Dinner at the Lake
Saturday, February 25 – 6 pm
with Doug Jensen, Minnesota Sea Grant
How Can We Prevent Harmful Aquatic Invasive Species Spread?
Join us next Saturday evening for Dinner at the Lake featuring an informative and relevant presentation by Doug Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator with Minnesota Sea Grant. His talk about aquatic invasive species in both the Great Lakes and inland lakes will follow a wonderful dinner in our beautiful lakeside dining hall. Reservations are required. Adults: $35; Children ages 5-12 yrs: $17
Maple Syrup Day
Saturday, March 18 – 10 am-2 pm
Annual pancake brunch and maple syrup program
As winter gives way to spring, the sap starts flowing in the maple trees. That’s maple syrup time at the Audubon Center! Come join us for our annual Maple Syrup Day – a pancake brunch and hands-on maple syruping program.You will learn which trees in the woods are maple trees, and the history and process of making maple syrup. Then, help us will tap some maple trees, collect and haul sap, and observe the sap being processed in to liquid gold maple syrup.
Reservations are required. Cost for brunch and program is $15/adult, $10/child (5-12 years); if you just want to come for the programming, cost is $5/person. Group discount (12 or more people; $2 discount per person) is available, making this the perfect event for scouts, youth groups, etc.
Dinner at the Lake
Saturday, April 8 – 6 pm
with Amy Freeman, Wilderness Classroom
A Year in the Wilderness
After a wonderful dinner in our beautiful lakeside dining hall, Amy Freeman will share their 2015-2016 yearlong adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) with us. If you love the Boundary Waters or wild places in general, if you’re curious about the latest developments in the fight to protect the BWCAW watershed from copper mining, what the Freemans witnessed, how their relationship fared, lessons they learned, or practical tips for doing an expedition of your own, this presentation and short film are a must-see. Featuring Bent Paddle Beer. Reservations are required. Adults: $35; Children ages 5-12 yrs: $17
Women’s Wellness & Adventure Weekend
Spend this complete, holistic weekend with your friends or take the opportunity to get away by yourself, meet new people, and learn new skills. Choose from a variety of mind, body & spirit activities, enjoy a complimentary massage, schedule a private reading or healing touch session, or just relax and take in nature. Space is limited and this event fills – don’t delay. Early Bird discount ends April 3. All-inclusive and commuter rates are available.
Summer Camps … June-July
Rocks, Ropes & Rafts (entering Grades 6-8) – June 25-30, 2017:
Are you ready for a full week of adventure and adrenaline? Experience all the thrills of white water rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, biking, high ropes course, low ropes challenge course and more!
Outdoor Explorations (entering Grades 5-7) – July 9-14, 2017:
The perfect way to explore everything the outdoors has to offer! You’ll enjoy hiking, canoeing, climbing, swimming, archery, and more. It will be a week of new adventures and endless fun!
Ways of Wildlife (entering Grades 5-7) – July 30-August 4, 2017:
Spend the week learning about caring for captive animals and exploring the lives of animals in the wild. You will have the chance to get up close and personal with the animals at the Audubon Center as well as take a number of wildlife-focused field trips. In addition to our time with animals we’ll also traverse the high ropes course and have time to cool off in Grindstone Lake.
Partial need-based scholarships are available. Sign up with a buddy or two and enjoy our “Bring a Friend” camp discount. Early Bird summer camp discount ends April 1.
May 7-13 or May 14-20
(Road Scholar #22824RJ)
Spring in Minnesota’s Mississippi River Valley spells a time of dramatic changes. Flocks of warblers serenade from the treetops as they migrate north. Blooming wildflowers brighten the riverbanks with vibrant yellows and reds. And while waterfowl take to the river, bald eagles soar majestically overhead. Explore a portion of the upper Mississippi River and discover gorgeous city and state parks and fascinating National Parks and Wildlife Refuges. Learn about the habitats of the Upper Mississippi River with seasoned naturalists as you explore the best of the Mississippi in spring.
June 11-16 or September 3-8
(Road Scholar #5745RJ)
Experience life in the magnificent North Woods as we examine seasonal bird populations; the region’s top predator, the gray wolf; and trace human stories and experiences from the Ojibwe Indians, through the French-Canadian Voyageurs and big-pine Lumberjacks. The June session focuses on migrating songbirds, loons, eagles and ospreys; the September session includes a visit to Duluth’s famous Hawk Ridge – one of the premier migratory raptor locations.
June 18-25 – Lake Superior’s Upper Peninsula
July 23-29 – Lake Superior’s North Shore
September 24-October 1 – Lake Superior’s South Shore
(Road Scholar #21937RJ)
Learn from Kate Crowley and Mike Link, formerly of ACNW and two of the most knowledgeable local experts on Lake Superior, authors of 25 books, accomplished educators, and senior instructors on their 5 year anniversary walk around the lake. Encounter beach flats, dunes, forests, islands, mountains, parks, wilderness areas and more along either the Minnesota shoreline on the dates that explore Lake Superior’s northern shores or the Wisconsin and Michigan shorelines on the dates that explore Lake Superior’s southern shores.Meet and talk with local residents in small towns and communities along the way.
(Road Scholar #21938RJ)
Sigurd Olson (1899-1982) and Ernest Oberholtzer (1884-1977) were two of America’s most influential conservationists, beloved nature writers and North Country icons. Join renowned author, musician and wilderness guide Douglas Wood as we examine their legacies, as well as Minnesota’s boundary waters. Discover the beauty of Minnesota’s North Shore, Burntside Lake, Voyageurs National Park and visit the International Wolf Center and North American Bear Center. As you paddle and hike, learn about the region’s geology, forests, plants and animals, and round out learning experiences with readings from Wood’s and Olson’s books.