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Educational Programs for All Ages​

Year-round, enjoy a variety of educational programs for you or your family – there's something for everyone

Family Programs

Make memories that last a lifetime at one of our annual family events - winter, spring, and summer. Spending quality family time in nature - it doesn't get much better than that!

Adult Programs

We provide lifelong learning experiences to people of all ages. From our Dinners at the Lake to weekend events to Road Scholar® programs, your next learning adventure awaits you at Osprey Wilds.

College Programs

A field campus for Hamline University, Northland College, Inver Hills Community College and other post-secondary institutions, we hold environmental education courses year-round.

wonder, adventure, discovery

Family Programs

Share the wonders of nature with your whole family at one of our family programs. Check below for dates.

Winter Family Weekend

Embrace winter over the long Presidents Day Weekend in February. Treat your family to 3 nights/4 days of discovery, learning and fun. This exciting family program offers age-specific and all-family program options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for snow activities, skiing/snowshoeing, nature learning or quality family time, we have something for the whole family.

Maple Syrup Day

As winter gives way to spring, the sap begins flowing in the maple trees. That’s maple syrup time at Osprey Wilds! Shake off your cabin fever every March and welcome in the changing season as you join us for a pancake brunch and hands-on maple syruping program. A great event for the whole family!

Rafting & Raptors: Northwoods Minnesota With Your Grandchild

Hold on to your helmets! Deep in the heart of Minnesota’s Northwoods, you and your grandchild will experience some of the most exciting sports this side of the Mississippi River. White water rafting, archery, rock climbing and a ropes challenge course are just a taste of your outdoor fun as you venture Experience the great outdoors in Minnesota’s Northwoods at these intergenerational Road Scholar camps. Try a variety of different sports while learning about the wildlife that also plays in this dense, green forest. July and August.

Upcoming Family Programs

year-round learning experiences

Adult Programs

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

undergraduate, graduate, and teacher training

College Programs

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).

Upcoming College Programs