This weekend, Crossroads at Big Creek will celebrate the life and “land ethic” of Wisconsin’s premier ecologist, Aldo Leopold, on Aldo Leopold Day.
March 7 will start with a free, continental breakfast at 8 am. Participants may gather around the fireplace while volunteers share short passages from Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, and an optional film will follow.
Ski for Free will continue March 7, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm; and March 8, 1-3:30 pm. Crossroads and Door County Silent Sports lend, free of charge, an array of ski and snowshoe equipment in sizes to fit age three through large adults. When conditions permit, go to the Crossroads maintenance building, where volunteers will fit you with equipment.
An Aldo Leopold Day hike will take place March 8, 4 pm, when you can join the naturalist in the beautiful forests of the Ida Bay Preserve. Meet at the Zenith Street entrance.
If you’ve ever volunteered at Crossroads or plan to in the future, then attend the Fireside Chili Social on March 9, 5 pm. Chili – vegetarian and meat options – will be served. Please contribute a chili fixin’ or finger-food side dish to share. There will be an update on Crossroads’ soon-to-be-unveiled Habitat Trail Loops at 6 pm.
On March 10, 7 pm, the Door County Master Gardeners will host “Spiders and People: An Uneasy Relationship,” presented by Mike Draney, chair of UW-Green Bay’s Department of Natural and Applied Sciences. He will discuss how you can become more comfortable with the spiders that share our homes and gardens. Meet in the Collins Learning Center.
Wild Ones will present the lecture “Alien Invaders – Not Welcome!” on March 12, 7 pm. Kari Hagenow, Door Peninsula land steward for The Nature Conservancy and president of the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin, will teach us how to identify invasives and rid the landscape of them.
The Collins Learning Center, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, is open weekdays, 10 am – 4 pm; weekends, 1-3:30 pm; and during scheduled activities. It will close, and activities will be canceled, if Sturgeon Bay Schools close.