This winter, Beaver Lake Nature Center offers Yoga, a great class for complete fitness, at 9 a.m. Mondays (session two: Feb. 11 to March 18). The five-week session works toward increased cardio fitness and strength, improved flexibility and balance, stress reduction and weight management. Yoga at Beaver Lake Nature Center is a way to start the day feeling balanced, relaxed and energized. Registration required; $47.
Learn to cross-country ski or snowshoe
This winter, Beaver Lake Nature Center invites visitors to explore the winter woods and meadows. Rental snowshoes to fit most feet are available for $3 per hour when the trails are covered with a protective base of snow. Beaver Lake Nature Center offers two trails exclusively for snowshoeing, four trails exclusively for cross-country skiing, three walking trails and a multi-use trail. These designations allow for safe, perfectly packed trails for the majority of our winter visitors.
Beaver Lake welcomes beginning cross-country skiers this winter by offering private cross-country ski lessons. These one- to one-and-a-half-hour introductory sessions can be scheduled by calling the nature center at 638-2519. $16; participants must bring their own skis.
Visitors wishing to snowshoe in good company may join a naturalist and other guests for an hour-long Weekday Snowshoe Jaunt at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 13. Benefit from a naturalist's insights, along with the light aerobic exercise. Snowshoes may be rented from Beaver Lake for $3 on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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, Feb. 14 and 28. A naturalist reads two stories to the children and then leads the group on a hike themed to match the stories. Children can arrive a few minutes early to color a name tag. Free