Beaver Lake Nature Center is bustling with activity

Family Nature Experience: Canoe Beaver Lake

Families with children in first through fifth grades can experience nature together at a special event at Beaver Lake Nature Center at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 21. During this Family Nature Experience: Canoe Beaver Lake, a naturalist will guide the group in canoes across the lake for the chance of close encounters with great blue herons, painted turtles and a beaver lodge. $15 per family, includes canoe rental; registration required.

Beaver Lake amateur photography contest

The Friends of Beaver Lake are sponsoring an amateur photo contest to capture the beauty and diversity of Beaver Lake Nature Center. Photograph entries must be taken at Beaver Lake Nature Center and must be submitted by July 31. Entries will be judged for cash prizes in the following age categories: 11 and under, 12 to 17 years and 18 and over. $5 per entry.

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 July and 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 (except July 4): "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.

Nature On Wheels

Tuesdays in July, Beaver Lake Nature Center will offer Nature on Wheels tours featuring the NOWmobile, an electric vehicle that connects visitors with mobility limitations to the fascinating natural areas of Beaver Lake. Each excursion is a 90-minute tour through the center's diverse habitats. Accompanied by a naturalist, the NOWmobile will slowly travel the trails, stopping occasionally to take a close look at interesting features of nature. Tours are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in July. $2.50; registration required.

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