The Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve has partnered with the Department of Environmental Conservation for a “Kids in the Woods” Summer Day Camp program at the preserve in Cheektowaga.

Week-long camping adventures are set up for children in class groups from kindergarten to grade seven. Campers registering by Thursday receive a $10 discount.

Two Little Sprouts camps are set for grades K-1, two Nature Explorers camps are for grades 2-4 and Wilderness Adventurers are planned for kids in grades 5-7.

Reinstein also joins with the New York State Office of Parks at Evangola State Park and the Penn Dixie Center to provide a series of five-day “Summer Science Safari” classes open to youths ages 8 to 12.

For details on the dates and formats for all Reinstein class offerings, go to and scroll the search box to “Kids in the Woods” or call 683-5959 (ext. 205). For Penn Dixie programs, call 627-4560.

Dam meeting

Response and discussion of options for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction and repair to the Springville dam is such that a public information meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. on March 5 in the Concord Town Hall Auditorium.

Fish passage is a major concern, and officials will discuss alternatives for the work project that includes repair as well as upgrading of the dam.

A National Environmental Policy Act scoping document outlines alternatives and the study schedule. The document can be viewed at

The comment period has been extended to March 15 and the public can submit input by email to:

To submit by mail write to: Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: Environmental Analysis Team, 1776 Niagara St., Buffalo, NY 14207-3199.

Forest meeting

In 2010, the DEC acquired a 6,684-acre parcel of land in Livingston and Ontario Counties in the area of Hemlock and Canadice Lakes. A ten-year Hemlock-Canadice Unit Management Plan outlines the history and outdoors resources (grasslands, forests, and wetlands) that require supervision and enhancement.

A public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 14 at the Springwater Fire Hall at 8145 South Main St. to discuss the draft plan.

To review the plan, go to Comments on the plan can be submitted until April 15 by email: U.S. mail to: NYSDEC, 7291 Coon Rd., Bath, NY, 14810.

Bus trip adds

The Erie County Federation has added busses for gun-rights advocates to the Albany rally on Thursday; for details, call 510-7952. A Cattaraugus County bus has been added, departing from Olean at 4 a.m. For Southern Tier pickup sites, call 372-4460.

For a listing of trips with area SCOPE chapters and other groups, go to and scroll to the “Busses to Albany” listings.