About the Audubon Center of the North Woods
We believe that a healthy environment starts with and is perpetuated by a personal connection to it, and ACNW is and has been committed to that goal for over 40 years. We offer a great variety of environmental learning experiences for people of all ages, with programming in natural history and science, team-building, adventure programming, wildlife, energy, outdoor skills and human history.
Our highest quality environmental education programs along with our optimal location has made us the prime choice for tens of thousands of learners. By working with all ages and audiences, ACNW creates leaders in the environmental field that spans generations, disciplines and the globe. Visit the Center, 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..
The diverse 780-acre sanctuary that makes up our property includes a variety of habitats, including old-growth red and white pines, hardwood forests, restored wetlands, prairies and farmland. Our unique center features a mixture of historic as well as newly constructed facilities that can provide lodging and meals for up to 162 participants. ACNW visitors have the opportunity to experience a wide range of learning environments including our wildlife barn, yurt, log cabin, formal science classroom, and of course, the great outdoors!
- Year-round nature programs
- Green conference & retreat center rentals
- School field trips and nature immersion learning experiences
- Field trips and customized retreats for groups of any age and size
- Youth and family camps
- College courses
- Day tours and programs
- Adult learning experiences
- Wildlife programs… on-site and off-site
- ‘Dinners at the Lake’
- and more
With the Center’s central Minnesota location within 90 miles of the Twin Cities, Duluth, and St. Cloud and only five miles off of the interstate, we are conveniently located for learners from all areas to easily experience a outdoor immersion experience without spending extra time, energy or money on travel. In this ‘About Us’ section, use the links on the side to learn more about our history, where to find us, how to become involved, various ways to support the Center, as well as view video overviews, read our newsletters and contact us.
By working with all ages and audiences, ACNW creates leaders in the environmental field that spans generations, disciplines and the globe.
Our Core Values:
- We demonstrate respect, care and passion for the earth, all people and all living things
- We strive for excellence in everything we do through integrity, open communication and teamwork
- Individuals are valued, engaged and appreciated for their unique contributions
- We believe in life-long learning through positive shared experiences with the natural world
- Our efforts encourage others to recognize their interconnectedness with the earth through their actions