Hitchcock Nature Center is proud to host another amazing Hitchcock Experience Endurance Run, presented by the Greater Omaha Area Trail-Runnerz. Runners will descend upon the park on December 9th and 10th to take part in either a half marathon, 101K, 50-mile, or 100-mile endurance run through the picturesque Loess Hills. Trails and facilities at Hitchcock Nature Center will be open to the public for the duration of this event. Visitors are welcome to cheer runners on as they cross the finish line or tackle another hill. We do ask that anyone enjoying our trails please move to the side to give approaching racers the right of way. Thank you for understanding. For questions not answered online please contact Ron Ruhs, Race Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo credit: Kylie Lang Elbin
The Petersens are an award-winning family band performing American roots music which is uplifting and brings people closer together. Their Arts Center debut in 2022 was a runaway success and now they return with their extremely popular Christmas show. The band is known for their tight vocal harmonies, instrumental prowess and warm sibling humor. Now in their 13th season of shows in Branson, MO, the band earned TripAdvisor’s rank of #1 show in Branson in 2019 and 2020. The band includes the four Petersen siblings: fiddler Katie, banjo player Ellen (an American Idol top 48 finalist), guitarist Matt, and mandolinist Julianne, their mother Karen on bass, and dobroist Emmett Franz. This is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays.
Can you ID a tree with no leaves? Learn how to recognize and name common dormant tree species, how trees survive the winter, and their importance in the ecosystem Enjoy a snack and stay after the program to explore the park and socialize. Cost for this event is $5.00 per person for children ages 3 and over and covers your park entry fee. Accompanying adults and children under 3 are free -- children under 3 do not need a reservation. Please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge Bluestem Room at 10 a.m. These programs are delivered in a small-group, mostly outdoor guided format and are designed for elementary students in kindergarten through early high school. PLEASE NOTE: Students 10 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult. An option for unaccompanied students age 11 and older will be offered. Please help us plan age-appropriate curriculum by completing the birthdate information when registering. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283.
It's time to have some after-hours fun at the Carter Lake Public Library. The Spielbound Board Game Cafe will be partnering with the library for an adults-only Board Game session! Please register so we know how many snacks to provide! The event is taking place Dec. 15th, 6-0 PM.
Stop by the lodge to pick up your season pass, grab a bite and a brew, and get a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at what's new at Mt. Crescent before the hill is bustling with activity once the ski area is open for the season. While season pass holders can snag their pass at any time once Mt. Crescent is open for the season, we HIGHLY suggest grabbing your pass at one of our pickup events to lessen wait times and maximize your precious ski and snowboarding experience, especially if you plan to visit us during the holiday break. Please note: Mt. Crescent's opening date is still TBD. We are planning to be up and running just before the holidays. Lift tickets will not be available for purchase until our opening date is set, which we will announce with as much notice as possible (likely a few days or less beforehand). Please check the event website link for updates.
BRRRR! It's cold outside! Why not warm up this holiday season at the Carter Lake Public Library for the second annual Winter Holiday Party on December 16th from 11:00-1:30 PM. Join us for some free festive fun with crafts, food, movies, games, and more! Registration is required if you want to decorate a gingerbread house! Come stop in and see who will be making a special guest appearance! Here's a hint! He is big, green, and used to be mean!
Join an enthusiastic group of walkers and seasonal revelers as we hike out Fox Run Ridge to celebrate the longest night and the return of the Sun. At the cliff's edge, there will be a small celebratory ceremony to welcome in the new year. This event is free with a $5/vehicle entry fee or park membership and pre-registration is not required. Ages 16+. Led by Dustin Clayton.
Get the perfect snowy backdrop for this year's photo with Santa! Swing by the Mt. Crescent Ski Area lodge on Friday, December 22nd between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to get your photo and a sweet treat from Santa Michael and his helper elf. Please note: Mt. Crescent's opening date is still TBD. We are planning to be up and running just before the holidays, and hopefully will have the hill open for skiing and snowboarding for this event! The Mt. Crescent Ski Lodge will be open with food and drinks available for purchase. Lift tickets will not be available for purchase until our opening date is set, which we will announce with as much notice as possible (likely a few days or less beforehand). A lift ticket purchase is not required to visit Mt. Crescent or meet Santa Michael. Please check the event website for updates.
Celebrate the start of a new year under an open sky with a guided hike in the beautiful Loess Hills. Join our environmental education team on a wintry guided sunset hike through the Loess Hills and get inspired as you set intentions for the new year. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate hiking shoes or boots. For winter hiking dressing in layers is best. Hats and gloves are important as it will feel colder with the wind. $5 per person. Free for ages 3 and under.