Audubon Center of the North Woods

Contact Information


  • Check our website for info on programs and center rental for conferences and retreats. Or call us with specific questions.


More Information


  • About 90 miles north of Twin Cities, 60 miles south of Duluth via I-35. At Sandstone exit #191, take Hwy 61 west about 2 mi; turn right on Cty 27 then left at 'T' (still 27). Go 3 mi, turn right on Fox Rd (Cty 17), then immediate left into Audubon Dr.

Other Date Information

  • Office & trails are open Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm. Trails also accessible on some Saturdays, but please call first. Adult and youth programs throughout the year - check our website.

Green Practices

  • Desc of Green Practices in Place: Conservation is our top priority and we have installed renewable energy systems including geothermal heating/cooling, solar arrays and wind generator. These have drastically reduced our dependence of fossil fuels and sets an example of what can be done.
  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
  • Water Conservation/Wastewater Mgmt Plan
  • Energy Efficiency/Conservation
  • Eco-Friendly Landscape/Facility Design
  • Transportation-Related Policies or Programs
  • Eco-Friendly Purchasing Practices
  • Organic or Local Food & Beverage Choices

Attraction Attributes

  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Autumn at the Audubon

    54165 Audubon Drive
    Sandstone, MN 55072
    Call: 320-245-2648
    Toll Free: 888-404-7743

    Free, fun day filled with activities and programs for all ages!

    Tour our grounds/facilities, find out about our renewable energy systems, learn how our center began, visit our birds of prey, and more. Enjoy a variety of exhibits and demos. For the young and young at heart, take part in adventures like our climbing wall and zip line, as well as kids activities,face painting and other fun learning activities. Lunch will be available for purchase.

  2. Birding Bonanza Weekend

    54165 Audubon Drive
    Sandstone, MN 55072
    Call: 320-245-2648
    Toll Free: 888-404-7743

    The rich biological diversity of Pine County and the surrounding area provide a bonanza of birding opportunities for experienced birders and those just getting started. The Audubon Center of the North Woods is located in a unique transition zone where the eastern deciduous forest meets the northern conifer forest, and where pockets of the western prairie can be found. The terrestrial diversity is matched by the aquatic plethora of rivers, lakes, bogs and marshes. This first-class weekend all-inclusive birding festival gives participants a chance to visit a wide variety of habitats that support myriad bird species.

    With field trips led by seasoned guides, engaging on-site workshops, bird banding sessions, a live raptor presentation, renowned keynote speakers, delicious homemade meals and comfortable accommodations, this all-inclusive festival is birding at its best. We invite you to join us for a fun and memorable weekend. All-inclusive weekend package rates and commuter rates are available.

    EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - register and pay in full by May 6, 2014 and take 10% off the above rates

    Reserve by May 6 to get the Early Bird discount!

    Over 225 bird species have been spotted at the Audubon Center property alone and during this weekend, participants have the possibility to identify many of Minnesota’s Stewardship Birds, as recently identified by Audubon Minnesota. Stewardship birds are defined as bird species where Minnesota contains 5% or more of the bird’s global breeding population.

    11 of the 12 MN Stewardship Bird species are regulars to the area:

    American Woodcock
    Baltimore Oriole
    Black-billed Cuckoo
    Chestnut-Sided Warbler
    Golden-Winged Warbler
    Nashville Warbler
    Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
    Sedge Wren
    Trumpeter Swan

  3. Food & Farms Weekend

    54165 Audubon Drive
    Sandstone, MN 55072
    Call: 320-245-2648
    Toll Free: 888-404-7743

    Grow it, Raise it, Preserve it, Prepare it

    Get back to the basics and learn new skills with this all-
    inclusive weekend focused on the most elemental of our needs and pleasures: Food.

    Over the weekend, choose from a variety of expert led on-site workshops on gardening, cooking and food preservation, off-site field trips to local farms and meet farmers who are growing produce and raising animals naturally and organically, and enjoy engaging evening presenters.

    On-site accommodations include comfortable lodging, delicious scratch-made meals and access to the Audubon Center's 535 acres and 7+ miles of trails.

