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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.

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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

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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.”
“The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Everything is very organized and runs very smoothly. I was very impressed with everything.”

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