Audubon Center of the North Woods

Audubon Center of the North Woods

PO Box 530 (Mailing), 54165 Audubon Dr (Physical), Sandstone (MN), 55072-2620, United States

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(888) 404-7743

Work hours
MO 08:00 – 16:30 SA closed
TU 08:00 – 16:30 SU closed
WE 08:00 – 16:30
TH 08:00 – 16:30
FR 08:00 – 16:30

Nonprofit, accredited environmental learning center that offers residential K-12, college, summer camp, family camp, adult and Road Scholar programs. Charter School Authorizer and conference & retreat center.

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Mission Our Mission:
To instill a connection and commitment to the environment in people of all communities through experiential learning

Our Vision:
A healthy planet where all people live in balance with the Earth

Our 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


The Audubon Center of the North Woods is a non-profit environmental learning center nestled on the shores of Grindstone Lake near Sandstone, MN.

We offer a wide variety of environmental learning experiences for people of all ages, with programming in natural history and science, team-building, energy, adventure programming, and outdoor/environmental education.

We provide award-winning environmental education experiences for thousands of K-12 students from across the Midwest for residential and day-use experiences. In addition to our K-12 programs, we also offer family and youth camps throughout the year.

Through our post-secondary programs we serve as a field campus for Hamline University and several community colleges in Minnesota.

ACNW, also offers Roadscholar Programs designed for people 55 and older with on-site and off-site programs during the spring, summer and fall.

The Audubon Center offers many community and adult programs throughout the year including Dinners at the Lake and our Maple Syruping program and brunch and Women's Wellness Weekends.

The Audubon Center is a fully equipped Group & Conference Center with lodging and dining facilities for over 150 participants.

The Audubon Center also is an authorizer of 34 Minnesota Charter Schools and 8,000 students. As an authorizer we are able to work with the schools to provide the students with the best educational experience possible and deliver our mission on a more effective and progressive basis.We are the only authorizer in the country that requires environmental education to be part of every student's curriculum in our schools.

We also serve as a leader in renewable energy and conservation practices and have various technologies in use at our facilities to lower our environmental impact and serve as a demonstration and educational site for sustainable energy.

Awards 2012-Named Best Nature Weekend Retreat by MN Star Tribune
2009- Named Official Best of Environmental Education in Minnesota
2006- Named Outstanding Service to EE Organization- Regional Level by the North American Association for Environmental Education
1995 – Receives accreditation as a school by North Central Association
1979- Named one of the top ten environmental education centers in the U.S. by the New York Times
Founded 1968
Products Visit our Nature Gift Shop for a wide variety of ACNW signature clothing and materials, as well as our very own pure maple syrup, maple balsalmic vinaigrette dressing, and signature coffees.
  • PO Box 530 (Mailing), 54165 Audubon Dr (Physical), Sandstone (MN), 55072-2620, United States
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