Dodge Nature Center: Nourish Your Need For Nature

Winter Craft Bazaar: 12/5 & 6, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Dodge Nature Preschool, Farm Entrance 3, 1701 Charlton St., West St. Paul. Dodge Nature Preschool will host 16 local vendors for the annual Winter Craft Bazaar. Find one-of-a-kind gifts: handmade doll clothes; wood bowls; cozy sweater mittens; spoons and knitting needles carved from buckthorn — an invasive species cleared from the Dodge Nature Center grounds. Go green and eco-friendly for everyone on your giving list! Plus, fresh coffee from local roaster, baked goods, sweet treats-and much, much more. Free admission and parking. Proceeds from the bazaar fund Dodge Nature Preschool scholarships. For more information, contact Dodge Nature Preschool at preschool@dodgenaturecenter.orgor 651-455-4555.

Stories in the Stars:12/7, 10-11 a.m. at Farm Entrance 3. For thousands of years, humans have looked up to the night sky and found patterns in the stars. They created constellations and told stories of magical creatures, heroes and villains. Join a Dodge naturalist in an inflatable planetarium to learn about Wintermaker, Perseus, Coyote, and other storied constellations. This program is for families with school-age children. Preregistration required. Cost: $7 per person.

Full Moon Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing): 12/12, 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.

Preregister at 651-455-4531 or DodgeNatureCenter.org.

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