On the map, Long Lake Conservation Center is in the heart of Aitkin County, in Northern Minnesota. As a county park and nature education facility, Long Lake Conservation Center is the place for learning, discovery, and connecting to nature. Our mission is to encourage the exploration, conservation, education, and appreciation of nature! Everyday we work to connect people with nature. Primarily, Long Lake serves schools by hosting overnight, nature immersion field trips called the Long Lake Field Study. Additionally, we offer week long summer camps, adult programs, facility rental, and community workshops. Long Lake Conservation Center sits on 760 acres and features a private lake, miles of hiking trails, ski trails, bog boardwalk, geocaches, and more!
Long Lake is Minnesota’s original environmental learning center. Since 1963, Long Lake has been dedicated to youth environmental education and offers school programs for beyond the classroom learning. “The Long Lake Field Study” school program is tailored to individual visiting student groups with fully accredited classes taught by professional naturalists. Beyond the school year, Long Lake hosts a variety of week long summer camps focused on nature and offered to students throughout MN ages 11-16.
Long Lake Conservation Center’s purpose is to inspire a deep appreciation of nature so that all those who experience Long Lake build skills and affect to respect the natural world surrounding them and accomplish lifelong stewardship of the environment. We started working towards this purpose in 1963. Over the years thousands of learners explored the bogs, lakes, and
woods of the Conservation Center.