NFC - Shamrock Winter Woodswalk at DeVeaux Woods

Shamrock Winter Woodswalk at DeVeaux Woods in Niagara Falls.!

Our guided tour will begin at 10am on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 with an inside presentation, followed by an outdoor guided walk. Bathrooms available but no indoor spot to eat a bag lunch. Weather permitting we can rough it outside!

At DeVeaux Woods State Park, on can "step back in time" to see what much of Western New York was like prior to European settlement. The old - growth forest is dominated by white, red and black oak trees and supports a fair diversity of shrub, moss, lichen, and mushroom species. One of the only old growth forests in an urban setting in the United States, DeVeaux Woods State Park claims its oldest tree is around 315 years old.

The park's land was originally part of the DeVeaux College for Orphans and Destitute Children, for which construction began in 1855. DeVeaux College operated as a trade school for boys ages 8 to 12 and was referred to as a "military school" for much of its existence. The school closed in 1972, and the property was used as dormitories for Niagara University between 1978 and 1983. Many of the property's buildings were demolished in 1994, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation acquired the property in 2001. DeVeaux Woods is located at:

3180 De Veaux Woods Drive Off Rt. 104 (Lewiston Rd.)

Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Presentation starts at 10am, please meet by 9:45am at the main park building (follow NYFOA signs).

This should be an interesting walk, learning the history and walking an old - growth forest, plus seeing parts of Niagara Falls in the winter!

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