K12 Overnight Trips
ACNW is accredited by AdvancED (North Central Association – Commission and Accreditation on School Improvement) and offers year-round environmental education experiences to public, private and charter schools.
We specialize in 2–5 day residential experiences for K–12 students and our classes are facilitated by highly trained Audubon Center staff and graduate interns from throughout the U.S. and around the world. Our dormitories can accommodate over 160 people and our dining room seats up to 200.
Our convenient location, within 90 miles of the Twin Cities, Duluth, and St. Cloud and only five miles off of the interstate, allows schools from from all areas to easily experience a outdoor -immersion experience without spending extra time, energy or money.
Highlights of our overnight school visits:
- Informative, interactive, and FUN classes led by professional staff
- Many classes aligned with MN Academic Standards
- Full array of adventure programming, including canoeing, cross-country skiing, high and low ropes courses and a climbing wall
- Terrific, healthy meals with a focus on scratch cooking and local/seasonal foods
- Modern dorm facilities, with bathrooms in each room in the Crosby dorm
- Birds of prey and other non-releasable animals for viewing and programs
- Informal evening programs
ACNW has modern lodging capacity for 162 overnight guests. There are two lodging complexes on the Audubon Center campus, all are handicapped accessible. Buildings in both complexes overlook beautiful Grindstone Lake.
The Crosby Lodge, with 112 beds, is adjacent to Dining Hall/office building. Each room sleeps up to 8 people, featuring solid wood bunks and private bathroom facilities. Two rooms are wheelchair accessible. Crosby Lodge has coin-operated washing machine and dryer.
Our original complex, consisting of the historic Schwyzer Lodge and the Lowry Lodge (with the adjoining Bremer classroom), houses up to 50 people combined; they can be used for small groups or combined with Crosby Dormitory to accommodate larger groups. Both of these buildings are wheelchair accessible.
There are lounge areas in each of our lodging buildings that may be used for both instruction and relaxation. Adult supervision is required. Each building has a courtesy phone for security and outgoing calls.
Our 535-acre lakeside site includes a variety of wetlands, forests and prairies. With a focus on the outdoors as the primary classroom, students are outside for the majority of classes. In addition to the great outdoors, we feature a variety of indoor classrooms to enhance the outdoor learning experience, including:
- Traditional classrooms
- Crosby lounge
- Maple syruping shack
- Bird banding station
- Wetlands log cabin
- Replica cultural site
- Adventure ropes courses (high and low)
- Ground initiatives team-building course
- Indoor climbing wall
- Wildlife barn
K12 Overnight (residential) Visit Pricing – effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018