The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center winter hours start this weekend, and, citing a need to reduce expenses, the exhibits area will be closed Sunday through April 18.

This Saturday, the Discovery Center’s celebration of National Public Lands Day will be the last opportunity this season to view the exhibits. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to exhibits, a volunteer work project is set for 10 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and wear weather-appropriate clothing to help remove litter and weeds from gardens surrounding the center. A free barbeque and other activities are planned for the afternoon.

Starting October 4, the center will be open Fridays starting at noon, with movies at 3 p.m. The popular Friday Night Insight evening programs will start November 1.