Baldwinsville 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.
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, Jan. 3, 17 and 31. A naturalist reads two stories to the children and then leads the group on a hike themed to match the stories. FREE
Tracking wildlife on snowshoes
Beaver Lake Nature Center invites visitors to join a naturalist for tracking wildlife on snowshoes at 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in January and February. FREE; registration required – call the nature center to register, beginning at 8 a.m. the day of the hike, and to check snow conditions. While this program will be offered regardless of snow cover, it will only be on snowshoes when snow conditions are acceptable.
This winter, Beaver Lake Nature Center offers Yoga, a great class for complete fitness, at 9 a.m. Mondays (session one: Jan. 7 to Feb. 4; 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 for one session or $89 for two sessions.