Annual Events

Join us throughout the year and immerse yourself in our 18,000 acre classroom. We provide a variety of outdoor events and educational opportunities, so you can get the most out of the beautiful seasons we all share.

Upcoming Event

Wildflower Hikes - May and June from 10am-11:30am (FREE)

Wildflower hike

Spring is here and the wild flowers are blooming! Bring your favorite field guide and join us on a hike in the Boulder Lake

Environmental Learning Center area to look for and enjoy the spring flowers. We will look for spring ephemeral flowers like Hepatica, Large-flowered Bellwort, Nodding Trillium, and many more early blooming flowers. We may find an orchid in bloom and we might see a carnivorous plant in the bog. Meet at the Wolfski welcome center for this fun spring outing. Bring your binoculars if you wish to check on the spring bird migration during the hike.

Due to continued COVID protocols we limit the size of the groups to 6 participants.

Spots remaining:

  • 5/23 - Full
  • 5/30 - Full
  • 6/6 - 2 spots
  • 6/13 - 3 spots

Registration Required

If you are interested in supporting the ELC please consider donating.  All donations go towards removing barriers to programming and opening nature to all.   Donate

Previous Events:

Saturday Birding Hikes: May 22nd and 29th from 6:30am - 10am (FREE)

Join us for a leisurely, 2 mile, round-trip bird-watching stroll at Boulder Lake! We’ll search for fascinating migratory warblers like the Wilson’s and Blackpoll Warblers. We’ll also look for our lovely summer residents like the Scarlet Tanager and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. And we’ll scan the waters for birds like Wood Duck and Belted Kingfisher. These walks are for beginner birders and visitors are welcome to come and go as they please. Binoculars will be provided for those who need a pair. Spotting scopes are encouraged for waterfowl viewing. Meet at the Wolfski welcome center (North parking lot by main gate).

Boulder Lake ELC Annual Tree Giveaway - May 22nd from 9am -2pm (Registration required)

Gravel Bed

On Saturday 5/22 from 9-2 (or all trees are gone) Boulder Lake ELC will hosting our annual tree giveaway.  Donations towards

the learning center will be accepted.  We will have White pine, White spruce, Paper birch, Red oak, Red Maple, Juneberry, Elderberry, Chokecherry to name a few...full list of trees available along with quantities will be posted one week prior to the event (once we know the stock that we have).  

Boulder Lake ELC Annual Birding Big Day - May 8th from 7am - 12pm (Registration required)

Boulder Birding Big Day

Join us on May 8th, 2021 for our annual birding big day. Team up with birders of all levels to count as many species of birds as possible (hit the trails and try to break the current record of 93 species)! This event is brought to you in partnership with the Duluth Audubon Society.

This is a family-friendly event where small teams of birders of all experience levels spend the morning counting as many species as they can near the Boulder Lake area.

Shed Hunting:  April 11th between 9-2pm (FREE)

Come out and learn about shed hunting through this free event. Shed hunting is an outdoor recreation activity that involves hiking in the woods looking for deer antlers that naturally fall off bucks after the rut in late winter. Besides learning more about the activity of shed hunting you will also have an opportunity to learn basic GPS and Map and Compass skills. This is a free opportunity and limited to 6 people per session. We will provide three sessions.

Let's Talk Vultures!  March 15th @ 7:00pm (FREE)

Join us for this two-part presentation about one of the most underappreciated species on the planet. This first part will be a ZOOM talk on March 15th @7:00pm that will introduce you to the vultures, why they're so important, and why they're on the brink of extinction. Part two will take place in April, (Date to be determined).  We will meet at Ely's Peak to learn more about (and hopefully observe) our own Minnesota turkey vulture. 


Presenter Bio:

Kelli Carroll is a sophomore at UMD in the outdoor and environmental education program. She plans to intern at a wildlife rehabilitation center next year, and wants to work as a vet tech for wildlife when she graduates. She's always had a love for underappreciated animals, and vultures are her absolute favorite. When she's not gushing about turkey vultures, you can find her hiking, playing video games, and getting distracted by dogs.

If you are interested in supporting the ELC please consider donating.  All donations go towards removing barriers to programming and opening nature to all.   Donate

Family Tracks and Traces: February 15th - 19th

Join us as we explore the signs of the woodland creatures that call Boulder Lake their home.  These outings are for households and family pods and will be tailored to your group and the ages of the participants.  Pre-registration is required at least 24hrs prior to the event.  Due to COVID 19 policies, programming will be held for single households or family pods ONLY per session. 

Each session in 2 hours and we have session starting at 9am and 12pm 

Maximum groups size is 6.
Prices: $10/adult, $5/18-12 years old and 11 and under free.

Bring check (made out to Boulder Lake ELC) or cash on the day of the event


Annual Events

Night Ski and Snowshoe

  • Typically the 3rd Saturday in January

Boulder Birding Big Day

  • Typically the 2nd or 3rd Saturday in May

Spring Tree give-a-way

  • Typically the 3rd or 4th Saturday in May

National Public Lands Day

  • Typically end of September

Winter Holiday Tree cut

  • The First Saturday in December

Wreath Making Workshops

  • The first week of December