Educational Programs for All Ages
wonder, adventure, discovery
Resources for Parents and Families
Monday-Friday 7 AM - 5 pm at Osprey Wilds
Academic Support Center
Osprey Wilds is offering a new Academic Support Center for students in grades 6th – 12th. If your students are attending school virtually or through a hybrid model, we’re here to help. Students can be dropped off at Osprey Wilds Monday-Friday beginning January 4. They will have access to their own workspace to attend virtual classes, complete schoolwork, and interact with their peers safely. Our academic coaches will be there for homework help and to lead small activities throughout the day. Students should bring their class schedule, homework, laptop, and anything else needed for their classes.
Our academic support center offers a flexible schedule for families. Students can be dropped off in the morning from 7 am – 8 am and picked up from 3 pm – 5 pm. From 3 pm – 5 pm, students will have the opportunity to work on homework and participate in our afterschool activities at no additional cost.
The cost per student is $20/day and includes Wi-Fi, a quiet and safe workspace, support from our academic coaches, and additional activities. For an additional $5/day you can sign up for our meal program which includes a cold breakfast, hot lunch, and afternoon snack.
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3 pm - 5 pm
After School Programming at
Beginning January 4, and in conjunction with our recently launched Academic Support Center, Osprey Wilds will also be offering after-school programs on-site. Join our education staff for fun activities. All ages are welcome. Cost is $10/person and includes an afternoon snack.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Virtual After School Programming
Beginning January 11, Osprey Wilds is offering virtual after-school programs for students of all ages. Our staff will be leading programs that range from theater, crafts, exploring nature, and more. Click on the boxes below to learn more about each program.
Course Description: What does it mean to really see an object in nature? Train your eye to notice things differently as you recreate the natural world on your pages. Participants will learn how to make observations, set goals, look closer, record information for later use, and how to make their nature journal their own.
Materials: Journal, pencil/pen, colored pencils, place to go outside, magnifying glass (optional), camera (optional)
Suggested age: 8 years old - 18 years old recommended
Course Description: Participants will get a chance to explore nature by learning how to write creatively. Every week they will create short stories, poems, fictional blurbs, and more to get the creative juices flowing.
Needed Materials: Journal, pen/pencil, camera (optional), your imagination
Recommended age: 11 years old and up
Course Description: Are you looking to get out of the house? But not entirely comfortable with the prep? Let's talk about what you need to be comfortable in the wilderness, maybe with a little history thrown in. We might as well do some fun things while we're at it!
Needed Materials: None
Recommended Age: 11 years old and up
Course Description: Students will get the opportunity to think creatively and to make projects with different guest teachers each week. These projects may require additional materials to actively participate, but all are welcome to watch and practice on their own time. At the end of the class, we will have a virtual show and tell where students can show off their projects! No previous experience necessary; we invite people of all skill levels to participate, learn, and grow!
Recommended Age: 8 years old and up
- Week 1: Make your own comic with Rock!
- Materials Required: Paper and a Writing Utensil
- Week 2: Weave yourself a Tree of Life with Ashley
- Materials Required: 1 Willow Branch or a pre-made hoop, at least 1 skein of yarn, other things to decorate with, scissors
- Week 3: Paracord Art with Katrina!
- Materials Required: Paracord or similar material
- Week 4: Raptors by Family program
- No materials needed
- Week 5: Learn to Crochet with Allie!
- Material Required: Red Heart yarn, 5mm (H-8) crochet hook
- Week 6: Show and Tell
- Required Materials: Any creative project you've worked on!
Course Description: Learn different forms of story-based writing through investigation and observation, a range of content about the world around us, and learner-led creativity. Topics include astronomy and mythology, history and journalism, animal signs, folklore, and analysis of arguments.
Recommended age: 10 years old ad up
Course Description: Embark on an epic adventure with other kids in an easy to learn role-playing game. As a team, they will work together to overcome countless challenges as they uncover the secrets of the Lost King's Tomb. Success depends on their cooperation, creative thinking, and the ability to overcome obstacles in the face of unknown dangers. This is a great opportunity for kids to practice working in group settings, developing your voice as a leader and as a team member, and to challenge yourself in a low-risk high-fun environment. No experience necessary, just two six-sided dice, some paper, and a writing utensil!
Materials Needed: Six-sided dice, paper, writing utensil
Recommended age: 8-12 years old
Course Description: Ever wonder about the animals in your neighborhood that you see or hear all the time? Would you like to know more about how to determine the animals that have been wandering around their house and what they are doing? Learn about Minnesota wildlife, biomes, animal tracking, and more. Meet different Osprey Wilds Animal Ambassadors throughout the course.
