Upcoming Public Programs

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Carving Club

Sunday, June 23rd 1-3pm

Sunday, July 28th 1-3pm

Sunday, August 25th 1-3pm

Participants receive hands-on lessons regarding the fundamentals of wood carving from talented instructor, Ollie Heitkamp. Participants are responsible for bringing their own basic tools after their first session. Ages 12+.

$3 per member or $5 per non-member per session

New participants and returning participants must register online. Reservations required.

 

Nature Book Club

Thursday, June 20th 6-7pm: The Unsettling of America

Thursday, July 18th 6-7pm: Growing a Revolution

Thursday, August 15th 6-7pm: Wild and Rare

Take a hike with a naturalist guide before discussing your insights over light snacks and beverages. In July, our monthly book will be Growing a Revolution by David R. Montgomery.

$3 per member or $5 per non-member per session

Register online. Reservations required.

 

 

Ney Senior Learning Series

Thursday, June 20th 12-1:30pm: Aquatic Invaders

Friday, July 19th 12-1:30pm: Red-headed Woodpecker 

Thursday, August 15th 12-1:30pm: MN River Artifacts

Learn about a new topic each month as we explore Minnesota wildlife and history. Lunch included. Ages 50+

$10 per member or $12 per non-member

Register online. Registration required.

 

Butterflies and Dragonflies

Saturday, June 22nd 3-5pm

Sunday, July 21st 9:30-11:30am

Saturday, August 24th 3-5pm

Come learn with a naturalist about butterfly and dragonfly interpretation. Participants will venture out into the park and capture both butterflies and dragonflies to help with population census data collection in the park. Participants will also get a chance to release butterflies into the butterfly house to hopefully encourage breeding. All ages.

$3 per member or $5 per non-member

$9 per member family or $15 per non-member family

Register online. Reservations required.

 

Youth Archery Club

Join us this summer for our youth archery club that will meet every Thursday from 5-7pm June through the end of September. Ages 9+. All equipment provided.

$8 per member or $10 per non-member per session

$55 per member or $75 per non-member for ALL sessions

Register online. Reservations required.

 

Geocaching for S’mores

Saturday, June 29th 10am-12pm

Embark on a technology-based scavenger hunt while searching for a tasty treat. All equipment provided. Ages 5+.

$5 per member or $8 per non-member

$15 per member family or $24 per non-member family

Register online by June 27th. Reservations required.

 

Family Archery

Saturday, June 29th 1-3pm

Learn how to shoot safely with an instructor while competing in fun games. Designed for beginner to intermediate archers. All equipment provided. Ages 9+.

$8 per member or $10 per non-member

$24 per member family or $30 per non-member family

Register online by June 27th. Reservations required.

 

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Live Animal Meet and Greet

Saturday, July 27th 4-5pm

Read animal stories and meet live animals up close! All ages.

$3 per member or $5 per non-member

$9 per member family or $15 per non-member family

Register online by July 25th. Reservations required.

 

Annual Moth Survey

Saturday, July 27th 8:30-10:30pm

Become a citizen scientist during National Moth Week as we use lights, sheets, and scents to attract and identify moths at the nature center. All ages.

$3 per member or $5 per non-member

$9 per member family or $15 per non-member family

Register online by July 25th. Reservations required.

 

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Summer Kayak Tour

Saturday, August 3rd 1-4pm

Kayak on the Minnesota River with an instructor and naturalist guide. Limited to 6 participants. All equipment provided. Ages 14+.

$15 per member or $20 per non-member

Register online by August 1st. Reservations required.

 

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Foraging Hike

Saturday, August 24th 9-11am

Join a naturalist on a hike to forage for wild grapes, plums, and much more! Learn about foraging etiquette. Ages 12+.

$3 per member or $5 per non-member

Register online by August 22nd. Reservations required.

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