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Beaver Lake Nature Center February activities

— 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. Thursday, Jan. 31. A naturalist reads two stories to the children and then leads the group on a hike themed to match the stories. FREE

Ice cutting

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, Beaver Lake Nature Center welcomes the public to the frozen shore of the Beaver Lake for an ice cutting demonstration. A naturalist will uncover the mysteries of food storage before the age of refrigerators and the lucrative business of ice harvesting during that era. Visitors will also have a chance to cut chunks of lake-ice from the lake with an antique ice saw. This program will still include the indoor presentation even if ice conditions do not permit actual ice harvest.

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.

Movies for children

This February, the Children's Room at Beaver Lake Nature Center becomes a movie theater for nature videos at 3:45 p.m. every Monday afternoon. Elementary-age children can watch a different 25- to 45-minute film each week. Due to the size of the room, pre-registration is required. Each child must be accompanied by an adult during the movie. FREE

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