Needed Materials: Journal (optional)
Recommended age: 8 years old and up
Course Description: Each week will be spent creating and rehearsing, with the final week being a live performance. Participants will gain skills in public speaking and self-expression, be able to create and share original content, and participate in a cumulative group production of a short play.
Needed Materials: None
Recommended age: any!
Upcoming Family Events
Share the wonders of nature with your whole family at one of our family programs. Check below for events great for all ages!
- December 7, 2020 - March 31, 2021
- January 4 @ 8:00 am - March 24 @ 5:00 pm
- January 4 @ 8:00 am - March 31 @ 5:00 pm
- January 11 @ 3:30 pm - February 20 @ 4:30 pm
- February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- February 12 - February 15
- February 14 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
- February 26 - February 28
This event his President’s Day Weekend (Friday, February 12 -Monday, February 15).
Escape the routine this winter!
Located in Sandstone, Minnesota, our campus is stunning in the winter and easily accessible and comfortable with WiFi, cozy cabins, and 780-acres to explore. Join us for a long weekend filled with family-focused activities. See below for some of the activities you and your family can participate in!
This weekend (and all of our events) will follow the state’s recommendations and regulations regarding gatherings and COVID-19 procedures.
This means we have a very limited amount of spots available! It also means you will have a chance to experience Osprey Wilds like never before—customize your schedule, enjoy one-on-one learning with a naturalist, relax with private family lodging, and soak in the calm and beauty of our campus in winter.
Activities include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snow sculpture competition, high ropes, animal tracking high-ropes course, raptor programs, guided hikes, stargazing, and more!
Prices are all-inclusive and include three nights of lodging, all meals and snacks, programming, and equipment:
2-person household: $650
3-person household: $900
4-person household: $1125
5-person household: $1325
6-person household: $1500
7-person household: $1650
8-person household: $1775
Check-in: 4:00 PM on Friday
Check out: 2-4 PM on Monday
To maintain social distancing and ensure a safe visit for everyone, space is very limited, and household groups will be independent of one another. Households will sign up for their own schedule of classes and activities. Our staff will work with your group to set a tentative schedule.
year-round learning experiences
Lifelong learners can enjoy a variety of educational programs focused on a diverse range of topics. Check below for upcoming programs and dates.
Women's Wellness Weekend
Renew, Relax, Rediscover. Osprey Wilds’ beautifully varied landscapes provide the perfect setting for this all-inclusive holistic adventure. Spend this weekend with your friends or take the opportunity to get away by yourself, meet new people, and learn new skills. Choose from a variety of physical, mental, and spiritual activities, book a massage or energy healing session, or just relax and take in nature
Dinners at the Lake
From fall through spring, we offer a number of Dinners at the Lake (usually on Saturday) – start out with wine and appetizers, then enjoy a wonderful banquet meal served in our beautiful lakeside dining hall, followed by an interesting nature-focused keynote presentation
Road Scholar® Programs
Founded as Elderhostel in the summer of 1975, Road Scholar® began as a learning program conceived to combine not-for-credit classes with inexpensive lodging for adults ages 50+. They are a diverse community of knowledge seekers and explorers, united in the belief that lifelong learning is a vital part of overall wellbeing. Throughout the year, Osprey Wilds holds several Road Scholar learning adventures.
Hamline University EE Courses
Our unique location in east central Minnesota offers a wonderfully diverse area to learn about the environment, and our comfortable accommodations make the experience even more enjoyable. Lifelong learners can enroll, on an audit basis, in our various Hamline University courses (Graduate Professional Development Program – Continuing Studies).
Upcoming Adult Programs
- December 7, 2020 - March 31, 2021
- January 24 @ 4:00 pm - January 29 @ 10:00 am
- January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
- February 26 - February 28
- February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
undergraduate, graduate, and teacher training
A wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and teacher training opportunities are offered at Osprey Wilds. We also serve as a field campus for many teacher training opportunities through Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education and offer graduate courses tailored to educators seeking either a Certificate or Master’s Degree in Environmental Education.
January Interim: Wolves & Northwoods Carnivores – Predator Ecology
The grey wolf has long excited the human imagination. Minnesota, with approximately 2200 wolves, is home to the largest and only continuous population of wolves in the lower 48 states. It is a center for wolf research. During this course, we work on two wolf projects: one to determine pack numbers, territories, and behavior through tracking surveys near Ely, MN. The second, to determine wolf pack size, territory, and the impacts of prey species on the historic Jonvick Deer Yard along the North Shore of Lake Superior (Lutsen, MN). We also collect data on Canada lynx in the area in cooperation with the Superior National Forest.
Hamline University EE Courses
Our unique location in east central Minnesota offers a wonderfully diverse area to learn about the environment, and our comfortable accommodations make the experience even more enjoyable. Throughout the year, we offer a number of Hamline University environmental educations courses through their Graduate Professional Development Program (Continuing Studies).