New "Nature and Learning Workshops" for children and families will be hosted by the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, every Thursday evening, January through April, from 6 to 8 p.m. Programs are presented by Rebecca Cunfer, and are part of a yearlong celebration as CCEEC marks 25 years of programming.

"Becky has been doing programs with us for several years, and has developed a great rapport with the children who visit," said Susan Gallagher, the center's chief naturalist. "She's put a lot of work into planning these activities, and I hope kids and their families come out to take advantage of them."

Programs are open to children ages 5 through 12, and their families. January activities include: Nature Culture and Crafts on Jan. 13; Bird Adaptations and Making Edible Bird Treats on Jan. 20; and Building a Frontier and Living Down on the Farm on Jan. 27.

Pre-registration is required and should by done by calling the center at (570) 645-8597.

For more information on the programs, contact CCEEC at the aforementioned number or visit www.carbonecc.org.

Carbon County Environmental Education Center is located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park, just outside of Jim Thorpe, along Lentz Trail highway in Summit Hill.