Osprey Wilds

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Formerly Audubon Center of the North Woods

Connect | Explore | Discover

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.

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  • Check out our program calendar for current virtual and in-person programs
  • We are following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and MN Department of Health recommendations 
  • While our buildings are closed to the public, our trails are still open! Come out and enjoy our 9+ miles of trails & our beautiful grounds. Please follow CDC guidelines and give fellow visitors 6 feet of space.
  • We are experiencing significant revenue losses due to the wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19. Please consider making a special donation at this time to support our work here.

Enjoy spring at Osprey Wilds. While our office is closed to the public, our trails are open! If you are visiting, please following all social distancing guidelines. With 7 miles of trails, there is a lot of space to explore. Download our trail map here

We’ve adapted our curriculum to fit the needs of teachers and students during the 2020-21 school year. Learn more about our live animal classes, in-person school visits, and field trips here. 

Wild About Animals summer camp at Osprey Wilds

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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The warm summer days are coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the outdoor fun has to stop! Our campground and lodges are still open for reservation. When you stay on-site you have the opportunity to rent a canoe (paddles and life jackets included)...

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Pictured here is a Common Walkingstick (Diapheromera femorata). These wingless insects camouflage in hardwood trees to avoid predators. They can range in color from brown to bright green, and some populations even have vertical stripes down their body. Should a predator try to grab them,...

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Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center2 days ago

The warm summer days are coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the outdoor fun has to stop! Our campground and lodges are still open for reservation. When you stay on-site you have the opportunity to rent a canoe (paddles and life jackets included)...

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center4 days ago

Pictured here is a Common Walkingstick (Diapheromera femorata). These wingless insects camouflage in hardwood trees to avoid predators. They can range in color from brown to bright green, and some populations even have vertical stripes down their body. Should a predator try to grab them,...

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