The North Mountain Park Nature Center will host the Third Annual Bear Creek Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland.

The festival is a free event which will include hands-on experiences offered by many local and regional organizations and sustainable farms. Participants can enjoy a variety of fun outdoor activities such as: mask-making, fly-casting and Native American demonstrations to learn how to become better stewards of the local watershed. Live entertainment will take place throughout the day and a wholesome food concession will be provided by Fulcrum Dining. Exhibitors and participants are asked to help make the Bear Creek Festival a Zero Waste event.

This event also celebrates Bear Creek Watershed Exploration Month, and kicks off a calendar of events, classes, presentations and work parties sponsored by various organizations throughout the valley.

A colorful mosaic compass rose will be dedicated in the Demonstration Gardens at North Mountain Park Nature Center during the Bear Creek Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3:45 p.m.

The purpose of the mosaic is to help orient park visitors to the cardinal directions and to provide an interactive point of entry to the demonstration gardens. The mosaic shows local native plants and animals as well as some of the region's dominant geographic features.

Find a listing of Bear Creek Watershed Exploration Month events and more information at http://www.BearCreekFestival.net or the Nature Center at 541-488-6606.