Beaver Lake Nature Center: Architecture for the Birds, other activities

— Randall Korman, Dean of Architecture at Syracuse University, is sharing the secrets of his hobby, designing birdhouses, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Beaver Lake Nature Center. A native New Yorker, this Harvard graduate has recently added to his impressive architecture portfolio a collection of unique birdhouses. During Architecture for the Birds, Korman will reveal his design process and exhibit several examples of his work, which combines the interests of bird-enthusiasts, wood-crafters, architects, artists and more. $7; registration required.

Field Guide Series: Fungus

At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, Beaver Lake Nature Center offers an in-depth look into the natural history of fungus. During this program, a part of Beaver Lake Nature Center's Field Guide Series, participants will join a naturalist to learn more about identifying fungus in the woods around Beaver Lake. $5; registration required.

Weekend Walks in October

Beaver Lake Nature Center invites visitors to join a naturalist for a free guided Weekend Walk at 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October. Each weekend features a different topic: Oct. 6 and 7, exploring the woodland trail; Oct. 13 and 14, squirrels and their relatives; Oct. 20 and 21, fall foliage; and Oct. 27 and 28, the story behind Beaver Lake.

Beautiful and exotic orchids

The weekend of Oct. 6 and 7, Beaver Lake Nature Center will host Beautiful and Exotic Orchids from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. In this exhibit, members of the CNY Orchid Society present selections from their collections of rare and unusual orchids. This special opportunity to view an array of specimens from this group of showy plants is free with Nature Center admission.

Columbus Day commemoration

Beaver Lake Nature Center will be bustling with special events and activities on Monday, Oct. 8, for Columbus Day. Naturalists will host live animal talks at 12:30 and 3 p.m., and at 1:30 p.m., a Discoverer's Hike. Visitors are encouraged to bring a GPS to the park to participate in the nature center's Bio-cache Challenge and search the woods in this on-trail GPS scavenger hunt leading to special natural history features.

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