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Frogsicles and falling leaves at Ice Lake

When you’re a frog, you can’t bundle up for winter. When you’re a tree, you can’t stay warm by the fireplace. Curious about how different kinds of critters prepare for cold weather? Then plan to attend the Water Wiser Kids event at 10:30 p.m. Oct. 21, at Ice Lake in Barrett Township.

The event is suitable for elementary-age children, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Looking under rocks and using nets and buckets to dip into the water, children will see what wiggly, squiggly creatures they can find.

With guidance from Kettle Creek Environmental educator Brittney Coleman, kids and their grown-ups will learn how the natural world changes to survive a cold Pocono winter.

“Some frogs hibernate at the bottom of the lake,” Coleman says. “Some make their own natural ‘antifreeze’ that replaces the water in their cells at the first hint of frost. There’s lots to see, learn and explore at this little lake and along its shore.”

Ice Lake is part of a 79-acre natural area that protects the pure, safe waters of Cranberry Creek.

The event is free, but registration is required and limited.

For more information, call 570-839-1120 or 570-629-2727, email info@brodheadwatershed.org or visit brodheadwatershed.org/WaterWiser.html.