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Beaver Lake Nature Center activities - winter 2013

Learn to cross-country ski or snowshoe

Movies for children

This January and 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

Jan. 14 The Magic of Motion (45 min.)

Jan. 21 The Material World (45 min.)

Jan. 28 Energy is the Key (45 min.)

Feb. 4 Eyewitness: Pond & River (35 min.)

Feb. 11 Stranger in the Woods (25 min.)

Feb. 18 Eyewitness: Insect (35 min.)

Feb. 25 Migration (25 min.)

Field Guide Series: precipitation

At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, Beaver Lake Nature Center will offer an in-depth look into different kinds of precipitation. A naturalist will discuss topics including weather and the various types of snow. $5; registration required.

Colonial herbs program

Beaver Lake Nature Center will host the Gardeners in Thyme for a program on Colonial Herbs, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Doreen Todorov, master gardener from Cornell Co-operative Extension, will discuss the importance of herb gardens to colonial housewives and their cultivation of herbs for dyes, medicines and food. Registration required; $5 per person includes the program as well as light refreshments. A basket raffle will be held.

Field guide series: Bats

At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, Beaver Lake Nature Center offers an in-depth look into the world of bats. During this program, a part of Beaver Lake Nature Center's Field Guide Series, participants will join a naturalist to learn more about the identification and natural history of bats in the area. $5; registration required.

Moonlight skiing and snowshoeing

Friday through Sunday (Jan. 25, 26 and 27), Beaver Lake Nature Center will stay open until 9 p.m. to allow skiers and snowshoers to take advantage of the moonlit trails. At trails' end is the Visitor Center with exhibits and refreshments. For their safety, night visitors should remember to sign in and sign out at the Visitor Center, go with a friend and bring a flashlight in case a section of the trail is especially dark. The Nature Center will close before 9 p.m. if there is insufficient snow cover, so please call ahead.

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