Upcoming Public Programs

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Snowshoe Weaving Workshop

Mondays, December 11th and 18th 6-9pm

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

$175/member or $190/non-member

Register online by November 27th! Reservations required.

Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 16th 8:30am-4:30pm

Help the Ney Nature Center to record resident and migratory bird statistics. Count from home or join us at the Education Building between 8:30am and 4:30pm. Contact Michelle or click here for more details. All Ages.

FREE!

Pre-registration is not required for this event.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: American Bison

Thursday, December 21st 12-1:30pm

Learn about the largest mammal in Minnesota, the American Bison, with local Minneopa Area Naturalist, Scott Kudelka. Lunch included. NSLS programs conducted on the third Thursday of each month. Ages 50+

$10/member or $12/non-member

Register online by December 14th! Reservations required.

Winter Explorers Camp

Wednesday & Thursday, December 27-28th 9am-4pm

Winter Break doesn’t have to be a bore! Snowshoeing, snow-forts, nature crafts, and more! Ages 6-12.

$50/member or $60/non-member

Register online by December 20th! Reservations required.

SCOUTS ONLY: Snowshoeing After Dark

Friday, December 29th 6-7:30pm

Embark on a guided snowshoe hike while learning about local wildlife and history. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 7-17.

$5/scout

Register online by December 27th! Reservations required.

Family Snowshoeing

Saturday, December 30th 10-11:30am

Embark on a guided snowshoe hike while learning about local wildlife and history. Youth under 14 must attend with a registered adult. Ages 7+

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

Register online by December 28th! Reservations required.

Midwinter Bluegrass Concert

Saturday, December 30th 7-9pm

Enjoy a selection of bluegrass music performed by Dick Kimmel and Pamela Longtine. Light snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase. All Ages.

$8/member or $10/non-member; $24/member family of 3+ or $30/non-member family of 3+

Register online by December 28th! Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Full Moon Snowshoe

Tuesday, January 2nd 8-9:30pm

Embark on a guided snowshoe hike after dark! If the sky is clear, peer through a telescope to view the moon up close. Youth under 14 must attend with a registered adult. Ages 7+

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

Register online by December 31st! Reservations required.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Snowshoeing

Wednesday, January 3rd 1-2:30pm

Embark on a guided snowshoe hike while learning about local wildlife and history. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 7-17.

$5/student

Register online by January 1st! Reservations required.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: Snowshoeing

Thursday, January 18th 12-1:30pm

Learn about one of Minnesota’s most historic forms of transportation with Nature Center Naturalist, Josh Sweet. Come dressed for a casual outdoor snowshoe hike. Lunch included. NSLS programs conducted on the third Thursday of each month. Ages 50+

$10/member or $12/non-member

Register online by January 11th! Reservations required.

Candlelight Ski

Friday, January 26th 6-9pm

Luminaries will light your way as you cross-country ski on the Nature Center trails. All Ages.

FREE! Ski rentals available for $3/member or $5/non-member.

Pre-registration is not required for this event.

Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, January 28th 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.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Cross-country Skiing

Wednesday, February 7th 1-3pm

Learn about cross-country skiing equipment and techniques before taking a beginner-rated tour with an instructor. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 10-17.

$5/student

Register online by February 5th! Reservations required.

SCOUTS ONLY: Cross-country Skiing

Saturday, February 10th 1-3pm

Learn about cross-country skiing equipment and techniques before taking a beginner-rated tour with an instructor. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 10-17.

$5/scout

Register online by February 8th! Reservations required.

Valentine’s Snowshoe Rentals

Sunday, February 11th 2-5pm

Take a snowshoe hike with your special someone. Ages 14+. Instructor-led activities available for the kids for an added fee. Ages 5-13.

Snowshoe Rentals: $3/member or $5/non-member

Instructor-led Youth Activities: $5/member child or $8/non-member child

Pre-registration is not required for this event.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: Renewable Energy

Thursday, February 15th 12-1:30pm

Learn about renewable energy and how it is utilized in Minnesota with Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) Development Director, Jan Hubbard. Lunch included. NSLS programs conducted on the third Thursday of each month. Ages 50+

$10/member or $12/non-member

Register online by February 8th! Reservations required.

 

NATURE CRAFT NIGHT

February 16th 6-8pm

More details coming soon. Stay tuned!

$20/member or $25/non-member

Register online one week in advance! Reservations required.

Wood ducks

Carving Club

Sunday, February 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.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: Maple Syruping

Thursday, March 15th 12-1:30pm

Learn about the maple syruping process with Ney Nature Center experts. Lunch included. NSLS programs conducted on the third Thursday of each month. Ages 50+

$10/member or $12/non-member

Register online by March 8th! Reservations required.

SCOUTS ONLY: Maple Syruping

Saturday, March 17th 10-11:30am

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/scout

Registration opens in late January. Register online by March 15th! Reservations required.

Maple Syrup Tour (Open to everyone!)

Saturday, March 17th 1-2:30pm

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

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

Registration opens in late January. Register online by March 15th! Reservations required.

NATURAL WONDERS: Maple Syruping

Tuesday, March 20th 10-11am

Adults and preschoolers enjoy time together with crafts, stories, and outdoor activities. One adult per child may attend for free. Children ages 3-6.

$3/member child or $5/non-member child

Registration opens in late January. Register online by March 19th! Reservations required.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Maple Syruping

Tuesday, March 20th 1-2:30pm

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/student

Registration opens in late January. Register online by March 19th! Reservations required.

MEMBERS ONLY EVENT: International Owl Center

Thursday, March 22nd 7-8pm

Learn about Minnesota owls and meet a live animal guest from the International Owl Center. Members only. FREE for members. All Ages.

Pre-registration is not required for this event. New members can sign up for a membership at the door.

Maple Syrup Tour (Open to everyone!)

Saturday, March 24th 10-11:30am

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

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

Registration opens in late January. Register online by March 22nd! Reservations required.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES: Candle Making

Tuesday, April 17th 1-2:30pm

Learn about the historic art of candle making and take home your finished product. Supervisory adults may attend for free. Ages 5+.

$5/student

Registration opens in late January. Register online by April 15th! Reservations required.

NATURAL WONDERS: Turtle Tales

Tuesday, April 17th 10-11am

Adults and preschoolers enjoy time together with crafts, stories, and outdoor activities. One adult per child may attend for free. Children ages 3-6.

$3/member child or $5/non-member child

Registration opens in late January. Register online by March 19th! Reservations required.

NEY SENIOR LEARNING SERIES: Minnesota Astronomical Society (Sun & Sky)

Thursday, April 19th 12-1:30pm

Learn about the sun and sky with Minnesota Astronomical Society volunteer, Mark Job. Lunch included. NSLS programs conducted on the third Thursday of each month. Ages 50+

$10/member or $12/non-member

Register online by April 12th! Reservations required.

Earth Day Weekend: PLT Teacher’s Workshop

Saturday, April 21st 9am-3pm

This workshop is designed for teachers and educators who teach in grades K-8. Participants get hands on instruction and a PLT K-8 Activity Guide with 96 lessons. Lessons use trees, forests, and the environment as a window to teach math, science, language arts, social studies, and art. 5 CEUs and lunch included.

$10/participant

Register online by April 1st! Reservations required through the Minnesota DNR website.

Girl Scouts Badge Day: Home Scientist (Brownie)

Saturday, April 28th 1-4pm

Discover where science could be hiding in your every day life! Scouts 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.

$15/scout

Register online by April 12th! Reservations required through the Girl Scouts River Valleys website.

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