Day Camps

Ney Nature Center offers nature and adventure-themed summer camps for youth 4-14 years old. Each camp can accommodate up to 12 campers and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We provide scholarships for families that qualify, click here to learn more.

Has your child aged out of our summer camps? Encourage them to become a Junior Naturalist! These volunteers get all of the fun of summer camp, while building their resume and earning volunteer hours! We are looking for students in 10-12th grade as of May 2024, learn more by clicking here!


*NEW* 2024 Spring Break Camps

Get your kid out into nature for spring break! Register for one or both days of camp; each will have different activities. Camps are for those aged 6-12 years old. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days. Your camper should bring a lunch and a reusable water bottle. Please dress them for the weather!

$30/members, $40/non-members

Adventure Day

Thursday, March 28th from 9am-3:30pm

Join us for a day of outdoor challenges and adventures! From fort building to slacklines, come challenge yourself in a day of fun. Dress to get messy and for the weather, as we will be outside adventuring for most of the day. 

Animal Day

Friday, March 29th from 9am-3:30pm

Come to Ney for a full day of learning about animals! We will be making plaster casts of tracks, dissecting owl pellets, going on hikes to look for signs of animals, as well as other fun activities. Dress to get messy! 


2024 Summer Camps

Once you have checked out and paid for your registration, you can then click the “Camp Forms” button below to view and download the forms to send to us at info@neycenter.org. This is not necessary for Family Camp! Once we have received and looked over your forms, we will send you a confirmation email. Please fill out one form per child.

Join us for unforgettable summer adventures with camps designed to ignite creativity, foster friendships, and inspire the start of a lifelong appreciation for nature. Our diverse range of activities, from outdoor recreation and arts and crafts to team-building challenges, ensures that every camper finds something they love about camp. With thoughtfully crafted schedules and a nurturing environment, our summer camps promise an unforgettable experience filled with laughter, learning, and personal growth. Ages 4 to 14 and our brand new family camp!


DatesCamp NameCamp Ages
06/10 – 06/13Time Travelers Camp12-14
06/17 – 06/20Outdoor Explorers Camp Week 19-11
06/24 – 06/27Creative Critters Camp6-8
06/24 – 06/27Pirate Camp9-11
07/08 – 07/12Ultimate Adventure Camp12-14
07/15 – 07/18Dinosaur Camp (Half-Day)4-6
07/22 – 07/25Outdoor Explorers Camp Week 29-11
07/29 – 08/01Dinosaur Camp (Full Day)6-8
08/09 – 08/10Family Camp (Overnight)*All Ages

*More information on family camp coming soon!


Camp for 4-6 year olds

Dinosaur Camp (Half-Day)

July 15th – July 18th from 9am to 12pm

Calling all dinosaur lovers! Spend the week learning more about the wide variety of dinosaurs, the habitats they would have called home, and learn what it is like to be a real paleontologist. Topics covered will include: an overview of different kinds of dinosaurs and their adaptations, fossil examination, digging for bones, scavenger hunts, and more!

$70 members, $90 general public


Camp for 6-8 year olds

Creative Critters Camp

June 24th – June 27th from 9am to 4pm

“Creative Critters” is designed to unleash your child’s imagination! Through engaging lessons on the different animals in the park and many, many crafts, campers will explore the outdoors through the lens of creativity. With creative moments for all, from splatter paint to nature journaling, clay, and everything in between, we will top off the week with an art show for your family to enjoy all of the camper art from the week!

$140 members, $160 general public

Dinosaur Camp (Full-Day)

July 29th – August 1st from 9am to 4pm

 Calling all dinosaur lovers! Spend the week learning more about the wide variety of dinosaurs and the habitats they would have called home, and learn what it is like to be a real paleontologist. Topics covered will include an overview of different kinds of dinosaurs and their adaptations, fossil examination, digging for bones, scavenger hunts, and more!

$140 members, $160 general public


Camp for 9-11 year olds

Outdoor Explorers Camp

WEEK 1: June 17th – June 20th from 9am to 4pm
WEEK 2: July 22nd – July 25th from 9am to 4pm

Get ready to put your explorer hat on to try fun activities including survival skills, archery, and kayaking on Frog Pond! This camp is designed for your camper to challenge themselves to try new things in a fun and friendly environment. Thursday morning, drop off will be at Kerfoot Canopy Tours to try their High Ropes Adventure Park! Pick-up will be back at Ney that afternoon, we will bus the campers back to Ney after their time at Kerfoot.

