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Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center (ELC)


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Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center is a non-profit environmental learning center on Grindstone Lake near Sandstone, MN. 

We offer a wide variety of environmental learning experiences for people of all ages, with programming in natural history and science, team-building, energy, adventure programming, and outdoor/environmental education. Osprey Wilds provides award-winning environmental education experiences for thousands of K-12 students from across the Midwest for residential and day-use experiences.

Osprey Wilds is also a retreat and conference center - the perfect venue for your group’s meeting, conference, retreat, reunion or getaway. Our beautiful lakeside property, convenient central location and year-round facilities are ideal for any size group. The quiet beauty of nature that surrounds us on our 780-acre sanctuary and range of offerings at Osprey Wilds makes us the ideal spot for gatherings, large or small. We have lodging, dining and meeting facilities for over 162 participants, centerwide WiFi, A/V capabilities and a range of program options to take your gathering to the next level. 

We also offers:

• Family and youth camps throughout the year 
• Community and adult programs throughout the year, including Dinners at the Lake and our Maple Syruping Day and Women's Wellness Weekends
• Roadscholar® programs (designed for people 55 and older) with on-site and off-site programs; our post-secondary programs
• College programs - we serve as a field campus for Hamline University and several community colleges in Minnesota

Osprey Wilds also is an authorizer of 34 Minnesota Charter Schools and 8,000 students. As an authorizer, we are able to work with the schools to provide the students with the best educational experience possible and deliver our mission on a more effective and progressive basis. We are the only authorizer in the country that requires environmental education to be part of every student's curriculum in our schools.
As a leader in renewable energy and conservation practices, Osprey Wilds has made it a top priority to ‘walk the walk’ in demonstrating environmental stewardship. We have implemented a wide variety of renewable energy sources and energy conservation measures to lower our environmental impact and serve as a demonstration and educational site for sustainable energy.

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