Upcoming Public Programs

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NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: Snowshoeing

Thursday, February 21st 12-1:30pm

Designed for adults interested in learning more about wildlife, history, and conservation issues. In February, embark on a snowshoe hike with a naturalist guide. All equipment provided. Lunch included. Ages 50+.

$10 per member or $12 per non-member

Register online by February 14th. Reservations required. Please indicate any dietary needs when registering.

SCOUTS ONLY: Cross-country Skiing

Saturday, February 23rd 10am-12pm

Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and American Heritage Girls are invited to join us for these exciting adventures! In February, learn about cross-country ski equipment and techniques before embarking on a beginner-rated tour. All equipment provided. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 10+.

$5 per scout

Register online by February 21st. Reservations required.

Family Snowshoeing (FULL)

Saturday, February 23rd 1:30-3pm

Learn about snowshoe history and techniques before embarking on a snowshoe hike with a naturalist guide. All equipment provided. Ages 7+.

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

Reservations required. *This program is now full. Groups of 5 or more are encouraged to send an email to josh@neycenter.org to inquire about setting up a private group program. Visitors are also encouraged to check out the Candlelight Event coming up this Saturday where snowshoe rentals will be available.

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Carving Club

Sunday, February 24th 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 tools after their first session. Ages 12+. Click here to view the revised fee structure for this program.

$3 per member or $5 per non-member per session

New participants must register online by February 17th. Returning participants must register online by February 22nd. Reservations required.

Maple Syrup Tour

Saturday, March 9th 1-2:30pm

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

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

Register online by March 7th. Reservations required.

Members Only Event: Star Party!

Saturday, March 9th 6:30-8pm

Peer through high-powered telescopes and learn about the night sky with experts from the Minnesota Astronomical Society. Glow sticks provided. Educational movies will be playing inside the Education Building and refreshments will be provided. If the sky is cloudy, an astronomy presentation will take place indoors. All ages.

Free for NNC members. New memberships available at the door.

Pre-registration is not required for this event.

NATURAL WONDERS PRESCHOOL SERIES: Maple Syruping

Tuesday, March 19th 10-11am

Adults and preschoolers enjoy time together with crafts, stories, and outdoor activities. Ages 3-6 plus an adult.

$5 per child

Register online through Le Sueur-Henderson Community Education. Click the Natural Wonders link in the left-hand menu. Reservations required.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Maple Syruping

Tuesday, March 19th 1-2:30pm

Programs designed just for homeschool classes! In March, learn about and participate in the maple syruping process. Tap trees, collect sap, and taste a sample. Supervisory adults may attend for free. All ages.

$5 per student

Register online by March 17th. Reservations required.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: Maple Syruping

Thursday, March 21st 12-1:30pm

Designed for adults interested in learning more about wildlife, history, and conservation issues. In March, learn about and participate in the maple syruping process. Tap trees, collect sap, and taste a sample. Lunch included. Ages 50+.

$10 per member or $12 per non-member

Register online by March 14th. Reservations required. Please indicate any dietary needs when registering.

NATURE BOOK CLUB: The Nature Fix

Thursday, March 21st 6-7:30pm

Take a hike with a naturalist guide before discussing your insights over light snacks and beverages. In March, our monthly book will be The Nature Fix by Florence Williams.

$3 per member or $5 per non-member

Register online by March 19th. Reservations required.

Maple Syrup Tour

Saturday, March 23rd 10-11:30am

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

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

Register online by March 21st. Reservations required.

SCOUTS ONLY: Maple Syruping

Saturday, March 23rd 12:30-2pm

Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and American Heritage Girls are invited to join us for these exciting adventures! In March, learn about and participate in the maple syruping process. Tap trees, collect sap, and taste a sample. Supervisory adults may attend for free. All ages.

$5 per scout

Register online by March 21st. Reservations required.

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Carving Club

Sunday, March 24th 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 tools after their first session. Ages 12+. Click here to view the revised fee structure for this program.

$3 per member or $5 per non-member per session

New participants must register online by March 17th. Returning participants must register online by March 22nd. Reservations required.


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.

NATURAL WONDERS PRESCHOOL SERIES: Turtle Tales

Tuesday, April 16th 10-11am

Adults and preschoolers enjoy time together with crafts, stories, and outdoor activities. Ages 3-6 plus an adult.

