? Fruit Press available: As apples fall from the trees and you wonder what to do with them all, Ledge View Nature Center staff will be making the hand-cranked fruit press available again this season, on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. One bushel of washed fruit can be pressed for $3. Don't forget to bring jugs for the juice.
? Cave Tours continue to be offered through October at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays - excluding Oct. 19-20.
? State Wildflowers: People interested in using native Wisconsin wildflowers to landscape sunny, open areas can learn how at the nature center's prairie seed workshop, on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. Participants will collect seeds and receive information about preparing them for planting. $5 per person.
? Actors needed: Ledge View staff are looking for student and community actors! The Halloween Candlelight Cave Tours, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, need volunteers to help stage the costumed skits.
A guided candlelight tour will depart from the nature center every half hour both evenings, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The last tour goes at 8:30 p.m. Visitors take a half-mile walk to the caves on candlelit trails, and then enter the caves via stairs and ladders to meet some more strange personalities with odd stories.
The caves are very cool to see, lit by candles, and the family-oriented event is not intended to be scary, though visitors might find it naturally spooky.
? Funds raised over the two nights do a number of things: they help the Friends of Ledge View keep the nature center's animals fed, maintain the internship, and pay for exhibit maintenance and development, as well as contribute to educational programming at Ledge View.
If interested in helping out on Oct. 18 or 19 in a skit or in some other position for the event, call the nature center at 849-7094.