A nature program about the winter solstice, which marks the first day of winter, will be in Riverview Park.

“Solstice Sojourn” will be 1 p.m. Dec. 20, starting at Shelter No. 1 by the playground. Hannibal Parks & Recreation interpreter guide Gale Rublee will lead the program.

She said, “What does nature teach us about being dormant? There is value in slowing down, going within, and resting in order to survive the harsh conditions of winter. Life is continuing even while it waits for the sunlight and warmth to return. Let’s enjoy the quiet of the shortest day of the year while looking for the promise of spring.”

Participants are urged to dress for the weather. There will be a hike along an unpaved trail.

Rublee has more than 25 years of experience as a nature educator. She is a founding member of the Mississippi Hills Master Naturalists chapter in Hannibal and is coordinator and teacher for the Bluff City Theater Youth Education in Theater Initiative.

Hannibal Parks & Recreation nature programs are free but reservations are suggested by calling Hannibal Parks & Recreation at 221-0154 or emailing mlrichards@hannibal-mo.gov.