‘The History of the Christmas Tree’ at Crossroads

It’s the time of year when many people focus on evergreen trees. They are talked about a lot at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. There are also a lot of opportunities to learn more about, and experience, these holiday trees.

On Dec. 8, learn about “The History of the Christmas Tree” at 2 pm. This 45-minute program will discuss the historical roots to the rather bizarre, albeit beloved, tradition of bringing trees into homes this time of year. Slides also cover the differences in conifer trees, focusing on those that grow in the Crossroads preserves. This program will be held in the lecture hall of the Collins Learning Center.

Attendees can also enjoy these trees after the lecture at 2:45 pm with a nature hike. This gentle walk will visit several of the conifer forests so participants can feel, smell and enjoy the trees that have become traditional holiday decorations. Hikers should dress for the weather and meet at the Collins Learning Center.

On Dec. 10 enjoy the beech/hemlock forest at the Ida Bay Preserve. This 10 am hike is easy walking. In case of snow, call 920.746.5895 ahead to rent a pair of snowshoes. Hikers should meet at the Zenith Street entrance.

Crossroads at Big Creek is a donor-supported learning center composed of three preserves. The Collins Learning Center, at 2041 Michigan Street, is open 2–4:30 pm daily and during scheduled activities. Trails and restrooms are always open. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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