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SHEBOYGAN – From Sasquatch to stargazing, Maywood Environmental Park offers a wealth of opportunities to enjoy October.

List of October events:

OWLS – Older, Wiser, Livelier, Scholars, Friday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.

Experience the colors of autumn as Park Director Samantha Lammers leads a fall foliage hike through the Maple Forest and down to the ponds. This is a free program, but donations are appreciated

Earth Miles 4 Maywood Closing Ceremonies and Food Trucks, Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (food trucks: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Celebrate the conclusion of the month-long Earth Miles 4 Maywood fundraiser with food trucks, yard games, guided hikes and other fun activities. The food trucks are open to the public. Activities are free to Earth Miles 4 Maywood participants and $5 for anyone else.

Yoga at Maywood, Wednesdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Nov. 3 and 10, 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Barbara Holt (RYT-200) leads a series of yoga classes for both beginning and experienced students. The classes will focus on building strength, flexibility and balance by working the entire body in a natural setting. There will be a minimum of four and a maximum of 10 students. Participants should bring a yoga mat, two blocks, a strap and a blanket. The cost of the series is $72.

OWLS – Older, Wiser, Livelier, Scholars, Friday, Oct.8, 10 a.m.

A geocaching event will take place offsite at Kohler-Andrae State Park. Participants may bring their own GPS devices or smart phones, or they can follow group leader Samantha Lammers. This is a free program, but donations are appreciated.

Scoping the Skies, Saturday, Oct. 9, 7-9 p.m.

Join members of the Sheboygan Astronomical Society for some stargazing. The program will meet in the Maywood parking lot, with the lights turned off for optimal viewing. Participants may bring their own binoculars and telescopes, or they can view the telescopes provided by the society. The program will be canceled if the sky is cloudy. This is a free drop-in event.

iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation, Wednesdays, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Barbara Kultgen (RYT-200) leads a guided meditation that will focus on the qualities of peace, well-being, joy, love, kindness and compassion. The practice can be done while sitting in a chair or lying on the floor. The cost is $30 if registered by Oct. 7 and $36 if registered after. For more information on the benefits of iRest, visit www.irest.us.

OWLS – Older, Wiser, Livelier, Scholars, Friday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.

Former Park Director Dave Kuckuk will tell stories of his most recent trip to Canada. The program will take place outdoors and include hands-on activities. In the case of inclement weather, the event will take place in the pavilion. This is a free program, but donations are appreciated.

OWLS – Older, Wiser, Livelier, Scholars, Friday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.

Master naturalist Tom Bartenstein presents “Cranes, Plains and Autumn Mobiles,” a program dedicated to the sand crane. After the presentation, Bartenstein will perform his song, “Sandhills of the Prairie,” followed by a short hike in search of sand cranes. The program is free, but donations are appreciated.

The Search for Sasquatch…Continued, Monday, Oct. 25-Sunday, Oct. 31

Sasquatch remains at large. Search the park for the elusive creature in this self-guided family-friendly activity. Use the map to discover clues and learn facts about nature along the way. Maps will be available online, at the front walk information kiosk and in the Ecology Center starting Oct. 25. The event is free.

OWLS – Older, Wiser, Livelier, Scholars, Friday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m.

Park Director Samantha Lammers leads a late October hike. The event is free, but donations are appreciated.

The Wizarding World of Wisconsin Creatures, Saturday, Oct. 30, 3:30 p.m.

Master naturalist Michaela Tomasi examines the similarities between creatures within the wizarding universe and those native to Wisconsin. Participants are invited to dress as their favorite wizard or fantasy creature. This is a free program, but donations are appreciated.

Note about OWLS events: To be added to the OWLS email list and receive current updates on OWLS events, send an email to maywood@sheboyganwi.gov.

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