$160 members, $180 general public

Pirate Camp

June 24th – June 27th from 9am to 4pm

Ahoy ye scurvy dogs! Have you got what it takes to be a pirate? The Frog Pond Pirates are looking for new crew members. Come test your skills as we jump into nature. From identifying where to camp during our time on land to reading a map, you will need to understand nature to survive! We will hunt for treasure, learn to navigate, and raid a rival pirate base. Adventure awaits!

$140 members, $160 general public


Camp for 12-14 year olds

Time Travelers Camp

June 10th – June 13th from 9am to 4pm

Join Ney staff as we travel through history! Starting in the time of the dinosaurs and working our way forward, campers will learn about how the local landscape has changed over time, the people who have lived here, and how their way of life has changed throughout history. End in the present day as we learn the skills to be properly prepared for outdoor adventures with modern technology.

$140 members, $160 general public

Ultimate Adventure Camp

July 8th – July 12th from 9am-4pm (optional overnight on July 11th)

Take adventure to the next level by surviving a week “lost in the woods”! We will level up our skills in archery, wilderness survival, and more, including trying kayaking on Lake Washington, and finally, challenge ourselves on the last big step of the journey, Zip-Lining at Kerfoot Canopy Tours! Celebrating with an overnight at camp with lots of fun night activities and a hammock slumber party.  

PLEASE NOTE: Drop off & Pickup on Wednesday, July 10th at Lake Washington. Drop off at Kerfoot Canopy Tours on Thursday, July 11th with an optional overnight camp out or pick-up at Ney that day. Pick-up for our overnight campers will be at 9am on Friday, July 12th.

$200 members, $220 general public


Family Camp

August 9th at 3pm to August 10th at 2pm

Embark on an unforgettable family adventure at our Family Camp, where education meets excitement! Immerse yourselves in the great outdoors with many hands-on educational programs, from mastering outdoor survival skills to exploring the wonders of astronomy and wildlife tracking. Join us for one night of camping at Ney (see Family Camp Information Page for more details) with two half-days full of park exploration through our engaging programs and activities, led by Ney Naturalists.

A few programs to look forward to:

  • Archery
  • Geocaching for S’mores
  • Campfire Cooking 101
  • Homesteading & candlemaking
  • and more!

Want to learn more? Check out our Family Camp Information Page.

For a family of 3 people or less: $100/members, $120/non-members
For every additional family member: $15

FAQs

What should my child bring to camp?
– Lunch & reusable water bottle (we provide an afternoon snack)
– Insect repellent and sunscreen, please apply before they arrive at camp, and if your child needs help applying sunscreen, please send them with a spray on sunscreen.
– Tennis shoes or sandals with a back strap (no flip flops)
– Clothes they can run around in and get dirty

Do you offer scholarships?
We do! Visit our scholarship page to learn more and apply.

How do I register?
Once registration opens for you (either member or general public), you can click the “Register Now” button that will show up on this site. Click the camp(s) you would like to register for and add them to your cart. Once you have checked out and paid for your registration, you can then click the “Camp Forms” button to view and download the forms to send to us at info@neycenter.org. Once we have received and looked over your forms, we will send you a confirmation email.

Do you offer beforecare or aftercare?
At this time, we do not, but you can drop off your child as early as 8:45am and pick them up as late as 4:15pm for full-day camps or 12:15 for half-day camps.

My child is too old or too young for your camps. Can I register them anyway?
Our camps are designed for the ages listed, so we ask that you reach out to us if you are interested in registering your child who does not meet age requirements. Some camps offer more flexibility than others. However, please always ask.

My child has accessibility needs. Can you accommodate them?
We will always do our best to accommodate all accessibility needs; please reach out directly to us so we can work with your family to make this a great experience.

Is your question not answered here? Contact us directly via email or phone.

CAMP POLICIES

Cancellation Policy: We reserve the right to cancel a camp if at any time our staff or board deems it necessary for health or safety reasons. If Ney cancels prior to the beginning of camp a full refund will be provided, if it is during the week, we will calculate a per day refund.

If you cancel your registration 48 hours or more before the start of camp, you can receive a 100% refund. If you cancel within 48 hours of the start of camp, you will receive a 90% refund. If your child is sent home (ex. illness) or you cancel after the start of camp, you will not receive a refund.

COVID-19 & Illness: At this time we are following CDC guidelines for all of our procedures, please visit the MN Department of Health website for more information. If your camper is experiencing symptoms of any communicable disease, please stay home! We reserve the right to send your child home if we have reason to believe they may be infectious. If you have questions, you can reach us by email or call us at 507-357-8580.

Camper Behavior: Ney Nature Center expects participants to listen to instructors and act respectfully towards all people, animals, equipment, and nature. We reserve the right to send a camper home without a refund in the event of a physical altercation and/or if consistent misbehavior affects the experience or safety of other participants or staff.