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.
March 3–26 | Various Locations
Drop your little one at a syrup-themed preschool program, attend a maple syrup festival or take a class on making your own syrup! Browse all syruping programs.
April 29 | BNWS
Test your archery, orienteering, puzzle, canoeing and campfire-cooking skills in this team-based challenge. Teams of 2-4 welcome! Great for families, middle schoolers and teens. Register your team today!
Summer Camp Registration Now Open
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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.
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.
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