Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

formerly Audubon Center of the North Woods

Sandstone • NE MN

K-12
• Day programs
• Multi-day and overnight stay programs
• Homeschool programs
• Wide range of classes and programs

All classes are aligned with MN Academic Standards

Colleges
• Weekend classes
• Multi-week immersion classes
• January Interim classes
• May Term classes
• Customized learning experiences

Undergraduate, graduate & teacher training opportunities

A proud leader in environmental education & renewable energy and the BEST in environmental, wildlife and outdoor skills education! Scholarships available.

Conveniently located about 90 miles north of the Twin Cities, the Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center is a unique, accredited environmental learning center situated on a beautiful 535-acre lakeside nature sanctuary. The Center features lodging and meal service for 162+, and provides a wide variety of environmental and outdoor learning experiences for people of all ages with programming in natural history and science, team-building, adventure courses, and outdoor/environmental education.

Our educational ambassador animals can be a fantastic tool to teach students about wildlife and nature. We are now offering virtual, interactive lessons as well as in-person visits.
You can choose from a variety of wildlife programs with our Animal Ambassadors. Our programs cover a range of topics and we present to audiences of all ages.

Variety of education animals including salamander, frogs, toad, turtles, snakes, a rabbit, and raptors.
Within 90 miles of Duluth, St. Cloud, Twin Cities
Abundant props and audience participation add to the fun of learning
Presented by our skilled wildlife education staff
Competitively priced, no weekend surcharges.

WILDLIFE OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Raptors Through Stories
Suggested for all ages; 45-60 Minute program. Students will get their first experience with birds of prey by reading children’s books about birds of prey, then meeting 2-3 live raptors. Students will have the opportunity to touch and feel wings and feet from real birds of prey.

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Raptors By Family
Suggested for 3rd Grade-Adult; 1 hour program. All birds of prey have certain characteristics in common, but each group (falcons, owls, hawks and eagles) have adaptations that make them unique. Students will explore these unique adaptations through games and by meeting 3 live raptors.

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Silent Hunters
Suggested ages 3rd Grade-Adult; 1 hour program. Owls that spend the winter in Minnesota face a unique set of challenges. Meet 1-2 live owls as we explore what challenges owls face and what adaptations they have to overcome to be successful hunters year round in Minnesota.

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Falconry
Suggested for 3rd Grade-Adult; 1 hour program. Humans have been living with and hunting with birds of prey for 4000 years. Explore how this relationship has changed and stayed the same with lots of student interaction and meeting two live raptors.

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Northwoods Niche
Suggested ages 4th Grade-Adult; 1 hour program. Every animal has a role to fill in the environment. Meet 4 live animals as we travel through the different levels of the deciduous forest and find out who lives here and what tools they have to do their job.

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Wolves of the North Woods
Suggested ages 4th Grade-Adult; 1 hour program. Wolves live a fine line between life and death; their survival is determined by their abilities and behaviors. Step into a wolf biologist’s role to learn more about wolf pack structure, behavior and adaptations using scientific tools and methods, such as radio telemetry.

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Leap, Creep and Slither
Suggested ages 2nd-6th Grade; 1 hour program. From water, to land, to trees, reptiles and amphibians have special abilities that help them survive. Meet live reptiles and amphibians that live in Minnesota as they teach us how they survive.

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Fill the Bill
Suggested ages 4th Grade-Adult; 1 hour ‘add-on’ program. Use different tools to feed on various food sources. Compare tools to different beak shapes and how different bird species become specialists in a particular type of food. Informal program, come and go program for participants. Must be booked in addition to a full price wildlife program, can be added to a booth event as well. $75/hr or $125/with a booth event.

To book one of our outreach programs for your group or organization:

Call or email our Wildlife Coordinator
[email protected]
Fill out and submit our Wildlife Program Request form

Contact Information

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

54165 Audubon Drive
Sandstone, MN 55072

Contact: Carly Gelderman

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 320-245-2648
800-404-7743