Reedy Creek Nature Center invites the public to the fourth annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 4, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The FREE celebration will feature great environmentally-friendly gift ideas , puppets and children’s stories with the University Library, crafts, activities, naturalist-led hikes and, of course, Santa. Enjoy FREE coffee, hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies while they last. Weather permitting, there will be a fire and marshmallow roast at the outdoor amphitheater which includes a fire ring. The celebration will conclude at 2 p.m. with naturalist-led hikes through the Nature Preserve. Reedy Creek Nature Center serves as the gateway to the Nature Preserve. The Reedy Creek Nature Preserve protects over 736 acres of natural, forested habitats. Preserve trails pass by mixed pine and hardwood forests, open fields, lakes and streams. A variety of free and low cost public programming, from children’s birthday parties and summer camps to natural and cultural history hikes, and special events are offered. For more information contact Reedy Creek Nature Center 704-598-8857.