Field Trips & Youth Group Visits
The Nature Center’s staff organizes programming for K-12 Schools and Homeschool Groups, as well as 4-H groups, YMCA camps, and other youth programs. The NNC also serves as an outdoor laboratory for area colleges and universities. Listed below are the programs that we currently offer by month of availability. Click here to view our Group Program Cancellation Policy.
Ready to schedule a field trip? Send us an email!
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 schedule a time to come out and have some fun!
Interested in coordinating a visit? Send us an email!
You can also contact us for more information about scheduling other events like guided tours, presentations, group service projects, and more.
Program Topic Calendar:
This calendar shows the programs we recommend based on the time of year. If you are looking to do something specific for your group, you can browse the list below or email us with your program request.
- Adaptations & Food Webs
- Biomes & Habitats
- Bluebird Nesting Boxes
- Climate Change & Renewable Energy
- Furs & Skulls
- Geology & Soils
- Invasive Species
- Live Animal Meet & Greet
- Making Maple Syrup*
- Monarch Tagging*
- Owls & Pellet Dissection
- Phenology & Nature Journaling
- Organism (Flower, tree, animal, etc.) Identification
- Pollination & Flowers
- Pond Study (Macro-invertebrates)*
- Water Cycle
- Weather & Seasons
- Animal Tracking
- Archery (ages 9+)
- Axe Throwing (ages 12+)
- Nordic Skiing*
- Snowshoeing* or Snowshoe Weaving
- Terrarium Design
- Wagon Ride*
- Wilderness Survival Skills
* This program is not run year-round, contact us to learn more.
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.