Minnesota Master Naturalist - Big Woods, Big Rivers, Long Lake Conservation Center

Monday, September 9, 2019

Long Lake Conservation Center in Aitkin County, invites ADULTS to summer camp! This learning experience is a Minnesota Master Naturalist Certification course and an opportunity for kids at heart to experience the joys, memories, and thrills of summer camp. Campers explore Big Woods, Big River Biome in Aitkin County (the county with most of the Mississippi River). We discover the natural history of this biome by going on geology treks, observing wildlife, and learning about the rich cultural history. We connect to this place, the woods, and the mighty Mississippi. In conjunction with our Master Naturalist trainings, we investigate in hands on learning, like summer campers, we do archery, crafts, have campfires, make friends, and create memories. 

Camp BWBR happens at Long Lake Conservation Center, a Residential Environmental Learning Center in Palisade, MN. Only 2.5 hours away from the metro, less than 2 hours away from St. Cloud, and 1 hour away from Duluth; Long Lake is an easy trip to the Northwoods.The camp/course will begin on Monday and is followed by a 40 hour week of learning and exploration. The 40 hours includes multiple field trips, guest speakers, and class in Long Lake’s modern facilities or out on 760 beautiful acres. 

Local residents will be able to attend daily from 8am-about 5:30pm every day of the week. Additionally, those who travel to the Northwoods for a week long getaway will be able to stay at Long Lake in modern lodges. Cost does vary depending on what the participant prefers. Contact Long Lake and ask about Facility Rental 218-768-4653 Basic 40 hour course (no lodging or meals): $295 

40 hours course with homemade, hot lunches only. Monday-Friday: $335 

Week long getaway! 40 hours course with lodging and breakfast, lunch, and dinner: $530 

All course costs include manuals and supplies. Participants should prepare for a week on MN weather in September, could be 90 degrees and humid or 60 degrees and raining. Also, prepare for in the woods exploration, think pest prevention! 

See you at Camp!

The course cost is $295 and includes course manuals and supplies.

If the course cost is a hardship, please fill out the scholarship application and send it to us.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 8:00 A.M. to 5:30 A.M. on:

  • Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Friday, September 13, 2019

Instructor Information

Courtney Dowell, courtney@longlakecc.org