Osprey Wilds

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Formerly Audubon Center of the North Woods

Discover | Connect | Engage

This residential environmental learning center and conference & retreat center, nestled on the shores of Grindstone Lake near Sandstone, MN, is a close-to-home, 780-acres refuge powered in large part with renewal energy systems. Here you will find a range of events and programming options for all ages – wildlife, natural history, science, team-building, challenge courses, outdoor skills and environmental education.

Visit Osprey Wilds, open year-round, and you will see a well-maintained, educationally rich landscape and leave wanting to spend more time in this special place with our caring, committed, professional staff.

Nature awaits you at Osprey Wilds

Nature Awaits You

Miles of trails through a variety of habitat, beautiful lakeside surroundings, a plethora of flora and fauna, and the peaceful quiet of wild outdoors await you here at Osprey Wilds. Whether you visit with your students, family, friends or group, you’ll find the opportunity to immerse in, learn from, and reconnect with nature.

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Something for Everyone

Experiential Environmental Education at Osprey Wilds

For Schools & Youth

Experiential environmental education for your students that is second to none. Low student-instructor ratios, classes aligned with MN Academic Standards, full array of adventure and challenge programming.

Winter Family Weekend at Osprey Wilds

For Families & Adults

Nature-focused events for families and life-long learners, including Winter Family Camp, Road Scholar® programs, Natural History Weekends, Dinners at the Lake, college course like January Interim, and many more.

Conferences & Retreats

The perfect spot for your next gathering. Whether renting a single meeting space or the entire center for a large group, Osprey Wilds provides a conveniently located, affordable and natural setting for your retreat or event.

Summer camps at Osprey Wilds

Youth Summer Camps

Help your child connect with the natural world and experience the joy, wonder, curiosity, and amazement that immersion in nature can provide. Our camps focus on wildlife, nature, challenge and outdoor skills.

Experiential Environmental Education at Osprey Wilds

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Mission

To instill a connection and commitment to the environment in people of all communities through experiential learning.

Vision

A healthy planet where all people live in balance with the Earth.

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Winter Family Weekend is off to a great start!

An outdoor scavenger hunt, rock-climbing, and a barn tour with our education animals makes for a good...

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center2 weeks ago

We love the fun winter activities school groups can experience when visiting us in Sandstone, Minnesota. Thanks, Saint John's Preparatory School for a great time!

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center2 weeks ago

Our Education Director Emily Porter visited Sartell Middle School today to talk about how their students can reduce food waste. They were an excited bunch!

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Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center2 weeks ago
Photos from Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center's post
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Winter Family Weekend is off to a great start!

An outdoor scavenger hunt, rock-climbing, and a barn tour with our education animals makes for a good...

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center2 weeks ago

We love the fun winter activities school groups can experience when visiting us in Sandstone, Minnesota. Thanks, Saint John's Preparatory School for a great time!

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center2 weeks ago

Our Education Director Emily Porter visited Sartell Middle School today to talk about how their students can reduce food waste. They were an excited bunch!