Outdoor Options for Local Spring Breakers

Crossroads at Big Creek is a donor-supported preserve offers education, conducts research and provides outdoor experiences for learners of all ages. During Spring Break, Crossroads will offer several family programs so different generations can get in touch with nature together. These programs are free and open to the public.

On March 24 at 2 pm, during “Door County Fossils,” attendees will start in the lab with edible models and learn to identify some of the common fossils of Door County. Weather permitting, the program will end with a hike/fossil hunt. Pre-registrations not required but call 920.746.5895 if participants have dietary restrictions. Meet at the Collins Learning Center.

On March 26 at 2 pm, families and other interested learners are invited to “Meet the Beaver.” They will watch a short video and participate in several learning games to learn about this mammal which makes water its home. Meet in the Lecture Hall of the Collins Learning Center.

On March 27 at 7 pm, the Door County Masters Gardeners are holding the lecture, “Different Daffs – Overview of an Addiction” with guest speaker George Dorner. After a very brief discussion of the whys and hows of growing this favorite spring bloom, this talk will delve into unusual forms of narcissus, into new colors, new seasons, current hybridizing trends, and how the internet has changed the hobby of growing and showing daffodils.

On March 29 at 10 am, there will be a pike hike, with a possible peek at the fish. The Crossroads naturalists never know when the pike will run in Big Creek, and they are often missed. The more observers, the better chances of seeing the Northerns. And if the pike aren’t there, the creek itself is worth the hike. Dress for the weather and, perhaps, getting a bit wet. Meet at the Collins Learning Center.

The Crossroads’ preserves are free and open to the public. The Collins Learning Center, located at 2041 Michigan Street, just east of the highway roundabout in Sturgeon Bay, is open 2-4 pm daily and during scheduled activities.

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