Nestled uniquely in a suburban community, Reinstein Woods is a 292-acre nature preserve and education center that offers a variety of opportunities to explore and learn about nature for families and people of all ages. Within it flourishes a complex ecosystem of woods, ponds and wetlands. Aptly named after Dr. Victor Reinstein, our founder and champion, Reinstein Woods is one of only seven nature preserves protected by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
Working together, the DEC and non-profit, Friends of Reinstein Woods, offer guided tours of the woods (available for school, youth and adult groups), special programs each month, including snowshoe and ski adventures, walks on seasonal topics, a fall nature festival and summer camps.
Our Education Center is open to the public Weekdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. From sunrise to sunset, you can explore our 3.5 miles of wheelchair-accessible trails. You’ll likely to cross paths with many species of wildlife native to Western New York, including white-tailed deer, beavers, waterfowl, red-tailed hawks, pileated woodpeckers and majestic great blue herons.
Friends of Reinstein Woods (The Friends) and NYDEC aims to help fight climate change and help the environment in a variety of different ways at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. From the special events to the day-to-day operations of the education center, Reinstein Woods staff is committed to best practices regarding protecting the environment. Each year, the Friends buy a carbon offset for the impacts of our everyday operations and the Annual Fall Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors to the preserve. In addition, the environmental education center that is housed on the 292-acre property, is a “green” building with a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating. The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary program that represents the U.S. Green Building Council’s effort to provide a national standard for what constitutes a “green building.” LEED aims to create buildings that are energy efficient and use fewer natural resources in construction and operation than traditional buildings. LEED uses both established and innovative practices, standards and technologies to achieve these goals. Green buildings use resources—energy, water, materials, and land—more efficiently and effectively and they provide healthier environments for working, learning and living. Composting and proper recycling are other everyday ways we help to reduce out impacts on the environment. In addition, the Friends have all their financial investments in a fossil-free investment portfolio.
“Environmental conservation and education is the heart of everything we do at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve. We believe the future of our environment lays heavily on the decisions we make now and we believe it is so important not only to educate the community and future generations about how we can each play a role in helping to preserve this beautiful world, but to practice what we preach; to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.” – Terrence Boyle, Friends of Reinstein Woods President