Osprey Wilds

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Osprey Wilds Awards & Certifications

Osprey Wilds is proud to be a leader in environmental education and renewable energy initiatives. We are an accredited school (K-12 and post-secondary). All of our staff and interns are trained and certified in CPR and First Aid.

1979 – One of the top ten environmental learning centers in the U.S. by the New York Times

1995 – Certified as school by AdvancED (North Central Association.Commission and Accreditation on School Improvement)

2002 – Became a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Smartwood Forest (# SW-FM/COC-108)

2006 – Award for ‘Outstanding Service to Environmental Education’ from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

2009 – Official Best of Environmental Education for Minnesota

2012 – Best Weekend Nature Retreat by the Minneapolis Star Tribune

2012 – Emeritus Founding Executive Director Mike Link received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Environmental Education from MAEE

2014 – Certified Monarch WayStation #8445 by MonarchWatch.org

2014 – Executive Director Bryan Wood received the 2014 Non-formal Environmental Educator of the Year from MAEE

2015 – Wildlife Coordinator, Jeff Tyson, achieved Certified Professional Bird Trainer – Knowledge Assessed status

2018 and 2020– Achieved Gold Gold Seal of Transparency on GuideStar





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Certified Professional Bird Trainer - Knowledge Assessed