Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

Lanesboro • SE MN

  • Youth Field Trips & Camps
  • Schools & Education Programs
  • Adult Retreats & Conferences
Founded in 1978, Eagle Bluff is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As a year-round environmental learning center, we provide accredited education programs & outdoor adventures to over 16,000 children, adults, and families each year.

We are located in rural southeastern Minnesota, just a few miles from the small historic town of Lanesboro in Fillmore County. Our campus is a two hour drive from the Twin Cities, 45 minutes from Rochester, 45 minutes from Winona, and one hour from La Crosse, WI.

For the students, adults and families that visit Eagle Bluff, their experiences are more than just another school field trip or walk through the woods. By participating in direct observation, interaction, engagement and exploration of the environment, students and visitors connect with nature on another level, cultivating a relationship with and deeper understanding of the natural world.

Through hands-on learning in nature, we aim for people to leave Eagle Bluff with experiences that stick with them and inspire them to become lifelong stewards of the environment by:
· 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

Our core programming consists of:

· Nature Preschool: Nature-based kindergarten readiness program which uses environmental education to support the development of the whole child.
Outdoor School: 3- to 5-day overnight trips for K-12 students (including teachers & chaperones) facilitated through their school
· Summer & Family Camps: Week-long adventures for families and kids grades 3-12 where campers gain new skills, build their self-confidence, and foster their · relationship with the natural world
· Adult Education: Various adult learning, environmental education and continuing ed. opportunities for adult learners, college students, educators and other professionals in the environmental fields
· Environmental Education Fellowship: Year-long graduate program where participants facilitate experiences for students while developing teaching and public relations skills as an outdoor educator

Additionally, our Wildlife staff is dedicated to the care, training and educational programming of Eagle Bluff’s wild animal ambassadors (five birds of prey, one skunk, six snakes, a turtle, and other reptiles and amphibians). Our wild animals are a core part of our educational programming and can even be brought to you through our public outreach programming to teach outside groups about wildlife conservation.

Furthermore, we offer a variety of ways for other groups to experience Eagle Bluff and our beautiful campus through seasonal events, custom retreats, conference and meeting hosting, team building adventures, and other custom outdoor experiences.

Contact Information

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

28907 Goodview Drive
Lanesboro, MN 55949

Contact: Joe Goetzke
groups@eaglebluffmn.org

Phone: 507-467-2437