Northlake Nature Center Hiking, Biking, Canoeing & More
    Dates: November 28, 2020, November 29, 2020, November 30, 2020, December 1, 2020, December 2, 2020, December 4, 2020, December 5, 2020, December 8, 2020, December 9, 2020, December 16, 2020, December 18, 2020, December 20, 2020, December 21, 2020, December 27, 2020, December 29, 2020
    Time: Varies, see details
    Price: Varies; Most programs are free for members, $5 for non-members
    Location: Northlake Nature Center
    Address: 23135 Hwy 190 East, Mandeville, LA 70448
    Phone: (985) 626-1238

The Northlake Nature Center, a 400-acre nature preserve east of Mandeville, offers nature-related, educational, and healthy, active lifestyle programs for the public and student groups. With over eight miles of hiking and biking trails, and a canoe launch free for public use, the preserve is a respite on the edge of a wildlife refuge and a top birding site along the Mississippi flyway. Open daily from dawn to dusk.

Most programs are free for members or $5 for non-members. Space is very limited and reservations are required. All visitors are expected to wear a mask and keep a safe distance from others. Let's stay safe so we can stay open!

Featured Programs for the 2020 Holiday Season:

  • Moonlight Hike & Marshmallow Melt, Nov. 30, Dec. 29
  • Dog Wag and Walk, Nov. 22, Dec. 20
  • Canoeing on Castine Bayou with Canoe and Trail Adventures, Nov. 28
  • Biking the Back Trails and Tips to Trail Riding, Nov. 29, Dec. 27
  • Nature Walk & Titivation, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16
  • Line Dancing, Nov. 23, Dec. 21

RESERVE YOUR SPOT:
Call Rue McNeill at (985) 626-1238 or email Rue@NorthlakeNature.org.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Friday, November 20 at 12:00 noon
"All About Nature” Book Club with Moderator Bev Chase
The book club will meet to discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.Once considered an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps. Books are available at the St. Tammany Library and Barnes and Noble. Free for Members, Non-members-$5. Call 985-626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org.

Sunday, November 22 and December 20 at 8 am
“Dog Wag and Walk” with Sam
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.
Call 985-626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org.

Monday, November 23 and December 21 at 6:00 pm
Line Dancing with Jeanne Schramm in the pavilion
Get your dancing shoes on and get ready to learn some new steps or rekindle the old! Free for Members; $5 for non-members. Limited space so register soon. Call 985-626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org.

Tuesday, November 24, 9am -til 4pm
Storywalk! Co-presented by St. Tammany Parish Public Library
New program! Walk the trails at the Northlake Nature Center while reading an introduction to some of the books that the “All About Nature” book club has read and participate in healthy stretch moves along the way! No reservations required. Free to the public! Bring a snack or lunch to enjoy a picnic before or after. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Call 985-626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org.

Wednesday, November 25, December 2, 9, 16 at 1:00 pm

“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. Call 985-626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org.

 Saturday, November 28, 1 pm to 4pm
“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, free for up to 2 children (11 or younger) (member rate)
  • Additional $5 per person for non-members
  • Meeting point given at time of registration
  • Weight limit 240 lbs.
  • Masks must be worn at launch site
  • Limited space available. Registration required. Call (985) 626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org.

Sunday, November 29 and December 27 at 9:00 am
“Biking the Back Trails” and “Tips to Trail Riding”
with David Moeller, The Bike Path

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. Call 985-626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org.

Monday, November 30 and December 29 at 4:50 pm
“Moonlight Hike and Marshmallow Melt”
Ever wondered what the Northlake Nature Center would be like at night? What would you hear, what would you see, and what would you smell? Take a quiet walk under the full moon and find out! Bring your own flashlight and enjoy roasting gigantic marshmallows over an open campfire and making s’mores. Space is limited. Reservations Required. Free for members, non-members, $5. Call 985-626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org.*

Friday, December 4, 8am - 5pm
Storywalk! Co-presented by St. Tammany Parish Public Library
Walk the trails at the Northlake Nature Center while reading an interactive story along the way! Our book is “Stellaluna”. No reservations required. Free to the public! Bring a snack or lunch to enjoy a picnic before or after. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Call 985-626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org.

Saturday, December 5 at 10:00 am
“Snakes of Louisiana” with Fred Mattingly
Local community snake enthusiast Fred Mattingly 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, observe their cool behavior and learn about their habits!  Free for Members, Non-members, $5. Call 985-626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org.

Tuesday, December 8 at 1:00 pm
“Kundalini Yoga” with Sally Dunn
Kundalini Yoga is an active form of meditation using postures, breath and mantras. It is a yoga that practices meditation and movement to achieve a sense of spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing. It is easy and fun, students leave with a feeling of happiness and peace. The theme this month is “Gardening the Mind”; come start your new year off as we plant new seeds for tomorrow’s growth. Sally has studied under the late Yogi Bhajan for Kundalini yoga, Khentral Rinpoche in the practice of Dharma and S.N. Goenka in the practice of Vipassana meditation for over a decade and is a delight to be instructed by.  Bring your own yoga mat and dress for the outdoor weather under the Pavilion at the Northlake Nature Center! Space is limited.
Call 985-626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org.

Friday, December 18, 8am - 5pm
Storywalk! Co-presented by St. Tammany Parish Public Library
Walk the trails at the Northlake Nature Center while reading an interactive story along the way! Our book is “The Mitten”. No reservations required. Free to the public! Bring a snack or lunch to enjoy a picnic before or after. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Call 985-626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org.

Support the Northlake Nature Center through sponsorships or memberships at NorthlakeNature.org/Memberships.

*Northlake Nature Center is looking for a small group to host the Moonlight Hike events by making a campfire and preparing the marshmallow sticks, and guide one caboose for the trail walk. Please call Rue McNeill at (985) 626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org.

Northlake Nature Center Hiking, Biking, Canoeing & More
  • to
  • Northlake Nature Center
  • Varies; Most programs are free for members, $5 for non-members