County parks programs not hibernating for winter

While many critters slumber for the winter, lively Ottawa County park naturalists are offering a variety of programs though the cold.
Tribune Staff
Dec 19, 2013

The next event is a holiday open house, 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Education Center. People can relax to seasonal music, enjoy cookies and hot beverages by the Christmas tree, view wildlife exhibits, and watch birds and animals.

After Christmas, folks are invited to enjoy Winter Walks at 1 p.m. Dec. 26 at Hemlock Crossing and Dec. 27 at Pine Bend Park. A walk is also being offered at 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at Grand River Park. 

Also this winter, the Nature Education Center will offer a variety of programs including "The Scoop in Skulls" for the detective types, "Art of Drawing Trees" for creative spirits and "Introduction to Paddleboarding" for adventurers. 

Many other programs are also available, including "Coffee with the Birds" on the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m., plus "Family Hours" every Sunday at 2 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday through the winter, people are also invited to gather around the Nature Center fireplace to warm up after hike, ski or snowshoe along the Pigeon River.

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