$5 per child

Register online through Le Sueur-Henderson Community Education. Click the Natural Wonders link in the left-hand menu. Reservations required.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: Bee Keeping

Thursday, April 18th 12-1:30pm

Designed for adults interested in learning more about wildlife, history, and conservation issues. In April, learn about bee keeping with the host of “Get Growing” on KSTP, Larry Pfarr. Lunch included. Ages 50+.

$10 per member or $12 per non-member

Register online by April 11th. Reservations required. Please indicate any dietary needs when registering.

NATURE BOOK CLUB: The Unsettling of America

Thursday, April 18th 6-7:30pm

Take a hike with a naturalist guide before discussing your insights over light snacks and beverages. In April, our monthly book will be The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry.

$3 per member or $5 per non-member

Register online by April 16th. Reservations required.

Geocaching Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 20th 1-3pm

Learn the basics of geocaching and use your new skills to search for eggs hidden along the trails. All equipment provided. Ages 5+.

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

Register online by April 18th. Reservations required.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Bird Identification Hike

Thursday, April 25th 10-11:30am

Programs designed just for homeschool classes! In April, learn about bird identification techniques and search for different bird species with binoculars and a spotting scope. Made possible by the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter. All equipment provided. Ages 8+.

$5 per student

Register online by April 23rd. Reservations required.

SCOUTS ONLY: Bird Identification Hike

Saturday, April 27th 10am-11:30am

Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and American Heritage Girls are invited to join us for these exciting adventures! In April, learn about bird identification techniques and search for different bird species with binoculars and a spotting scope. Made possible by the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter. All equipment provided. Ages 8+.

$5 per scout

Register online by April 25th. Reservations required.

Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, April 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 tools after their first session. Ages 12+. Click here to view the revised fee structure for this program.

$3 per member or $5 per non-member per session

New participants must register online by April 21st. Returning participants must register online by April 26th. Reservations required.

Youth Birding Club

Tuesday, April 30th 4-6pm
Tuesday, May 7th 4-6pm
Tuesday, May 14th 4-6pm

Learn about bird identification techniques and search for different bird species with binoculars and a spotting scope. Made possible by the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter. All equipment provided. Ages 8-18.

$9 per member or $15 per non-member includes all three sessions.

Register online by April 28th. Reservations required.

Flowers & Feathers

Saturday, May 4th 9am-11am

Explore and identify migratory birds and budding wildflowers on the same guided hike! All ages.

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

Register online by May 2nd. Reservations required.

GIRL SCOUT BADGE DAY: Home Scientist

Saturday, May 4th 1-3:30pm

Discover where science could be hiding in your everyday life! Girl Scouts (Brownies) will unleash their inner scientist through fun, hands-on experiments about static electricity, making salad dressing, and attempting to create the world’s largest bubble! Girls will earn all badge steps during this action packed afternoon.

$21 per scout.

Register online by April 18th through the Girl Scouts River Valleys website. Reservations required.

NATURAL WONDERS PRESCHOOL SERIES: May Flowers

Tuesday, May 7th 10-11am

Adults and preschoolers enjoy time together with crafts, stories, and outdoor activities. Ages 3-6 plus an adult.

$5 per child

Register online through Le Sueur-Henderson Community Education. Click the Natural Wonders link in the left-hand menu. Reservations required.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: Beginner Birding

Thursday, May 16th 12-1:30pm

Designed for adults interested in learning more about wildlife, history, and conservation issues. In May, learn about bird identification techniques and search for different bird species with binoculars and a spotting scope. Made possible by the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter. All equipment provided. Lunch included. Ages 50+.

$10 per member or $12 per non-member

Register online by May 9th. Reservations required. Please indicate any dietary needs when registering.

NATURE BOOK CLUB: Wild Season

Thursday, May 16th 6-7:30pm

Take a hike with a naturalist guide before discussing your insights over light snacks and beverages. In May, our monthly book will be Wild Season by Allan Eckert.

$3 per member or $5 per non-member

Register online by May 14th. Reservations required.

Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, May 19th 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 tools after their first session. Ages 12+.

$3 per member or $5 per non-member per session

New participants must register online by May 12th. Returning participants must register online by May 17th. Reservations required.

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