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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 as-set 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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Upcoming Events

November 25-27

December 1-4

December 8-11

December 15-18

December 22-31

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Sertoma Winter Wonderland

For more information and tickets, please visit the Sertoma Winter Wonderland website.

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December 15

4:00-8:00 p.m.

Pints for a Purpose

Join us at Jack Pine Brewery for an evening of fun. $1 of each beer purchased goes to the Arb!

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December 27-30

8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

No Break from Nature Camp 

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to register early by stopping by the Arb or calling 218-829-8770. $25/day for members, $30/day for non-members.

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January 22, 2022

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Snowshoe Class

Pre-registration is required. Please stop by the Arb or call 218-829-8770 to register. Space is limited, so please register early. Cost is $10 for Arb members, $20 for non-members.

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December 3 & 10

5:00-8:00 p.m.

Santa is coming to the Arboretum!

Come visit Santa and take your own pics! Each child receives a free craft. You can even bring your letter for Santa and place it in the special box!

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December 28, 2021

January 15, 2022

February 12, 2022

March 12, 2022

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike

To register, stop by the Arb or call 218-829-8770. $10 for members, $20 for non-members.

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January 4 & 18

February 8 & 22

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Snowshoe Hike

No need to pre-register. Cost is $5 for Arb members, $10 for non-members.

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February 13, 2022

6:00 p.m.

Snowshoe Class

Pre-registration is required. Please stop by the Arb or call 218-829-8770 to register by February 9. Space is limited to the first 12 couples. Cost is $55 per couple.

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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.

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


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

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.

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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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