Nature center remains busy in winter

Winter has arrived, and lots of indoor and outdoor activities are planned at Navarino Nature Center.

Tim Ewing will present “Hiking Isle Royale National Park” at 1 p.m. Jan. 14. Through photos, learn about the background of the island, hiking the Greenstone and Minong ridges, wildlife found on the island, travel to the island, shipwrecks and lighthouses. Cost of the program is $4 NNC members, $6 individuals, $12 for the entire family.

Explore the trails of Navarino by candlelight and torchlight this winter. Dates of candlelight or torchlight events are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Jan. 21, Feb. 10, Feb. 11, Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. Cost of the program is $4 NNC members, $6 individuals, $12 for the entire family. Snowshoe rentals $2 for 15 and younger, $4 for 16 and older. Ski rentals are $5 for 15 and younger, and $10 for 16 and older. The sledding hill will be lit nights of the candlelight events.

A one-hour introduction to cross-country skiing class will be offered at 9 a.m. Jan. 21. Learn the basic kick and glide, stopping and turning. Cost of the program is $4 NNC members, $6 individuals, $12 for the entire family. Rentals of skis are $5 per child and $10 for adults.

Snowshoe in search of the porcupines of Navarino at 1 p.m. Jan. 21. This is a 1½-hour hike to several area porcupine dens to learn more about porcupine ecology, plus myth busting facts about thr unique animal. Cost of the program is $4 NNC members, $6 individuals, $12 for the entire family. Rental fees are extra.

“Hiking Our National Parks” will be presented at 1 p.m. Feb. 11. The program is a partnership between Shawano Pathways and the nature center, and will be presented by Kelly Ramstack, national park volunteer. The free presentation will feature photos of Zion and Glacier national parks. A snowshoe hike will follow the presentation. Equipment is available for rental.

“Frozen Fun” is back from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 18. This is a free open house that includes “Frozen” games and crafts, face-painting, snowshoeing, skiing, sledding, food (fee), costume contest, horse drawn sleigh rides (fee) and more, plus a possible appearance by Elsa and Olaf.

Hot chocolate and cappuccino are available inside the nature center during open hours.

For information, call NNC at 715-758-6999 or visit www.navarino.org.

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