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Beaver Lake Nature Center: 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. Wednesday Feb. 9

9 to 11 a.m. Saturday 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. Thursday Feb. 10. Participants will benefit from a naturalist's insight, along with the light aerobic exercise. Snowshoe rentals are available for $3.

Trail Tales for children

Beaver Lake Nature Center will offer the popular pre-school program, Trail Tales, at 1 p.m. Thursday Feb. 10. Listening to stories and exploring nature are two activities that most children enjoy. This is an opportunity for 3- to 5-year-olds to do both. A naturalist will read stories to the children and lead them on a walk to experience what the season has to offer.

February moonlight skiing and snowshoeing

During the evenings of Feb. 11 to 14, when the full moon is in the sky, Beaver Lake Nature Center will be open until 9 p.m. for moonlight skiing and snowshoeing, provided there is adequate snow cover. Skiers and snowshoers can take advantage of the natural moonlight and explore Beaver Lake's 10 miles of trails on their own. At trails' end is the visitor center with exhibits and a comfortable gathering room; hot chocolate and other refreshments will be available.

For their safety, night visitors should sign-in and sign-out at the visitor center, go with a friend and bring a flashlight in case a section of the trail is especially dark. This program is free with the $3 per vehicle admission to the nature center.

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