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Reinstein Woods Fall Festival will feature spider presentations

LANCASTER- Children and adults are invited to explore the “Secret World of Spiders” at the 13th annual Fall Festival at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Cheektowaga.

In addition to spider presentations, the festival will feature nature activities, exhibits, live animals, food and music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve, Inc. sponsors the festival in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Liz Thompson of Batphile will unlock the mysteries of spiders through an interactive presentation at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Woods’ pavilion. Additionally, Smokey Bear will make special appearances at the pavilion at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. when a DEC Forest Ranger demonstrates fire prevention and forest fire-fighting techniques.

Kids and adults can take part in perennial festival favorites like the Pond Exploration Zone, Animal Olympics, "snowshoeing" and the Festival-wide scavenger hunt. Festival attendees can also explore exhibits from more than 25 environmental and nature-related organizations. Visitors will have a chance to visit with live animals from organizations like the Buffalo Zoo, Messinger Woods and others.

Mama Earth will provide musical entertainment, and Boy Scout Troop 500 will sell food all day. There will be something for everyone, rain or shine.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve is located at 93 Honorine Drive, off of Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga. A $2 donation is requested at the door to support the festival. For a complete list of festival activities, contact Reinstein Woods at 683-5959 or visit and search for “Fall Festival.”


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2013-09-28 | 18:23:49
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