Calendar and Upcoming Programs

Please note: In July of 2022 we will be adjusting the prices for our programs and field trips. This is to ensure we can continue to manage the wildlife preserve and provide education programs to the public. We appreciate your understanding and support!

Programs for All Ages

Summer Flotilla Fundraiser

August 6th, check-in begins at 8am

Join Ney on the Minnesota River to have fun paddling while supporting Ney’s education programs and the preservation of the park. Along the river, find trivia games, snacks and drinks, education, and more!

Learn more here!

Youth Programs

Youth Naturalist Series

Join us for a morning of exploration and hands-on learning for all students 5 years old and up!

Monarchs: Tuesday, August 16th, 9-10:30am

It’s Monarch migration season! We will talk through their lifecycle, discover why there are so many in August, and catch some to tag and release.

$8 per member, $10 per non-member. Register here. Registration closes two days before program.

This is an optional drop off program. If you would like to wait in the education building and have some coffee, go for a walk, or run some errands, no problem! We will meet you for pick up at the education building at 11am. If you would like to stay, please remember that this program is geared towards youth and we hope you will encourage them to answer our questions, participate in the lesson, and have fun! If you are looking for a program to participate in as an adult, we have programs for all ages listed on our website – check them out! We would love to have you!


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 a drop off program for youth only.

Sunday, September 25th, 1-3pm

$8 for members/$10 for non-members. Register here. Registration required for each program. Must register two days in advance.

Adult Programs

Lifelong Learner Series

Discover a new topic each month as we explore local wildlife, history, and conservation issues. Join us for lunch and conversation, please inform staff of any dietary restrictions. Ages 18+.

What’s Blooming?: August 18th from 12pm-1:30pm

We will start in the education building to have lunch and talk about our favorite blooms at Ney, and then go on a leisurely stroll to the gardens and the prairie to see them up close.

$15/member; $18/non-member. Registration required at least 3 days in advance.

Summer Wellness Series

We invite you to take a deep breath with us and learn some of the different ways you can incorporate nature into your wellness practices. From yoga to meditation, forest bathing to journaling, we want to help you have a relaxing and rejuvenating summer. Ages 21+. Registration is required.

Happy Hour Fireside Yoga and Meditation: June 3rd from 6-7pm
Forest Bathing Walk: June 5th from 1-3pm
Herbal Salve Making Class: June 12th from 2-3:30pm
Elemental Yoga: July 16th from 9-10am
Come ALIVE to the Present: August 27th from 9-10am

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Click here to view our Public Programs Cancellation Policy.

COVID19 Communications for Program Participants:

Please note due to COVID19 we are conducting our programs outside, weather permitting. Masks are not required at this time but social distancing is recommended for groups. This may change, please contact us for the most updated information or if you have questions or concerns. You can reach us by email or call us at 507-357-8580.