Baker Outdoor Learning Center

It’s like getting out of town without actually leaving. Just 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis is the Baker Outdoor Learning Center. This rustic learning center is situated within beautiful Baker Park Reserve. Here, guests can reconnect with nature and explore the outdoors.

COVID-19

Updates & FAQs

Our parks and trails are open! Please remember to practice social distancing while enjoying the outdoors. For the safety of our guests and employees, our buildings are closed. 

Baker PDF Maps

Find a printable map of the Outdoor Learning Center and other areas of Baker on the Baker Park Reserve page.

All programs and events

View upcoming programs and events at Baker Outdoor Learning Center!

Kids follow an instructor into a prairie.

Summer Camps

Find adventure this summer at a Three Rivers summer camp! Choose from camps on hunting, golf, science, nature and more. See camps at the Outdoor Learning Center or view all Three Rivers summer camps.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Outdoor Learning Center

Take a walk through the Outdoor Learning Center 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 Outdoor Learning Center, dogs are not allowed. 

Groups

The Outdoor Learning Center 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.

Baker Near-Wilderness Lodge interior

Rental Spaces

Reservations for the Outdoor Learning Center 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 and learn about approved caterers. Call 763.694.7724 or email for more information and availability.

Cabins and Lodge

The Outdoor Learning Center 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. Call 763.694.7724 or email us to make a reservation.

Watch a video about the Outdoor Learning Center

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

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