A pair of spring hikes and a Door County Master Gardeners lecture are coming up this week at Crossroads at Big Creek.
On April 16 at 10 am, celebrate spring with a walk through the Ida Bay preserve. Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of Canal and Buffalo Ridge Trail.
On April 18 at 7 pm, take a hike to hear a frog chorus since the frogs have arrived in Hauser Pond. Hikers should wear footwear that can get wet, and meet at the Collins Learning Center.
The Door County Masters Gardeners will offer a lecture about cottage gardens on April 19 at 7 pm. According to speaker Mark Konlock, Director of Horticulture at the Green Bay Botanical Garden, “Cottage gardens combine a little bit of everything – vegetables, fruits, annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs – usually in an informal setting. They are bountiful wonderlands of flowers, pollinator paradises and idyllic retreats from the busyness of our lives.” This program is free and open to the public.
Crossroads is collaborating with the Master Gardeners, UW-Extension, the Community’s Garden and Pat’s Patch Organic Produce to offer a three-session Garden Workshop for Families. Classes will be held April 27, May 11 & 25, 6 – 7:30 pm, at Heritage Garden, Crossroads’ outdoor classroom. Families will learn to: make their own soil blocks, plant and tend vegetables in the greenhouse, make good garden soil, keep weeds under control and grow/prepare their own vegetables. At the completion of the program, each family takes home plants for their own gardens. The cost is $15. For more information or to register, contact Jenny Spude at 920.746.5994 or [email protected].
The Collins Learning Center is open 2 – 4:30 pm daily. During construction, Crossroads can be reached from the detour by taking County T, crossing the highway and driving to Big Creek Road. Turn right and drive to Lily Bay Road. Turn right again. Lily Bay merges with Michigan Street at Crossroads. To reach the Astronomy Center, follow Utah Street (which will cross the highway during construction), or follow Memorial Drive under the bridge, turn on to 18th Place, and then turn right and go up the hill to the Cove Road intersection.