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Outdoors, after school

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, is starting a series of weekly after-school outings for grade-school children and their parents and care-givers.

The program, “Outdoors After School,” will be held from 4-5 p.m. Thursdays, starting March 14 and running through June 14.

Naturalists from the center will begin each program with a brief indoor introduction, then lead an outdoor trek along the center’s trails, searching for signs of the season.

Each week will feature a different nature theme and participants will visit a variety of habitats among the center’s forests, meadows and wetlands. Early spring, for example, is a great time to observe red-winged blackbirds, robins and geese.

The program is designed with an emphasis on hands-on, direct interaction with the outdoor environment and are geared towards middle school students but open to participants of all ages. Visitors are welcome to attend one or all of the programs, but space is limited and registration for any date is required by the preceding Tuesday.

The programs are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult and participants should dress for the outdoors. Outings will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. For more information, call the Center at 518-475-0291.

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