Residential Environmental Learning Center and Green Retreat & Conference Facility in east-central Minnesota
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 retreat & conference center on Grindstone Lake near Sandstone, MN – 90 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul. We offer a great variety of outdoor and environmental education experiences for people of all ages – youth, families and adults – and are an ideal K12 school field trip and student travel destination. In addition to our on-site programs and camps, ACNW provides outreach programs throughout the region. All of our facilities are also available for rental – perfect for hosting your own retreat or conference at our beautiful 535-acre lakeside location.
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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