Hartley Nature Center offers recreational programming for adults throughout the year. These programs can range from introductory lessons for recreational activities (ski lessons, bike lessons), to small weekly social events (group bike rides), and large seasonal community events (Candlelight, Global Fat Bike Day). Below you will find descriptions of our recreational programming for the winter season. We will update this page as new events or programs are added, or when a new seasons begins.
Introduction to Cross Country Skiing
Have you ever wanted to try cross country skiing, but don’t know where to start? Hartley Nature Center is hosting several introduction to cross country ski sessions throughout the 22-23 winter season. Designed with the novice in mind, participants will spend time getting familiar with the equipment, safety considerations & etiquette of skiing, before learning the basic skills needed to get you out on the trails. These lessons will consist of some classroom instruction, on-snow (on & off ski) training, and time on the ski trails. Participants must be at least 12 years old (minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) and should feel comfortable spending extended periods of time exercising outside in potentially inclement weather. The price includes ski rental and lesson, but does not include the Great Minnesota Ski Pass, which is required to ski the trails of Hartley Park.
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Fat Tire Tuesday
Join us every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month (beginning January 10th) for a social fat tire bike ride through Hartley Park. These rides will be short to moderate rides on beginner and intermediate trails through Hartley Park. Bikers need to bring their own bikes, helmets, and lights. Participants must be at least 12 years old (minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). Rides will be weather dependent.
Thursday Sip & Ski
Join Hartley staff members every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the Month (beginning January 19th) for a social ski on the Hartley Trails followed by hot cocoa in the exhibit hall in Hartley Nature Center. These social skis will be a slow to moderate pace on beginner and intermediate trails. Participants must be at least 12 years old (minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). A limited number of skis are available for rent on a first come first serve basis for those that need equipment. Ski days will be weather dependent. All participants must have a valid Greater Minnesota Ski Pass to ski on Hartley Trails (not sold on-site).