Calendar

All programs meet at the Interpretive Building, unless otherwise noted.

Dec
12
Thu
Homeschool Thursday: Nature-Palooza
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bring the whole family and join us visiting the prairie, the wetland and the forest at TWC…without ever leaving the building! Learn about the animals and habitats in this nature open-house event just for homeschoolers.

Cost: Free for members, $4.00 per child for non-members. Adults are free. Registration not required, but preferred. 

Dec
14
Sat
Planetarium Theater Show: “Season of Light”
Dec 14 @ 12:30 pm

This seasonal program favorite traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, festive Christmas tree lights and sparkling candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias and setting off fireworks in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi.  Naturally, there is some astronomy in Season of Light. We learn a selection of Northern hemisphere winter constellations and find out why we even have seasons, and of course, the program explores the possible astronomical explanations for a “Star over Bethlehem.”   A “Tonight’s Sky” program showing seasonal constellations and planets currently in the night sky will follow the show.

Cost: Free for members, $2.00 per person for non-members.

Planetarium Theater Show: “Season of Light”
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm

This seasonal program favorite traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, festive Christmas tree lights and sparkling candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias and setting off fireworks in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi.  Naturally, there is some astronomy in Season of Light. We learn a selection of Northern hemisphere winter constellations and find out why we even have seasons, and of course, the program explores the possible astronomical explanations for a “Star over Bethlehem.”   A “Tonight’s Sky” program showing seasonal constellations and planets currently in the night sky will follow the show.

Cost: Free for members, $2.00 per person for non-members.

Dec
15
Sun
Closed Sundays Through Winter
Dec 15 all-day

The Interpretive Building will be closed on Sundays through the winter. We reopen for Sunday afternoons on April 5th. Please enjoy our trails!

Closed Sundays Through Winter
Dec 15 all-day

The Interpretive Building will be closed on Sundays through the winter. We reopen for Sunday afternoons on April 5th. Please enjoy our trails!

Dec
20
Fri
Christmas Bird Count
Dec 20 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count provides wildlife management officials with census data they can use to develop management plans. One important aspect o this data for conservationists to identify species that may be on the decline. The count lasts all day. You’ll join a team to cover a section of a 15-mile diameter circle surrounding the Center. We encourage teams of 4-6 people. Teams may return to the Interpretive Building for lunch and to swap information and sightings. To register, or for more information including start/finish times, contact Ben Morrison at 330.935.0398 before December 1st. Also, pack a lunch! TWC Bird Club will provide a cup of chili to warm you, along with your lunch. Birders at all levels of experience are welcome and needed.

Backpackers & Dayhikers Club Meeting @ The Wilderness Center
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dec
21
Sat
Planetarium Theater Show: “Season of Light”
Dec 21 @ 12:30 pm

This seasonal program favorite traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, festive Christmas tree lights and sparkling candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias and setting off fireworks in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi.  Naturally, there is some astronomy in Season of Light. We learn a selection of Northern hemisphere winter constellations and find out why we even have seasons, and of course, the program explores the possible astronomical explanations for a “Star over Bethlehem.”   A “Tonight’s Sky” program showing seasonal constellations and planets currently in the night sky will follow the show.

Cost: Free for members, $2.00 per person for non-members.

Winter Solstice Celebration
Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Astronomically, the Winter Solstice is the time when the sun reaches the southernmost point of its annual journey around our sky. It occurs this year at 11:19 p.m. on the 21st. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice marks the first day of Winter and is the shortest day of the year. The Word solstice literally means “sun standing still” – as the sun reaches its southern extreme, its motion slows, stops and reverses – hardly moving its rise and set points for several days. Many ancient cultures noticed this and planned celebrations to encourage the sun to return north again and bring new life after the dying in the autumn.

In our celebration, watch the full-dome planetarium program Seasons of Light and learn the how and why of the solstice and changing seasons and explore the festivals of light that abound in the northern world at this time of year. Showtimes are 12:30, 1:30, 3:00 and 6:00. You can get crafty making candles and a yule log to celebrate the season of light at home. If skies are clear, you can also look at the early winter skies through TWC’s telescopes once it gets dark.

Donation requested for Yule Log materials. 

Planetarium Theater Show: “Season of Light”
Dec 21 @ 1:30 pm

This seasonal program favorite traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, festive Christmas tree lights and sparkling candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias and setting off fireworks in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi.  Naturally, there is some astronomy in Season of Light. We learn a selection of Northern hemisphere winter constellations and find out why we even have seasons, and of course, the program explores the possible astronomical explanations for a “Star over Bethlehem.”   A “Tonight’s Sky” program showing seasonal constellations and planets currently in the night sky will follow the show.

Cost: Free for members, $2.00 per person for non-members.


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