Welcome to Boulder Lake ELC

Your premier Environmental Learning Center of the North Woods!

Outdoor Learning at Its Finest.

Open: 9am-3pm on Mon-Fri and 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday 


Road into BLELC

Welcome to our 18,000 acre outdoor classroom

Fostering connections to natural resources through education, research, and recreation

Bunkhouse Fundraising

Support the intern bunkhouse! The bunkhouse will provide student interns the opportunity to immerse themselves in our 18,000 acre classroom. To date we have raised $1,395 out of our $3,500 goal to complete our deck and ADA accessible ramp. Your support is appreciated.



Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center provides comprehensive educational programs that contribute to increased understanding and appreciation of natural resources management practices through the Boulder Lake Management Area which provides an interpretive window to showcase resources management including hydroelectric power generation and a working forest environment, and illustrates the many social, biological, and economic benefits of that forest

Program Overview

At Boulder Lake, we offer a variety of programs and educational opportunities. We host the Minnesota Master Naturalist program, host summer camps for K-12 students and have many public opportunities

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Discovery Weekend October 2nd-3rd

Weekend Opportunities

Are you curious of what's going on out the the Boulder Lake ELC?  Stop out the weekend of the October 2nd/3rd between 10am and 3pm to learn more about YOUR ELC. Did you know we are open 7 days a week? have 22 campsites, ~20 miles of trail, rent canoes among other equipment, and provide excellent environmental educational opportunities.  Come out and talk to our great staff and volunteers!

  • 10am-2pm:
    • Take out a canoe (free of charge) up to one hour.  PFD's and Paddles provided
    • Guided hikes leaving at the top of the hour 
    • Guided mindfulness sessions at the top of the hour
  • 10am-3pm:
    • Self guided exploration
      • 10 miles of mowed trails
      • 5,000 acre reservoir 
    • Games at the ELC main facility
      • Kubb, Bocce, Bags, Atl atl