Calendar and Upcoming Programs

Programs for All Ages

Dragonflies and Butterflies

May 28th from 9-11am
June 26th from 3-5pm
July 30th from 9-11am

Join us at the Ney Nature Center to explore and learn about the world of Butterflies and Dragonflies. Program consists of 2 parts, first learn about the different characteristics of each species that help to make them so amazing before heading out into the park to try your hand at capturing insects that have been around since the dinosaurs. All ages. $3 for members, $5 for non-members. Pre-registration required.

Register online to reserve your spot!

Ray’s Lake Events

Archery: June 5th from 9-11am

Join the Ney Nature Center staff to learn all about archery! The first hour the program will be spent on instruction, learning about the equipment, technique, and safety. The second hour will be spent practicing your skills with target shooting! Participants must be age 9+.

Fishing: June 12th from 9-11am

Join the Ney Nature Center staff to learn all about fishing! From casting your line, to identifying your catch, you will get time to not only learn but also practice! Participants must be age 9+.

Both programs are held at Ray’s Lake in Elysian, MN. $5 for members, $6 for non-members. Pre-registration required.

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Youth Programs

Youth Naturalist Series

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

May Flowers: Tuesday, May 10th, 9-11am

After April Showers come May Flowers! Learn about flower structure, why they are so important, and how to preserve them in this hands-on class.

Orienteering: Tuesday, June 7th, 9-11am

Orienteering is not just a skill, it’s a sport! Join us for a primer on how to use a map and a compass to practice orienteering, then try out your newly-learned skills on an orienteering course at Ney.

$3 per member, $5 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, May 22nd, 1-4pm

Sunday, June 26th, 1-4pm

$5 for members/$8 for non-members. Register here. Registration required for each program. Must register two days in advance.

2022 Summer Camps – Registration open!

Visit our summer camp page to learn more!

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+.

Pollinator Gardening: May 12th from 12pm-1:30pm

The basics of gardening for your natural pollinators! At Ney we plant pollinator gardens every year, so learn more about how to not only promote those beautiful visitors, but also make sure we are helping them too.

Chimney Swifts: June 2nd from 12pm-1:30pm

Have you ever seen the tall white pillars at Ney and wondered what they are? In this discussion we will talk about Chimney Swifts, a declining species of birds native to the eastern side of the United States, and why their decline is significant to other populations.

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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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.