February vacation week has arrived, and Lakes Environmental Association is offering several programs to explore the winter woods in search of animal tracks and other natural wonders.

On Wednesday, Feb.20, the association will offer Animal Tracks for Families at Holt Pond at 10 a.m. Lakes Environmental Association Educator Bridie McGreavy, will introduce kids and adults to the fun of animal tracking through games and special activities. Participants should meet at association headquarters at 230 Main St. in Bridgton to carpool to the preserve. The program will last approximately two hours and will cover easy to moderate terrain.

On Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday Feb. 23, the association will continue its exploration of animal tracks with renowned tracker and naturalist David Brown. On Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., Brown will present a slide show at the association Lakes Center to introduce participants to animal tracks and sign. Then, on Saturday, Brown will lead a tour of Holt Pond in search of animal tracks.

Participants should meet at Lakes Environmental Association at 9 a.m. to carpool to the preserve. The program will last approximately 2 1/2 hours and will cover easy to moderate terrain. This program is free for association members and costs $15 for non-members.

Snowshoes in varying sizes are available for both programs. Participants are encouraged to wear warm synthetic or wool layers (avoid cotton) and to bring water and a snack. For more information on these programs and to let us know you will attend, please call 647-8580 or e-mail [email protected]

In addition to the above programs, Lakes Environmental Association has the following activities planned for the week: Citizen Science Animal Tracking on Friday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m.; World 4-Square Championships on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m.; Hike at Pondicherry Park with McGreavy on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m.; and a hike at Pondicherry Park with JoAnne Diller on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.

These programs are part of The Caplan Family Environmental Education Series at Lakes Environmental Association, sponsored by long-time board officers Hu and Ray Caplan and their family. To see a complete listing of programs, please visit the website at www.mainelakes.org.

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