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Beaver Lake Nature Center – May activities

— Nature movie Monday for children

The Children's Room at Beaver Lake Nature Center becomes a movie theater for a nature movie at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, with a 30-minute movie about beavers. Elementary-age children can come learn about beavers with new friends, hear from a naturalist how the movie relates to Beaver Lake and enjoy some complimentary popcorn during the show. Please call the nature center to register before 3 p.m. the day of the show. Seating is limited. Free with nature center admission.

Field Guide series

Beaver Lake Nature Center's Field Guide Series offers an in-depth look into the natural history and identification of various local species with a different topic each week as listed below. These naturalist-led programs are held at 1:30 p.m. Thursdays: May 2 – Spring Wildflowers; June 6 – Fish; and June 20 – Snakes. $5; registration required.

Walk with the birds

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, Beaver Lake Nature Center welcomes the public for a guided hike on identifying birds by their songs and key markings. Before embarking on the hike, binocular and field guide use will be discussed. Some binoculars will be available to borrow. Coffee and bagels will be served afterwards at the Visitor Center. $6; registration required.

Photographing Wildflowers

From noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5, Beaver Lake Nature Center will offer Photographing Wildflowers, a chance for photographers to work closely with award-winning landscape photographer Carl Heilman II. This all-day workshop will focus on creatively capturing the spring wildflowers around Beaver Lake, but will also cover instruction on basic SLR techniques and troubleshooting. The program allows participants to work with different kinds of lighting. $125; registration required. Participants should bring an SLR camera, lenses, a tripod and food for dinner and snacks

Starting an herb garden

At 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, participants in Beaver Lake Nature Center's starting an herb garden program will learn how to turn a small garden into a culinary inspiration. This evening class, which offers practical herb growing and cooking tips, is $12; registration required.

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