Open year-round and located on 740 lakeside acres surrounded by the beauty of nature, the Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW)'s range of facilities and program options makes them one of the most memorable meeting venues around! Conveniently and centrally located within 1-1.5 hours from the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Duluth, and Brainerd, the Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) is the perfect distance from anywhere to "get away from it all" for one day or several. They have a variety of lodging choices and meeting spaces (large and small); free center-wide WiFi; and provide delicious, from-scratch meal service in their beautiful lakeside dining hall.
Their picturesque site provides the ideal setting for a pleasurable escape—away from the distractions of the office and city confines. They do not allow ATV’s or other motorized recreational vehicles on the 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. They have over 7 miles of trails through a variety of habitat, including old growth forest, managed woodlands, wetlands, and restored prairie. Their unique site provides a wonderful backdrop for your meeting or event, quiet and secluded surrounded by the great outdoors.
ACNW has made it a top priority to "walk the walk" in demonstrating environmental stewardship and they have implemented a wide variety of renewable energy sources and energy conservation measures. Through grants, creative thinking, generous help, and teamwork, they have reduced their carbon footprint with extensive energy conservation improvements and a variety of green energy sources including a geoexchange heat pump system, solar PV arrays, solar hot water heating, solar air heat, and a wind generator.
Should you want to take your meeting or event to the next level by adding program options, they offer a wide variety of choices ranging from guided hikes to team-building challenges to wildlife presentations. Their professional, engaging instructors will work with your group to create a truly exceptional and lasting experience. Their team-building programs foster the skills that will strengthen your team as a whole. These team-focused adventure activities are designed to challenge participants at individual and group levels. Working in small groups, you’ll leave feeling energized, optimistic, and eager to move forward together.
Whether you are looking for a location for a short field trip or day-long meeting; having a weekend retreat needing meals and lodging; wanting to schedule a company party or banquet; or needing to rent the entire center for a larger group; ACNW provides a conveniently located, affordable, and natural setting for your group or event.