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Ottawa County Parks offers winter programs

Anonymous • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:21 AM

A “Feeder Watch” will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Nature Education Center in West Olive. There should be lots of activity at the feeders for this indoor program that will help participants hone their identification skills as well as observe a variety of wildlife behaviors. There will also be tips on how you can attract wildlife to your home feeding stations.   

A program called “Tree Creations” is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Nature Education Center, and is for adults and older children. Trees have amazing shapes and textures that really stand out on a winter’s day. Join art teacher Heidi Camp to learn one technique used to draw trees, then go outside with naturalist Kristen Hintz on a 30-minute walk to explore some of the unique shapes and textures of trees found at Hemlock Crossing. We’ll come back inside to create unique artistic pieces reflecting the shapes and textures revealed on the walk.

On Saturday, Feb. 18, there will be a “Winter Walk” at Pine Bend County Park in Port Sheldon Township, beginning at 10 a.m. Explore the mature forest at Pine Bend for a look at what’s happening outside in the winter. Be prepared for walking on the trails. Meet in the parking lot.

“The Owl with Many Names” will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Pine Bend County Park. “Hoot Owl” and “Eight Hooter” are two of many common names for the owl Strix varia. This program will begin with an indoor program about Strix varia followed by a walk to try our luck at calling owls. The program is for adults and older children. Meet in the Weaver House. 

These walks and programs last about 90 minutes, and are canceled if weather or road conditions are unsafe. The programs are for individuals and families with children of all ages, unless otherwise noted. 

There are no program fees and advance registration is not required. For more information, call 616-786-4847.

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