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. 26, Feb. 2 and 9
9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays Jan. 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 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.
Tuesday, Feb. 8, Elements of Winter
Let's explore the many factors that affect winter life - cold temperatures, blanket of snow, dry air and effects of ice. We'll explore on snowshoes and cut a block of ice from the lake.
The cost is $5 per session. Each two hour program begins at 1:30 p.m. and pre-registration is required.
Trail Tales for children
Beaver Lake Nature Center will offer the popular pre-school program, Trail Tales, at 1 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 27 and 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.