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.

Dates:
9/1/2017
10/6/2017
11/3/2017
12/1/2017
1/5/2018

Chicks in the Sticks



Friday, December 15, 2017  6-8 pm


$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*


*(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, November 4, 2017 - Minnesota's Renewable Energy Path

Dinner begins at 5:30 pm, with presentation to follow
J. Drake Hamilton - Fresh Energy

J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director at Fresh Energy, is a renowned expert in policy to increase clean energy development and jobs in Minnesota. A widely sought-after public speaker, she frequently addresses business and civic audiences and inspires them to action. J. is often featured in media stories, including in the Star Tribune, New York Times, Washington Post, and on public radio.

Hamilton represented Fresh Energy at the Paris Climate Summit. She was invited by President Barack Obama to meet with him in the White House, to showcase Minnesota’s success in growing clean energy jobs while accomplishing big carbon reductions.

She lives in Saint Paul where she and her husband have a small urban orchard whose fruit—plums, peaches, pears, apples—have won blue ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair.

Hamilton will speak about Minnesota’s leadership on wind and solar energy and our next steps to develop the potential of these clean technologies.

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

Dinner begins at 5:30 pm, with presentation to follow
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.

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