Springbrook Nature Center celebrates New Year’s Eve

About 100 people rang in the new year 12 hours early at Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley.

When the clock struck noon Dec. 31, balloons instead of champagne corks were popped, but like Times Square in New York City, confetti rained down on everyone’s heads.

Before recognizing the coming of 2014, the 68 kids and their parents at Springbrook Nature Center’s Noon Year event created colorful masks, ventured briefly in the frigid outdoors to go snowshoeing or warm up with some hot apple cider or hot chocolate by a roaring campfire and watched in awe as Tara Rogness, Springbrook’s interpretative program specialist, showed them a fox snake, a snapping turtle and boa constrictor.

Benny Sefreovic, 5, Fridley, warms up by the campfire that was being tended to by Springbrook Nature Center volunteer Tim Stanoch. Photos by Eric Hagen Springbrook Nature Center Director Mike Maher brought a group of snowshoers around the park during the Noon Year event Dec. 31. Left to right: Lillia Tonder, 6, and her three-year-old sister Kristina of New Brighton decorate masks that they wore as Springbrook Nature Center rang in the new year Dec. 31. James Maher, 2, of Champlin gingerly pets a fox snake with one finger. Springbrook Nature Center’s interpretative program supervisor of 14 years, Tara Rogness, showed kids and their parents a fox snake (pictured), a snapping turtle and boa constrictor at the Noon Year event Dec. 31. Jan Swanson, program administrative assistant, hoisted a clock as everyone counted down to noon Dec. 31. When the clock struck noon Dec. 31, balloons were popped and confetti rained down on the heads of 68 kids and their parents who got an early start to the New Year’s Eve celebration at Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley. William Maher, 6, of Champlin is in awe as the confetti falls around him. Front to back: Ezra Krueger, 4, and Ephram Browne, 3, of Fridley and several other kids stuck around after noon to play in the confetti.
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When the clock struck noon Dec. 31, balloons were popped and confetti rained down on the heads of 68 kids and their parents who got an early start to the New Year’s Eve celebration at Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]