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Summer teacher program based at Reinstein Woods to zero in on invasive species, trees and plants


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Friends of Reinstein Woods are partnering again to hold a Summer Teacher Institute to be held August 3-4 at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center.

The Institute is designed for educators of students in pre-kindergarten to grade 12. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

Teachers will learn effective techniques to enhance their teaching in math, English language arts, science and other subject areas. Hands-on activities that align with Common Core and New York State learning standards will cover topics such as invasive species, tree and plant identification, geocaching, citizen science projects and bird-classroom connections. The training includes the Flying WILD curriculum that explores ideas for bird-related schoolyard enhancements, festivals and more.

Extensive information on environmental education resources available to Western New York teachers will be included in the program. Participants will receive written materials to enable them to transfer their new knowledge directly to the classroom.

The two-day program provides 12 hours of instruction for which in-service or continuing education credit may be available. Participants will receive written materials to enable them to transfer their new knowledge directly to their school. A materials fee of $40 includes lunch on the second day.

A registration form is available online or by calling Reinstein Woods at 683-5959. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.  Teachers must register by July 20.

Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center is located at 93 Honorine Drive, about three miles from the Walden Galleria mall.  For more information, contact Reinstein Woods at 683-5959.

This week:

• The Village Board meets in a work session at 6 p.m. Monday, followed by its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 85 Manitou St.

• The Planning Board considers a proposal to redevelop 4,400 square feet at 3941 Broadway, including a Tim Horton’s with a drive-through facility, when it meets at 7 p.m. July 5 in the Municipal Building.

The board also reviews plans to erect a new 5,000 square-foot building at 5600 Transit Road. Also on tap is a plan to develop a parking lot at 5086 Broadway.

• The Village Preservation Party of Depew meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Rafferty’s Pub, 16 Ellicott Place. Anyone interested in joining or learning more, is invited. The organization is a coalition of concerned residents and business owners living in Depew. For more information, contact  or check it out on Facebook.