Residential Environmental Learning Center and Green Retreat & Conference Facility in east-central Minnesota

Our Mission & Vision

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 Core Values→

Who we are & what we do

Established in 1968, the Audubon Center of the Woods (ACNW) is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 residential environmental learning center (RELC) and green conference/retreat center on Grindstone Lake near Sandstone, MN – 90 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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Happenings at the Center



Summer Camps at ACNW


Why Choose Us?

Centrally located just 90 miles north of the Twin Cities and 70 miles south of Duluth, our location can’t be beat – close to home yet far enough away! Save time and travel costs. View map and driving directions→
We offer a multitude of programming options for all ages – wildlife, natural history, science, team-building, challenge courses, and outdoor/environmental education. All of our classes are aligned with MN Academic Standards. See all of our program options→
The Audubon Center has made it a top priority to “walk the walk” and we have implemented a great variety of energy conservation measures and renewable energy sources including a geo-thermal heat pump system, solar PV arrays, solar hot water heating, solar air heat, and a wind generator. Learn more→

What Our Visitors Say

“I didn’t know what to expect. I was blown away! It was a terrific experience–I would definitely recommend to others.”
Chaperone, Poplar Bridge Elementary
“All the staff went above and beyond! We are so appreciative of this quality learning experience.”
Mathis Homeschool teacher

Have you visited ACNW and enjoyed your stay? We invite you to leave review on our Google+ and/or Yelp pages



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