EGGStravaganza returns to Crossroads at Big Creek on April 15 at 2 pm. This is not an egg hunt; there will be no chocolate bunnies or jellybeans or pastel plastic trinkets. EGGStravaganza is a science lesson, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun.
During this annual event, families gather to investigate chicken eggs. Learners of all ages begin by watching two short but astonishing films documenting the development of a chicken embryo, from day one when the egg is laid, until the pipping on day 21. Pipping? It is an odd word describing the process by which a chick escapes from its eggshell through a weakened spot called a pip.
During the program, each family will dissect a real egg and learn about pipping. Participants will also test the strength of eggshells, and there are countless imaginative ways to test it: squeezing, rolling, tossing, playing catch, etc. It’s all part of the Crossroads tradition.
Another part of the tradition is showing the feature-length documentary Mad City Chickens. The screening starts at 3:30 pm. According to the producers, Tarazod Films, “Viewers will witness Gallus domesticus – the backyard chicken. From healthy eggs to the family’s new favorite pet, the chicken is forging a fresh place in the pecking order of human importance.”
Crossroads at Big Creek is a donor-supported facility made up of the Big Creek, The Cove, and the Ida Bay preserves. The Collins Learning Center, located at 2041 Michigan just east of the Highway 42/57 Roundabout in Sturgeon Bay, is open 2 – 4 pm daily and during scheduled activities. Trails in all preserves are open 24/7 free of charge.