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Sheldrake Environmental Center Wants All to Know There's Lots Happening in Nature in Winter

Nobody should settle onto the couch for a long winter of binge-TV-watching. Sheldrake wants to get everyone outdoors. While it may look quiet out there, there's lots happening, and Sheldrake has programs designed for exploring the natural world -- even during the wintry months. With ongoing programs such as Neighborhood Nature and Young Explorers, and Nature Camp scheduled during February Break, Sheldrake inspires people of all ages to get out and enjoy the best the crisp season has to offer.

With Neighborhood Nature, participants visit local sites that have become familiar to thousands of schoolchildren who participate in Sheldrake trips. They can take advantage of midweek sessions for adults or Saturday programs for the whole family.

During Neighborhood Nature Winter Trees, on Tuesday, 2/11 (9:30-11am), adults will discover that winter is a great time to learn how to identify trees by looking at buds, bark and branches. Magnificent trees will be explored on the beautiful Sheldrake River Trail. After this walk, participants will see their own trees with new eyes.

Neighborhood Nature Micro-World will allow adults to see how different the world looks under a microscope. In the nature center's microscope lab, participants will look at the veins in a dragonfly's wings, a yellow jacket's stinger, and some living organisms from the pond. They can also bring their own specimens to examine.This program is scheduled for Thursday, 3/6 (9:30-11am).

Also part of the Neighborhood Nature series, Signs of Spring at the Larchmont Reservoir, on Saturday, 3/15 (10-11:30am), is a program for the whole family. With the vernal equinox less than a week away, the natural world is starting to stir. A Sheldrake naturalist will guide adults and children on the trail and have them look for swelling buds, migrating birds, and other signs that spring is approaching.

Neighborhood Nature is free for members. Non-members pay $10 for adults, $5 for children, for each program.

And there's more for the kids so they don't have to start feeling cooped up indoors. They'll be inspired to get out with all the fun things to do at Sheldrake's children's programs. They'll search for signs of animals, find out who's awake and who's asleep, how they adapt. They'll find winter birds, insects, egg cases, even butterflies. They'll look for signs of rabbits, deer, mice, chipmunks and squirrels, observe their tracks in snow or mud, find their winter homes. The Young Explorers program, for pre-school children ages 4 and 5, is back by popular demand this winter and lasts through June. From February 17 to 21 when school is out, children ages 3 to 5 will want to get out of the house to explore, discover and participate in many other fun activities at February Break Nature Camp.

So, everyone should bundle up and come find out what happens in nature during the crisp time of year. They'll see that winter is a season full of wonder and learning - they just have to get out there and get into it with Sheldrake naturalists.

Sheldrake Environmental Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire environmental awareness and action in the community, and to preserve, protect and enhance local environmental resources. The center is located at 685 Weaver Street in Larchmont, NY. More information on Sheldrake and its programs can be obtained by visiting www.sheldrakecenter.org, or by contacting Amy at (914) 834-1443 or at scheduling@sheldrakecenter.org.

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