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Seneca Meadows releases early fall programming

The Seneca Meadows Education Center (SMEC) provides bimonthly environmental education programming to hundreds of local community members every year. Programs are developed and facilitated by National Audubon Society Environmental Educator, Kristen Moore, through a long term strategic partnership with Audubon New York.

As well as being available to local school sciences classes for environmental field and laboratory projects, the Audubon staff leads public programs at the SMEC on waste reduction, reusing, recycling, and composting techniques and bird conservation. The staff leads bi-monthly programs for families looking to get outside. Programs are open to all, and help families build connections with the surrounding natural areas and the community. The programs are a mixture of structured activities geared towards environmental stewardship and free play time in nature, which helps children build their creativity, problem solving skills, dexterity and communication skills. The programs meet at the SMEC and the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve to explore the wetlands, grasslands and forests in the area.

August 12 8-10 pm Fair Trade S’mores and Stories Around the Bonfire Beneath Perseid Meteor Showers-Revel beneath meteor showers as we swap stories and enjoy S’mores. Sample different Fair Trade chocolates and consider how sustainable agriculture supports biodiversity. Outside at Seneca Meadows Education Center Fire Pit, 1977 Route 414, Waterloo, NY

September 18 11 am-12:30 pm Nature Journaling, Grab a notebook and take your time. Sit on a bench or utilize a lookout platform. Sketch birds, trees, clouds or record your thoughts or observations. Pause to notice our surroundings as the seasons change. Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve, 1712 Black Brook Rd. Seneca Falls

September 25 11 am-12:30 pm Photography in the Preserve, Practice framing shots, discuss favorite equipment, tools and locations. The abundance of wildlife in our wetlands preserve is certain to provide visual interest. With 7 miles of trails, we can keep our distance. Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve, 1712 Black Brook Rd. Seneca Falls

October 2 11 am-12:30 pm Welcome Migrating Birds, Birds will begin leaving our area in search of ample food sources. Look to the skies, trees and fields to see who may be passing through on their journey south. Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve, 1712 Black Brook Rd. Seneca Falls

October 9 11 am-1 pm Forest Walk! You may have walked the paths near the parking lot and ponds in our preserve but have you been in the forest?! Let’s explore and discover what plants and creatures reside here. Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve 1712 Black Brook Rd., Seneca Falls

Attendees may reserve their spot by emailing [email protected] or calling 315-539-5624.