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.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 21 | Crow-Hassan
Celebrate the oldest and largest restored prairie in the Twin Cities! Learn about prairie plants and insects, enjoy a wagon ride, and take a tour of the prairie with the hosts of The Wandering Naturalist podcast.

Sept. 29 | Near-Wilderness Settlement
Bring your friends and family to cook and eat your way from one campfire ring to the next during this wilderness feast. 

Oct. 12 | Elm Creek
From hard-core distance runners to casual walkers, this annual event offers a 10K, 5K & 1K—something for everyone!

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. 

Dogs

Due to the nature of the programming at the Settlement, dogs are not allowed. 

Baker Near-Wilderness Lodge interior

Rental Spaces

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.

See the rental guidelines, call 763.694.7724 or email for more information and availability.

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.

Groups

The Settlement offers nature education and outdoor recreation programs for schools, scouts, homeschools, senior centers and more. The lodge and cabins are also available to rent – call 763.694.7724 or email for more information and availability.

The Settlement offers a variety of nature-oriented party themes such as: archery, canoeing, rock climbing, and more. 

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The Wandering Naturalist

Episodes 25–28: 50 Years of Environmental Stewardship

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Lowry Nature Center and the prairie at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve. Learn how Three Rivers has helped paved the way for environmental stewardship over the last 50-plus years.

The Three Rivers Blog

January 14, 2019

Why do grandparents Zona and Gregg love Grandparent Camp at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement? Read on to find out. And don't forget to mark your calendar for opening day of summer camp registration on January 23!

December 31, 2018

It's that time of year: time for New Year's resolutions. Start off 2019 feeling fit and free with 11 ways to stay active year-round.

December 17, 2018

Why should we be outside in the winter? Learn the benefits of getting outdoors and how to be outside comfortably in the cold, and find inspiration for embracing winter this season.

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