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Audubon Center of the North Woods
Sandstone, Minnesota

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54165 Audubon Dr
Sandstone, Minnesota 55072

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CAMPER AGES: 9-14 years

TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: The Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) offers a variety of youth camps – something for everyone! Our camps have a focus on wildlife, nature, challenge and outdoor skills. Experience the great outdoors and make memories that last a lifetime!

All of our camps are overnight, residential camps with indoor lodging. ACNW provides great accommodations, wonderful scratch-based meal service, and a top-notch staff and activities to provide the best outdoor camp experience around.

Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Team Sports, Science, Academics, Adventure, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Rock Climbing, High Ropes, Zipline, Canoeing, Whitewater Rafting, Archery, Wildlife, Animal Care, Animal Tracking, Swimming, Hiking, Fishing, Outdoor Survival Skills, Zoology, Ecology, Etc.

TOP MINNESOTA FAMILY CAMP: Audubon Center of the North Woods is a Top Family Summer Camp located in Sandstone Minnesota offering many fun and enriching Family and other camp programs.

CAMP LOCATION: Centrally located about 90 miles north of the Twin Cities, on the east side of Grindstone Lake near Sandstone, MN. Please visit our website for location, driving directions, photos and more.

CAMP FACILITIES: For our onsite camps, we have 3 lodging buildings, including our modern Crosby Lodge with 14 dorm-style rooms with private bathrooms, our Lowry Lodge with 5 dorm-style rooms with shared bathrooms, lounge and woodstove; and our historic Schwyzer Lodge, complete with living room, fireplace and kitchen. Lodging is based on type of camp and numbers of attendees. Room assignments are gender-based.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: The Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 residential environmental learning center. We are a proud leader in environmental education and renewable energy and are committed to providing lifelong learning experiences to people of all ages. ACNW has been providing environmental and outdoor education programs since 1971. We ‘walk the walk’ in demonstrating environmental stewardship and have implemented a wide variety of renewable energy sources and energy conservation measures. Our focus is on developing an understanding, ethics and responsibility regarding the environment and the role of humans through formal and informal experiences that link nature and humans.

We believe that a healthy environment starts with and is perpetuated by a personal connection to it, and ACNW is and has been committed to that goal for over 40 years. We offer a great variety of environmental learning experiences for people of all ages, with programming in natural history and science, team-building, adventure programming, wildlife, energy, outdoor skills and human history.

Our highly trained staff are all certified in CPR and Advanced First Aid - some are certified as Wilderness First Responders.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Partial need-based scholarships are available for all our youth camps. Visit our summer camp page to download a scholarship request form.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): Winter Family Weekend - every President's Day Weekend:

Wonder, adventure and discovery for all at our winter family camp!

Embrace winter over the long President’s Day Weekend. Treat your family to 3 nights/4 days of discovery, learning and fun. This exciting, all-inclusive 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 you can enjoy 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
and much, much more!

Why not spend some quality time with your family in the north woods this winter, making memories that last a lifetime!

Your accommodations will include a private room for each family and you'll find your lodging is perfect for a weekend of adventure, relaxation and retreat. Each spacious room in either Crosby or Lowry Lodge has bunk style beds and sleep up to 6 or 8 people. Our meals have a reputation of their own and have become known as the best in the area. Delicious, healthy, wholesome meals, each carefully prepared with creativity and taste, are served in our large dining room with beautiful stone fireplace and wonderful views of the woods and lake.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: We offer a great variety of year-round environmental, outdoor and challenge learning experiences for people of all ages, with programming in natural history and science, team-building, adventure/challenge, and outdoor/ environmental education. Our specialty is multi-day (overnight) K12 field trips.

Whether a day program, multi-day immersion visit, weekend retreat, or college course, ACNW provides the best environmental, team-building, challenge and outdoor skills educational programs for youth, college students, adults, and families. Our high quality programs, along with our optimal location, make us not only the best choice for educational reasons, but for lower travel time and cost as well… something we all can appreciate!

Come enjoy the learning adventures the North Woods has to offer!

Learn more about all of our summer camps, including dates and cost, on our camp page at Our Camp Website Link:

2019 YOUTH CAMPS (early bird discount ends 3/1/19)...

Outdoor Explorers - June 23-28, 2019; entering grades 5-7 ($468 early bird; $520 after March 1)

Wild About Animals - July 7-12, 2019; entering grades 4-6 ($495 early bird; $550 after March 1)

Rocks, Ropes & Rafts - July 21-26, 2019; entering grades 6-8 ($580 early bird; $645 after March 1)

Need-based scholarships are available!

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