Beaver Lake Nature Center - May activities

— Photographing Wildflowers

From noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5, Beaver Lake Nature Center will offer Photographing Wildflowers, a chance for photographers to work closely with award-winning landscape photographer Carl Heilman II. This all-day workshop will focus on creatively capturing the spring wildflowers around Beaver Lake, but will also cover instruction on basic SLR techniques and troubleshooting. The program allows participants to work with different kinds of lighting. $125; registration required. Participants should bring an SLR camera, lenses, a tripod and food for dinner and snacks

Starting an herb garden

At 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, participants in Beaver Lake Nature Center's starting an herb garden program will learn how to turn a small garden into a culinary inspiration. This evening class, which offers practical herb growing and cooking tips, is $12; registration required.

Let's Pretend

Beaver Lake Nature Center invites children 3 to 5 years old, accompanied by an adult, to learn about animals that live at Beaver Lake by acting out how they behave. Each session in the new "Let's Pretend" series includes a craft and outdoor activities. I’m a Beaver will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, and 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11; I’m a Great Blue Heron will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, and at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25. For each session, choose a Wednesday or a Saturday; $5 per child, per session.

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, May 9 and 23. A naturalist reads two stories to the children and then leads the group on a hike themed to match the stories. This program is free with admission.

Creative Cartographers

At 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Beaver Lake Nature Center invites grade school children to become Creative Cartographers as they join a naturalist to create unique maps. Beyond trails and trees, they'll learn how to map the sounds of the forest using codes and colors. $6 per child; registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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