continued 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 June and 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 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in June, and for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in July. $2.50; registration required.
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 from June 25 to 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.