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

Jan. 5-7 | BNWS
Refresh and center yourself with yoga and wellness sessions, skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking. End each day with warm drinks by the fire. Reserve your spot today!

Jan. 21 | BNWS
Learn how to use a GPS unit, then hike or snowshoe to find hidden geocaches!

Feb. 10–14 | Various Locations
Make Valentine's crafts with the kids or enjoy a romantic catered dinner with your sweetheart. Some events require advance registration. Find one that interests you!

Find an event at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement or click below to see upcoming programs!

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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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