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Beaver Lake Nature Center – May activities

— Trail tales

Preschool-age children, accompanied by an adult, are invited to gather at Beaver Lake Nature Center for the popular Trail Tales program at 1 p.m. Thursdays, April 25, May 9 and 23. A naturalist reads two stories to the children and then leads the group on a hike themed to match the stories. This program is free with admission.

Guiding and Wandering Stars

Beaver Lake Nature Center welcomes the CNY Observers from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25, for an outdoor lecture on the Guiding and Wandering Stars. Focusing on key northern constellations as well as planets, this free program will briefly describe the history and importance of the constellations as mythological, agricultural and navigational guides then will describe a simple system to begin to learn their relative positions. At this time, Jupiter and Saturn will be on opposite sides of the Southern sky, making excellent targets for binocular and telescope observing. Cloud date scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2; registration required.

Arbor Day

Beaver Lake Nature Center welcomes visitors on Arbor Day, Friday, April 26, to explore the center's newly-improved arboretum. At 1 p.m., a naturalist-led hike will highlight the different ways trees benefit people and the planet.

African Violet Show

The 59th annual African Violet Show will be held at Beaver Lake Nature Center the weekend of April 27 and 28. The sale is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the show runs from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Both sale and show are open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Many beautiful varieties from local growers will be on display. Visitors will be able to purchase plants from Lyons Greenhouse and club members.

Guided weekend walk

Beaver Lake Nature Center invites visitors to join a naturalist for a guided weekend walk at 2 p.m. April 27 and 28 for a walking discussion on spring wildflowers; free with admission.

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