The Ney Nature Center (NNC) is home to 446 acres of all the natural world has to offer – forests, prairie, meadows, bluffs, creeks, and a variety of wildlife. Conveniently located halfway between the Twin Cities and Mankato with access from Hwy 169, the Ney Nature Center has something for everyone!

Our Vision: Inspire appreciation and respect for nature.

Our Mission: The Ney Nature Center manages and protects the Ney Wildlife Preserve through education and interaction with the natural world.

As a Le Sueur County park, exploration hours are from sunup until sundown. The Education Building, which houses the office and staff, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-4.

Feel free to bring your furry dog friend with to enjoy the exciting trail system, but please keep them on a leash and pick up their waste. We have a place to dispose of filled dog bags near the first parking lot.

Some of the treasures you can find:

  • Woodlands (including big wood remnants)
  • Native Prairie
  • MN River Bluffs
  • Bird Watching
  • The Famous Frog Pond
  • Geocaching
  • Scenic Streams & Ravines
  • Native Wildlife
  • Education Building
  • Extensive Trail System
  • Snowshoeing
  • Skiing


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