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Beaver Lake Nature Center winter schedule

— Cross-country ski basics

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.

Snowshoe Race

Beaver Lake Nature Center and Eastern Mountain Sports are pleased to announce the fourth annual Snowshoe Race will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at the nature center. Participants can register for this 5K snowshoe race in advance or the morning of the event at the Visitor Center. $17 to register, $5 snowshoe rental available.

In addition, knowledgeable staff from Eastern Mountain Sports will demonstrate snowshoe use and will display key equipment used in this form of winter recreation from 10 a.m. to noon the day of the event. In case of insufficient snow coverage, a snow date has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.

Ski 100 miles

Beaver Lake Nature Center offers Ski 100 Miles, an incentive to get out and enjoy the nature center's trails this winter. Cross-country skiers can sign up to record ski mileage in a personal logbook and stamp in the date at the front desk for verification. When a skier has accumulated 100 miles, he/she will be rewarded with a long-sleeve T-shirt proclaiming "I Skied 100 Miles at Beaver Lake Nature Center." The registration fee is $10; no time limit to reach the 100-mile goal.

Walk 100 Miles

Beaver Lake Nature Center welcomes visitors to sign up for our popular walking program that rewards the completion of walking 100, 200, 300 or 1,000 miles. This ongoing program helps motivate walkers to get out into the peaceful woods to reach exercise or stress-relief goals. After registering, participants receive a logbook in which to stamp the date after each walk and keep track of mileage covered. There is no time limit, as Walk 100 Miles is an ongoing program. Upon completing a goal, walkers will be rewarded with a commemorative T-shirt, with a different design for each of the four goals. There is a $5 program fee.

Beaver Lake Nature Center is an Onondaga County Park located at 8477 East Mud Lake Road, four miles west of Baldwinsville off Route 370.

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