Audubon Center of the North Woods

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Audubon Center of the North Woods

54165 Audubon Dr
Sandstone, MN 55072

(320) 245-2648 (Phone)

(888) 404-7743 (Toll Free)

(320) 245-5272 (Fax)

Region: Northeast

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

    Holiday Dinner at the Lake

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

    In celebration of the end of the year, we hold a fantastic dinner banquet in our beautiful lakeside dining room, followed by an interesting nature-focused keynote speaker.

    Please join us to celebrate the year’s end at this special Dinner at the Lake

    After a wonderful dinner in our beautiful lakeside dining hall, enjoy an interesting presentation by keynote speaker Jeff Forester, author of Forest for the Trees: How Humans Shaped the North Woods. He gives us a better appreciation for the past, present, and future of America’s forests. Jeff will describe how humans have occupied and managed the northern borderlands of Minnesota, from tribal burning to pioneer and industrial logging to evolving conceptions of wilderness and restoration forestry. In addition, he will share other forest stories including the unique Menominee Tribal Enterprises, the Fire Marshal in Jackson County Colorado who saved Denver by doing a prescribed burn a few years before their big fire some in 2002, and how much of the best work is being done locally.


    New Year’s Eve menu

    Appetizers: Sausage Ranch Wonton Stars, Vegetable Crowned Cream Cheese Crackers
    Wine, champagne, and sparkling juice or cider
    Deluxe House Salad with assorted dressings
    Farro Salad
    Assorted breads with herbed butters
    Hand Carved Prime Rib with Merlot Sauce
    Wild Mushroom Chicken Marsala
    Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
    Baked Potato Bar
    Maple Medallion Carrots
    Assorted Cheese Cake Cups

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

    Adults: $35
    Children ages 5-12 yrs: $17

  2. Women’s Adventure Spree – Experience the Superior Hiking Trail

    Women’s Adventure Spree – Experience the Superior Hiking Trail

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

    During this lodge-based women's adventure, experience
    one of the country’s most scenic trails!

    Join us as we trek one of the top ten hiking trails in the U.S. – the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT). The trail skirts Lake Superior while running along Minnesota’s beautiful North Shore. This scenic wonder crosses through multiple state parks and offers stunning vistas, waterfalls, clear streams and rich forests, all the while being within view of the world’s greatest lake. Fall brings out the best in the SHT—low humidity, few bugs, intense colors, and migratory hawks and eagles.

    This week will be an active exploration of many gorgeous and challenging stretches of the trail. Expect rugged hiking (about 4-6 miles per day) rewarded with great views and a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Each day will end with the cozy comforts of a lodge for conversation and libations.

    As a women's-only program, this offers great scenery, accommodations and camaraderie. Lodging is based on double-occupancy (2 nights at Cascade Lodge and 2 nights at Cove Point). Lodging, meals, transportation from ACNW, and guides are included.

    Registration is open to adult women only (21 yrs or older). This trip is limited to 16 participants, so register early.

    Participants will meet at the Audubon Center of the North Woods by 9:00 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, September 29 and we will load up the vans and head out. Vans will return to the Center by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3.

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