Summer Camp

Ney Nature Center offers nature and adventure-themed summer camp for youth 6-16 years old. Each camp can accommodate up to 12 campers and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We provide scholarships for families that qualify, click here to learn more.

Has your child aged out of our summer camps? Encourage them to become a Junior Naturalist! These volunteers get all of the fun of summer camp, while building their resume and earning volunteer hours! We are looking for students going into 10-12th grade, learn more by clicking here!

DatesSummer Camp NameAges
06/12-06/15Outdoor Explorers Camp Week 19-11
06/19-06/23Ultimate Adventure Camp Week 112-14
06/26-06/29Water Wonders6-8
07/07-07/09River Venture Camp (Overnight)14-16
07/10-07/13Dino Camp (Half-Day)6-8
07/17-07/20Outdoor Explorers Camp Week 29-11
07/31-08/04Ultimate Adventure Camp Week 212-14
08/07-08/10Wild Nature Camp9-11

How old are your campers?

Summer Camps for 6-8 year olds

Water Wonders Camp

June 26th-29th, 9am-4pm

Water water everywhere! Water is needed by everything, and yet how much do we really know about it? Let’s find out more through exploration and play in this camp!

$135/member or $155/non-member. Registration is due by June 16th.

Dino Camp

July 10th – 13th, 9am-12pm *HALF DAY CAMP*

Calling all dinosaur lovers! Spend the week learning more about the wide variety of dinosaurs, the habitats they would have called home, and learn what it is like to be a real paleontologist. Topics covered will include: an overview of different kinds of dinosaurs and their adaptations, fossil examination, digging for bones, scavenger hunts, and more! 

$65/member or $75/non-member. Registration is due by June 16th.






Summer Camps for 9-11 year olds

Outdoor Explorers Camp 

Session 1: June 12th – 15th, 9am-4pm
Session 2: July 17th – 20th, 9am-4pm

Get ready to put your explorer hat on to try fun activities including survival skills, archery, and kayaking on the Frog Pond! This camp also visits the High Ropes Adventure Park at Kerfoot Canopy Tours.

$165/member or $185/non-member. Registration is due by June 2nd for Session 1, and July 7th for Session 2.

Wild Nature Camp

August 7th – August 10th, 9am-4pm

Take a walk on the wild side at Ney! We will investigate nature through hands-on science experiments, see the world from an animals eyes, meet insects and other wild things that live in the park, and more. This camp is for the wild child in your life!

$135/member or $155/non-member. Registration is due by July 28th.

Summer Camps for 12-14 year olds

Ultimate Adventure Camp

Session 1: June 19th – 23rd, 9am-4pm
Session 2: July 31st – August 4th, 9am-4pm

Take adventure to the next level with fun activities including survival skills, archery, kayaking on Lake Washington, and zip-lining at Kerfoot Canopy Tours! Thursday evening there is an optional overnight for pickup on Friday morning. 

Wednesday drop-off and pick-up will be at Lake Washington (47102 Washington Park Rd, Kasota, MN 56050). Thursday drop-off will be at Kerfoot Canopy Tours (30200 Scenic Byway Rd, Henderson, MN 56044) with pick-up at Ney whether your camper attends the overnight or not. 

OVERNIGHT: There will be an optional overnight Thursday night to Friday morning. We’ll cook dinner over the campfire, explore the nighttime world, and camp out in tents and hammocks in the park. We will have equipment (hammocks) for each camper. They will need to bring their own sleeping bag, pillow, and personal items (pajamas, toiletries, etc.). In case of inclement weather, we will reassess our overnight plan. Pick up from 8:45-9:00am on Friday; breakfast will be provided.

$200/member or $220/non-member. Registration is due by June 9th for Session 1, and July 21st for Session 2.

Summer Camp for 14-16 year olds

River Venture Camp

July 7th – 9th, OVERNIGHT, drop off at 1pm on 07/07 and pick-up at 11am on 07/09
Pre-Camp meeting on June 25th from 1-3pm at Lake Washington

River Venture Camp is a unique outdoor adventure where campers will explore the beauty of the Minnesota River Valley by kayak. With expert guides, campers will paddle down the river during the day, and stop to make camp in the evening where they will relax around the campfire to cook dinner. They’ll then have time to explore the banks of the MN River Valley and learn about the flora and fauna that live there, while connecting to each other with stories and games. Every night campers will stay in hammocks with both bug nets and (if needed) rain tarps. We ask that you attend the pre-camp session on June 25th to meet staff and learn the basics of making camp and river safety. More information will be sent via email.

$375/member or $400/non-member. Registration is due by June 16th.


We reserve the right to cancel a camp if at any time our staff or board deems it necessary for health or safety reasons. If canceled prior to the beginning of camp a full refund will be provided. If cancellations happen in the middle of a camp session we will calculate a fee per day refund.