Beaver Lake Nature Center February 2013 events

— Lunar New Years

On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 and 10, Beaver Lake Nature Center will celebrate the Lunar New Year as the new moon marks the beginning of the New Year for Asia. From noon to 4 p.m., visitors are invited to stop inside the nature center to learn something new about the moon, its phases and how it affects the animals around Beaver Lake. Also during those hours, children can visit the lunar craft table and half-moon cookies will be for sale from the Friends of Beaver Lake.

A Natural Valentine

Beaver Lake Nature Center offers the perfect way to spend Valentine's evening. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, a naturalist will guide couples on a moonlit hike through serene, wintry woods. After the walk, which will be on snowshoes if there is snow, couples will gather back at the nature center for live music, decadent desserts and flavored coffees to savor in front of a warm fire. Registration required; $30 per couple.

Snowshoe Feast

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Beaver Lake Nature Center's Snowshoe Feast will capture the flavor of a winter's night in the northern woods. After enjoying a hearty meal, participants will venture out on a guided hike in the frozen woods, which will be on snowshoes if there is sufficient snow. A crackling fire and Colin Aberdeen's guitar welcomes guests back inside for dessert. Registration required; $25.

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.

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