EASTON — Pickering Creek Audubon Center will debut its Winter Nature Play Trail on Thursday, Dec. 24.

The trail begins near the Pickering Creek Welcome Center and loops through the nearby wetland boardwalk and woods. The self-guided trail features 13 stops that encourage kids and families to explore nature through short fun activities.

At the stops, signs direct kids to do interactive activities like: “Peer through the branches, is anyone home? Search for empty nests and other signs of animals.” Each location asks kids and families to engage a different sense as they explore nature.

“This is a great way to explore the winter season as a family, while engaging kids and giving adults a chance to stretch their legs and walk off some of the holiday feast,” said Pickering Creek Director Mark Scallion.

“We often overlook the unique beauty of the outdoors in winter; it really is a great time to explore the outdoors,” Scallion said.

After enjoying the Winter Nature Play Trail, further explorations lie beyond, with over four miles of trails and several beautiful vistas over Pickering Creek and the Center’s expansive wetlands.

The trail will be in place until Sunday, Jan. 10, which coincides with the tradition of New Year’s Day First Day Hikes at parks all across America.

Trail walkers are asked to keep an eye on the weather and remember boots if it has been rainy or snowy.

Pickering Creek’s Trails are open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter months. Guests are asked to carry masks and wear them when passing each other on trails. Restrooms are not available at this time, so plan accordingly.

For all Pickering’s guidelines please visit pickering.audubon.org/visit/planning-visit.

The center is located at 11450 Audubon Lane, Easton. For more information, call 410-822-4903.

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