O.W.L.S. Chickens in the Barnyard: 11/12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Farm Entrance 3, 1701 Charlton St. in West St. Paul. From egg, to chick, to adult, chickens are fascinating animals. Meet some of Dodge Nature Center’s chickens up-close. Compare hens and roosters of different breeds and learn about the life of a chicken. O.W.L.S. (Outwardly, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors) is a series of programs offered for seniors interested in learning more about the natural environment. This program is for seniors. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by the Friday prior to the program. Cost: $5 for Program Only, $15 for Program and Lunch.
Full Moon Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing): 11/12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Farm Entrance 3. Over the course of this two-hour walk, participants will be given a series of suggested ways to connect to their surroundings. The experience will be mostly silent, honor each participant’s personal space, and cover just about a mile and-a-half over generally flat surfaces. At the end of each invitation exploration, the group will gather and share a few words. The evening will conclude with a short tea ceremony. The walk will be guided by Leigha Horton, a Certified Guide and mentor with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, and Co-Founder of Silvae Spiritus Nature & Forest Therapy. This program is for adults. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $30 per person.
Our Wild Neighbors #OptOutside:11/29, 10-11 a.m. at Main Office Entrance, 365 Marie Ave. West in West St. Paul. Try something out of the ordinary this Black Friday and head outdoors. Come to Dodge Nature Center to learn about the wildlife that frequent our neighborhoods. From raccoons to squirrels, deer to wild turkeys, there’s an amazing assortment of critters around us every day. You will do some hiking, play some games, and enjoy the great outdoors. Pre-registration is required. Ages 2 and under are free. Cost: $3 per person.
Preregister at 651-455-4531 or DodgeNatureCenter.org.