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

Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Learn balance and coordination in a stand-up paddleboarding lesson, find inner peace and strength in a sunset yoga class, or stay accountable by joining a fitness-based club.

June–Aug. | Multiple Locations
Learn the basics or develop existing skills in one of many archery programs!

Aug. 13 | Baker National Golf Course

Shamble-format tournament with a top local golfer. Bid on quality items during a silent auction. Lunch, tournament, dinner and refreshments.

View upcoming programs and events at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement!

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.


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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