Get the buzz on bees at the nature center

Published 1:22 pm Saturday, August 5, 2017

Are you a Friends of the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center member?

If you are there will be a program “All About Bees” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17.  You will learn about the hive-to-bottle program from bee keeper Paul Hanson. Members, please call to register for this free program by Aug. 16. If you’re not a member and wish to become one, just call the office at 507-437-7519.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Aug. 19, to stop by the nature center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  and check out the nature inspired artwork from all ages in the community.  If you are interested in submitting a piece, visit for more information.

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We are not done yet. At 7 p.m., local acts will share their talent in a one-night outside show at the nature center. This is limited to the first 12 replies, so don’t hesitate, call now.

Have you ever thought about being a volunteer trail driver?  If you are interested, you can call the nature center to find out more information on training.  The nature center has two access vehicles used for tours of the center for those that need some assistance in getting out on the trails. There are also senior programs that utilize the vehicles as well as private tours. What a fun way to get outside.

The Nature Center rents canoes and kayaks Monday through Saturday for use on Dobbins Creek to East Side Lake or on the pond at the Center. Rentals will run through Sept. 24 on a first-come, first served basis. There are no reservations. You must be 16 or older to rent the canoes and kayaks. The cost is $10 for up to three hours or purchase a punch card for $25 and receive five rentals for half the cost.


You can still sign up for the youth hockey skills, drills and 3-on-3 program.

The program will begin Thursday and go through Sept. 14.  Mites, squirts and 10U will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with peewee, bantam, 12U and 14U from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. The cost per player is $45 and you must pre-register at the Park and Recreation Office, 500 4th Avenue NE.

Fall softball

Men’s Fall Softball League registration is open and due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 23.  League will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 30 and go through Oct. 4, with games beginning at 6:30 p.m.  This will be a double header league and team entry fee is $252 plus the $8 per person player fee. The roster limit is 20 with a 10-player minimum per team.  Register at the Park and Recreation office.

Riverside Arena

Riverside Arena schedule: Rent the arena for a skating party. Call our office for details at 507-433-1881.

Make sure to like us on Facebook so you receive up to date information.

Riverside Figure Skate Club: Check their Facebook page for a summer schedule.

Adult Open Hockey:  Wednesdays through August from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Public skate: 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28. The cost is $4 to skate plus $1 if you need to rent skates. Skate from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for $2 with $1 skate rental if needed.

Stick time: Please check Facebook for updates as we will be adding times.

Riverside Figure Skate Club: 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The last clinic date is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 13.

Izaak Walton Cabin

Did you know that you can rent the Izaak Walton Cabin year-round?  There have been many renovations to the building in the past two years.

The cabin is available Monday thought Thursday for meetings at $20 per hour and a $150 deposit. The weekend rate is $170 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and requires a $300 deposit.  This is a great venue for family gatherings.