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Ney Nature Center

28238 Nature Center Ln
Henderson, MN 56044

Homeschool classesField tripsGetting there

Description: Ney Nature Center (NNC) is home to 446 acres forests, prairie, meadows, bluffs, creeks, and a variety of wildlife.

The majority of the Ney Nature Center property is a preserve with public access only for guided educational programs, science studies, and low-impact activities: hiking, birdwatching, snowshoeing, sight-seeing, and cross-country skiing. The policy of limited access is in keeping with the Ney family’s vision and with the long-term management of natural areas that are designated as preserves or sanctuaries.

The Ney Nature Center manages and protects the Ney Wildlife Preserve through education and interaction with the natural world.

Phone: 507-357-8580
Email: info(at)neycenter.org


Homeschool classes

Description: The Nature Center’s staff and Education Committee organizes programming just for K-12 homeschoolers.

Cost per child/student: $5
Cost per adult/educator: supervisory adults may attend for free

Target age range: ages 5–17 years

For more information, contact Josh Sweet, Program and Marketing Coordinator at 507-357-8581 or josh(at)neycenter.org or visit neycenter.org/events-programs/


Field trips

Description: The Ney Nature Center is a day-use learning center designed to serve people of all ages. A list of current program topics and a link to the program synopsis brochure can be found on the website but feel free to suggest a topic that is not on the list as staff may be prepare a program of your choice.

Each topic is built around a 45 minute to 1 hour lesson.

Other events include guided tours, presentations, group service projects, and more.

Cost per child/student: Fees vary per group based on the number of students and the length of the field trip. Typical fees are between $2 and $5 per student.

Minimum group size: $25 minimum

Target grade level: options for K–12th grades

Parent/guardian/educator policy: Please bring at least 2 adult chaperones per 25 students. More chaperones are preferred and in some cases may be required. Adult chaperones are expected to be attentive and to monitor student behavior throughout the field trip. It is the duty of adult chaperones to intervene if a student in being disruptive during a NNC class. Chaperones should dress for the weather and leave cell phones stored unless in an emergency. The Lead Adult Chaperone must have consent from each child’s legal guardian(s) to participate in all field trip activities or have specified instructions otherwise.

Extreme weather policy: Field trips will be held rain or shine so please have your students come prepared with footwear and appropriate clothing for the weather and outdoor terrain. All participants are responsible for providing their own lunch, insect repellent, sun protection, and a reusable water bottle. In the event that severe weather threatens the trip, the organization’s staff and the Nature Center staff will come up with a plan to reschedule. Feel free to indicate a preferred Rain Date on the Field Trip Registration Form.

Cancellation policy/Cancellation deadline: Fees are due at registration unless requesting an invoice.

For more information, contact Josh Sweet, Program and Marketing Coordinator at 507-357-8581 or josh(at)neycenter.org or visit neycenter.org/events-programs/custom-programs/


Getting there

Driving directions: Conveniently located halfway between the Twin Cities and Mankato with access from US-169.

From the Twin Cities:
Travel south on US-169. Take the MN-19 exit. Turn right (west) and travel towards Henderson. Just before the hill, turn left onto Nature Center Lane.

From Mankato
Travel north on US-169. Take the MN-19 exit. At the stop sign turn right (west) and travel towards Henderson. Just before the hill, turn left onto Nature Center Lane.

From Henderson
Travel east on MN-19. Just after the hill, turn right onto Nature Center Lane.

For more information, visit neycenter.org/visit-us/

 


Information subject to change. Please check with Ney Nature Center for the most current information. Last updated on Mon, Sep 4, 2017.