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Join thousands of Minnesotans to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits across the state. Make a donation to your favorite cause (The Ney Nature Center) on November 13 and be part of Minnesota’s annual day of giving! Consider donating to the Ney Nature Center during this great day of generosity. To donate, follow the link below or go right to the GiveMN website and search for us there.

Click Here To Give Your Donation https://givemn.org/organization/Ney-Environmental-Education-Foundation

While at our Give MN webpage check out the awesome photo of one of our past managed prairie burns (Photo Credited to James Brenno and the Henderson Independent). The work we do with our restored prairie is just one of the many reasons our 446-acre Nature Center is worthy of your support.   The entrance stone to our park, roughly shaped like the state of MN, works to emphasis how carrying out our mission within the park, impacts conservation and environmental education throughout Minnesota.


Make your own Snowshoes!

Lace a pair of Ojibwa style snowshoes from a kit with guidance from an experienced instructor and step-by-step instructions. Kit includes frame, lacings and your choice of bindings. Varnish not included. Class is limited to 12 participants.

Dates: Mondays, November 10th, 17th and 24th. (A 4th Class date may be added if needed.)
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Ney Nature Center
Instructor: Earl Gransee
Cost: Members, $145.00 and
Non-Members, $150.00

Christmas Bird Identification

Date and Time: Saturday December 13th at 1:00pm

In preparation for the Christmas Bird Count and as a refresher for winter bird identification, this program will go over the basics of using a birding field guide, common birds to observe during the Christmas Bird Count, and feeding techniques for winter birds. This event will be held at the Ney Nature Center.

Cost: Members- $2 per individual or $5 per family.
Non-Members- $3 per individual or $7 per family.

The Ney Nature Center is a 446-acre Environmental Learning Center and Le Sueur County Park located on the bluffs of the Minnesota River near Henderson, Minnesota. The property is adjacent to the old East Henderson depot and village site, which has public access to the Minnesota River. It is open to the public for hiking, birdwatching, and X-C skiing. It also serves as a regional teaching station for NNC Programing, local school groups, and Community Education. We also have facilities available for rent for events such as weddings, private parties, and meetings.

Some of the things you can find at the Ney Nature Center:

  • Woodlands (including big woods remnants)
  • Native Prairie
  • River Bottoms
  • Bird Watching
  • The Famous Ney Frog Pond
  • Scenic Streams and Ravines
  • Native Wildlife
  • Historic Farmsteads
  • Hiking, snow shoeing and x-country skiing
  • Geocaching