Fall Fling 2023

Support Environmental Education in Southern Minnesota! Join us for our 15th Annual Fall Fling Fundraiser!

Why support Ney? We will let our community tell you.

“This was our daughter’s first time at camp and she loved it. She has asked us if she can come back again next year. This was a great camp to get her outdoors and meeting new individuals.”

“A great way for kids to spend time outside learning about nature and getting to learn skills they might not otherwise. “

“(Camper) had a blast every day at camp, and asks regularly when we are going back to Ney. He loved looking at the pictures you sent this morning and was telling us about all of the fun games and activities that he did. (He is still magnet fishing daily)”

“(Camper) started talking about going to camp again next year as soon as we drove away Friday morning. Despite (Camper’s) hesitation toward the whole experience he had a good time and said that zip lining was his favorite activity. Thank you for putting this camp on, we always have a great time at Ney!”

Sunday, November 12th, 4-8 PM
At The Scenic Escape Barn in Henderson, MN

Raffle tickets available for purchase before or at the Fall Fling for $20 (cash or check). You do not have to be present to win one of our prizes. Each ticket is your chance to win our top prize, $1000, or one of our two smaller $250 prizes!

Must be 18 or older to purchase and win.


4:00PM – Social & Appetizers
5:00PM – Ney Nature Center Awards
5:15PM – Dinner
6:15PM – Keynote Speaker, David Mather
7:00PM – Dessert
7:30PM – Silent Auction + Door Prizes

Dinner Menu

Main: Harvest Chicken & Roast Beef Merlot OR Caprese Portobello (request a vegetarian meal when you purchase your tickets for this option, otherwise we will automatically prepare the meat-based option for you)
Sides: Roasted Red Potatoes, Long-stemmed Green Beans, Buttery Corn, Dinner Rolls

Buffet Style Dinner Catered by Chef Craigs Catering



Presented by Dr. David Mather

The Minnesota River has been a defining feature of the state’s landscape since the end of the last Ice Age, surrounded by at least 13,000 years of human history. We will explore the stories of this vast span of time through environmental archaeology – with information from, for example, pollen grains, animal bones and plant remains – revealing aspects of this area’s past beyond what is accessible through artifacts and other traditional archaeological data alone. Examples include ancient farming, bison, grizzly bears, and drastic changes in the region’s bird species and landscape.

David Mather is a professional archaeologist with a career focus on Minnesota, including specialties in zooarchaeology and historic preservation. He has a MS in Environmental Archaeology from the University of Sheffield in England, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota where he studied the archaeobiology of bears and bear ceremonialism. David is the National Register Archaeologist at the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office and previously served as the Consulting Archaeologist for the Mille Lacs Tribal Historic Preservation Office. He has written about Minnesota archaeology and landscapes in Minnesota History, The Minnesota Archaeologist, and the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. His book Frog in the House won the Giverny Award for science writing for children.


Our Annual Fall Fling Fundraiser will take place in the Scenic Escape Barn. It is located in Henderson, MN 56044. This event is our key fundraising event and donations help maintain our efforts to inspire appreciation and respect for nature.

For more information about the Scenic Escape Barn, visit: https://scenicescapebarn.com/ 

The Ney Nature Center is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable nonprofit organization.  EIN: 41-1842392  Donations to Ney Environmental Education Foundation (dba: Ney Nature Center) are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.