Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center54165 Audubon Drive
Sandstone, MN 55072
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.Get Directions
A non-profit residential environmental learning and 'green' conference & retreat center on Grindstone Lake near Sandstone, MN. On a diverse 780-acre sanctuary, our unique center features geothermal, solar and wind power systems. We can provide lodging and meals for 162 visitors and offer a wide variety of program options ranging from challenge such as high ropes course to team-building to wildlife and outdoor skills to environmental. The Center has range of dispersed learning environments including barn, yurt, log cabin, formal classrooms, lounges, and of course, the great outdoors!
Situated on over 535 serene acres on the shores of Grindstone Lake near Sandstone, we have over 7 miles of trails through a variety of habitat, including old growth forest, managed forest, wetlands, and restored prairie. Our unique site provides a wonderful setting for your meeting or gathering; quiet and secluded, surrounded only by the soothing sounds and sights of the Minnesota outdoors.
We do not allow ATV’s or other motorized recreational vehicles on our property, so you can be assured of a quiet site, where the only sounds you will hear are the lapping of waves on the rocks, wind blowing through the old white pines, or songbirds singing in the treetops.
Whether you are looking for a location for a short field trip or day-long meeting, have a weekend retreat needing meals and lodging, want to schedule a company party or banquet, or need to rent the entire center for a larger group, the Audubon Center of the North Woods provides a conveniently located, affordable and natural setting for your group or event.
Hours & Dates
- Monday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
- Tuesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
- Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
- Thursday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
- Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Check our website for info on programs and center rental for conferences and retreats. Or call us with specific questions.
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.
- Eco-friendly landscape/facility design
- Eco-friendly purchasing practices
- Energy efficiency/conservation
- Organic or local food & beverage choices
- Transportation-related policies or programs
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Water conservation/wastewater management plan
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Meetings & Conferences
- Banquet facilities maximum capacity: 205
- Catering available
- Exhibit space (sq ft): 7500
- Largest meeting room (sq ft): 3000
- Meeting/convention facilities maximum capacity: 205
- Number of meeting rooms: 10
- On-site catering required