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Beaver Lake Nature Center

Through Dec. 30, the nature center will feature both indoor and outdoor activities. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy winter by participating in a guided walk on snowshoes (weather permitting) in search of wildlife signs, then warm up in the visitor center and learn about reptiles or a red-tailed hawk. In addition, trails will be open for skiing and snowshoeing.

    Max Man Reptiles Rescue: 1 p.m. Thursday

Eye to Eye with A Red-tailed Hawk: 1 p.m. Wednesday

Snowshoeing In Search of Wildlife Signs: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday

Trail Tales (for ages 3 to 5 with adult): 1 p.m. Thursday

Snowshoes are available to rent for $3 an hour on a first-come basis. All scheduled activities are free with the $3 per vehicle admission.

Cross country ski basics

Cross country skiing is great cardiovascular exercise and is easy to learn. To get people started, Beaver Lake Nature Center will offer several cross-country ski basics clinics on the following dates:

    1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2 and 9

9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays Jan. 8, 29 and Feb. 12

These clinics are for the first time skier looking to get in on the fun, or for new skiers looking for helpful hints. The price for this program is $10. Advanced registration is required and space is limited. Participants must provide their own ski equipment.

Weekday snowshoe jaunts

Everyone is invited to enjoy an hour-long outing through Beaver Lake's winter woods during the weekly snowshoe jaunts. At 1:30 p.m. Thursdays from Jan. 6 through Feb. 10, participants will benefit from a naturalist's insight, along with the light aerobic exercise. Snowshoe rentals are available for $3.

Winter field guide series

Visitors are invited to spend select winter afternoons discovering secrets of the great outdoors. These sessions offer adults the chance to study specific subjects of Central New York's natural world.

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