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Canyon of the Eagles offering outdoor fun for Christmas break

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

SILVER CREEK — With the kids out of school for several days, it might be time to look for something to get them outside for a few hours.

Canyon of the Eagles, located at 16942 RR 2341 near Burnet, has lined up a list of activities for families including learning about “Leave No Trace” principles, stargazing and even sungazing.

“One of the things now is the Eagle Eye Observatory is open six days a week,” said Alisha Workman of Canyon of the Eagles. “We usually start things around dusk. We have an in-house astronomer who leads the program. So people can get a chance to learn about the stars. Our astronomer keeps telling us that, every day, there’s something new in the sky.”

The resort has a new telescope that also has the capabilities, through use of certain filters, to allow people to look directly at the sun, exactly the opposite of what parents have been telling their children for eons.

“But with this telescope, you can look right at the sun and see sun spots and all sorts of things,” Workman said. The next Sunday Solar program is 10 a.m. Dec. 28.

People don’t have to put their heads in the stars to enjoy Canyon of the Eagles. In fact, the park, which includes a bevy of trails, also offers hiking.

On Dec. 25 (yeah, Christmas Day), the on-staff Master Naturalist is holding a program at 10 a.m. on “Leave No Trace.” Workman said this is a set of principles — practiced at Canyon of the Eagles — with people visiting the outdoors packing out everything they packed in.

“It’s something, once you understand the principles, you can practice at any other park — state or federal,” she said.

For those looking to stretch their legs, the naturalist leads guided nature walks 10 a.m Dec. 27 and 2 p.m. Dec. 29.

“The naturalist takes people out on one of our trails and shows them the native plants, edible plants and you might even see some wildlife,” Workman said.

If people are lucky, they might spy the most popular Winter Texans: the wintering bald eagles that take up residence through March along the upper reaches of Lake Buchanan and the Colorado River. Workman said staff and guests in the resort’s restaurant have even spotted some bald eagles flying over Lake Buchanan on the hunt for fish.

If you’re not sure you know enough to enjoy a hike, Canyon of the Eagles even can help you get over that with Hiking 101 at 10 a.m. Dec. 30.

“We have a lot of activities this winter, and we’ll be adding more as spring comes along,” Workman said.

Activities are free to register guests, but the public also may attend with a $5 gate fee. The gate fee is required for any non-guests ages 11 and older. Youth 10 and younger are admitted free. Starting Jan. 1, 2015, that fee goes up to $6.

Go to canyonoftheeagles.com for more. Look under the “Programs and Activities” heading on the left side of the page for a list of upcoming events and activities.

daniel@thepicayune.com

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