2023 Buffalo- Reinstein Woods Nature Center

In September 1986, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) formally assumed ownership of 244 acres in the town of Cheektowaga from the estate of Dr. Victor Reinstein, establishing the “Dr. Victor Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve.” At the time, DEC’s “environmental education center” consisted of a garden shed and two port-a-johns in the preserve’s main parking lot.