WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Residents ready to take a break from shopping or the traffic, can take a craft class or do a little snowshoeing at the Cranberry Lake Preserve, a 190-acre park operated by the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation.
Visitors interested in crafting can visit the preserve on Old Orchard Street, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and have a little fun making a holiday craft. Admission is $3. Pre-registration is required, all 914-428-1005.
On Sunday, visitors are encouraged to bring their snowshoes and explore the trails, weather permitting.
The Nature Center offers family-oriented nature programs most weekends and houses a variety of interactive, educational displays. Nature programs are offered to the public nearly every weekend.
Since 1967, the park has been a safe haven for animals and plants, including migratory birds, turtles, and dragonflies. Within the preserve are a variety of habitats including a four-acre lake, cliffs and scrubland, mixed hardwood forest, vernal pools, and a swamp.
Visitors can learn about the area's past by following the History Trail to the remains of a 19th-century farmhouse and early 20th-century stone-mining operation.
The park is open dawn to dusk; the Nature Lodge and front gate are open Tuesday - Sunday. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Cranberry Lake Preserve, click here .
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