11th Annual Spring Fling 2018

Audience at 2016 Spring Fling

Join us on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Arlington Community Center from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.

Each year the Ney Nature Center Board of Directors hosts an Annual Spring Fling Fundraiser and Benefit Dinner. The evening event includes a delicious meal, guest speaker, silent auction and live auction. Local businesses and members of the community generously donate to this event.


  • $50.00 (includes 2018 NNC Membership)
  • $35.00 for current 2018 NNC Members

Tickets orders due by March 30th.

Feature guest speaker, Dr. Denise Young, “Celebrating Minnesota’s Natural History”

Dr. Young is the newly-named Executive Director of the Bell Museum of Natural History + Planetarium at the University of Minnesota. She brings success at developing award-winning science education and community outreach programs and is dedicated to ensuring every Minnesotan has access to an equally inspirational museum experience through the Bell as it embarks on this exciting new phase in its 145-year life. This new facility will open this summer on the St. Paul campus.

Buffet Dinner Menu

  • Mandarin Salad
  • Chicken Carmelle (gf)
  • Beef Sirloin Tips
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes (gf)
  • Rustic Roasted Root Medley (gf)
  • Gourmet Desserts
  • Coffee & Ice Water
  • Cash Bar

Contact Becky for special dietary needs or if you would like the vegetarian option.

Thank you to our generous Sponsors & Donors!

This is a great opportunity to support our fundraising event with a tax-deductible sponsorship or donation of an item(s) for our silent or live auction. All sponsors and donors will receive recognition – at our event, in our newsletter, on our website, and in our annual report. In addition, with a $500 sponsorship you will receive two complimentary tickets to the Spring Fling. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and your gift is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
2018 SPRING FLING donation form

Live & Silent Auction Items

Hand Carved out of Walnut by Ollie Heitkamp
2 Tickets to the Old Log Theatre, see upcoming list of shows on the Old Log Theatre Website, click here.
Maple and Butternut Cheese and Cracker Tray handcrafted by Ollie Heitkamp
Guided Kayak Trip on the Minnesota River! Kayak down the Minnesota River while taking in the serene sights and sounds with experienced guides, Jill and Josh Sweet. Flexible date. All equipment provided for up to 6 participants.
Maple and Walnut Serving Tray handcrafted by Ollie Heitkamp
Two (2) Minnesota Zoo Admission Tickets (Expires Dec. 31, 2019)
Handcrafted Oak Snack Table by Ollie heitkamp
Cedar Stair Step Plant Stand crafted by Earl Gransee
$25.00 Gift Card donated by Coborn’s of Belle Plaine.
Walnut Rolltop Desk crafted by Ollie Heitkamp
Keepsake Box handcrafted by Ollie Heitkamp
Two (2) Outfield Reserved Tickets to any May or June 2018 Regular Season Saints baseball game. See their schedule at www.saintsbaseball.com