Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

Connecting people to nature and each other for over 40 years

Founded in 1978, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center is an environmental learning center providing accredited education programs & outdoor adventures year-round in the scenic bluff country near Lanesboro, Minnesota.

Through a variety of programs for children and adults, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center provides transformative experiences which empower people to care for the earth and each other.

  • Fostering a sense of respect, stewardship and community
  • Imparting life skills such as teamwork and problem-solving
  • Increasing environmental awareness & academic literacy
  • Promoting positive outdoor experiences, and
  • Sparking curiosity and appreciation for the natural world

A Remedy for “Nature-Deficit Disorder”

Due to many factors, today’s children and families often have far less opportunities to connect with the natural environment than previous generations.

In his seminal book, The Last Child in the Woods, author Richard Louv dubbed this phenomenon, ‘nature-deficit disorder’.  In the last 20-plus years, numerous studies have documented the positive effects being in nature has on children – effects that can last a lifetime. As Louv illustrates, a relationship with nature provides us all with a sense of wonder and curiosity, as well as a deeper understanding of our responsibility to respect and take care of the earth and its inhabitants.

At Eagle Bluff it’s okay to get dirty, muddy, and wet; where kids can canoe for the first time, experience the challenge and thrill of the high ropes course, and discover that the night sky is an experience in wonderment.

More than 16,000 children, families and adults visit Eagle Bluff every year to hike, paddle, camp, swim, shoot, ski, climb, jump, swing, laugh, play, build, explore, learn, observe, dream, discover, connect, and grow. Whether it’s your first trip or your 20th, you’ll learn new things, make new friends, explore new places, and challenge yourself in new ways! https://www.eagle-bluff.org/about/