Beaver Lake Nature Center activities

— Lemonade & Sunshine

Free drop-in programs for school-age children

Children and their parents can drop in at 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays this August for Lemonade & Sunshine, free programs described below. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy following the activity, and the nature center will provide an accompaniment of lemonade.

Mondays: "Nature in the Children's Room"

Kids entering kindergarten through fourth grades will meet with a naturalist in Beaver Lake Nature Center's new Children's Room for a different nature-themed activity each week using resources from the room, such as books or games; registration recommended.

Wednesdays: "Field Days"

Kids entering first through sixth grades can join others for a fun-packed hour of outdoor games. Tag and other classics take on a new twist as a naturalist introduces and organizes games that take their inspiration from nature.

Weekend walks in August

Beaver Lake Nature Center invites visitors to join a naturalist for a free guided Weekend Walk at 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in August. Each weekend features a different topic.

Aug. 11 and 12 – History of the Cool Hemlock Forest

Aug. 18 and 19 – Squirrels

Aug. 25 and 26 – Turtles and Frogs

Help Beaver Lake remove invasive vines

Beaver Lake Nature Center invites the community to help remove invasive Pale Swallow-wort from along the park's trails from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 9. Pale Swallow-wort is a non-native vine that harms Monarch Butterfly populations and natural habitats. This Swallow-wort workday will involve walking the trails in search of the plant, under the guidance of a naturalist, and removing pods and plants. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, water and walking shoes, and to stay until noon for complimentary pizza. Please call the nature center to sign up.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Beaver Lake is open for canoeing and kayaking from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through Sept. 2 and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 3. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely, self-guided paddle across Beaver Lake, exploring the lake's edge and searching for beaver lodges, turtles, herons and osprey. Canoe rental: $8 per hour, $2 for each additional half-hour. Rental is on a first-come basis.

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