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Tree and Shrub ID in Winter

Beaver Creek Reserve Wise Nature Center S1 Cty Road K Fall Creek, WI 54742
Leaves are one of the biggest clues for tree and shrub identification. So what do you do when there are no leaves? Winter offers a special time to appreciate trees and shrubs in a totally different way. This program will point out unique bud and bark characteristics of many of our native trees and shrubs, making identification possible even in winter! A power-point and a hands-on session inside will be followed by an outdoor hike around the Reserve to apply what we learned inside. Some easy tips and a simple winter tree and bark key will be provided for participants to take home. Bring warm clothes and boots along for the outdoor portion of the program.
Registration and full payment required by Feb. 17.
Friends $5 Nonmembers $8

Sarah Bergstrom, 715-877-2212,

February Candlelight Snowshoe Hike

Beaver Creek Reserve Wise Nature Center S1 Cty Road K Fall Creek, WI 54742
Spend a winter evening on snowshoes trekking through the Reserve by candlelight. Refreshments and a warm fire will be available after each hike. If you need to rent snowshoes, there will be two shifts for rentals from 6-7:30 p.m. and from 7:30 - 9 p.m. If you bring your own snowshoes, register for either session. Be sure to indicate how many children and adults are in your party and the number of snowshoe rentals needed – a snowshoe sizing guide is available for online registration. Snowshoe rental rates apply: $3 for all Friends members and nonmembers. Please note that rental equipment is limited and may sell-out. Prices for snowshoes and program are per person.
Registration and full payment required by Feb. 5.
Friends $3 Nonmembers $5

Sarah Bergstrom, 715-877-2212,

Chippewa County Land Conservation Tree Program

Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls
The Chippewa County Dept. of Land Conservation & Forest Management is sponsoring a
Conservation Tree Program to encourage tree planting. A mixture of conifers, hardwoods, and shrubs are available for purchase as 1-3 year old bare root tree and shrub seedlings.

They are available in multiples of 10, sorted by the same tree or shrub species, with a minimum order of 10 seedlings and a maximum order of 300 seedlings.

Orders will be taken through March 31, 2015 with pick up tentatively scheduled for the last week in April at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls.

Tree and shrub descriptions, program guidelines, and the order form can be found on the Chippewa County website, (under Government, Land Conservation & Forest Management) or are available at the Land Conservation & Forest Management office located in the Chippewa County Courthouse. For more information, call Lisa at 715-720-3643.

All proceeds will be distributed to local youth and conservation organizations to support environmental education and leadership training.

Lisa Richardson
Conservation Specialist
Chippewa County LCFM
711 N. Bridge St.
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Phone 715.720.3643

Snowshoe Hikes

Eau Claire January 11, January 25: 1-3 pm; Camp Manitou February 1, February 8: 1-3 pm; Lowes Creek Park
This winter, join us for four great snowshoe hikes! Each day at camp, we will take a different route through our woods, making it to Sunfish Lake, Herde Lake, and even crossing the mud hike! In February, join us in Eau Claire and explore beautiful Lowes Creek County Park. Snowshoes are provided. Online registration is available.

Emily Duss
Marketing Director

Aquatic Plants of Wisconsin

Beaver Creek Reserve, Wise Nature Center, S1 Cty Hwy K, Fall Creek, WI 54742, Exact meeting place TBA
Lakes are beautiful gems that hold many wonders including aquatic plants. These plants are often regarded as “seaweed” or “weeds” even though they play a vital role in the lake ecosystem. Learn about the diversity of these plants by exploring a secluded lake by canoe in the Chippewa County Forest. Participants will sample for the plants, identify them, and even learn how to press aquatic plants. Canoes and life jackets will be provided. Bring sun protection and wear clothing that can get wet. Your own transportation to the field site is necessary. More details upon signup.
Registration and payment required by July 25.
Friends $15 Nonmembers $20
Min 6/Max12

Angie Sommers