Northlake Nature Center November 2022 Programs
    Dates: November 27, 2022, November 30, 2022
    Time: Varies, see description
    Price: $5 or Free, See Description
    Address: 23135 Hwy. 190, 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 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.

Educational programs repeat each month, including: group bike rides, dog walks and guided hikes, Kundalini yoga, line dancing classes, guided canoe trips on nearby Bayou Castine, nighttime hikes with a marshmallow roast, and reading/walking groups, a partnership with the St. Tammany Parish Public Library. Most programs are free for members or $5 for non-members. Space is very limited and reservations are required for most activities. All visitors are expected to wear a mask and keep a safe distance from others. Stay safe so they can stay open!

SCHEDULE (scroll down for details):

Nature Walk & Titivation - 10:00 a.m. Nov. 9, 16, 30

Kundalini Yoga - 1 p.m. Nov. 8

Line Dancing - 6 p.m. Nov. 21

Dog Wag and Walk - 8 a.m. Nov. 20

Bicycling the Back Trails - 9 a.m. Nov. 27

Moonlight Hike and Marshmallow Melt - 5 p.m. Nov. 11

Canoeing the Bayou with Canoe and Trail Adventures - 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Nov. 19

Storywalk! - 10:00 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 22

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Call Rue McNeill at (985) 626-1238 or email

Most programs are free for members or $5 for non-members. Space is very limited and reservations are required for most activities. All visitors are expected to wear a mask and keep a safe distance from others. Stay safe so they can stay open.


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.

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.

Moonlight Hike & Marshmallow Melt or Snow & Ice
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 an old fashioned marshmallow roast, October to April, or a sno-ball, May to September. Space is limited. Reservations required. Free for members, non-members, $5.

Bicycling the Back Trails and Tips to Trail Riding with David Moeller, owner, 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.

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.

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 well-being. It is easy and fun, students leave with a feeling of happiness and peace. 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. Bring your own yoga mat and dress for the outdoor weather under the pavilion at the Northlake Nature Center! Space is limited. Reservations required.

Line Dancing in the Pavilion with Jeanne Schramm
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.

Walk in the Woods with Rue McNeill and Kelly McGee
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. Kelly will point out medicinals along the way, while Rue shares her love of trees and the uniqueness of each species. Some classes follow with a hands-on class of tincture-making with native plants by Kelly.  Space is limited. Reservations required. Free for members; non-members, $5.

Co-presented by St. Tammany Parish Public Library
Walk the trails at the Northlake Nature Center while reading an interactive story 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.

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Photos provided by Northlake Nature Center, and @chelsywiley via Instagram.

23135 Hwy. 190
Tel: (985) 626-1238
A nature preserve with a boardwalk, children's programs and nature activities, located on 400 acres of ancient pines and… Read More
Northlake Nature Center November 2022 Programs