Leelanau Outdoor Center welcomes in public for Winter Warm-Up

Jen Strauss entertains Winter Warm-Up attendees at the Leelanau Outdoor Center.

The Leelanau Outdoor Center gave people a break from the cold Sunday afternoon at its Winter Warm-Up Gathering.

The outdoor education center is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014 and invited the public to celebrate it with them at the gathering. The day included sledding, ornament making, cookie decorating, winter tales told by storyteller Jen Strauss, and, of course, hot cocoa.

The Leelanau Outdoor Center is typically open only to school groups, so organizers wanted to embrace the community with the Warm-Up event.

The public will be welcome to the grounds again on February 15th, 2014 for the second annual Snowshoe 5K Race.