Upcoming Public Programs

 

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Carving Club

Sunday, April 23rd 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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The Search for Spring Ephemeral Wildflower Hike

Saturday, May 6th 10am-12pm

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! Ages: 5+

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

Register online by April 30! Reservations required.

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World Orienteering Day

Wednesday, May 24th 4-6:30pm

Orienteering courses available for all skill levels. Optional clinics will teach participants how to use a compass, read a topographic map, and measure distance. Prizes will be awarded and s’mores will be available to all.

FREE, All Ages (Youth under 14 must attend with an adult.)
No registration required; All equipment provided.

Orienteering courses made possible by the students at the New Prague Alternative Learning Center under the guidance of the Minnesota Orienteering Club.

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

Friday, May 26th 6-8pm

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! Reservations required.

Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, May 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.

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Bird ID Hike

Saturday, June 3rd 8-9:30am

Join a naturalist guide as we take a leisurely walk along some of the Nature Center trails in search of various bird species. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow. Ages: 5+

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

Register online by May 31st! Reservations required.

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Family Science: Pond Study

Saturday, June 3rd 12:30-2pm

Bring the whole family as we learn about science and try different experiments! On June 3rd we will use different tools to search for critters in Frog Pond. Based on the species that we discover we will be able to learn more about the health of the ecosystem. All Ages. Youth under the age of 14 must attend with a registered adult.

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

Register online by May 31st! Reservations required.

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Ney Senior Learning Series: Owls of Minnesota

Thursday, June 15th 12:00-2pm

Learn about a new topic each month as we explore local wildlife, history and conservation issues. Lunch included. Conducted on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Ages 50+

Cost: $10/member or $12/non-members

Register online by June 8th! Reservations required.

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Summer Solstice Hike

Wednesday, June 21st 7-8pm

Hike along with one of our naturalists to learn about nature and phenology on one of the longest days of the year. We will explore cultural and natural history of solstice observances and celebrations and engage in one or two solstice stories. Hiking will take place on fairly strenuous terrain so please come prepared! Ages: 5+

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

Register online by June 18th! Reservations required.

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Family Science: Renewable Energy

Saturday, June 24th 10-11:30am

Bring the whole family as we learn about science and try different experiments! On June 24th we will learn about renewable energy with hands-on projects focused on wind and solar power. All Ages. Youth under the age of 14 must attend with a registered adult.

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

Register online by June 21st! Reservations required.

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Wilderness Survival Skills: Youth Lesson

Saturday, June 24th 1-3pm

Learn about outdoor survival and practice life-saving skills including shelter construction and fire building. Ages: 7+

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

Register online by June 21st! Reservations required.

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Geocaching Challenge

Saturday, July 8th 3-5pm

Challenge yourself on a technology-based scavenger hunt in the park. Learn how to use a GPS and search for hidden containers. Prizes awarded to those brave enough to finish. All Ages. Youth under 10 must attend with a registered adult.

Cost: $5/member or $8/non-member
$15/member family of 3+ or $24/non-member family of 3+

Register online by July 5th! Reservations required.

Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, June 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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Full Moon Hike

Saturday, July 8th 8-9:30pm

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 take a peak through a telescope and view craters on the surface of the moon. Ages: 5+

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

Register online by July 5th! Reservations required.

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Photo Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, July 9th – Drop by anytime between 11am and 2pm

Explore the trails at Ney Nature Center and take fun photos along the way. All Ages. Bring your own camera phone. Youth under 14 must attend with an adult.

Cost: FREE!

Register online by July 5th or just show up!

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Ney Senior Learning Series: Monarch Migration

Thursday, July 20th 12:00-2pm

Learn about a new topic each month as we explore local wildlife, history and conservation issues. Lunch included. Conducted on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Ages 50+

Cost: $10/member or $12/non-members

Register online by July 13th! Reservations required.

Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, July 23rd 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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Geocaching Challenge

Saturday, July 29th 10am-12pm

Challenge yourself on a technology-based scavenger hunt in the park. Learn how to use a GPS and search for hidden containers. Prizes awarded to those brave enough to finish. All Ages. Youth under 10 must attend with a registered adult.

Cost: $5/member or $8/non-member
$15/member family of 3+ or $24/non-member family of 3+

Register online by July 26th! Reservations required.

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Wilderness Survival Skills: Family Lesson

Saturday, July 29th 2-4pm

Learn about outdoor survival and practice life-saving skills including shelter construction and fire building. Ages: 7+

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

Register online by July 26th! Reservations required.

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Photo Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, July 30th – Drop by anytime between 11am and 2pm

Explore the trails at Ney Nature Center and take fun photos along the way. All Ages. Bring your own camera phone. Youth under 14 must attend with an adult.

Cost: FREE!

Register online by July 27th or just show up!

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Ney Senior Learning Series: Renewable Energy

Thursday, August 17th 12:00-2pm

Learn about a new topic each month as we explore local wildlife, history and conservation issues. Lunch included. Conducted on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Ages 50+

Cost: $10/member or $12/non-members

Register online by August 10th! Reservations required.

 

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