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Depew

Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center will be offering a new school yard habitat workshop by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in August for teachers.

The new workshop is one of several summer workshops providing teachers with activities designed to incorporate environmental education into their existing curriculum. During the three-hour workshop, teachers will learn how to effectively use and enhance the school yard as an outdoor classroom. The teachers will experience cross-curricular activities that emphasize English Language Arts, math and science.

The schoolyard habitat workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 15 at Reinstein Woods, 93 Honorine Drive.

Additionally, Reinstein Woods will hold a Project WILD workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 20. The workshop offers wildlife-related activities for teachers and youth leaders of students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Participants will receive a curriculum and activity guide that includes dozens of lesson plans for indoor and outdoor activities. Activities are correlated to national and state learning standards. Workshop attendees also receive tips on managing a class in the outdoors and additional resource materials related to New York’s wildlife.

Also offered are one-day Great Lakes Institutes. Each workshop will familiarize teachers and youth leaders of children in sixth through 12th grade with a watershed along the Great Lakes that has suffered from degraded environmental conditions. Participants receive training in standards-based curricula and receive site-specific information about the area of concern.

The Buffalo River Institute will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Depew.

The Niagara River Institute will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island.

Also this week:

• The Lancaster YMCA if offering a new school-age child care program at Cayuga Heights in Depew for the 2013-14 school year. The before school, from 7 to 9 a.m., and after school, from 3 to 6 p.m., care is geared for children ages 5 to 12 years old and offers children a safe, well-supervised and nurturing environment.

Children will participate in learning centers, arts and crafts, games, outdoor play, homework time, a snack and more.

Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

For more information or to register, contact Jen Marino at the Lancaster YMCA at 684-2395, or stop at the branch at 31 Central Ave.