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Snowshoes

Open Hours

January, February, and March
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4 pm

The Ney Nature Center Education Building will be open, offering a great time to try out a pair of snowshoes, use a pair of skis if we have your size, bird watch from the building, enjoy hot chocolate, cider, or coffee, and relax in our reading corner.  Equipment availability is on a first come, first serve basis.

Snowshoe Rental:

  • Members $3.00 a pair or $9.00 for a family of 3 or more people
  • Non-Members $5.00 a pair or $15.00 for a family of 3 or more people.

Park is open daily. Ski trails are groomed by volunteers from the local snowmobile association within a day or two of snowfalls, and the sledding hill is popular!

Please do not snowshoe on the groomed ski trails; you have the whole park to snowshoe in!

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I Love to Read Month

Open Hours in February, 12 to 4 pm

During Open Hours in February at the Ney Nature Center, we will be hosting four themed weekends with activities that compliment winter stories about animals and nature.  There will be a copy of the featured book on display, and we encourage you to sit in our reading nook and read it aloud with your family as you sip on complimentary hot cocoa.  Our themed weekends include:

February 4 & 5: Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby.
-Activities include making fox and groundhog ears to wear and creating a bright red scarf to keep warm just like Brownie.

February 11 & 12: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
-Activities include listening to various Minnesota Owls to see how many vocalizations you know and how many you can learn and coloring in owls.

February 18 & 19: The Mitten by Jan Brett
-Activities include reenacting the story with mitten and animal print outs you can color and learning how to make a simple knitted snake.

February 25 & 26: Who’s Been Here? A Tale in Tracks by Fran Hodgkins
-Activities include testing your animal tracks knowledge by matching up tracks and creatures cards, playing a game of memory using tracks cards, and creating your own animal track book to take with on outdoor adventures.

Find out more information about open hours here!

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Carving Club

February 26, 1 to 3 pm

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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Maple Syrup Kickoff

March 4, 10 am to 12 pm

Have you ever wondered how maple syrup is produced? We invite you to learn about the process we use to produce the delicious maple syrup sold from trees right here on our property. You will have the opportunity to witness and assist in the beginning stages of tapping our trees! All ages are welcome, and the event is free!

Schedule:
10:00am-11:00 am Presentation
11:00 am-12:00 pm Tapping Trees

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“Them Bones Them Bones”: An afternoon with the Straubs Member’s Event

March 4, 1 to 2 pm

For the past fifty years, Art and Barb Straub have been picking debris from the sandbars and mudflats of the Minnesota River. These treasures have included mussel shells, tools, spearpoints made by Native Americans, clay trading pipes, bottles, agates, a bowling ball, lots of material found in early ‘dumps,’ pottery, enamelware, and bones from many creatures of the past and present. They have assembled the bones and teeth into a large collection at the JR Brown River Center (JRB), and they include bison, horse, cow, elk, hog, and ‘mystery’ bones. The latest donation to the JRB is that of a young male woolly mammoth bone, found in a local gravel pit. One discovery has led to another, each with its own history and story. Participants will have the opportunity to handle the materials and guess as to whom the bone belonged.

Cost: Free for members
Must be a member to participate so please consider joining today! You may also sign up for membership at the program.

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Winter Tree ID Hike

March 19, 1 to 3 pm

March 19 from 1-3pm

Join us for an introduction to tree identification. Starting the program out will be an indoor session to familiarize guests on key features used in identification. The second half of the program will be putting the newly learned skills and knowledge to the test, through the use of dichotomous keys.

Cost:
Members: $3/person or $9/family of 3 or more
Non-members: $5/person or $15/family of 3 or more

Register online by March 13!

Wood ducks

Carving Club

March 26, 1 to 3 pm

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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