Adult Programs

First Friday Phenology Walk

8:45 am – 9:45 am
Meet at front of Springbrook Nature Center

First chickadee singing? First wild geranium blooming? Last oak leaves falling?  Keeping track of seasonal changes is what phenology is all about!

Join a Springbrook naturalist for a morning stroll around the park.  Discover what is happening in nature during the current season and notice changes in the animals, plants, and fungi. Borrow a pair of our binoculars or bring your own. Cameras and notebooks are also welcome!

Distance and time spent on the trail will be tailored to program participants. Stay to socialize after the program with coffee or tea at the bird feeders.   

This is a free program, open to all ages. Donations are welcome.

*The walk will go rain or shine. Cancellations due to hazardous weather will be posted on the website calendar and our Facebook page.

Upcoming Dates:

Chicks in the Sticks

$5 per class, per person
$5 snowshoe rental
Minimum of 12 participants required to run each program.

It's time for a little adventure with your favorite women.  Join the naturalist staff at Springbrook for classes developed just for women.  Each program will include a relaxing campfire and refreshments.  Pre-registration is required for these programs. Please call the nature center to reserve your spot.

12/15/17 Snowshoe Hike* 6-8 pm
1/26/18  Snowshoe Hike* 6-8 pm
2/23/18 Snowshoe Hike* 6-8 pm
3/9/18 Snowshoe Hike* 6-8 pm

*(3 inches of snow required for use of snowhoes, if there is not sufficient snow, we will hike the park instead)

Discovery Dinner Series

Springbrook Discovery Dinners pair lively educational programs with a catered meal for the perfect night out.  Leave the kids at home and enjoy the night with friends or a date.  Registration is required and space is limited.  Call Springbrook at 763-572-3588 to sign up or for more details.  Tickets are $25 each or $22.50 each when purchasing multiples.  

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - Bird Language: The Secret Language of Nature

Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with presentation to follow by author and naturalist Jonathan Poppele

Birds talk to each other, we can learn to understand it, and it's fun. Birds are the alarm system of the forest, broadcasting the whereabouts of hawks, owls, foxes and more through their calls and postures. Learning bird language allows us to see more wildlife and feel more connected to the natural world. Experienced bird language observers regularly use their skills to locate Cooper's hawks in suburban neighborhoods, identify cats moving unseen through nearby thickets, or predict the approach of hikers in the back-country two minutes before they come into view. In this presentation, master storyteller Jonathan Poppele will introduce the world of bird language; share the fundamentals of interpreting bird language; and give you information about deepening your own journey into learning the language of the birds.

Jonathan Poppele is an independent naturalist, author and educator whose work helps people connect more deeply to themselves, others, and nature. He earned a master's degree in conservation biology studying animal tracking as a tool for citizen science research and has taught biology, ecology, and writing at the University of Minnesota. Jon is the author of several nature guidebooks including the National Outdoor Book Award honoree "Night Sky" field guide. He is the founder and director of the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project, which runs monthly Bird Language programs in the Twin Cities, and is the Minnesota coordinator for Bird Language Leaders--a partnership between the National Audubon Society and the Nature Connection Mentoring Foundation. Jon is also the founder and Head Instructor of the Center for Mind-Body Oneness, where he teaches meditation, mindfulness, and the peaceful martial art of Ki-Aikido.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - The Future of Local Food... All in Good Taste

Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with presentation to follow by culinary expert Beth Dooley

This presentation will cover the local food scene since the “early days” dating back to Rachel Carson and Frances Moore Lappe and taking us into the future with the work being done by our universities on sustainable, perennial crops such as Kernza (an intermediate wheat grass).

Beth Dooley has covered the local food scene in the Northern Heartland for thirty years: she writes for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, the Taste section of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, and Heavy Table and appears regularly on KARE 11 (NBC) television and MPR Appetites with Tom Crann. She is author of Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market CookbookThe Northern Heartland Kitchen  and coauthor with Lucia Watson of Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland, among other books.

Dooley will also be catering the meal for this Discovery Dinner – come enjoy her delicious local food recipes!