Upcoming Public Programs

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HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Pond Study (FULL)

Wednesday, September 19th 1-2:30pm

Programs designed just for homeschool classes! In September, search for critters in Frog Pond and find out what makes a healthy ecosystem. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 5+.

$5/student

Reservations required. This program is now FULL. Scroll below to see a duplicate session now planned for September 26th.

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. Lunch included. Ages 50+.

$10/member or $12/non-member

Register online by September 13th. Reservations required.

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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.

Register online by September 22nd. Reservations required.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Pond Study (Duplicate Session)

Wednesday, September 26th 1-2:30pm

Programs designed just for homeschool classes! In September, search for critters in Frog Pond and find out what makes a healthy ecosystem. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 5+.

$5/student

Register online by September 24th. Reservations required.

SCOUTS ONLY: Archery

Saturday, September 29th 10am-12pm

Cub scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys Scouts, and American Heritage Girls are invited to join us for these exciting adventures! In September, 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

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+

Register online by September 27th. Reservations required.

Fall Festival Trail Run (1k & 5k)

Saturday, October 6th 10am-12pm

All racers who pre-register by September 21st 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)

Register online by September 21st 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 (FULL)

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. Reservations required.

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

This tour is now full. Seats still remain at the Full Moon Kayak program on September 24th. Look for another Fall Colors Kayak Tour to be offered in 2019. Reservations required.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Archery

Wednesday, October 17th 1-3pm

Programs designed just for homeschool classes! In October, 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

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. Lunch included. Ages 50+.

$10/member or $12/non-member

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+

Register online by October 22nd. Reservations required.

SCOUTS ONLY: Geocaching for S’mores

Saturday, October 27th 10am-12pm

Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and American Heritage Girls are invited to join us for these exciting adventures! In October, 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

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+

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.

Snowshoe Weaving Workshop

Mondays, November 5th & 19th 6-9pm

Weave your own snowshoes under the guidance of an experienced instructor. Participants should plan to attend both sessions. Ages 14+

$180/member or $190/non-member

Register online by October 15th. 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. Lunch included. Ages 50+.

$10/member or $12/non-member

Register online by November 9th. Reservations required.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Survival Skills

Wednesday, November 21st 1-3pm

Programs designed just for homeschool classes! In Nonmember, 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

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+

Register online by November 22nd. Reservations required.

SCOUTS ONLY: Survival Skills

Saturday, November 24th 1-3pm

Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and American Heritage Girls are invited to join us for these exciting adventures! In November, 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

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.


Educator’s Workshop: Project WILD

Saturday, April 6th 9am-2:30pm

Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. It provides dozens of fun, hands-on activities for learning about the outdoors. The K-12 Project WILD Activity Guide includes 144 different activities.

$35 per participant (includes Activity Guide, 5 Continuing Education Units, and lunch)

Register online by March 21st. Reservations required.

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