Minnesota Master Naturalist

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BWBR - Camp Big Woods, Big Rivers-Long Lake Conservation Camp

Long Lake Conservation Center website

28952 438th Lane
Palisade, MN 56469

Long Lake Conservation Center invites adult learners 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. Learning at Long Lake is hands-on, inquiry based, and driven by discovery. On our explorations, we are mostly outdoors in Long Lake's 760 acre classroom. Each day of camp has a theme, outdoor exploration, skills based activity (like canoeing or orienteering), hands on creation (like crafts or monarch husbandry), and reflection at the lake.

We connect to this place, the woods, and the mighty Mississippi on a day long paddle down the great river. In conjunction with our Master Naturalist trainings, like summer campers, we sit around the campfire, do sing alongs, go night treks, stargaze, play games, make friends, and create life-long memories!

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.

$275: Basic 40 hour course, 8am-5pm daily (no lodging or meals) $315 40 hours course with homemade, hot lunch Monday-Friday $510: Week long getaway! 40 hours course with lodging and breakfast, lunch, and dinner

The course cost is $275 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 5:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Courtney Dowell

Sponsor Information

Long Lake Conservation Center


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