Upcoming Public Programs

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Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, October 22nd 1-3pm

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.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Outdoor Survival Skills

Wednesday, October 25th 1-3pm

Programs designed just for homeschool classes. Learn about outdoor survival and practice wilderness skills including shelter construction and fire building. All equipment provided. Ages 5-17. Supervisory adults may attend for free.

$5/student

Register online by October 23rd! Reservations required.

Full Moon Hike

Friday, November 3rd 5:30-7pm

Join a naturalist guide for a walk under the full moon. Explore different topics including nocturnal wildlife, animal adaptations, and of course the moon! If the sky is clear, peer through a spotting scope to view the moon up close. Ages: 5+. Youth under the age of 10 must attend with a registered adult.

$3/member or $5/non-member; $9/member family of 3+ or $15/non-member family of 3+

Register online by November 1st! Reservations required.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: Nature in Winter

Thursday, November 16th 12-2pm

Find out how Minnesota animals are capable of surviving the winter chill with Ney Nature Center Naturalist, Beth Beuch. Lunch included. NSLS programs conducted on the third Thursday of each month. Ages 50+

$10/member or $12/non-member

Register online by November 9th! Reservations required.

NATURE CRAFT NIGHT: Spa Make and Take

Friday, November 17th 6-8pm

This program will be an evening dedicated to relaxation. We will spend time combining ingredients to make spa products to use at home while sipping on fruit infused water and listening to nature sounds.  Light scents will be diffused in the air to create a relaxing ambiance as lights are dimmed and serenity encompasses the space. We will also listen to a meditation recording to end the evening and send guests off with a positive and calm mindset.

$20/member or $25/non-member

Register online by November 10th! Reservations required.

Burn off the Turkey Hike

Saturday, November 25th 10-11:30am

Burn off those Thanksgiving calories by taking an intermediate hike on the Nature Center trails.  Ages: 5+. Youth under the age of 10 must attend with a registered adult.

$3/member or $5/non-member; $9/member family of 3+ or $15/non-member family of 3+

Register online by November 23rd! Reservations required.

Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, November 26th 1-3pm

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.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Renewable Energy

Wednesday, November 29th 1-2:30pm

Programs designed just for homeschool classes. Learn about renewable energy including solar and wind energy. Use demonstration-sized windmills and panels to simulate how much electricity can be generated. Ages 5-17. Supervisory adults may attend for free.

$5/student

Register online by November 27th! Reservations required.

Snowshoe Weaving Workshop

Mondays, December 4th and 11th 6-9pm

Weave your own snowshoes under the guidance of an experienced instructor. Ages 14+

$175/member or $190/non-member

Register online by November 13th! Reservations required.

Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 16th

Help the Nature Center to record resident and migratory bird statistics. More details coming soon! All Ages.

FREE!

Pre-registration is not required for this event.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: American Bison

Thursday, December 21st 12-1:30pm

Learn about the largest mammal in Minnesota, the American Bison, with local Minneopa Area Naturalist, Scott Kudelka. Lunch included. NSLS programs conducted on the third Thursday of each month. Ages 50+

$10/member or $12/non-member

Register online by December 14th! Reservations required.

Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, December 24th 1-3pm

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.

Winter Explorers Camp

Wednesday & Thursday, December 27-28th 9am-4pm

Winter Break doesn’t have to be a bore! Snowshoeing, snow-forts, nature crafts, and more! Ages 6-12.

$50/member or $60/non-member

Register online by December 20th! Reservations required.

SCOUTS ONLY: Snowshoeing After Dark

Friday, December 29th 6-7:30pm

Embark on a guided snowshoe hike while learning about local wildlife and history. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 7-17.

$5/scout

Register online by December 20th! Reservations required.

 

Family Snowshoeing

Saturday, December 30th 10-11:30am

Embark on a guided snowshoe hike while learning about local wildlife and history. Youth under 14 must attend with a registered adult. Ages 7+

$3/member or $5/non-member; $9/member family of 3+ or $15/non-member family of 3+

Register online by December 28th! Reservations required.

Midwinter Concert

Saturday, December 30th 7-9pm

Enjoy a selection of bluegrass music performed by Dick Kimmel and Pamela Longtime. Light snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase. All Ages.

$8/member or $10/non-member; $24/member family of 3+ or $30/non-member family of 3+

Register online by December 27th!

Full Moon Snowshoe

Tuesday, January 2nd 8-9:30pm

Embark on a guided snowshoe hike after dark! If the sky is clear, peer through a spotting scope to view the moon up close. Youth under 14 must attend with a registered adult. Ages 7+

$3/member or $5/non-member; $9/member family of 3+ or $15/non-member family of 3+

Register online by December 31st! Reservations required.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Snowshoeing

Friday, January 3rd 1-2:30pm

Embark on a guided snowshoe hike while learning about local wildlife and history. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 7-17.

$5/student

Register online by January 1st! Reservations required.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: Snowshoeing

Thursday, January 18th 12-1:30pm

Learn about one of Minnesota’s most historic forms of transportation with Nature Center Naturalist, Josh Sweet. Come dressed for a casual outdoor snowshoe hike. Lunch included. NSLS programs conducted on the third Thursday of each month. Ages 50+

$10/member or $12/non-member

Register online by January 11th! Reservations required.

Candlelight Ski

Friday, January 26th 6-9pm

Luminaries will light your way as you cross-country ski on the Nature Center trails. All Ages.

FREE! Ski rentals available for $3/member or $5/non-member.

Pre-registration is not required for this event.

Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, January 28th 1-3pm

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.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Cross-country Skiing

Wednesday, February 7th 1-3pm

Learn about cross-country skiing equipment and techniques before taking a beginner-rated tour with an instructor. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 10-17.

$5/student

Register online by February 5th! Reservations required.

SCOUTS ONLY: Cross-country Skiing

Saturday, February 10th 1-3pm

Learn about cross-country skiing equipment and techniques before taking a beginner-rated tour with an instructor. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 10-17.

$5/scout

Register online by February 8th! Reservations required.

Valentine’s Snowshoe Rentals

Sunday, February 11th 2-5pm

Take a snowshoe hike with your special someone. Ages 14+. Instructor-led activities available for the kids for an added fee. Ages 5-13.

Snowshoe Rentals: $3/member or $5/non-member

Instructor-led Youth Activities: $5/member child or $8/non-member child

Pre-registration is not required for this event.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: Renewable Energy

Thursday, February 15th 12-1:30pm

Learn about renewable energy and how it is utilized in Minnesota with Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) Development Director, Jan Hubbard. Lunch included. NSLS programs conducted on the third Thursday of each month. Ages 50+

$10/member or $12/non-member

Register online by February 8th! Reservations required.

 

NATURE CRAFT NIGHT

February 16th 6-8pm

More details coming soon. Stay tuned!

$20/member or $25/non-member

Register online one week in advance! Reservations required.

Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, February 25th 1-3pm

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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