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Beaver Lake Nature Center: Trail Tales

— Early autumn paddle

At 4 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 22 and 29, Beaver Lake Nature Center offers the chance to enjoy autumn's glow with a naturalist on an early evening paddle around Beaver Lake. During an Early Autumn Paddle, the group will beach the canoes briefly to enjoy the sunset while snacking on cheese, crackers and cider. $22 per person includes canoe rental; registration required.

Vince O'Neil Wild Mushrooms Festival

The Vince O'Neil Wild Mushrooms Festival returns to Beaver Lake Nature Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Members of the Central New York Mycological Society will discuss edible and poisonous mushrooms, those that help trees and hurt trees, and those that are decomposers. Guided hikes through the woodlands around Beaver Lake in search of various species of mushrooms are scheduled for 1 and 1:30 p.m. Each walk will be limited to the first 30 participants. Tables with identified mushrooms will be on display and experts will be available to identify mushrooms brought in. On-going activities include cooking demonstrations, how to grow mushrooms, crafting with mushrooms and spore print demonstrations. Free.

T'ai Chi Chih

An eight-week T'ai Chi Chih workshop will be offered at Beaver Lake Nature Center this fall at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings, Oct. 2 to Nov. 20. This simple 20 movement form of T'ai Chi benefits body and mind and can be taught to anyone. $35; registration required.

Architecture for the Birds

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.

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