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

On the Wings of Pollinators

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Beaver Lake Nature Center welcomes habitat gardening specialist Janet Allen for On the Wings of Pollinators. Allen will share her insights on the importance of pollination in gardens and agricultural contexts, about the current challenges bees face, and about the simple steps people can take at home to help these useful creatures. $5; registration required.

Pumpkin spice pancakes

From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, Beaver Lake Nature Center invites the public to come out during fall's brilliant colors for a scrumptious breakfast of pumpkin spice pancakes, sausage and a beverage (regular pancakes are also available). Breakfast is $2.50 or $4.50 depending on appetite. There will also be a bake sale.

Arboretum re-opening

Beaver Lake Nature Center invites the public to the Arboretum's re-opening on Saturday, Oct. 13, in celebration of the revitalization of the lesser-known Arboretum Trail. Always a prime place to look for wildlife, the Arboretum is also an excellent resource for learning about the trees that grow in the area. The Arboretum's new additions include a dozen new tree species and a brand-new entrance bordered by a naturally-landscaped native plant garden. The following activities will be offered, free with nature center admission, throughout the afternoon:

Noon, 2 and 4 p.m.: Naturalist-led tours of the arboretum.

1 p.m.: A presentation on the new garden design and other improvements to this unique corner of the park.

1 to 4 p.m.: Visitors can stop by the activity table to learn about identifying trees by their leaves or pick up a scavenger hunt and go explore the arboretum.

1 to 4 p.m.: Kids can stop by the Critter Craft Table inside the nature center to make a tree craft to take home.

Noon to 4 p.m.: Enjoy snacks made of tree-derived foods that will be on sale in addition to the usual hot dog selection.

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