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Northland Arboretum

Education. Recreation. Conservation.

We are a member-supported nonprofit organization aimed at connecting our community to nature and protecting our natural environment. We are conveniently located in the middle of Brainerd/Baxter, Minnesota with plenty of natural space to explore. Make sure you set aside time to wander our expansive trail system and beautiful gardens. You won't be disappointed.


Northland Arboretum at a Glance

The Northland Arboretum is a must-see destination for visitors and residents of the Brainerd Lakes area. No matter the season, our hiking trails and Visitor Center provide an opportunity for you to learn and connect with nature.


The Northland Arboretum strives to be a valued community asset providing outdoor recreation and educational activities for all while protecting the natural environment.


The Northland Arboretum will be the premier destination in Central Minnesota connecting people to the environment for the promotion of education, recreation and conservation.

Visit Us

The Northland Arboretum encompasses over 400 acres in the heart of Brainerd/Baxter, Minnesota. Our member-supported, non-profit organization was founded with the closure of the Brainerd Landfill in 1972. Left untouched, the 40-acre landfill site now supports a prairie restoration project that is full of native grasses, shrubs and trees. 

Choose one of the ways we serve the Brainerd Lakes community to learn more about our educational opportunities, our recreational facilities, and conservation efforts.

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Come Visit!

Visitor Center Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The grounds remain open to members and paying guests sunrise to sunset. 

Gate fee is $5 per adult and $1 for each child under 15 years of age.

Guests are asked to stop in the Visitor Center to pay or use the self-pay station located at the entry kiosks.

Guests may display their daily pass on the dash of their vehicle so it is visible through the front windshield. 


Compost Site

Our Compost Site is closed for the Winter! 

Trail Use

Gate Fee is $5/adult (ages 15 and up) and $1/child (ages 0-14). Memberships range from a yearly fee of $30 for an individual to $50 for a family. 


More information about membership is available on the membership page.

The Arboretum grounds are open every day to members and guests from sun-up to sundown. After-hour gate fees can be paid at the drop boxes at the entrances of the grounds. Proof of purchase should be placed in your vehicle window of carried with you. Members should carry the membership card.

Restrooms are open until 10:00 p.m. on the west end of the Visitor Center.


2022 Schedule -

5:30pm - 8:30pm

November 24-26, 30

December 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-31

Advanced Tickets:
$10 Per Vehicle

At the gate:
$20 Per Vehicle
(cash or check only)

Advanced Tickets are available:

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Upcoming Classes & Events

No Break From Nature Camp at the Northland Arboretum 2022
Kids will experience instructor-led activities, games, and winter sports like snowshoeing. Kids can be dropped off at 7:45 a.m. and picked up at 3:00 p.m. Please bring a lunch for your child. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Children currently in grades 2-6 are welcome.
Dec 26, 8:00 AM CST – Dec 30, 3:00 PM CST
14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
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Contact Northland Arboretum

Get in touch with the Northland Arboretum to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

14250 Conservation Drive | Brainerd, MN 56401


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