Summer Nature Weeks


This summer, Friends of Five Rivers is offering four weeks of programming for families. The aim of this program is to help parents and children grow in their understanding and appreciation of the natural world through shared activities.

This program is created for parent/guardian with children ages 2-8.

Four Identical Sessions, with all being held 10:00 – 11:30 am Monday through Friday, rain or shine!  Please register for just one session.

  • July 8-12 – Full. 
  • July 22-26 – Full.
  • July 29-August 2 – Full.
  • August 5-9 – Full. 

To be put on a waiting list for these sessions, please email

Each day begins with the reading of a story from nature. Hands-on activities will follow from the theme of the story and includes exploration, discovery, games, and crafts.

Fridays will be spent by and in the stream.  Clothing requirements and other tips below.

Note that due to the nature of the activities, we ask that only registered children attend.


  • Shoes or sneakers (not sandals) are required footwear.
  • Long pants are suggested to protect against poison ivy and insect bites.
  • A hat is recommended.
  • Bring rain gear if the weather looks threatening.
  • You may also bring a small backpack.
  • For Summer Nature Weeks (ages 2-8), Friday sessions will be spent wading in the stream.  Old sneakers and shorts are more appropriate for these days.  Footwear must be worn in the stream.  Water shoes must have a back strap and toes must be covered.


  • All participants should bring water.
  • Snacks are encouraged.


Insects are attracted to strong smelling shampoo, soaps, and sweet-smelling snacks.  Your first line of defense should be to the elimination of all strong aromas. Some repellents are extremely toxic.  These repellents on hands or skin can be harmful to water critters or other animals you may handle.  People with toxic insect repellent on will not be allowed to handle insects or be in the stream.


Contact Nancy Payne at 518-475-0296 or email

“I cannot sing my praises of this program loud enough. It has been a gift through the last two years and I often think how different the world would be if every morning we all started the day by letting the sun find our faces, stretching our arms out wide and exclaiming “it is a beautiful day!” then wrapping ourselves in a hug. For now, I will continue to treasure the opportunity this program has given my children – and me – to slow down and appreciate the world around us”

With much gratitude,
Catherine Markey (2022)


56 Game Farm Rd., Delmar, NY 12054
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