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Audubon Center of the Northwoods (ACNW)
The Audubon Center is a RESIDENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER in east-central MN. Also serves as a field campus for many teacher training opportunities through Hamline University's Center for Global Environmental Education and offer graduate courses tailored to educators seeking either a Certificate or Master's Degree in Environmental Education.

Boulder Lake Management Area (and ELC)
The Boulder Lake Management Area (BLMA) is a "window" for various audiences to view full-scale, integrated natural resource management occurring in the BLMA using such things as interpretive trails, public programs and formal environmental education activities.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA)
BWCA-Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northeastern Minnesota (in green) and the Quetico Provincial Park of Ontario, Canada (in tan). More than two million acres of International border lakes that are interconnect by portages, and canoe trails, which Voyageurs crossed hundreds of years ago. Today, "you" the modern day Voyageur, can paddle one of the most incredible places. The pristine lakes and spectacular sunsets will bring you back every year. Opportunities also exist for hiking, kayaking, fine freshwater fishing, winter camping, dogsledding, cross country skiing, or snowshoeing. Most importantly this place will help us realize that we must preserve this phenomenal resource of "Wilderness." Entry points into the BWCA are established to help regulate the flow of visitors and increase your solitude experience.

Deep Portage Conservation Reserve
Located in Central Cass County, Deep Portage is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit residential environmental education/outdoor recreation center. Open to the public, it is a place where community, education, and the environment come together. There are hiking trails to enjoy, an interpretive center to explore, and educational programming available year round.
Learn about history, geology, biology, water quality, recreation, human impacts, and management of 42 streams in Duluth, MN.

Environmental Association for Great Lakes Education (EAGLE)
394 Lake Ave. S. Suite #222
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 726-1828
Fax: (218) 726-1828
To provide education and promote community involvement focused on restoring and protecting the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Gale Woods Farm
Located in Minnesota. The farm provides opportunities for visitors of all ages to enjoy experiences that enhance their understanding of agriculture, food production and land stewardship. Seasonal farm activities are the basis for public programs and scheduled group visits.

Great Lakes Aquarium
The Great Lakes Aquarium focus on freshwater and history of the Great Lakes, located in Duluth, MN.

Great Lakes Directory
The Great Lakes Directory is a comprehensive online resource highlighting environmental issues around the Great Lakes basin. The Directory contains daily environmental articles, a network of over 1,000 environmental groups, funding resources, free environmental software, nonprofit management resources, and a massive library of online Great Lakes environmental information.

Hartley Nature Center
3001 Woodland Ave
Duluth, MN 55803
Has a great newsletter - lots of activities for children, adults and families! Currently has a 50% match for all donations for operating expenses.

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

Inland Seas Education Center
Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a floating classroom where people of all ages can gain first-hand training and experience in the Great Lakes ecosystem.

International Wolf Center
Application Procedure: Application materials may be downloaded from our web site at You can also request application materials by writing Internships, International Wolf Center, 1396 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731-8129 or by calling (218) 365-4695, ext. 25.

Lake Superior Zoo
7210 Fremont St, Duluth, MN 55807

Laurentian Environmental Center

Long Lake Conservation Center

Minnesota Association for Environmental Education (MAEE)

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Minnesota Naturalist's Association

Minnesota Orienteering Club or 651-779-6143

Minnesota Science Teachers Association (MNSTA)
Stimulates, improves, and coordinates efforts of science teachers in the state of Minnesota.

Minnesota Sea Grant
Minnesota Sea Grant works with people and communities to identify needs, fund research, and translate results to help maintain and enhance the environment and economies along Lake Superior and Minnesota's inland waters.

Minnesota State Park Campsite/Lodging Reservations

Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-MN)

NextStep: Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network

Owls - Bill Lane's MN Owl Website

Save Lake Superior Association
P.O. Box 101
Two Harbors, MN 55616
Only $5.00 a year to be a member - hasn't increased in over 30 years! Newsletter.
Oldest environmental organization on Lake Superior.

SEEK – Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge
Minnesota's Interactive Directory of Environmental Education Resources. The SEEK directory is a clearinghouse for all types of environmental education resources including articles, lesson plans, events, performances and displays.

Sugarloaf Cove

Wildlife Science Center
The Wildlife Science Center is a nationally recognized education and research facility. It is an independent nonprofit organization that is currently located on the grounds of the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area in Forest Lake, MN, an expansive natural habitat just 40 minutes from downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul.

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center is an accredited residential environmental education school for persons of all ages located in Finland, MN. It offers immersion programs which involve direct observation and participation in outdoor experiences and focus on ecology and science, human culture and history, personal growth, group building and outdoor recreation.