Following is programming at the Northlake Nature Center (NNC), a non-profit organization that provides nature related educational and healthy active lifestyle programs for the general public and student groups. The NNC manages a 400-acre Nature Preserve east of Mandeville, LA. offering over 8 miles of hiking and biking trails and a canoe launch, free for public use, open from dawn to dusk.
Most programs are free for members or $5 for non-members. Space is limited for most programs, with reservations required. Call (985) 626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org to reserve your spot.
Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m.
“Nature Walk and Titivation”
Smell the clean air and hear the birds rejoice as you visit swamps, ponds, bayous, hardwoods forests and pineland habitats! Reserve a lopper to spruce up the trails with your trail trimming techniques even more! Cherish the beauty, give your healthy lifestyle a jump-start and titivate yourself and your community while supporting the Northlake Nature Center! Enjoy a 2 hour walk in the woods and light exercise in the healthy outdoors. Loppers are limited, reserve yours today.
Tuesday, May 26 at 6:00 pm
“Bicycling the Back Trails” and “Tips to Trail Riding”
with The Bike Path owner, David Moeller
David will share his life-time passion and expertise with tips to riding the trails for the biking enthusiast and guide you through the back trails of the Northlake Nature Center’s 8+ miles of pure nature landscape delight! Explore the back trails and discover why trail riding is becoming an exciting alternative to bike riding the pavement! Helmet required, mountain bike or wide tires recommended. Space is limited, reservations required. Free for members, $5 non-members.
Thursday, May 28 at 10:00 am (rescheduled from April 16)
“Bamboo Nursery” Field Trip
Sign up now to learn all about bamboo from Owner Alain Flexer. We will tour the nursery’s breathe-taking bamboo forest, learn what you can do with bamboo and yes you can eat it as well! You will make a bamboo birdhouse for your feathered friends –big or small Space is limited. Reservations Required. $5 for members, non-members-$10.00 Call 985-626-1238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 30 at 10:00 am
“Butterfly and Wildflower Walk” with Linda Auld
Join the BugLady of New Orleans who has been working in her 3 generation family business, Barber Laboratories where you can purchase pest-control products, but you can also visit the “Learning Room” where she raises live butterflies and moths. Linda has also been known as the Caterpillar Mama for over 40 years now and has raised 126 species of butterflies and moths, photographing and studying their life cycles. She is published and will have her “BugLady’s Butterfly Summer” book for sale at the walk. Learn the different plants that the butterflies like and what you can do establish a garden for the butterflies! We will take a nature walk through the trails of the NNC where many wildflower seeds have been planted during Arbor Day Festivities. Her mission statement is “I sell death for pests but promote life for the rest!” Space is limited. Reservations Required. Free for members, non-members-$5.00.
Sunday, May 31 at 8 am
“Dog Wag and Walk” with Sam
Sam is back after ACL surgery and rehab! Take a guided walk through the trails with your 4-legged companion experiencing the joy of traversing the trail network for plenty of tail wagging, sniffing and socialization! Water and bowl recommended, leash and friendly 4-legged required. Free for members; Non-members-$5.00. Limited space available. Registration required.
Friday, June 5 at 9 am and 2 pm
“Canoeing on Castine Bayou” with Canoe and Trail Adventures
Enjoy a three hour paddling outing in a canoe for two/family. Guide Byron Almquist, a long time paddling guide and Louisiana Master Naturalist, will discuss and describe the habitats and history of the bayou and provide paddling instructions, if desired. Bayou Castine is a Louisiana “natural and scenic stream” which flows past the Northlake Nature Center, through forested high ground, transitions to a mixed cypress swamp and then past marshes and marinas before emptying into Lake Pontchartrain. $40 for one paddler; $70 for two adults and no charge for a maximum of 2 children (11 or younger) for members; additional $5 per person rate applies for non-members. Weight limit 240 lbs., masks to be worn at launch site. Limited space available. Registration required (meeting point given at time of registration).
Friday, June 5 at 7:50 pm
“Moonlight Hike and Snow and Ice”
Ever wondered what the Northlake Nature Center would be like at night? What would you hear, what would you see, what would you smell? Take a quiet walk under the full moon and find out! Bring your own flashlight and enjoy special treats by Honey’s Snoball Shack of Abita. Space is limited, registration required.
Saturday, June 6 at 10:00 am
“Snakes of Louisiana” with Fred Mattingly
A local community snake enthusiast at heart, will share his wealth of knowledge and introduce you to Louisiana’s “Cool” Native Snakes. Snakes have fascinated Fred his entire life and he will bring his small collection so you can get really close and observe their cool behavior and learn about their habits! Free for Members, Non-members-$5.00. Registration required.
Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 am
“Mushroom Walk” with mushroom enthusiast John Mansfield
Sign up now to learn all about the mushroom that sprout up in the fall! John has 40 years of experience studying those little toadstools or spore-bearing fruiting bodies of a fungus which typically are produced above ground on soil or on its food source. The program will start in the pavilion with a slide show presentation that John has got together and then a scavenger hunt for mushrooms. We will return to the pavilion and identify the mushrooms found. If you have one you’d like to bring from home, please do so! You will learn which ones to leave behind! Space is limited. Reservations Required. Free for members, non-members-$5.00.
Saturday, June 27 at 9 am
“Walk in the Woods”- “Medicinal Plants with Donna Caire” and “Plant I.D. with Rue McNeill
On a guided hike through the diverse ecosystem at the 400 acre Northlake Nature Center in Mandeville, you will discover the many varieties of our native plants. The “Four Seasons” Tree ID Program aims to enable participants to identify native trees and shrubs year round. Each session highlights seasonal features which are often unique to individual species. The Summer Session highlights leaves, flowers and developing fruit. Donna will point out our medicinals along the way! Rue will share her love of trees and their fascinating attributes! Space is limited. Reservations Required. Free for members, non-members-$5.00.