Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement
It’s like getting out of town without actually leaving. Just 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis is the Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement–Twin Cities Environmental Learning Center. This rustic learning center is situated within beautiful Baker Park Reserve. Here, guests can reconnect with nature and explore the outdoors.
Baker PDF Maps
Find a printable map of the Near-Wilderness Settlement and other areas of Baker on the Baker Park Reserve page.
All programs and events
View upcoming programs and events at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement!
Take a Virtual Tour of the Settlement
Take a walk through the Settlement to experience its amenities inside and out and learn how it fosters joy in outdoors through hands-on educational experiences.
Watch a video about BNWS
Due to the nature of the programming at the Settlement, dogs are not allowed.
Reservations for the Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement can be made up to one year in advance. Returning groups have up to one week after their visit to confirm the same dates for the following year. A deposit is required at the time of a reservation.
Cabins and Lodge
The Settlement features eight cabins, an expansive lodge, miles of trails, many natural habitats, a rock climbing wall, nature and outdoor recreation classes, and hands-on activities for all ages. Each cabin has eight bunk beds, a wood stove and a nearby cooking pad with a grill and seating area. The cabins do not have lights or restrooms, but there are composting latrines nearby.
The log lodge features a meeting and activity room that seats up to 120 people lecture-style and up to 80 for meals, a large stone fireplace, wrap-around porch, modern restrooms, and an institutional kitchen.
These facilities are available to rent.
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