Crossroads Hosts First Hike in Ida Bay Forest

There are three or four of majestic Eastern Hemlock trees at Crossroads at Big Creek, but in the Ida Bay Forest, which The Nature Conservancy recently donated to Crossroads, groves of hemlocks seem to be reproducing.

To appreciate these hemlocks, go “In Search of Hemlocks” on Jan. 17 at 11 am. Crossroads will sponsor their first exploration of the Ida Bay Forest with this hike. Meet at the Collins Learning Center parking lot.

On Jan. 21 at 7 pm, Master Gardeners will sponsor “What’s New in 2014?” featuring gardening trends from color and container ideas to new garden styles. Attendees will take a look at the new varieties arriving for 2014 and can then begin to dream about adding the newest and brightest cultivars to their gardens this year. Kori Zawojski, co-owner of Sunnypoint Gardens & Gift Shop, returns for a third year to point out new trends. Her program is always well attended and informative.

On Jan. 19, 1 – 3 pm, there will be ski and snowshoe loans to Door County residents and visitors on a first come, first serve basis. Equipment must be used at Crossroads and returned to the Collins Learning Center by 4 pm.

The Collins Learning Center, located at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay, is open 2 – 4:30 pm daily and during scheduled events. Trails are free and open to the public; hikers are asked to avoid walking on ski trails.