Snowshoe hike in search of wildlife signs
At 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in February, a Beaver Lake naturalist will embark on a wild winter adventure. "Snowshoeing In Search of Wildlife Signs" is a free walk on snowshoes in search of what the winter season has to offer.
Winter is frequently associated with stillness, when actually the winter wilderness is teeming with life. Both above and beneath the blanket of snow, the winter woods are bustling with activity and signs of this activity are everywhere. On snowshoes, a Beaver Lake naturalist will help participants discover these winter clues and discuss the strategies both plants and animals use to cope with this harsh season. Registration is required beginning at 8 a.m. the day of the hike and space is limited. Snowshoes will be provided or visitors may bring their own. To make reservations or for more information, call the Nature Center at 638-2519.
Beaver Lake introduces Eco Club for Kids
Beaver Lake Nature Center is hosting a new kids' Eco Club for fifth to seventh graders. This club is for kids who enjoy being outside and learning about nature. Club members will go snowshoeing looking for animal tracks and traces, build snow caves and cut ice on the lake. The club will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays Feb. 6 and 20. On Feb. 27, there will be an overnight in the Visitor Center. This is the evening before the full moon, so a night hike will be part of the fun. Advanced registration is required. The price of this program is $20.
Mid-Winter Blues Run
At 9:45 a.m. Sunday Feb. 7, Beaver Lake Nature Center will host the fifth annual Mid-Winter Blues Run. The Nature Center has become a favorite location for outdoor enthusiasts to pursue fitness activities such as running. The 5K run begins and ends at the Visitor Center, using nearby country roads. All proceeds will benefit the Nature Center. The run is open to all ages and the entry price of $17 ($20 the day of the race) and includes a long sleeved T-shirt for the first 100 entrants. Awards will be given in various age categories. Entry forms are available at OnondagaCountyParks.com or by calling 638-2519.