Ney Nature Center


Area and County

    Le Sueur County
    Southwest Minnesota

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446 acres


Summer Trail Map

Winter Trail Map


N44 32.417, W93 53.129

Hiking Trails

Don’s Pond Loop Trail: 1.4 miles

Ravine Trail: 3 miles

Native Prairie Walk

Oxcart Trail

Hidden Windmill Trail


No hunting

Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal


Big Woods

Land Type Association(s)

Hamburg Moraine

Native Plant Communities1

Dry Hill Oak Savanna (Southern)

Pin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest



Le Sueur County


Public/Private Partnership
Ney Nature Center is a hybrid, both a Le Sueur County park, open daily to the public, and a nature center, providing educational events for groups of children.

Ney Nature Center is a 446-acre park in Le Sueur County east of Henderson. It is adjacent on the north to Ney Wildlife Management Area and on the south to Henderson Station County Park/River Access. It includes the Minnesota River bluff to the west, the steep ravine of an unnamed, intermittent stream to the south, and prairie to the north.

Ney Nature Center is a hybrid, both a Le Sueur County park, open daily to the public, and a nature center, providing educational events for groups of children. It is one of 70 Minnesota Christmas Bird Count locations. Seventy-two bird species have been sited on bird count days from 1997 to 2014.








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Kirk Nelson

Barn and house

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Farm buildings

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Historic farm buildings, photos taken in 2008

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Historic farm buildings – corn crib, hired hands quarters

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Frog Pond

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Michelle Isaacson

Youth at the Ney Nature Center enjoy catching butterflies in the warmer months.

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There are eight main trails to explore at the Ney Nature Center with several connections between trails. The Field Trail connects Don's Pond Loop Trail to the Food Plot Trail.

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A pair of youth enjoy exploring the natural environment at the Ney Nature Center during one of its many youth programs.

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The old barn at the Kahlow Homestead stands among the native prairie. The barn has since been refinished and now serves as a visitor center during the warmer months.

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Youth are seen taking in the views at one of two outlooks at the Ney Nature Center.

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The grounds at Ney Nature Center are open for cross-country skiing during months when there is snow cover. Trails are maintained and groomed to provide an enjoyable experience.

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Visitor Center

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Henry and Mathilda Ney Farm House, 1895

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Hidden Windmill Trail

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  Ney Nature Center & Skating Experience Friday
MN New Country School

Published on Nov 19, 2013

Students in Mr. Dahlseid and Miss Okerman's classes participated in a day of harvesting wild plant seeds, spreading milkweed plant seeds at the Ney Nature Center in the morning. and then went ice skating at the LeSueur Community Center. The event took place on 11/15/13.




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Riley McGraw

Published on Feb 6, 2015

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Insects and Arachnids

blue-fronted dancer (Argia apicalis)

common whitetail (Plathemis lydia)


This is a Minnesota Christmas Bird Count site. Seventy-two bird species have been sited on bird count days from 1997 to 2014.


One tracked species has been seen here:



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


eBird Field Checklist


American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

American Goldfinch

Canada Goose


Northern Cardinal

White-breasted Nuthatch

Fungi and Lichens

Gold Dust Lichen (Chrysothrix candelaris)

Oat Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae)

Plum Pocket (Taphrina communis)

Powdery Sunburst Lichen (Xanthoria ulophyllodes)

Oat Crown Rust

Insects and Arachnids

ash bead gall mite (Aceria fraxini)

chokecherry finger gall mite (Eriophyes emarginatae)

chokecherry finger gall mite


American mink (Neovison vison)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus)

eastern gray squirrel


Plants frequently found in:

Dry Hill Oak Savanna (Southern) UPs14c

Pin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland FDs37b

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs38c



American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

Aunt Lucy (Ellisia nyctelea)

autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

desert false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

hound’s tongue (Cynoglossum officinale)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata)

Manchurian lilac (Syringa pubescens ssp. patula)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rock elm (Ulmus thomasii)

rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

slippery elm (Ulmus rubra)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth rose (Rosa blanda var. blanda)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)


Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Amorpha fruticosa (desert false indigo)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calystegia sepium. ssp. angulata (hedge bindweed)

Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd’s purse)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Celastrus scandens (American bittersweet)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Cynoglossum officinale (hound’s tongue)

Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)

Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)

Ellisia nyctelea (Aunt Lucy)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rosa blanda var. blanda (smooth rose)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Syringa pubescens ssp. patula (Manchurian lilac)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)

Thlaspi arvense (field pennycress)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Tilia cordata (littleleaf linden)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Ulmus thomasii (rock elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

American vetch

Aunt Lucy



common dandelion

desert false indigo

early meadow-rue

hedge bindweed

red clover

Russian olive

smooth rose

Virginia waterleaf

white clover

wild grape

















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