October 14, 2021
The Wright County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced its winter programs from December 2021 to March 2022. Here is a summary of those offers.
Saturday, December 4 – Santa Claus at Bertram Chain of Lakes Park (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). A family ride that will include photos with Santa Claus, a horseback ride that will be done by sleigh (if there is enough snow) or in a horse-drawn carriage (if there is not enough snow). Cost: $ 20 per child.
Friday Jan. 7 and Saturday Jan. 8 – Dog sledding at Robert Ney Memorial Park (4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 and 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 8). There will be a presentation to explain how dogs are trained to pull sleds, followed by a 1.5 mile slurry through the park. Note that this is a very popular annual program and will fill up quickly. Cost: $ 25 per person.
Sunday January 16 – Snowshoe adventure in the moonlight (7 to 8:30 p.m. at Ney Park). The nocturnal adventure takes place under the full moon. This is a guided hike led by Minnesota Master Naturalist David Grack. The hike will continue even if the sky is cloudy. Cost: $ 7 per person including snowshoe rental and an activity
Saturday January 22 – Lantern cross-country skiing (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ney Park). A back and forth for the skiers to arrive and leave at any time. The 1.5 mile ski loop around the park pond will be lit by lanterns. No reservation is required. Cost: Free with your own skis, $ 5 if you rent skis and poles.
Saturday February 5 – Woodworking for Wildlife (2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Ney Park). Participants will learn about the native bird species of the region. Participants will build a birdhouse and learn the proper technique for placing the birdhouse in a garden. Cost: $ 7 per nest box.
Saturday February 12 – Sweetheart Snowshoe / Boot Hike (6 to 9 p.m. at Ney Park). A guided evening hike for couples celebrating Valentine’s Day followed by a catered meal at the Ney Park Nature Center. The seats are limited. Cost: $ 30 per couple (To note: online registrations must be made separately – two registrations at $ 15 each).
Sunday February 13 – Family snowshoeing (2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Ney Park). Minnesota Master Naturalist David Grack will lead the interactive hike, highlighting the area’s wildlife and habitat. Cost: $ 7 per person.
Saturday February 26 – Lantern cross-country skiing (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ney Park). A back and forth for the skiers to arrive and leave at any time. The 1.5 mile ski loop around the park pond will be lit by lanterns. No reservation is required. Cost: Free with your own skis, $ 5 if you rent skis and poles.
Saturday, March 12 – Buckthorn hiking poles (2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.). Participants turn an invasive buckthorn into a hiking stick. Due to the pandemic, last year this event took place virtually and the same is planned this year. Parks & Rec staff will cut the buckthorn and bring it to the Parks & Rec office on the Wright County campus for pre-event pickup. Cost: Free.
Stargazing in winter – (6 pm to 8:30 p.m. at Ney Park). Carson Law of Parks & Rec will teach attendees what to find in the night sky, from the stars and planets to the constellations visible in winter. Cost: Free.
Those interested in one of the winter programs can register on the Parks and Recreation online registration site: https://wrightcountyparksandrec.perfectmind.com/SocialSite/MemberRegistration/MemberSignIn or can call the Parks and Recreation office at (763) 682-7693 to register or inquire about program availability.
This press release was produced by the Wright County government. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.