JEFFERSON — Eight students recently completed a four-day timber framing project with the erection of Hidden Valley Nature Center’s new welcoming and education center. The center will hold a raffle as part of its fundraising efforts to complete the new center, which include the installation of a wood stove and a solar panel.
The building’s location near the kiosk and its size will offer a much needed and comfortable classroom for the center’s nature-based classes held throughout the year. Most events are intended for the outdoors, but there are times when a book, a microscope and a white board are useful. The solar panel will provide electricity when it is needed for certain programs.
The new center also will serve as a welcoming center to the hundreds of people who take advantage of the trails maintained at the center. A warm fire will greet visitors on busy chilly weekends.
Raffle tickets are $10 each, and only 200 will be sold. The grand prize is a cord of wood for fall 2012, dry, cut, split and delivered within 25 miles of the center. Second prize is a sturdy picnic table. Both prizes are made from certified wood from the center’s forests. Third prize is a pair of snowshoes. Fourth prize is an overnight for two in either Hermit Hut or 2 Dog Hut at the center. Also 21 adjustable hiking poles will be given away.
The drawing will be on Sunday, Feb. 5. Ticket holders need not be present to win. To purchase tickets, call Gary Hayward, center director, at 586-6752, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Alna Store, corner of Route 218 and Dock Road in Alna.