Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW)

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Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW)

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 for this year-end celebration! A wonderful banquet dinner followed by a beautiful presentation by award-winning nature photographer Craig Blacklock on a photography tour of the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers.

    Craig will show segments of the video that accompanies his new book, ST. CROIX & NAMEKAGON RIVERS — The Enduring Gift, and talk about the creation of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway 50 years ago. He will have copies of his books for sale, and will be happy to personalize them. To learn more about the book and this extensive photography and publishing project, go to

    Appetizers start at 6:00 p.m.; presentation following dinner

    Dinner at the Lake meal and presentation:
    Adults: $35; Children ages 5-12 yrs: $17


  2. Maple Syrup Day - brunch and program

    Maple Syrup Day - brunch and program

    54165 Audubon Dr
    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.

    Cost for brunch and program is $15/adult, $10/child (5-12 years); if you just want to come for the programming, cost is $5/person

    Group discount (12 or more people; $2 discount per person) is available, making this the perfect event for scouts, youth groups, etc.

  3. Winter Family Weekend

    Winter Family Weekend

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

    Embrace winter over the long President’s Day Weekend. Treat your family to 3 nights/4 days of discovery, learning and fun. This exciting family program offers age-specific and all-family program options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for snow activities, skiing/snowshoeing, nature learning or quality family time, we have something for the whole family.

    Activities that your family can participate in during your stay at the Center include:

    Indoor climbing wall
    High ropes course
    Ice climbing
    Sleigh rides
    Cross-country skiing
    Wildlife programs
    Cultural activities
    Arts & crafts
    Snow Ball & Talent Show
    and much, much more!


  4. 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.

Meetings & Conferences

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  • Meeting/Convention Facilities (maximum capacity): 205
  • Banquet Facilities (maximum capacity): 205
  • Number of Meeting Rooms: 10
  • Largest Meeting Room (sq ft): 3000
  • Exhibit Space (sq ft): 7500
  • Catering Available
  • On-site Catering Required

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