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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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Home: Who We Are

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 asset 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.

Tell Us Your Vision!

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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

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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. 

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Compost Site

Compost Site is Open

Monday - Friday 

9:00 - 4:00

 

Sunday-Saturday

9:00 - 3:30

 

Drop Off:

Please check into the visitor center

Drop off free for members $5.00 for non-members

To maintain the quality of our compost, please follow these rules:

- Grass clippings and leaves only

- No brush or lake weeds

- No branches or stumps

- Please take your bags with you

 

Compost Pick Up:

$10/yard (you load your own)

1 yard = 3x3x3

2 tractor scoops = 1 yard

Level back of truck full = 2 yards = $24.00

Trail Use

Gate Fee is $5/adult (ages 15 and up) and $1/child (ages 0-14). Memberships range from a yearly fee of $40 for an individual to $80 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.

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Upcoming Classes & Events

Plant Sale
Plant Sale
Cash or Check Only!
When
Aug 26, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where
Baxter,
14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
  • Guided Nature Hikes - Ecotherapy and Creative Nature Writing
    Guided Nature Hikes - Ecotherapy and Creative Nature Writing
    Thu, Oct 12
    Baxter
    Oct 12, 6:00 PM – 6:05 PM
    Baxter, 14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
    Oct 12, 6:00 PM – 6:05 PM
    Baxter, 14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
    Join Darla for a walk through the woods, a talk on nature therapy practices, and/or creative nature writing.
  • Haunted Trail 2023
    Haunted Trail 2023
    Thu, Oct 19
    Northland Arboretum
    Oct 19, 7:00 PM – Oct 21, 9:00 PM
    Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
    Oct 19, 7:00 PM – Oct 21, 9:00 PM
    Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
    Our biggest fundraiser of the year is also the most terrifying!
  • Nature Journaling
    Nature Journaling
    Sat, Oct 28
    Baxter
    Oct 28, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Baxter, 14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
    Oct 28, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Baxter, 14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
    Each session will introduce you to different ways to observe, record, and rejuvenate.
  • Trunk or Treat 2023
    Trunk or Treat 2023
    Sat, Oct 28
    Baxter
    Oct 28, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Baxter, 14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
    Oct 28, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Baxter, 14250 Conservation Dr, Baxter, MN 56425, USA
    Haunted thrills for the whole family!
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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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