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Upcoming Events

Snowshoes

Open Hours

January, February, and March
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4 pm

The Ney Nature Center Education Building will be open, offering a great time to try out a pair of snowshoes, use a pair of skis if we have your size, bird watch from the building, enjoy hot chocolate, cider, or coffee, and relax in our reading corner.  Equipment availability is on a first come, first serve basis.

Snowshoe Rental:

  • Members $3.00 a pair or $9.00 for a family of 3 or more people
  • Non-Members $5.00 a pair or $15.00 for a family of 3 or more people.

Park is open daily. Ski trails are groomed by volunteers from the local snowmobile association within a day or two of snowfalls, and the sledding hill is popular!

Please do not snowshoe on the groomed ski trails; you have the whole park to snowshoe in!

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Carving Club

March 26, 1 to 3 pm

Participants receive hands on lessons regarding the fundamentals of carving wood from the amazingly talented Ollie Heitkamp. Contact Michelle if you would like to join as new members are always welcome but prep time is needed! Participants are responsible for bringing their own basic supplies.

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Spring Fling Benefit Dinner and Fundraiser
Featuring Guest Speaker Doug Ohman

Photographer, Author, & Storyteller, Doug Ohman, will be speaking on Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota State Parks. He visited each of Minnesota’s 66 parks to capture their classic beauty, storied wildlife, and wealth of activities in all seasons.

April 1, 5:30 pm to 9 pm

Click here to see Silent Auction Items, Donors, and Sponsors!
Click here to download ticket flyer to send in your RSVP for the Dinner!

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Book Club

April 4, 6 to 7 pm

Adults will have an opportunity to experience literature centered on the environment and the various topics it encompasses while participating in in-depth discussions and creating new relationships. The group brings ideas for the next month’s book, and the choices are voted on at the meeting. Each month’s meeting will have snacks and beverages that participants trade off bringing. Club members are in charge of obtaining their own copy of the book.

To set the atmosphere and get everyone engaged, our next book will be Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey.

Cost: $10/session for members; $12/session for non-members. First session August-December; Second session January-April

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Nature Journaling and Drawing

April 9, 1 to 4 pm

We invite you to attend an introductory session on journaling and drawing in nature with guidance from one of our naturalists. We will discuss the importance of journaling and show you different drawing techniques to use in your own journals. To obtain the most benefit from this session, we strongly encourage that you bring a journal of your own as it will be highly interactive.

Cost: $10 for members; $15 for non-members

Register online by April 3!

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Earth Day Fashion Event

April 22, 1 to 4 pm

We are extremely excited for this year’s Earth Day Event on April 22. The entire day will be focused on sustainability related to clothing and fashion. For the feature of the day, we will be holding a fashion show for all ages! A panel will judge the creations and the winners of the two age groups will receive great prizes! For the ages of 16 and younger, the winner will be given a Treasures in Town, the Le Sueur Thrift Store, Gift Certificate and for the 17 and older group, the prize will be a voucher for a ½ hour photography session with Emmy Marie Photography. Designers are allowed to create a look for someone else but it is the age of the designer that dictates which age group they are placed in. We will also have a drawing for everyone participating in the fashion show, so there are multiple chances to win!

There are some rules that come with the show to make it fair for everyone. General rules include a material cost of no more than $20 and clothing that covers chest to mid thigh of the model. We have two categories for the show including “Refurbished” and “Bought As Is.” For the refurbished category, judges must be provided with “before” pictures of the materials used, every item must be second hand (excluding thread for sewing) and at least 75% of the entire outfit must be refurbished. To be included in the Bought As Is category, clothing may not be altered in any way and every part of the outfit must be second hand.

The judges will use creativity, cost, everyday wear-ability, number of places the items came from and rule following as criteria for the Bought As Is category. For the Refurbished category, judging will be on creativity, cost, everyday wear-ability, rule following, and difficulty level. Winners will be announced following the fashion show and presentation.

We will be joined by Emily Weber, a seamstress in Minneapolis who specializes in re-designing vintage and heirloom wedding gowns for a presentation on her work. She will share stories about her business as well as some tips on how you can ‘upcycle’ your own wardrobe.

After the presentation and announcement of winners, free activities will be available for guests to partake in. Sewing practice, cloth crafts, fashion design, and an Earth Day pledge craft are some of the great activities to try. Refreshments will also be provided.

Please contact Michelle to get the list of rules and judging material and to register for the fashion show. Registrations must be in no later than April 10 to participate.

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The Search for Spring Ephemeral Wildflower Hike

May 6, 10 am to 12 pm

Join one of our naturalists on a hike through the Ney Nature Center ravine to locate spring ephemeral wildflowers. We will share basic tips to help you identify wildflowers and talk about some of the interesting folklore surrounding their names. Some of the terrain will be moderately strenuous, so please come prepared!

Cost: $3/person or $9/family of 3 or more for members
$5/person or $15/family of 3 or more for non-members

Register online by April 30!

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Hippity Hop the Fun Won’t Stop! Quarterly Craft Night

May 26, 6 to 8 pm

Families, couples, friends, and individuals alike are invited for a night of nature crafting fun! NNC staff will provide instruction and supplies as participants create projects centered around the environment. This is a great opportunity to bond with your family, meet new friends, and enjoy light-hearted conversation. Light snacks and beverages will be provided, or you can bring your own!

This month’s activities include two frog themed crafts, Frog Bog beverages and a snack of popcorn and “flies” while enjoying the sounds of native frogs played over the speakers.

All materials will be provided, but there is a project fee ($20 for members/$25 for non-members, allowing for both art projects) due in order to secure materials. This fee is nonrefundable unless the NNC needs to cancel due to inclement weather or low participation.

Register online by May 22!

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