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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Wreath Kits - Order today

Annual Boulder Lake ELC Wreath Kit fundraiser open now.


12" Wreath Kit - https://blk-umn.nbsstore.net/12-wreath-kit

10" Wreath Kit - https://blk-umn.nbsstore.net/10-wreath-kit

8" Swag planters - https://blk-umn.nbsstore.net/8-swag-planter-box

Looking for a fun activity to do with family and friends this holiday season? Boulder Lake ELC provides everything you need to create your own holiday wreaths. All materials (besides wreath frame and wire) are sustainably harvested at the ELC. We have both 10" and 12" wreaths available this season.

Wreath kits will be available for pick up or delivery (within 30 miles of the ELC) starting the weekend of 11/27/21 and going through 12/19/21.

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds go to removing barriers to participation. Funds go to support program and bussing fees, internship stipends and equipment.

Boulder Lake ELC eStore - https://blk-umn.nbsstore.net/

Annual Tree Cut

This years tree cut will be held at the Bear paw Parking lot.

Cut will be on 12/4/21 from 10am - 2pm.  


Bring your own saw, sled and tie downs

Wreath Making Workshop at Glensheen - Register today

This year we will be hosting our wreath making workshops for 4 straight nights at the Glensheen Mansion.

  • Monday 11/29 from 6-8pm
  • Tuesday 11/30 from 6-8pm
  • Wednesday 12/1 from 6-8pm
  • Thursday 12/2 from 6-8pm

Registration required. 

Due to University of Minnesota guidelines regarding Covid 19 masks will be required throughout the event.