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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.

 
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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.

OUR MISSION: 

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

OUR VISION:

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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Education

Growing Healthy Minds

Recreation

Growing Healthy Communities

Conservation

Growing Healthy Spaces

 

It's Haunted Trail Time!

Join us for our signature scare event at the Northland Arboretum. Everyone loves our low-scare trail with concessions and games available, too. For those of you who like a little more adventure, we invite you to travel down our high-scare trail and continue the scary fun. Purchase your tickets today!

 

Haunted Trail Tickets

  • Haunted Trail 2021: October 21, 2021
    Thu, Oct 21
    Northland Arboretum
    Oct 21, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
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  • Haunted Trail 2021: October 21, 2021
    Thu, Oct 21
    Northland Arboretum
    Oct 21, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
    Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
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  • Haunted Trail 2021: October 22, 2021
    Fri, Oct 22
    Northland Arboretum
    Oct 22, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
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  • Haunted Trail 2021: October 22, 2021
    Fri, Oct 22
    Northland Arboretum
    Oct 22, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
    Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
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  • Haunted Trail 2021: October 23, 2021
    Sat, Oct 23
    Northland Arboretum
    Oct 23, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
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  • Haunted Trail 2021: October 23, 2021
    Sat, Oct 23
    Northland Arboretum
    Oct 23, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
    Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
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Upcoming Events

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Trekking the Trails

1st and 3rd Saturdays in September and October
September 18
October 2
October 16

Trekking the Trails is a new partnership between the Northland Arboretum and the Children's Museum WonderTrek. We are offering educational hikes over the fall months.

Programs are geared for children aged 3-9 and is free to Arboretum members. Non-members will need to purchase a day-pass. 

Meet at the Holden Gazebo. The trek will last from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

September 18: Bird Watching

October 2: Fort Building

October 16: Outdoor Survival

National Public Lands Day 2021

September 25, 2021 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

National Public Lands Day is a national day of service which is sponsored by Minnesota Master Naturalists in cooperation with other local partners like you!

We will meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. Please bring your own gardening gloves and all volunteers will receive snacks, water, and a free item for participating.

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Stargazing

Tuesday, October 12 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Join us on the Upper Level of the Northland Arboretum on Tuesday, October 12 for Stargazing with Brian Wallace. Adults, kids, and families are welcome to view a presentation indoors and then move outdoors to locate constellations, identify stars, distances, and find deep space objects. 

Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. 

Cost is $10 for members or $15 for non-members. Pre-registration is required because space is limited. 

RSVP by October 7.

Low Scare Trail & Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 30 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Come experience haunted thrills featuring The Great Pumpkin, Underwater World, Jurassic Park, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more! This outdoor event is sponsored by the Gull Lake Resort and is $5 per person to enter. We'll also have t-shirts and finger flashlights for sale.

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Holiday Market

Saturday, November 20 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Join us for our annual Holiday Market! Concessions will be available and there is no cost for admission to the public.

Interested in being a vendor? We are looking for vendors of handmade crafts, food, jewelry, art, and more. Vendor type is limited, so please call to sign up. Cost is $50/site for non-members, $30 for Arb members. Space is 12'x6' and comes with an 8' table and 2 chairs. Site with electrical needs are available for an additional $10.

 

Come Visit!

Visitor Center Hours

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

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 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.

Members are asked to display their membership sticker on the front passenger side of their vehicle. Guests may display their daily pass on the dash of their vehicle so it is visible through the front windshield. 

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Compost Site

The Northland Arboretum operates a compost site for both drop-off and pick-up for all community members. The site can only accept leaves and grass clippings. Arboretum members may drop off for free, while non-members should pay the $5 gate fee. We ask that everyone dropping off compost first check in with the Visitor Center to receive the code to the gate and pay the applicable fee.

Compost Site Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. DAILY

Please follow the directional signs to the compost pile. Do not cut through the fitness trail. You must take all leaf bags and trash out with you.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Trail Use

Donation 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 trail 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 have a membership sticker affixed to the front window of their vehicle or carry the membership card.

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

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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

218-829-8770

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