Upcoming Public Programs

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Carving Club

Sunday, July 22nd 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 supplies. Ages 12+.

$15/member project or $20/non-member project; Contact Josh to register.

Live Animal Meet and Greet

Saturday, July 28th 4-5pm

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

$2/member or $3/non-member; $6/member family or $9/non-member family

Register online by July 26th! Reservations required.

Annual Moth Survey

Saturday, July 28th 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.

FREE!

Pre-registration is not required for this program.

Ollie’s Reading Club

Saturday, August 4th 11am-12pm

Read a new nature-themed book each month. Upon completion of the book, discuss your opinions and your insights with founding member, Ollie Heitkamp. All ages.

FREE! Register by calling the office by August 2nd. Reservations required.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: Life of a Pond

Thursday, August 16th 12-1:30pm

Designed for adults interested in learning more about wildlife, history, and conservation issues. In August, learn about the life of a pond with NNC founding member, Ollie Heitkamp.  Lunch included. Ages 50+.

$10/member or $12/non-member

Register online by August 9th! Reservations required.

Family Kayaking

Saturday, August 18th 10-11:30am

Learn about kayaking equipment and techniques while paddling on Frog Pond! All equipment provided. Ages 9+.

$5/member or $8/non-member. Limited to 6 participants.

Register online by August 16th! Reservations required.

Youth Archery

Saturday, August 18th 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/member or $10/non-member; $24/member family of 3+ or $30/non-member family of 3+

Register online by August 16th! Reservations required.

Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, August 26th 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 supplies. Ages 12+.

$15/member project or $20/non-member project; Contact Josh to register.

Monarch Tagging

Saturday, September 1st 9-10:30am

Learn about and participate in the monarch tagging process. Carefully collect and tag monarch butterflies found in the prairie All ages.

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

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by August 30th. Reservations required.

Ollie’s Reading Club

Saturday, September 1st 11am-12pm

Read a new nature-themed book each month. Upon completion of the book, discuss your opinions and your insights with founding member, Ollie Heitkamp. All ages.

FREE! Register by calling the office by August 30th. Reservations required.

 

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Pond Study

Wednesday, September 19th 1-2:30pm

Search for critters in Frog Pond and find out what makes a healthy ecosystem. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 5+.

$5/student

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by September 17th. Reservations required.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: Homestead Wagon Tour

Thursday, September 20th 12-1:30pm

Designed for adults interested in learning more about wildlife, history, and conservation issues. In September, embark on a guided wagon tour of the Ney Homestead. Ages 50+.

$10/member or $12/non-member

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by September 13th. Reservations required.

Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, September 23rd 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 supplies. Ages 12+.

$15/member project or $20/non-member project; Contact Josh to register.

Full Moon Kayaking

Monday, September 24th 7:30-9pm

Learn about kayaking equipment and techniques while paddling on Frog Pond under the full moon! All equipment provided. Ages 9+.

$5/member or $8/non-member. Limited to 6 participants.

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by September 22nd. Reservations required.

SCOUTS ONLY: Archery

Saturday, September 29th 10am-12pm

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

$5/scout

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by September 27th. Reservations required.

Geocaching for S’mores

Saturday, September 29th 1-3pm

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

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

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by September 27th. Reservations required.

Fall Festival Trail Run (1k & 5k)

Saturday, October 6th 10am-12pm

All racers who pre-register by October 1st will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

10:30am 5k Trail Run ($20/member or $30/non-member)
11:45am 1k Kids Dash ($10/member or $15/non-member)

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by September 31st to receive your t-shirt on race day.

Fall Festival

Saturday, October 6th 1-4pm

Celebrate the fall season with family-friendly activities including a prairie maze, tractor wagon rides, a petting zoo, and more!

Family activities are FREE and all new or renewed memberships receive a FREE pumpkin. Pre-registration is not required for this event. This event is OPEN to the public. All ages.

Fall Colors Kayak Tour

Sunday, October 7th 1-4pm

Kayak on the Minnesota River while enjoying the vibrant fall colors with an instructor and naturalist guide. Limited to 6 participants. All equipment provided. Ages: 14+. Participants will meet at 1pm at River Park in Le Sueur and will be shuttled back to their vehicles by a staff member after the trip.

Cost: $15/member or $20/non-member

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by October 5th. Reservations required.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Archery

Wednesday, October 17th 1-3pm

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

$5/student

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by October 15th. Reservations required.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: Nature in Color

Thursday, October 18th 12-1:30pm

Designed for adults interested in learning more about wildlife, history, and conservation issues. In October, learn about the colors that we see in nature with NNC Naturalist, Beth Beuch. Ages 50+.

$10/member or $12/non-member

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by October 11th. Reservations required.

Full Moon Hike

Wednesday, October 24th 7-8:30pm

Learn about nocturnal animals while enjoying the park after dark. If the sky is clear, peer through a telescope to view the moon up close! Ages 5+.

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

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by October 22nd. Reservations required.

SCOUTS ONLY: Geocaching for S’mores

Saturday, October 27th 10am-12pm

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

$5/scout

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by October 25th. Reservations required.

Family Archery

Saturday, October 27th 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/member or $10/non-member; $24/member family of 3+ or $30/non-member family of 3+

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by October 25th. Reservations required.

Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, October 28th 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 supplies. Ages 12+.

$15/member project or $20/non-member project; Contact Josh to register.

Ollie’s Reading Club

Saturday, November 3rd 11am-12pm

Read a new nature-themed book each month. Upon completion of the book, discuss your opinions and your insights with founding member, Ollie Heitkamp. All ages.

FREE! Register by calling the office by November 1st. Reservations required.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: Myths of Native American History

Thursday, November 15th 12-1:30pm

Designed for adults interested in learning more about wildlife, history, and conservation issues. In November, learn about myths of native american history with author, Paul Jentz. Ages 50+.

$10/member or $12/non-member

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by November 9th. Reservations required.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Survival Skills

Wednesday, November 21st 1-3pm

Learn about outdoor survival and practice life-saving skills including shelter construction and fire building. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 8+.

$5/student

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by November 19th. Reservations required.

Burn off the Turkey Hike

Saturday, November 24th 10am-12pm

Burn off those Thanksgiving calories by taking an intermediate hike on the Nature Center trails. Ages: 8+.

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

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by November 22nd. Reservations required.

SCOUTS ONLY: Survival Skills

Saturday, November 24th 1-3pm

Learn about outdoor survival and practice life-saving skills including shelter construction and fire building. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 8+.

$5/scout

Registration opens on August 1st. Register online by November 22nd. Reservations required.

Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, November 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 supplies. Ages 12+.

$15/member project or $20/non-member project; Contact Josh to register.

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