Northlake Nature Center Winter 2022 Programs
    Dates: January 23, 2022, January 26, 2022, January 29, 2022, January 30, 2022
    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 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 - 1 p.m. on January 12 and 26
  • Kundalini Yoga - 1 p.m. on January 11
  • Line Dancing - 6 p.m. on January 10
  • Moonlight Hike and Marshmallow Melt - 5:15 p.m. on January 16
  • Dog Wag and Walk - 8 a.m. on January 23
  • Canoeing on Castine Bayou with Canoe & Trail Adventures - 1-4 p.m. on January 15
  • Bicycling the Back Trails & Tips to Trail Riding - 9 a.m. on January 30
  • Walk in the Woods - 11 a.m. on January 29
  • Storywalk! - 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; date TBA
  • Adult Storywalk - 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; date TBA
  • All About Nature Book Club - 12 p.m.; date TBA

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

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!


PROGRAMS:

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
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. Space is limited. Reservations Required. Free for members, non-members, $5.

Twilight 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 wellbeing. 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, Medicinal Plants and Plant I.D.
with Rue McNeill and Donna Caire

On a guided hike through the diverse ecosystem at the 400 acre Northlake Nature Center in Mandeville, you will discover the many varieties of St. Tammany's native plants. The “Four Seasons” Tree ID Program aims to enable participants to identify native trees and shrubs year round. 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; $5 for non-members.

Walk in the Woods
with Rue McNeill and Kelly McBride

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 Winter Session highlights bark and twig features and persistent leaves. Kelly will point out our medicinals along the way! Rue will share her love of trees and the uniqueness of each species. Stay afterwards for a hands-on class of tincture making with native plants with Kelly.  Space is limited. Reservations required. Free for members; non-members, $5.

Adult Storywalk!
Co-presented by St. Tammany Parish Public Library

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.

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! No reservations required. Free to the public. Bring a snack or lunch to enjoy a picnic before or after. Stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Breakfast Club
Readings with Bev Chase

Start the day with inspiring sunrise readings about nature while sipping your morning coffee with new friends amongst Cyprus knees, Spanish moss, and other exotic Louisiana wildlife by the bayou. Bev Chase, moderator of NNC's book club, will read excerpts from books that the “All About Nature” book club has read. Reservation required. Free for Members, Non-members-$5.


All About Nature Book Club
with Bev Chase
The book club meets to discuss the book of the month. Call or email for information on the current book being discussed. Bring your lunch and meet at the picnic tables by the pavilion. Books are available at the St. Tammany Parish Library. Free for Members, Non-members-$5.


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.

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

Northlake Nature Center Winter 2022 Programs
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  • Varies; Most programs are free for members, $5 for non-members