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A lot is happening at Beaver Lake Nature Center

It's maple syrup time

In Central New York, one of the signs of spring is it's maple syrup time at Beaver Lake Nature Center. The Beaver Lake staff is now preparing extensive programming centered around the year's "first harvest" including a demonstration sugarbush with six different stations to introduce visitors to the heritage of maple sugaring as well as an opportunity to sample the fruits of photosynthesis. The sugarbush will be open to the public and staffed with knowledgeable interpreters every weekend in March. The sugarbush will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Free.

In addition, the popular pancake breakfasts will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday in March. Depending on the appetite, breakfast costs will range from $2.50 to $4.50 for a meal featuring pancakes, sausage, juice and a hot beverage. Maple goodies such as maple cream, maple candy, sapsuckers and syrup will be available to purchase from the Friends of Beaver Lake.

Hardscaping: Transforming the garden

The details involved in hardscaping garden projects such as putting in a porch, pond or retaining wall will get a close-up examination at Beaver Lake Nature Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21. The Master Gardeners will discuss the pros and cons to different projects, the materials and tools involved and how to prepare the site. $8; 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 held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 22. A naturalist reads two stories to the children and then leads the group on a hike themed to match the stories. Free.

Starting a vegetable garden

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, Beaver Lake Nature Center will welcome a master gardener to the spotlight to provide insights into starting a backyard vegetable garden. Participants will benefit from an insider's knowledge on planting a garden that will be both manageable and rewarding, and on choosing which varieties to plant given certain soil and light conditions. $8, registration required.

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