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Beat January Boredom at Ottawa’s Nature Education Center

A Star’s Life: Astronomy and Sky Viewing Event

Adults and older children are invited to join members of the Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association on Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ottawa County Parks Nature Education Center for a one hour indoor program entitled Life Cycles of Stars. Stars, just like people, go through a life cycle. They are born in “stellar nurseries,” mature, and die.  Some of them go away quietly while others explode with far reaching effects in the universe.  This program will be held rain, snow, or shine (as long as road and weather conditions are safe).
“Life Cycles of Stars” will be followed by an outdoor sky viewing session (weather permitting). Telescopes will be provided.  Bring binoculars (if you have them), and dress to be outside. There is no program fee and advance registration is not required.  

The Nature Education Center is located at Hemlock Crossing County Park in Port Sheldon Township.  From US-31, travel west on Croswell Street a short distance to West Olive Road. Travel south on West Olive Road about 0.3 miles to the park entrance. The Nature Education Center is located at the end of the park road.  

For more information, call 616.786.4847.  For ongoing announcements about Ottawa County Parks programs “like” us on Facebook.


Woodland Animal Adventures for budding artists

Artists young and old can enjoy a class on January 19 or 26 by Nancy Berg, a local visual artist and instructor with a degree in Art and Design from Grand Valley State University. Woodland Animal Adventures is a 10 am morning session for budding artists 7-11 years old.  Students will explore the illustration of woodland animals found at Hemlock Crossing and will use a varied medium to illustrate their chosen woodland animal. More than a Tree is an afternoon class at 1 pm for ages 12 to adult which will focus on the illustration of winter trees utilizing both visual and graphic art, and exploring with textures and color. The cost for each two hour session is $25. The cost includes all materials. Advance registration is required.