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Experience Your Environment

Formerly Audubon Center of the North Woods

At Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center, we are closely monitoring the constantly changing situation with COVID-19 and will keep you informed as we make decisions accordingly.

You can stay up to date by following us on social media (FacebookInstagram, Twitter)sending us a message, or watching our website for more information. At Osprey Wilds, we firmly believe in the importance of getting outside and experiencing the benefits that nature provides, but also value the well-being of our community, which is why we’ve canceled all onsite programs for the foreseeable future. Above all, we want to keep our community healthy and safe and are doing our part to prevent the potential spread of the virus. Here is some information for you to know how we are responding to COVID-19:

  • We are following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and MN Department of Health recommendations and will continue to do so as those change
  • We have rescheduled April’s Dinner at the Lake for June 13 and have canceled all events in May, including Women’s Wellness Weekend. We will continue to assess the situation and update the status of summer events. Please check our program calendar for more details.  
  • Our trails are still open! Come out and enjoy our 7 miles of trails & our beautiful grounds. Please follow CDC guidelines and give fellow visitors 6 feet of space.
  • Make sure you give yourself blocks of time to take a break from the stressors of COVID-19 and get out into nature to rejuvenate mentally and get some physical activity
  • We are  experiencing significant revenue losses due to the wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19, including school closures through the end of the 2019-2020 school year, and will continue to feel the financial impact for the foreseeable future. Please consider making a special donation at this time to support our work here.
Be well, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
– Bryan Wood, Executive Director 
 

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

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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Rewatch: Birding While Black. A candid conversation with young Black birdwatchers that was live today! We’ll be tuning in and encourage others to as well!

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Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center16 hours ago

Rewatch: Birding While Black. A candid conversation with young Black birdwatchers that was live today! We’ll be tuning in and encourage others to as well!

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
National Audubon Society
Tune in now for Session 1 of Birding While Black, a candid conversation with young Black birdwatchers to hear their stories of discovering birds and their unique experiences of birding while Black in America. Featuring Kassandra Ford, Corina Newsome, Alex Troutman, Jeffrey Ward, and special guest Christian Cooper. Moderated by Tykee James and Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman.
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Fun day today at Osprey Wilds as we tended to our oak savanna with a prescribed burn! Oak savanna is one of the most endangered...