Group Visits

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.

Click here to view our Group Program Cancellation Policy.

Kids on field trip

School and Homeschool Field Trips

The Nature Center’s staff organizes programming for K-12 Schools and Homeschool Groups. The NNC also serves as an outdoor laboratory for area colleges and universities. Listed below are the programs that we currently offer. Click here to view our Group Program Cancellation Policy.

Ready to schedule a field trip? Send an email to info@neycenter.org.

Contact us for more information about scheduling other events like guided tours, presentations, group service projects, and more.

Adult Group Visits

The Ney Nature Center is a day-use learning center designed to serve people of all ages. Just because you aren’t in school anymore, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and learn at Ney! Whether you are looking for a group activity with your employees, a fun day trip with your friends from out of town, or you’re the coordinator for an assisted living facility, we would love to have you visit and go on an adventure with us!

Interested in coordinating a visit? Send an email to info@neycenter.org.

You can also contact us for more information about scheduling other events like guided tours, presentations, group service projects, and more.

Program Topics:

Education Programs

  • Adaptations
  • Astronomy
  • Biomes & Habitats
  • Bluebird Nesting Boxes
  • Climate Change & Renewable Energy
  • Composting
  • Food Webs
  • Furs & Skulls
  • Geology & Soils
  • Homesteading
  • Insects vs Arachnids
  • Invasive Species
  • Live Animal Meet & Greet
  • Making Maple Syrup
  • Mammals vs Reptiles
  • Monarch Tagging
  • Orienteering
  • Owls & Pellet Dissection
  • Phenology & Nature Journaling
  • Organism (Plant, tree, animal, etc.) Identification
  • Pollination
  • Pond Study (Macro-invertebrates)
  • Water Cycle
  • Weather & Seasons
  • Wildflowers

Recreation Programs

  • Animal Tracking
  • Archery
  • Birding
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Geocaching
  • Nature Journaling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowshoe Weaving
  • Team-Building
  • Wagon Ride
  • Wilderness Survival Skills

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