    All-inclusive Lodging Package Rates start at $245; commuter rates also available. Early Sprout Discount - save 10% if registered by 3/4/14

  4. Maple Syrup Day

    54165 Audubon Drive
    Sandstone, MN 55072
    Call: 320-245-2648
    Toll Free: 888-404-7743

    Winter will give way to spring before we know it and then the sap will be flowing in the maple trees. That's maple syrup time at the Audubon Center of the North Woods!

    Come join us for a pancake brunch and hands-on maple syrup 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.

  5. New Year's Eve at the Lake

    54165 Audubon Drive
    Sandstone, MN 55072
    Call: 320-245-2648
    Toll Free: 888-404-7743

    Enjoy a wonderful buffet dinner with champagne in our beautiful lakeside dining hall, with massive stone fireplace - followed by an interesting and informative program (program tbd).

    Appetizers at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., program follows dinner

    Adults: $25 Early Bird reservations/$30 for reservations
    made the week of the event;
    Children ages 5-12 yrs: $13 Early Bird reservations/$18 for reservations made the week of the event

  6. Renewable Trail Run/Walk

    54165 Audubon Dr
    Sandstone, MN 55072
    Call: 320-245-2648
    Toll Free: 888-404-7743

    Part of our annual "Autumn at the Audubon" open house at the Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN

    Race starts at 9 a.m., awards ceremony is at 10:30 a.m.
    Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage in a gorgeous lakeside refuge. 5K run is over trails on the 535-acre Audubon Center property - 10 K run is part trail and part around Grindstone Lake.

    All proceeds go towards the development and improvement of energy education curriculum at the Audubon Center of the North Woods.

    Registered runners/walkers receive t-shirt (1st 100 registered participants), post-race refreshments. Free camping is available the night before and day of the race – inside lodging is also available; reservations required.

  7. Winter Family Escape

    54165 Audubon Drive
    Sandstone, MN 55072
    Call: 320-245-2648
    Toll Free: 888-404-7743

    Make memories that last a lifetime and celebrate the holiday break with your family in the north woods at this 3-night / 4-day all-inclusive retreat! The activities that your family can participate in during your stay at the Audubon Center will range from active programs such as climbing wall and high ropes to educational programs such as raptors and winter survival to winter sports such as snowshoeing and kicksledding to quiet activities such as crafts and sleigh rides.

    All-inclusive! Snow and no-snow itineraries.
    Enjoy activities such as (examples only - actual schedule is determined approx. 2 months in advance):

    • Sleigh Rides
    • Winter Survival
    • Owl program
    • Climbing Wall
    • Candlelit ski/snowshoe
    • Kicksledding
    • High Ropes
    • Astronomy at the Yurt
    • Animal Signs
    • Art activities
    • Snow Sculpture
    • …and much more

  8. Women's Wellness & Adventure Weekend

    54165 Audubon Dr
    Sandstone, MN 55072
    Call: 320-245-2648
    Toll Free: 888-404-7743

    Located on the shores of Grindstone Lake, the Audubon Center’s 535 acres of beautifully varied landscapes provide the perfect setting for this complete holistic adventure. Spend this 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 physical, mental, spiritual, challenge and creative activities. Exciting keynote speakers and fun evenings too!

    Lodging, meals, all programming and 10 minutes of massage, reiki or facial massage are included in the weekend fee (additional minutes are available for an additional fee). All-inclusive weekend package rates $265-305.

  9. Woods, Water & Wisdom: Family Nature Adventure

    54165 Audubon Dr
    Sandstone, MN 55072
    Call: 320-245-2648
    Toll Free: 888-404-7743

    Woods, Water and Wisdom: Family Nature Adventure at the Lake. Road Scholar® Program 4966

    The forests, fields, ponds and lakes of MN’s North Woods hold exciting environmental lessons for you and your grandchild. Search for reptiles and amphibians, meet impressive birds of prey, discover the hidden life of beavers and learn about the natural behavior of wolves. Feel the rush of adventure on our rock climbing wall and high ropes course, canoe on beautiful Grindstone Lake, learn outdoor survival skills and enjoy making traditional Ojibwe crafts. Take field trips to the North West Fur Post and the Hinckley Fire Museum. All-inclusive rates (includes 5 nights lodging, 15 meals and all programming):
    $515 adults, $415 children. Register for this wonderful program at

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