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Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

Capital Region, New York

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  • The newly-constructed visitor center. - Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • Large fields offer great bird watching opportunities.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • A frog hanging out in the small frog pond found along the trails.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • A variety of wildlife can be seen along the trails. Here a rabbit peeks through the trees.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • A family of geese near one of the many ponds.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • Cardinals are a frequent visitor to the area.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • Blue Jays taking a rest in a tree.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • A bluebird sits atop a birdhouse in one of the fields. These birdhouses are placed to promote bird populations.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • There are a couple of bee hive sites that are maintained in order to promote the bee population as well as keep the flowers and apple trees pollinated.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • A young visitor looks for birds through a pair of fixed binoculars on a viewing platform.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • A bench along a service road offers a spot to take a rest and enjoy the scenery.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • Some of the flora found along the trails.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • A heron perched above a pond looks for dinner.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • There are raised platforms with fixed binoculars for viewing wildlife.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • A shoreline view of one of the many ponds.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • A footbridge crosses the Vloman Kill Tributary, which flows through the property.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • A woodpecker has been hard at work.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • A milkweed patch along an interpretive trail.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • A heron fishing for lunch.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • The trails lead through many interesting sections.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • A platform at a pond allows visitors to look for fish, frogs and other aquatic life.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
  • The view across one of the ponds from a viewing platform.- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
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Pros: 
Great views. Wildflowers. Wildlife viewing. Plethora of activities.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Capital Region, NY
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Over 450 acres comprised of forest, wetlands and fields makes up the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar, New York. The center is a vast area with over 10 miles of trails and home to 225 species of wildlife. It is full of flora and fauna, and most of all, beautiful scenery.

Opened in 1972 as Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, it had originally opened in 1933 as the Delmar Experimental Game Farm, which was used to study waterfowl and bird species following a sharp decline in their numbers. The fences you see along the road on the upper section surrounded the area where over 100,000 grouse and pheasant chicks were hatched each year.

In 1970, the game farm and zoo were closed following a reorganization at the Department of Environmental Conservation. This prompted action by a group of citizens who convinced the state to reopen the area as an environmental education center. It was named after the five rivers that comprise the watershed within the center’s service area; the Hudson, Mohawk, Sacandaga and Hoosic Rivers, and the Schoharie Creek.

The present-day center contains a newly-constructed visitor center where one can participate in classes, get up close with animals and watch birds at their feeders through a large window.

There are a number of covered pavilions and picnic tables throughout the trails for parties or hikers wanting to take a break and relax. Stands for bird watching are also available at two of the large fields where one can observe bluebirds, blue jays, cardinals, hawks and many more bird species.

Two large ponds and a number of smaller ones are home to geese, ducks, beavers, turtles and fish, and heron and are often visited by the many deer and rabbits you’ll see along the way.

The eight trails are mostly level, well-marked and easily-navigated and all are interconnected for a seamless adventure. As noted on their website, all amenities of the visitor center, picnic area, Woodlot Trail and Nature's Backyard Trail are wheelchair accessible, as are several hard-surfaced interior routes. In the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are available on the trails.

With such a large area and much to do and see, plan for a full day of hiking and exploration.

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