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Beaver Lake Nature Center February activities

— 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.

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.

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.

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. Thursdays, Feb. 14 and 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

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.

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