Join Crossroads at Big Creek and researcher-in-residence Emily Rux for an archaeological workshop Dec. 20, 2 pm. Rux will conduct an open lab so participants can clean and sort the artifacts unearthed at The Cove and Ida Bay Preserve (or just watch). No experience is necessary. Meet in the lower level of the Collins Learning Center.
Crossroads will start its Ski for Free program Dec. 21, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (conditions permitting); and continue Dec. 22, 1-3:30 pm. Through the Ski for Free program, Crossroads lends, free of charge, an array of ski and snowshoe equipment in sizes to fit age three through large adults. When trail conditions permit, volunteers at the Crossroads maintenance building will fit you with equipment. When you’ve finished, return the equipment, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.
On Saturday, Dec. 21, 4-6 pm, celebrate the shortest day of the year with a winter solstice campfire. To get there, take the trail on the east side of the parking lot, and cross the long bridge. Marshmallows and roasting sticks will be provided. Families are encouraged to take a picnic dinner to roast over the open fire. Remember flashlights, and check crossroadsatbigcreek.org if it’s windy.
The Collins Learning Center, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, is open weekdays, 10 am – 4 pm; and weekends, 1-4 pm. Trails are free and open to the public. Check crossroadsatbigcreek.org to review current trail conditions and cancellations.