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Saturday, September 28, 3:00 p.m. Animals that are Hard to Love: Spiders, Snakes & Such... Join us in the nature center’s program room to learn about spiders, snakes and a few other “hard to love” animals of Southwest Michigan. We’ll have live examples of some and we’ll discuss what’s fact and what’s fiction about their behaviors.
Saturday, October 5, 1:00 p.m. Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. Bring a bike (and a kid of course!) and help us celebrate the International Mountain Bike Association’s “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.” We’ll have a shorter, easier route marked on our mountain bike trail for younger riders, as well as a simple obstacle course set up around the perimeter of the nature center prairie. And snacks, did we mention snacks? Yep, we’ll have those available for young riders too! Riders are welcome to enjoy the full or shorter mountain bike trail on their own (with a parent) or join us for a guided ride. Bring a mountain bike or BMX bike in good working order (we’ll be riding on trails) and a helmet.
Wed, Oct. 9, 16, 23 & 30, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Wellness Walks. October is one of the finest months for hiking the trails at Love Creek and late morning is an ideal time. For these weekday hikes a park naturalist will lead the way on a one-hour walk that combines a bit of exercise with a chance to enjoy good company, the outdoors and fall colors!
Saturday, October 12, 3:00 p.m. Meet the Decomposers. Lucky for us the natural world is full of recyclers! Today, both inside and outside, we’ll take an up-close, hands on look at some of the strange organisms—fungi, slime molds, insects and others—that help return nutrients to the environment. (It’ll be a scavenger hunt of sorts!)
Saturday, October 26, 3:00 p.m. Colors of Love Creek. Late October is a great time to experience Love Creek’s outer loop trail with a park naturalist. This popular hiking and ski area features a mature forest and a scenic stream valley. We’ll focus on fall colors, but don’t forget your binoculars. A magnificent Pileated Woodpecker could fly into view at any time in this area!
Saturday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. October Family Night Hike. Join us on an October evening for a guided exploration of Love Creek’s trails at night. With luck, we’ll hear or see an owl. Afterwards, we’ll relax around a campfire with cider and roasting marshmallows. Group size is limited and pre-registration is required. Fee: $2 per person. Please call (269) 471-2617 to register.
The Berrien County Parks Commission sponsors interpretive naturalist programming at Love Creek Nature Center for groups and the general public. Join us for a general public event or contact us at (269) 471-2617 to arrange a program for your group or organization.
Click here for information about some of the school group programs offered by the Love Creek staff. Many of these can be modified or adapted for other groups as well. Call us for more information!
Berrien Birding Club: To help promote recreational bird watching in southwest Michigan, the Berrien County Parks Commission and Love Creek Nature Center sponsor the Berrien Birding Club. Field trips are free and open to all. For a list of upcoming field trips and events, call (269) 471-2617 or click here.