We have been visiting Five Rivers Environmental Education Center for many years now. Located in Delmar, NY, it has a little bit of everything, from an education building, to programs and summer camps, to trails and ponds.
It is easy to get to Five Rivers, and we have no problem getting there with Google Maps.
There are also signs along the way as you get close to the center. I was happy to find that there is plenty of parking there as well.
We still remember the old center, but in 2017, they built a brand new visitor center with interactive displays and exhibits. There are some really neat features of this building:
Green features of the new center include green building materials, wood harvested from onsite trees, green roof, solar photovoltaic system, geothermal heating/cooling system, operable windows and roof vents, low flow toilets, LED lighting and motion detection capabilities, and rain water collection and gray water system. (source)
There are lots of trails at Five Rivers. (You can find more info here).
This gives you an idea of the trails on the property. Be sure to save a copy of the map to your mobile before heading out on the trails. You can find the full high quality PDF trail map here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/administration_pdf/5rivermap.pdf
I remember bringing my kids here when they were very little, to the two 1/4 mile trails that are ADA compliant – good for even if you have a jogging stroller.
There are other trails as well, that range in length up to about 2 miles, so you can pick your ability level.
We always enjoy walking around the pond. The trail goes all the way around the pond and you can get up close to check out the aquatic life there.
This is a great place to explore the local area. I highly recommend it for families with younger kids, as there are shorter trail options and the visitor’s center with exhibits and facilities. Even though my kids are older now, it is a nice place to check out a variety of trails and take advantage of their environmental education.
Visit the DEC page for Five Rivers Environmental Education Center: http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Visit Friends of Five Rivers at: http://www.friendsoffiverivers.org/
I always love a good nature hike! This place looks so peaceful and fun to explore.
What a beautiful place to go walking with kids! I wish I had something like this nearby me.
Great illustration of this facility. I loved that you provided your reader with maps and pictures to help with visualization.
I would love to go for a hike here. It’s beautiful! Seems like the perfect place to unplug and relax.
It’s like heaven! So much greenery! I’m sure it must be a refreshing walk
Such incredible views here. I’ve never heard of the area before in NY.
It looks so pretty! I wish I didn’t live across the seas…
sounds wonderful and looks beautiful!
Wow what a beautiful place to explore! Great detailed map too. My family and I love going on trails like this!
This looks like a great experience. Would love to visit and explore with my family.
There’s nothing better than taking the family to spend a day exploring nature. This looks like a great place to visit.
This looks like a beautiful spot. Everything is so green! I would love it here.
My family loves to explore new places. We love to send time in the nature!
Beautiful place to hike! Oh how I wish the restrictions in our area would ease off. We’ve been on “community quarantine” since March 16th. That’s 120 days (almost) of restricted travel. 🙁 Once we have this pandemic under control, we’d spend a day in the park for a picnic and go hiking too!
You guys find the most beautiful spots! I love the flowers and the peaceful looking pond. It’s so nice to be able to get outside sometimes, although I’m not super outdoorsy.
That place looks so pretty! NY has so much beautiful nature places.
Looks so tranquil and lush! Would love to visit. It’s a quick hop and skip away from us.
That is such a fun place to explore with the family. I love the view of the pond. It looks so relaxing.
This looks like a wonderful place to explore. My family and I have been doing a lot of exploring over the summer already. It’s nice to just get out and explore.
Looks like the perfect place to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and beautiful nature!
That is beautiful place Love that greenry. May be after this I will try to plan a trip there.
A very nice place to see. I love spending time with nature.
I would love to visit on a cool fall day! The photos are wonderful and so very peaceful.
This is a beautiful place to visit and explore. Thank you for featuring the place on this post.
Such a beautiful place. This would be fun to visit.
It looks so pretty and beautiful. A nice place to enjoy some downtime.
Pretty and peaceful… sorry lol my speaker translation doesn’t always listen to me. 😋😎