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Beaver Lake Nature Center - It's maple sugar season

Movies for children

This February, the Children's Room at Beaver Lake Nature Center becomes a movie theater for nature videos at 3:45 p.m. every Monday afternoon. Elementary-age children can watch a different 25- to 45-minute film each week. Due to the size of the room, pre-registration is required. Each child must be accompanied by an adult during the movie. FREE

Feb. 25 Migration (25 min.)

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. Thursday, Feb. 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

Maple sugaring volunteers

Beaver Lake Nature Center seeks individuals interested in sharing their love and knowledge of maple sugaring with the hundreds of people that visit Beaver Lake Nature Center's Demonstration Sugarbush every weekend in March. After attending a training course held at the nature center, volunteers will talk with visitors at one of six stations in the sugarbush about a particular aspect of making maple syrup from maple sap. Interested volunteers can sign up for training from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, March 1, or Saturday, March 2, by calling the Nature Center at 638-2519.

Maple sugaring and pancake breakfasts

March maple sugaring and pancake breakfasts at Beaver Lake Nature Center mark the coming of spring. A visit to Beaver Lake Nature Center's demonstration sugarbush, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays in March, will introduce visitors to the heritage of sugaring and the production of maple syrup.

From 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday in March, Beaver Lake Nature Center invites the public to come enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast, which also includes sausage and juice or fresh brewed coffee. Depending on appetite, breakfast will range from $3 to $5. Visitors, including groups, are served and seated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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