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RESTORATION, HIKES AND MORE AT CROSSROADS

Stop by Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, for fun and educational activities this week.

Habitat Healers will meet again April 30, 9:30-11:30 am, when volunteers of all ages are invited to help with land-restoration efforts. Instruction, equipment, gloves, cookies and lemonade will be provided. Wear clothing that can get dirty and wet, and meet at the workshop.

Return April 30 at 2 pm for the Saturday Science program to celebrate the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society’s new planetarium by exploring all things astronomy. This family program is intended for school-aged students, but learners of all ages are welcome. Some activities will be outdoors, so dress for the weather.

On May 1, 2 pm, enjoy a hike at Ida Bay Preserve. Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of Canal Road and Buffalo Ridge Trail. 

The next Door County Master Gardeners Association lecture will be May 3, 6:30 pm, featuring ecologist Neil Diboll discussing the best native plants for small gardens and highlighting the showiest and best-behaved prairie plants, which can be planted alone or mixed with other perennials. If you prefer to watch the program online, email a request for a Zoom link to [email protected] with “Prairie” in the subject line.

Chris Young will present “Where Restoration Begins” on May 4, 6:30 pm. Using the history of ecology as a starting point, he’ll discuss ongoing efforts to restore land where there has been intensive human use. He’s the project manager of the Urban Ecology Center Institute, an Alverno College professor of biology and an affiliated professor of history at UW-Milwaukee.

Visit crossroadsatbigcreek.org to find more details about these programs and others.