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Beaver Lake Nature Center: Last chance for fresh maple syrup

— Wildlife shenanigans

Nature is full of April fools – At 1 p.m. Sunday, April 1, Beaver Lake welcomes 3- to 5-year-old children, accompanied by an adult, to discover how plants and animals can trick each other. A naturalist will take the group outside for nature-related activities involving camouflage and mimicry. $5 per child; registration required.

Tai Chi Chih

Anyone of any age can learn and benefit from T'ai Chi Chih at Beaver Lake Nature Center this spring. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday from April 3 to May 22. This class involves a simple, 20-movement form of T'ai Chi Chih, benefiting body, mind and spirit. $35 for eight sessions; registration required.

Honey Bees in the garden

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, Beaver Lake Nature Center welcomes an expert on honey bees to share how bee boxes can bring new life to a garden. This program is well-suited for anyone thinking of acquiring bee boxes, as well as for those interested in learning more about the ecology of these amazing social insects. $8; registration required.

Monday Morning Bird Walks

Monday mornings in April and May, visitors at Beaver Lake Nature Center Nature can join an expert birder to search for spring migrants and summer residents. Beginning at 8 a.m., these walks are great for both beginners and advanced birders. $2

Architect-designed birdhouses

Randall Korman, the Associate Dean of Architecture at Syracuse University, is sharing the secrets of his designer birdhouses at Beaver Lake Nature Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5. A native New Yorker, this Harvard graduate has recently added to his impressive architecture portfolio a collection of unique birdhouses. Korman will reveal his design process and exhibit several examples of his work. $7; registration required.

Super-natural Eggstravaganza

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 7, Beaver Lake Nature Center welcomes children for a Super-natural Eggstravaganza. Children 10 and under will discover the challenge of searching for hidden eggs that are not dyed hot pink and fluorescent blue, but are sporting their natural spots and camouflage colors. The Eggstravaganza will include the egg hunt plus opportunities to explore the amazing science of eggs. $5; registration required. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

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