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Audubon Center of the North Woods
Sandstone, Minnesota
From canoeing to dog sledding, adventure and learning are always mixed. Fields, forests and wetlands on the center's 610 acres provide for ecological studies. A virgin pine stand missed by the
Hinckley fire is the center's highlight. The mixed hardwood stand provides opportunity for studies as well as maple sugar collecting. Rehabilitated birds of prey live in the old barn, some becoming part of education programs. The Schwyzer Lodge is on the historic register. A stream, lake shoreline, marshes, and ponds provide for aquatic studies. Area resources such as the Northwest Fur Post are part of the learning opportunities for all ages. The staff includes biologists, writers, an anthropologist, and international teachers.

Deep Portage Conservation Reserve
Hackensack, Minnesota
Occupies 6,100 acres of northern Minnesota lakes, streams, bogs and mixed transitional forest. It is a community-based program involving 200 volunteers, foreign students and urban and rural schools in its educational outreach. What began as a memorial forest managed by Cass County, continues today as a multiple-use demonstration forest providing both environmental education and responsible resource management techniques for government, industry, and environmental interests. The school program functions as a field school for courses geared to teaching comprehension, interpretation and evaluation of forest and wildlife management, aquatic studies, and orienteering for three and five day school visits.

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
Lanesboro, Minnesota
Nestled in the limestone bluffs and hardwood forests of southeastern Minnesota near Lanesboro. Its original emphasis was to provide technical support in forest management to complement the work of the Department of Natural Resources. The center's programs grew to include day classes and weekend programs for both adults and students and consultations with land owners. The center is planning expansion of its facility to accommodate K-12 students in week-long programs in forest management, blufflands and karst geology, groundwater and water conservation issues and native

Leave No Trace
Boulder, Colorado
The mission of the Leave No Trace program is to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research, and partnerships.

Long Lake Conservation Center
Palisade, Minnesota
Located on 760 acres of land once occupied by Glacial Lake Aitkin near Palisade, Minnesota. It is a region surrounded by a rich lake and bog ecosystems, a perfect setting for aquatic, wildlife and forestry studies, resource inventories, outdoor recreation activities and star gazing through an on-site observatory. The center hopes to build a demonstration greenhouse and nursery to serve as a reforestation hub for Aitkin and surrounding counties. While it tailors programs to each school, most visits are three days in length.

National Outdoor Leadership School
Lander, Wyoming
The Leader In Wilderness Education
sets the standard for experiential wilderness education. Every NOLS course is a moving expedition. NOLS courses allow you to live in the outdoors, and learn from the experience. You might even have some fun!  Over 2,600 students take NOLS courses each year.

North House Folk School
Grand Marais, Minnesota

North House Folk School was created to promote and preserve knowledge, skills, and crafts of the past and present, and through them, to better understand the future and our role in it. The learning that is emphasized is inspired by the Scandinavian "folkehoskoles" where learning is valued for its own sake. The focus is on traditional methods and technologies and their application in a variety of areas


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