November Highlights:

We wrapped up our Hike A Park program series with gusto! The final two hikes were a testament to our community's enthusiasm for outdoor adventures. We can't wait to spice things up in the spring with new and thrilling experiences.

The Ferro Rod Fire building workshop was a hit! Watching ten eager participants master the art of fire building using fundamental techniques was truly rewarding. It’s fantastic to see such enthusiasm for these essential outdoor skills.

Our Adventure Pack Hike showcased our rentable adventure packs, with a focus on tracking. Exploring various tracks and evidence left behind by animals and people was a fascinating journey into nature's mysteries.

An incredible milestone was celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony marking the addition of 19 acres to Hickory Bend Recreation area. This expansion wouldn't have been possible without the incredible support of numerous donors and organizations.

December Excitement:

As we step into December, our calendar is brimming with activities guaranteed to delight nature enthusiasts of all ages.

The PiECES orienteering field trip on December 2nd is set to introduce students to compass navigation and the compass course at SCNC. It's a fantastic opportunity for hands-on learning in the great outdoors.

December 7th marks an important day as our DMCC staff will reflect on the year's programs and facilities. This reflection and goal-setting session will help us adjust our strategies and celebrate the wins. Please note that our conservation buildings will be closed on this day.

We're diligently renewing licenses and maintaining reports for the animal specimens at Starr’s Cave. Ensuring the well-being of our animal ambassadors and salvaged animal remains is a priority, involving collaboration with authorities to guarantee their proper care.

Our 'Meet A Live Animal' event on December 6th will introduce visitors to some of our live animal ambassadors at Starr’s Cave Nature Center. It's a free program and a perfect opportunity to get up close with fascinating creatures.

As the snow works its way into winter there are chances to rent cross-country skis. This season we will be doing weekly rentals for $25 and Seasonal rentals for $75. Call to set up an appointment today!

Mark your calendars for National Cocoa Day on December 13th! Join us for a cozy bonfire and a cup of cocoa, making the most of this national holiday in the midst of nature's beauty.

Anticipation runs high as we await news about a Grant through SCI. This grant could significantly expand our nature center's programs, and the announcement on December 15th has us on the edge of our seats.

Looking for some holiday cheer? Join us on December 21st for our Crafts at the Center event, a chance to get crafty and festive. This free event requires reservations, so be sure to secure your spot.

Please note our holiday closure on December 25th and 26th. We hope you have a safe and joyous holiday season!

Wrapping up the year, our Winter Camp from December 27th-29th promises to be an exciting exploration of Starr’s Cave during the winter. Limited spots are available, so be sure to reserve yours for this enriching experience for kids aged 7-9 years old.

As we bid adieu to November’s successes, we eagerly anticipate the adventures December holds. Join us for a month of exploration, learning, and holiday festivities surrounded by the wonders of nature!

published Wednesday, November 29, 2023

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