Upcoming Public Programs

Click here to view our Public Programs Cancellation Policy.

COVID19 Communications for Program Participants:

Please note due to COVID19 we conduct the full program outside, the staff wears masks at all times and we request participants and chaperones wear masks. A porta-potty is available on site. We don’t have participants share equipment if possible. If the equipment is shared it is sanitized between use.

NOTE: Although we are hopeful that our upcoming public programs will be able to run, we understand that we are currently in uncertain times throughout this COVID-19 situation and may need to cancel or modify our programs at any given time. Because of this, we are temporarily modifying our cancellation policy. We will do our best to give at least a 48-hour notice prior to a program if it needs to be canceled or modified, however, at any point before the program, regardless of if we cancel the program or if you are unable to make it because of safety concerns or because of the modifications that we did, we will offer a 100% program refund. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any concerns or questions regarding our programming. Thanks!

All Ages

Youth Programs

Adult Programs

Programs for All Ages


Snow Fest & Candlelight Event

Saturday, February 6th; Saturday, February 27th; 3-8:30pm

**This event has been rescheduled due to the cold.** Break up the winter blues with an afternoon of snow-filled fun. We’ll have plenty of snow themed activities for the whole family: snow creature building, snow art, snowflake science, and more! In the evening strap on your skis or snowshoes for a candle-lit walk around the prairie. Rentals available.

Snowshoe Lacing

Guided Hikes

Full Moon Snowshoe: Friday, February 26th, 6-7:30pm

Enjoy the park by the light of the full moon! Join a naturalist for this snowshoe night hike. Ages 7+

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

Register here. Registration required for each event. Registration closes two days before each event.

Maple Syrup Tours

Learn about and participate in the maple syruping process. Tap trees, collect sap, and taste a sample. All Ages.

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

Saturday, March 13th, 1-2:30pm

Sunday, March 21st, 1-2:30pm

Register here. Registration required for each event. Registration closes two days before each event.

Youth Programs


Youth Learning Series

Monthly on the second Tuesday, 9-11 am

Whether you’re a distance learner, homeschooler, or anything in between, join us for a morning of exploration and investigation. Participants will be split into groups grade K-5 and 6-12.

Maple Syrup: Tuesday, March 9th

Mmmmm sweet syrup! Explore the history of maple syruping, visit our sugar bush, and try your hand at processing sap into syrup.

The instructor will wear a mask; participants are strongly encouraged to wear masks (see “COVID19 Communications for Program Participants” explanation up above).

$5 per student. Register here. Registration required for each session. Registration closes two days before program. Maximum of 20 participants.

KidVenture

In this exploratory, youth-guided program, participants will decide as a group the activity of the day. With the support of our naturalists, youth will have the opportunity to explore the pond, head down into the ravine, track critters in the woods, and get up close and personal with prairie plants. Participants should dress for the weather and be prepared for a variety of activities (getting wet and muddy, for example). A snack will be provided; please let us know if your youth has any dietary restrictions. Please bring a water bottle and backpack if you have one. Ages 8-11.

This program is for youth only. We invite their adults to enjoy a walk around the nature center or drop off their child.

Sunday, February 28th, 1-4pm

Sunday, March 28th, 1-4pm

$5 for members/$8 for non-members. Register here. Registration required for each program. Must register two days in advance.

After School Clubs

Phenology Club: Mondays, March 22nd, 29th, & April 5th, 4-5:00pm

Watch the arrival of spring in central Minnesota! We are hoping to host this in person at the Nature Center. Check back for more updates!

Adult Programs

Lifelong Learner Series

Monthly on the second Thursday, noon-1:00 pm

Discover a new topic each month as we explore local wildlife, history, and conservation issues. Ages 18+. Until further notice, this series will be hosted virtually via Zoom.

Maple Syrup: Thursday, March 18th

As the sugaring season ends, join us as we learn about the history of maple syrup and the process we use to turn sap into syrup!

$3 for members; $5 for non-members. Register here. Registration required for each program. Must register two days in advance.

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