February means fun at Eddy Discovery Center |
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced four February programs at the Eddy Discovery Center in the Waterloo Recreation Area. Advance registration is required. To register, call 734-475-3170. There is a fee of $2 per person or $5 per family for the Sunday programs, which are sponsored by the Waterloo Natural History Association. Saturday programs are free.
* Woodchuck Walk: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2 p.m. In honor of Groundhog Day, find out if the woodchuck, a.k.a. groundhog, really comes out of hibernation to look for its shadow. Walk begins at the discovery center.
* Hickory Hills Trail Hike: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m. Join the park interpreter for a guided hike along this semi-difficult trail through the thick forest, which offers quite a bit of up-and-down hiking and a terrific view of Crooked Lake from the steepest hill. It’s a great way to work off those holiday calories! Meet at the park headquarters on McClure Road.
* Owl Prowl: Sunday, Feb. 9, 4 p.m. Naturalist Tom Hodgson presents an interesting look into the unusual world of these nocturnal predators. The program concludes with a walk to “talk to the owls.” Participants also will receive an owl pellet--with instructions on how to discover what the owl has eaten. Fee: $2/person or $5/family.
* Bones or No Bones: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m. What makes a vertebrate? All ages will enjoy this entertaining, interactive program by naturalist Paul McCormack that features several live creatures for the audience to see and touch. Fee: $2/person or $5/family.
The Eddy Discovery Center is located on Bush Road between Pierce and McClure Roads in Chelsea. A state park motor vehicle permit is required for entry. Permits are $4 for the day or $20 for an annual, which is valid at any state park. To reach the discovery center, take I-94 to exit 157; go north to Bush Road and follow the signs.