Beaver Lake Nature Center - May activities

— Field Guide series

Beaver Lake Nature Center's Field Guide Series offers an in-depth look into the natural history and identification of various local species with a different topic each week as listed below. These naturalist-led programs are held at 1:30 p.m. Thursdays: May 2 – Spring Wildflowers; June 6 – Fish; and June 20 – Snakes. $5; registration required.


Beaver Lake Nature Center will throw a Pest-O-Party at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4. A naturalist will lead the group in pulling out pesty, invasive garlic mustard along a trail and then the group will lunch together, enjoying pasta with the Kalamazoo Nature Center's recipe for garlic mustard pesto. Long sleeves, long pants and gloves are recommended. This program is free, but registration is required for planning food quantities.

Guided weekend walks

Beaver Lake Nature Center invites visitors to join a naturalist for a guided weekend walk at 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in May, free with admission. Topics for each weekend's walks are: Spring Wildflowers May 4 and 5; Foxes and Coyotes May 11 and 12; Salamanders and Frogs May 18 and 19; and Ospreys and Eagles May 25 and 26.

Walk with the birds

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, Beaver Lake Nature Center welcomes the public for a guided hike on identifying birds by their songs and key markings. Before embarking on the hike, binocular and field guide use will be discussed. Some binoculars will be available to borrow. Coffee and bagels will be served afterwards at the Visitor Center. $6; registration required.

Insect Creations

Beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 5, children can venture into the woods with a naturalist to discover the world of insects. Insect Creations will investigate the leaves, logs and dirt of the forest floor to find some often overlooked animals. Back inside, children will learn about the anatomy of insects and then have the opportunity to create an insect of their own to take home. For children 6 to 12 years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian. $9 per child.

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