Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

A nonprofit organization

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Amidst a pandemic, Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center needs your support more than ever. 

Even as COVID-19 restrictions have had a major impact on our finances, we are working hard to continue carrying out our mission: instilling a connection and commitment to the environment in people of all communities through experiential learning. 

Since COVID shutdowns began in March, we have transitioned our K-12 school programs, implementing solutions that use virtual delivery, send our educators to schools, or bring small groups to our campus. Beyond K-12 programming, we’ve innovated with Picnic Pick Ups, virtual Dinners at the Lake, virtual adult seminars, and safe, socially-distanced community hikes and family getaway weekends. We’ve promoted the use of our trails and campgrounds, and we’ve moved ahead with the development of our sustainable agriculture program at Trapp Farm.

Please consider making as generous a gift as you are able, joining in our efforts to creatively carry forward our mission in the midst of this pandemic.

Learn more about ways to help Osprey Wilds.

More About Our Work 
We believe that a healthy environment starts with and is perpetuated by a personal connection to it, and Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center (formerly the Audubon Center of the North Woods) is and has been committed to that goal for 50 years.  

By working with all ages and audiences, we create leaders in the environmental field that spans generations, disciplines and the globe.

Osprey Wilds provides life-changing experiences that lead to more informed decision-makers through a 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, including:

  • Residential and day-program K-12 programs with a curriculum that ranges from ecology, environment and energy to cultural studies to science and wildlife to adventure and team-building (all of our K12 classes are aligned with MN Academic Standards)
  • Outreach and naturalist-in-residence programs
  • Youth, adult and family camps
  • Road Scholar programs
  • Nationwide college courses
  • State and national teacher trainings and retreats
  • Community gatherings featuring speakers with expertise on a wide range of environmental topics
  • Year-round nature programs

Osprey Wilds continues to be a statewide leader in renewable energy as seen immediately when a visitor enters the grounds.
  Solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, geothermal heating and cooling and a wind turbine are demonstrations of our commitment to sustainable energy technologies and models what visitors can do in their own schools, businesses and homes.

We have recently begun developing Trapp Farm, named for the donors of property that included 47 acres of tilled farmland adjoining the Osprey Wilds campus. Beginning in 2019, we began transforming those acres to a sustainable polyculture farm where produce, permaculture, pollinators, free-range poultry and livestock will provide food for our dining hall and educational opportunities for our environmental learning programs.

Gifts of any size are greatly appreciated! 

Please contact us if you are interested in getting more information about sustaining contributions, charitable IRA distributions, or planned giving. 888-404-7743, development@ospreywilds.org.

Visit our website at OspreyWilds.org



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Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

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Significantly impacted by pandemic


PO Box 530 54165 Audubon Drive
Sandstone, MN 55072



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