Upcoming Public Programs

Click here to view our Public Programs Cancellation Policy.

COVID19 Communications for Program Participants:

Please note due to COVID19 we conduct the full program outside, the staff wears masks at all times and we request participants and chaperones wear masks. A porta-potty is available on site. We don’t have participants share equipment if possible. If the equipment is shared it is sanitized between use.

NOTE: Although we are hopeful that our upcoming public programs will be able to run, we understand that we are currently in uncertain times throughout this COVID-19 situation and may need to cancel or modify our programs at any given time. Because of this, we are temporarily modifying our cancellation policy. We will do our best to give at least a 48-hour notice prior to a program if it needs to be canceled or modified, however, at any point before the program, regardless of if we cancel the program or if you are unable to make it because of safety concerns or because of the modifications that we did, we will offer a 100% program refund. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any concerns or questions regarding our programming. Thanks!

All Ages

Youth Programs

Adult Programs

Programs for All Ages

Vernal Pond Exploration

Explore the vernal ponds at Ney Nature Center! Learn about springtime inhabitants of Ney’s vernal ponds: frogs, salamanders, and so many more! We will talk about what makes a vernal pond and the important role they serve in many creatures’ lifestyles.

Daytime Hike: Saturday, April 24th, 10-12:00pm

This program involves a 3.5 mile round trip, intermediate hike. Please keep this in mind when registering for this event.

$3/member; $5/non-member; $9/member family of 3+; $15/non-member family of 3+

Register here. Registration required for each event. Registration closes two days before each event.

Flowers and Feathers

Saturday, May 1st, 1-2:30pm

Explore and identify migratory birds and budding wildflowers on the same guided hike! All ages.

$3/member, $5/non-member, $3/member family of 3+, $15/non-member family of 3+

Register here. Registration required for each event. Registration closes two days before each event.

New Moon Hike

Wednesday, May 12th, 8-9:30pm

Explore the nature center after dark with a naturalist guide! Along the way we will learn about animal adaptations to the dark and talk about phenological changes happening in the park.

$3/member, $5/non-member, $3/member family of 3+, $15/non-member family of 3+

Register here. Registration required for each event. Registration closes two days before each event.

Youth Programs


Youth Learning Series

Monthly on the second Tuesday, 9-11 am

Whether you’re a distance learner, homeschooler, or anything in between, join us for a morning of exploration and investigation. Participants will be split into groups grade K-5 and 6-12.

Pond Study: Tuesday, May 11th

Who is living in Frog Pond? We’ll ‘dive’ in and see what critters make our pond their home, learn about pond ecology and more!

Buzz! Buzz!: Tuesday, June 8th

Let’s learn about insects! These six-legged creatures are some of the most abundant on earth. We’ll learn what makes an insect an insect and bring out the bug nets to see how many we can find!

There will not be a Youth Learning program in July; check out our other public programs and summer camps! Programs will resume in August.

$5 per student. Register here. Registration required for each session. Registration closes two days before program. Maximum of 20 participants.

KidVenture

In this exploratory, youth-guided program, participants will decide as a group the activity of the day. With the support of our naturalists, youth will have the opportunity to explore the pond, head down into the ravine, track critters in the woods, and get up close and personal with prairie plants. Participants should dress for the weather and be prepared for a variety of activities (getting wet and muddy, for example). A snack will be provided; please let us know if your youth has any dietary restrictions. Please bring a water bottle and backpack if you have one. Ages 8-11.

This program is for youth only. We invite their adults to enjoy a walk around the nature center or drop off their child.

Sunday, April 25th, 1-4pm

Sunday, May 23rd, 1-4pm

$5 for members/$8 for non-members. Register here. Registration required for each program. Must register two days in advance.

Merit Badge Workshop: Insects

Saturday, May 29th, 9-12pm

Insects are one of the most common creatures on Earth. Learn more about these six-legged critters as you earn your Insect Study Merit Badge! Ages 11-18.

$10/scout

Register here. Registration required for each event. Registration closes two days before each event.

Summer Day Camp

Spend the summer at Ney! We offer day camps for students age 6-14. Visit our Summer Day Camp page to see the full line-up of camps on offer this year!

Adult Programs

Lifelong Learner Series

Monthly on the second Thursday, noon-1:30 pm

Discover a new topic each month as we explore local wildlife, history, and conservation issues. Lifelong Learner is back in person starting in April! We will meet outside, weather permitting for lunch and conversation. Ages 18+.

Fabulous Ferns: Thursday, May 20th

Spring is in full swing! It’s fun to see green in the forest again, and ferns are part of that greenery. We’ll talk about fern life cycles and learn some basic fern identification.

Insects: Thursday, June 17th

Insects are some of the most abundant and diverse creatures on Earth. This month we’re learning about the role insects play in native ecosystems, some of their fascinating adaptations, and how we can help mitigate the impact of invasive insects.

$15/member; $18/non-member. Registration required one week in advance.

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