Learn the History of Christmas Trees at Crossroads

Join Crossroads at Big Creek’s researcher-in-residence, Emily Rux, on Dec. 6, 2 pm, for an archaeology workshop. She’ll conduct an open lab so that participants can experience cleaning and sorting the artifacts that have been unearthed at The Cove and Ida Bay Preserve (or just observe). No experience is necessary. Meet in the Collins Learning Center’s lower level.

Learn about the history of Christmas trees and some that are currently used during a short, illustrated lecture Dec. 7, 10:30 am. Then at 11 am, take a gentle hike to the various stands in the evergreen forest, which boasts a number of species, to learn how evergreens have adapted to Wisconsin winters. Meet at the Collins Learning Center.                                                                                                   

At 2 pm on Dec. 7, families may make a simple bird feeder using the plastic bottles that people leave at Crossroads. Stay for a short program following the feeder assembly to learn about the birds that might be attracted to the bottle feeders. Each family will receive one free feeder assembly kit. This activity is best suited for school-aged children. Meet at the Collins Learning Center.

The Collins Learning Center, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, is open weekdays, 10 am – 4 pm; and weekends and during scheduled events, 1-4 pm. Visit to see maps and review trail conditions.


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