Thanks to a grant from the MMG Foundation, Crossroads at Big Creek offers Family Programs throughout the summer so people of all ages can learn about their environment together. Summer educator Joan Wilkie will present hands-on activities for all ages each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (except July 4) at 10 am starting in the Collins Learning Center. These programs are free and open to the public.
The first Family Program is scheduled for July 3 and focuses on the Heritage Garden at Crossroads. Participants visit the 1890s-style garden and observe the flowers, herbs, and vegetables which Wisconsin settlers grew and used for food, seasonings and home remedies.
The next Family Program is “Insect Safari”on July 5; it lets participants use an insect net and hand lens (provided) to learn about the insects that live in the meadows of Big Creek Preserve.
June 30 brings another Friends Work Party at 10 am. Volunteers are welcome at these weekly work parties to knock back some of the invasive plants that are found in Big Creek Preserve. Meet at the Collins Learning Center. Bring gloves and loppers if you have them.
The Collins Learning Center is located at 2041 Michigan, just east of the highway roundabout in Sturgeon Bay. Summer hours are 1-3 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and during scheduled events. They are closed on Sunday and Monday, but restrooms and trails are open. The Collins Learning Center is closed July 4, but the trails and restrooms remain open.