Calendar and Upcoming Programs

Please note: In July of 2022 we adjusted 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!

Youth Programs

Youth Naturalist Series

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

Silly Seeds: Tuesday, October 11th from 9-10:30am

What’s the biggest seed in the world? What seeds need to be eaten by fish, or even need to explode to grow? There are lots of silly seeds out there, lets learn more about them!

Natures Conquerors: Tuesday, November 8th from 9-10:30am

What are invasive species? What makes them the conquerors of the plant and animal world? How can we stop them? Join us to learn the answers to these questions, and more!

$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 the end of the class. 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+.

Fall Colors Wagon Ride: October 13th from 12pm-1:30pm

We will start in the education building to have lunch and talk about fall colors in the park, and then head to our people mover wagon to tour the park.

$15/member; $18/non-member. Registration required at least 2 days in advance.

Fighting Invasive Species: November 17th from 12pm-1:30pm

Invasive species are a hot topic, they are fantastic at multiplying everywhere we don’t want them to be, and Ney Nature Center isn’t immune to them. So how can we keep them from taking over our natural spaces, whether it’s Ney or your own backyard?

$15/member; $18/non-member. Registration required at least 2 days in advance.

Meditation Class

September 24th from 9:30-10:30am

Mindfulness is a vital part of calming our nervous system and relaxing the mind and body. Come experience a variety of techniques during the hour as we move through several short meditation practices.  All are welcome, no experience necessary. Bring a mat, cushion or chair to be comfortable.

Guided by Tiffany Reinitz. $18/member; $20/non-member. Registration required in advance.

Fall Forest Bathing Walk

October 16th from 9-11am

Humanity has sought meaning in nature for millennia. Join us for an immersive, meditative, and gentle forest bathing walk and find out for yourself why we are naturally drawn outdoors. We will experience two hours of unique invitations that will inspire you to look at the forests, wetlands, and prairies of our world in new and astonishing ways. Our walks will re-introduce you to what your intuition already knows. You will find the serenity of nature heightens the pleasure of silence and stillness. Your transformative sojourn in the woods may lead you back to yourself.

Guided by David Motz from Motz Studios. $33/member; $35/non-member. Registration required in advance.

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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.