Ney Nature Center 


The Ney Nature Center (NNC) is home to 446 acres of all the natural world has to offer – forests, prairie, meadows, bluffs, creeks, and a variety of wildlife. Conveniently located halfway between the Twin Cities and Mankato with access from Hwy 169, the Ney Nature Center has something for everyone!

Our Vision: Inspire appreciation and respect for nature.

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

As a Le Sueur County park, exploration hours are from sunup until sundown. The Education Building, which houses the office and staff, is open periodically throughout the week and weekend. Check the website for hours of operation and a schedule of programs and events.

Feel free to bring your furry dog friend with to enjoy the exciting trail system, but please keep them on a leash and pick up their waste. We have a place to dispose of filled dog bags near the first parking lot.

Cross-country ski conditions are updated on our website and Facebook.

Hours & Dates

January, February and March, the Ney Nature Center Education building will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. XC Ski and Snowshoe Rentals are available as conditions allow.


Free admission for trail use.
Public programs and rental equipment may have a small fee.

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