It seems – and smells – like Christmas in July at Crossroads at Big Creek because it’s received some very fragrant gifts.
Boy Scout Fletcher Hubbard chose to restore the ash grove as his Eagle Scout project, so last weekend, Hubbard led a group of 23 volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 1022, his family and his soccer team in planting 90 balsam fir and 10 tamarack trees in the area on the north end of the Big Creek Preserve. It’s the first step in improving the wildlife habitat and aesthetics of the area. Later this fall, more plantings of moisture-tolerant trees will increase the area’s biodiversity and, hopefully, replace the recently departed ash trees.
On July 27, 10 am, the Friends of Crossroads will throw an invasive-species work party, and community members are invited to join the battle. Meet at the maintenance building. No experience is necessary, but work gloves are a good idea.
Free family programs also continue: Soar with Fantastic Flyers on July 30, Heritage Garden on July 31 and Insect Safari on Aug. 1. All programs begin at 10 am and are appropriate for all ages. Meet in the Collins Learning Center.
The Collins Learning Center, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, is open 10 am to 4 pm daily and during scheduled events. Trails and restrooms are free and open to the public 24/7.