ Chestnut Ridge Park ~

10am - 4pm

Location: Chestnut Ridge

More information coming soon....