The Northlake Nature Center east of Mandeville offers nature-related, educational, and healthy, active lifestyle programs for the general public and student groups. The NNC manages a 400-acre nature preserve with over eight 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.
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.
Friday, June 26 at 12:00 pm
"All About Nature” book club with moderator Bev Chase 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-$5.00.
Saturday, June 27 at 9 am
“Walk in the Woods”- Medicinal Plants with Donna Caire and Plant I.D. with Rue McNeill
Discover the many variety of native plants on a guided hike through the diverse ecosystem at the 400-acre nature preserve. 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 medicinal plants and Rue will share her love of trees and their fascinating attributes! Space is limited. Reservations Required. Free for members, non-members-$5.00.
Tuesday, June 30 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.
Saturday, July 1 at 8:00 pm
“Bats” with Dr. Craig Hood
Register for this special Walk with The Bat Expert Dr. Craig Hood and view the recently installed bat houses and monitoring systems! You will have the chance to hear the bats as we walk the evening with monitors and learn more about bats and their habits! Limited spaces is available. Free for members, non-members-$5.00 Call 985-626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org
Saturday, July 11 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).
Monday, July 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm
“Line Dancing” with Jeanne Schramm in the pavilion! Get you 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 at email@example.com or call 984-626-1238.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 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. Reservations Required. Free for members, non-members-$5.00.
Wednesday, July 15, 22, and 29 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.
Sunday, July 19 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.
Auctions in August: Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Auctions Aug 1-31
If you’ve been cleaning out during Covid-19, now is the time to donate those items for an auction to be held at all Gulf Coast Bank locations and online for the entire month of August! And the best part, you can do it for the Northlake Nature Center to receive all the donations collected for them! Call or email Rue at 985-626-1238 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get a donation form.