More than 20 people hiked the lower and upper trails of Sanctuary Woods Park, 4750 66th St., in Laketown Township on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, as part of the Outdoor Discovery Center program to kick off spring and summer events in the township parks. Participants identified spring wildflowers and spotted birds including turkey vultures and woodpeckers.
The Laketown Township Parks and Recreation Commission and the Outdoor Discovery Center partner for free programs throughout the year.
For complete information, visit OutdoorDiscovery.org.
Upcoming events include:
Senior Series – Wildflowers at Sanctuary Woods, 4749 66th St. 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, May 2.Take a leisurely stroll along the trails in search of the many different spring wildflowers that call this park home. Learning how to identify them along with some wildflower folklore will be the focus of this program. Adults only.
Suggested age range: Seniors. Registration is required.
Frog Catching at Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave. 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, May 22.Meet a naturalist at Farview Park in search of amphibians, insects and other aquatic life. All collection tubs and dip nets will be provided. Old shoes or boots that can go into the water are recommended. No sandals or bare feet please. Suggested age range: 4 to 12 years old. Guardians stay with the class.
Registration is required for all children (except infants).
Little Explorers at Wolters Woods Park, 6281 147th Ave. 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, June 13.Explore the nature trails as only a preschooler could. Find colors, shapes and textures on the easily accessible trails of Wolters Woods. All materials will be provided. At the conclusion of the program, feel free to make time to play on the playground.
Suggested age range: Up to 6 years old. Guardians stay with the class. Registration required.
Paddle Adventure at Gilligan Lake, 4300 66th St. Street parking only, limited parking. 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 25. The Outdoor Discovery Center is partnering with Tulip City Paddle Tours to go paddling on Gilligan Lake. This small lake will provide the perfect spot to try out beginner skills on either kayaks or stand-up paddle boards. There will be instructors present.
Suggested age range: 10 years old and up. Registration required.