October Highlights:

Winter Hours: The month began with the transition to winter hours, operating Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. This change was made to accommodate the shorter days and cooler weather.

Bat Program: The Bat program was a resounding success, attracting great numbers of curious individuals. In addition to the program, bat boxes were available for sale, promoting bat conservation in the area.

Big Holloween: Starr's Cave Nature Center hosted a Big Holloween event that drew in an impressive 750 attendees. Activities included hayrack rides, s'mores, a costume contest, and delicious food and drink from various vendors. It was indeed a graveyard smash!

Monarch Watch: The 200th tagged monarch butterfly was released as part of Monarch Watch, a program designed to promote pollinators and gather data on the migratory patterns of these remarkable butterflies.

REAP Assembly: The center hosted its annual REAP assembly, offering valuable insights into a variety of conservation topics. This event allowed state and community members to share their views and desires for future conservation efforts.

Hike A Park: Hike A Park events have been a huge hit. With events at Wilson Lake, Black Oak Lake, and an upcoming hike at Starr’s Cave on October 26th, it's an excellent way to explore the natural beauty of the area.

November Excitement:

Hike A Park Continues: The Hike A Park series continues into November with events at Crapo/Dankwardt on November 2nd and Pollmiller Park in Lee County on November 16th. These events are perfect for those looking to explore the local parks.

Ferro Rod Fire Building: On November 9th, Starr's Cave Nature Center will be hosting a ferro rod fire building program. This skill-building event is open to participants of all skill levels and abilities.

Adventure Backpacks: Thanks to a grant from Walmart, Starr's Cave Nature Center now offers rentable adventure backpacks. On November 22nd, the center will hold a park hike to demonstrate how to rent and use these packs. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.

Educational Programs: Throughout November, a variety of classroom activities and field trips are scheduled. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to ensure the center is ready for visitors and to check for specific programs of interest.

With the colder months approaching, Starr's Cave Nature Center continues to be a beacon of warmth and knowledge for the community. The commitment to conservation and environmental education is evident in the diverse range of programs and events being offered. So, whether you're a seasoned naturalist or just looking for a bit of outdoor adventure, Starr's Cave Nature Center has something for you this fall.

Make sure to mark your calendars and join in on the fun and educational experiences this November. The wonders of nature are calling, and Starr's Cave Nature Center is here to answer that call.

published Tuesday, October 24, 2023

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