Custom Programs

Kids on field trip

Field Trips

The Ney Nature Center is a day-use learning center designed to serve people of all ages. Programming for the general public is organized through the Ney Nature Center (NNC) office. The NNC’s Education Committee organizes programming for K-12 schools. The NNC also serves as a teaching station and outdoor laboratory for area colleges and universities. Listed below is a current list of programs we can teach, however feel free to suggest something not on the list, with enough time we may be able to prepare a program of your choice.  Each topic area is built around a 45 minute to 1 hour session.

Ready to schedule a field trip?  Check out our calendar to see which dates are open and call our staff at 507-248-3474 to pre-book your date.  Then, download, fill out, and send in the Field Trip Registration form to officially book your field trip.

Contact the Ney Nature Center for more information about scheduling other events like guided tours, presentations, group service projects, and more.

Program Topics for School Field Trips, 4-H, & other groups

  • Pond Study, (Macro Invertebrates)
  • Blue Birds (Could include house building with an added fee)
  • Homestead Tours
  • Orienteering
  • Tree Planting
  • Nature Hike/Scavenger Hunt
  • Weather
  • Phenology
  • Nature Journaling
  • Nature Art
  • Geocaching
  • Snowshoeing
  • Night Hike
  • Bird ID & Conservation
  • Mammals
  • Monarchs
  • Bees
  • Pollinators
  • Spiders
  • Bats
  • Survival Skills
  • Maple Syrup
  • Astronomy
  • Animal Tracks
  • Wildflowers
  • Composting
  • Soils
  • Invasive Species
  • Insects
  • Climate Change
  • Mad Science
  • Tree ID
  • Frogs and Toads
  • Geology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Pioneering
  • Wetlands
  • Prairie Ecology
  • Winter Ecology
  • Team Building
  • Predator & Prey Relationships

Boyscout Club Scout Program


Scout Groups

Want some help earning badges? Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts are encouraged to call our office to schedule a custom program for your Scout level and requirements. The Ney Nature Center also allows for Scout groups to camp on site. Below is a list of programs we can offer. We have the potential to develop other topics upon request.

Contact the Ney Nature Center for more information about cost, camping and to schedule a program.

Boy Scout Merit Badges we can teach

  • Archaeology
  • Astronomy
  • Backpacking
  • Bird Study
  • Environmental Science
  • Fish & Wildlife Management
  • Forestry
  • Geocaching
  • Geology
  • Hiking
  • Indian Lore
  • Insect Study
  • Mammal Study
  • Nature
  • Orienteering
  • Pioneering
  • Plant Science
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Reptile & Amphibian Study
  • Search & Rescue
  • Soil & Water Conservation
  • Sustainability
  • Weather
  • Wilderness Survival

Cub Scouts Requirement Programs by Level:


  • Backyard Jungle
  • Tigers in the Wild
  • Sky is the Limit


  • Call of the Wild
  • Paws on the Path
  • Air of the Wolf
  • Digging in the Past
  • Finding your Way
  • Grow Something


  • Fur, Feathers, and Ferns


  • Webelos Walkabout
  • Adventures in Science
  • Castaway
  • Earth Rocks!
  • Into the Wild
  • Into the Woods

Girl Scout Badge Programs by Level: We can also teach a few of the Girl Scout Journeys.


  • Hiker
  • Letter Boxing
  • Home Scientist
  • Bugs


  • Camper
  • Animal Habitats
  • Geocacher
  • Naturalist Flowers


  • Trailblazing
  • Night Owl
  • Naturalist Trees


  • Outdoor Adventurer
  • Voice for Animals
  • Locavore
  • Naturalist Sky


  • Naturalist Water