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Beaver Lake Nature Center happenings

Volunteers needed for the Golden Harvest Festival

This Sept. 8 and 9, thousands of people will come to Beaver Lake Nature Center to celebrate the beautiful harvest season at the Golden Harvest Festival, which features horse drawn hayrides, 100 artists and craftspeople, live musicians, magic shows, festive foods, crafts and games for children and more. More than 300 volunteers are needed to ensure the success of one of the most creative family-oriented events in Central New York. Volunteers who work for at least one shift will receive a free T-shirt and admission to both days of the festival.

For more information on volunteer opportunities at the festival, please visit the website at onondagacountyparks.com/beaver-lake-nature-center/golden-harvest-festival or call the nature center at 638-2519 and ask for Margaret Tzen.

Field Guide Series: Ferns

At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, Beaver Lake Nature Center offers an in-depth look into the natural history of ferns. During this program, a part of Beaver Lake Nature Center's Field Guide Series, participants will join a naturalist to learn more about identifying native ferns. $5; registration required.

Trail Tales

Preschool-age children, accompanied by an adult, are invited to gather at Beaver Lake Nature Center for the popular Trail Tales program at 1 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 13 and 27. A naturalist reads two stories to the children and then leads the group on a hike themed to match the stories. Free.

Living in the Leaf Litter

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, children from 6 to 12 years old are invited to join a naturalist at Beaver Lake Nature Center to uncover the hidden world that lives beneath the fallen leaves. As children look under leaves, logs and in the dirt, they will discover how important this overlooked habitat is to a variety of cool critters. After exploring what is Living in the Leaf Litter, a surprising, tasty "mud" treat will be enjoyed by all. $9; registration required.

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