Upcoming Public Programs

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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 equipment provided. 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.

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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.

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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 equipment provided. 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.

Prairie Ecology Hike

Sunday, August 20th 1-3pm

Join a naturalist for a guided hike through the prairie! Explore different topics including wildlife, plants, and soils. Ages: 5+

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

Register online by August 17th! Reservations required.

Monarch Tagging

Saturday, September 9th 9-11am

Learn about and participate in the monarch tagging process. Carefully collect and tag monarch butterflies found in the prairie. All Ages. Youth under age 10 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 September 7th! Reservations required.

Fall Colors Canoe Trip

Sunday, October 1st 1-4:30pm

Canoe on the Minnesota River while enjoying the lush fall colors. All equipment provided. Ages: 5+

Cost: $35/member or $45/non-member

Limited to the first 20 participants. Register online by September 24th! Reservations required.

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