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PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: Dec. 5, 2003

EIC celebrating winter with walks, programs

DEARBORN---The Environmental Interpretive Center on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn is holding several free seasonal events.

The first is a guided winter nature walk through the Natural Areas from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27.

The center will host a winter tea time from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 in which participants will take a leisurely nature walk and then sample teas made from various plants found in the campus's Environmental Study Area. Children are welcome to attend this event and participants should dress for outdoor activity.

Guest naturalist Mark Irish will lead a "Wildlife in Winter" program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 8. The program, which explores ways that animals survive cold conditions, will begin indoors with a discussion of animal pelts and an outdoor walk will follow to investigate various hiding places and winter habitats of animals.

A winter birds program will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, in which participants will take a walk and look for birds in the Environmental Study Area, near places of natural food sources for birds. After the walk, participants will return to the Environmental Interpretive Center for hot cocoa and observation of birds from the center's indoor "quiet room."

All programs begin at the Environmental Interpretive Center unless otherwise noted. Most programs take place outdoors, so participants should dress accordingly.

For more information, call the Environmental Interpretive Center at (313) 593-5338, or view the center's online newsletter here.

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