Sustainability – Lunch and Learn Series: If you’re interested in learning ways to improve sustainability in your own life or in your community, or just want to learn more about what sustainability is, join for the weekly series on Nov. 4, 11 and 18, and Dec. 2 and 9. Speakers will discuss topics relating to renewable energy and sustainability, including “Capture the Sun: Solar Energy” with Mark and Dara Bortman from Exact Solar, on Nov. 4; “Wind and Birds” with Laura Jackson and Judy Stepenaskie, on Nov. 11; “Geothermal” with Will Bock, on Nov. 18; “Sustainable Habitats” with Barbara Beck, on Dec. 2; and “Sustainable Rooftops for Birds” with Paige Katona, on Dec. 9. Registration is free, however donations support BCAS’ environmental education programs and are greatly appreciated. Register online and receive the Zoom link for this event.
Guided Bird Walks: This time of year is perfect for watching the birds as they migrate. Join every first and third Saturday, starting Nov. 7, from 8 to 9 a.m., for a bird walk guided by BCAS naturalists. Participants may see migrating songbirds, raptors and more. It’s recommended that all participants bring a field guide, camera or binoculars – or borrow some from BCAS.
Forest Therapy Walk: A forest therapy walk can increase sensory awareness in nature, and decrease stress and anxiety by wandering slowly through the forest. Celebrate your thankfulness for nature on Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to experience the walk guided by certified forest therapist Sharon Lohse. Participants will learn what a “sit spot” is, experience creativity when exploring nature, and engage in a tea ceremony at the end of the class. Admission is $30/person. Register online. Due to COVID-19, masks are required and groups are limited to five total couples, or six individuals.
School Holiday Camp: Are you interested in an opportunity for your child to interact with other students and the outdoors this holiday? Register for games, hikes, science experiments and crafts that tie into the day’s themes. Join on Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow your child to experience the outdoors with other students. Campers should bring their own lunch, and it’s required that children wear masks in order to attend the camp, as BCAS is implementing CDC and state protocols. Admission is $45/members, $60/non-members. Register online.
Green Friday Family Fun Day: Instead of shopping the crowded stores in the mall on Black Friday this year, join BCAS for an #OptOutside family-fun event. Join on Nov. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m., to experience Green Friday Family Fun Day. Explore the property and return to the nature center for a nature-themed craft. Admission is free, however donations support BCAS’ environmental education programs and are greatly appreciated. Register online. Due to COVID-19, masks are required.