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

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!

Jan. 15 & Feb. 19 | BNWS
Explore snowbanks, search for animal tracks and warm up with cocoa in the lodge. Snowshoes provided. Reservations required – sign up today!

Dec. 30–March 2 | Various Locations
Try snowshoeing for the first time in a beginner lesson or head out on a guided trek to explore the winter wilderness. Find a program that interests you!

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

young boy wading in the water holding a net.

Summer Camp Registration Opens Jan. 23

Mark your calendar! Summer camp registration opens Jan. 23 at 8:00 AM. Camps are available on topics including nature exploration, outdoor recreation, golf, fishing, farming, art and Minnesota history. See camps offered at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, or browse all summer camps at Three Rivers. 

Watch a video about BNWS

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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