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Activities happening this month at Beaver Lake Nature Center

It's maple syrup time In Central New York, one of the signs of spring is it's maple syrup time at Beaver Lake Nature Center. The Beaver Lake staff is now preparing extensive programming centered around the year's "first harvest" including a demonstration sugarbush with six different stations to introduce visitors to the heritage of maple sugaring as well as an opportunity to sample the fruits of photosynthesis. The sugarbush will be open to the public and staffed with knowledgeable interpreters every weekend in March. The sugarbush will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. In addition, the popular pancake breakfasts will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday in March. Depending on the appetite, breakfast costs will range from $2.50 to $4.50 for a meal featuring pancakes, sausage, juice and a hot beverage. Maple goodies such as maple cream, maple candy, sapsuckers and syrup will be available to purchase from the Friends of Beaver Lake. This program is free with the $3 per car nature center admission.

Composting concisely

Tuesday, March 6, Beaver Lake Nature Center brings the responsible, waste-reducing process of composting within reach for everyone. A guest speaker from the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency will provide insights into the science of composting with a presentation for both beginners and experienced composters. OCRRA is a "public benefit corporation which provides environmentally sound solid waste services and programs." This free program begins at 6:30 pm. Advance registration recommended.

Beaver Lake Nature Center is an Onondaga County Park located at 8477 East Mud Lake Road, four miles west of Baldwinsville off Route 370.

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