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Winter Festival – Silver Falls hosts wealth of activities

There’s a celebration of the winter season at Silver Falls State Park Dec. 10 and 11.

Everyone is invited to join park staff and volunteers in the Silver Falls Winter Festival for activities that highlight the seasonal changes at the park.

In the South Falls day-use area you can:

• Make a wreath at the Evergreen Picnic Shelter

• Build a bird nest box or make a pinecone bird feeder in the Stone Kitchen Shelter

• Attend a short educational talk or guided walk at the South Falls Theater

• Visit a Discovery Table near South Falls to learn about the waterfalls in winter or learn about winter animal tracks.

South Falls Lodge during Winter Festival.
South Falls Lodge during Winter Festival.

Over at the Smith Creek Village, 1.5 miles from the South Falls day-use area, you can:

• Decorate a gingerbread cookie and take part in a scavenger hunt

• Join in a holiday-themed dinner (reservations required, prices vary). 

Muddy Souls will entertain on Dec. 10, and Dec. 11 it will be movie night with A Christmas Story screened at the Smith Creek Meeting Hall.
For menu options and more information visit www.smithcreekvillage.com/guest-experiences.

Those taking part in four of the free activities can earn a commemorative Silver Falls ornament.

All the activities at South Falls and the Smith Creek Village cookie decorating are free. A day-use parking permit is required. Permits cost $5 per day; annual permits, normally $30, are on sale for $25 in the month of December.

More info available at www.friendsofsilverfalls.net.

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