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Northwoods Forest School is a non-profit micro-school located in North Central MN. 

We offer our school year program as well as summer options for a full year-round experience for your child. 

At Northwoods Forest School, we believe in the transformative power of nature-based learning. Our core values center on fostering resilience, creativity, and a deep connection to the natural world. We provide a nurturing environment where children can explore, learn, and grow through hands-on experiences in the forest. Our holistic approach emphasizes community, respect for the environment, and the development of lifelong skills. Join us in nurturing the next generation of environmental stewards and innovative thinkers.



Where we are located

Northwoods Forest School is located 7 miles north of Pine River, MN


Bordering Lizzie Creek, and in the heart of lake country, Northwoods Forest School is able to offer nature study of many different types of plant life, wildlife, forest, prairie, and wetland areas.

Jumping Spider at Northwoods
Our facility
Northwoods Forest School Campus

Northwoods offers a dedicated building for our program - this will serve up to 18-20 students. This is important in MN weather to have a refuge and a home base for learning resources & supplies.  It will offer indoor nature learning in inclement weather as well as serve us for many areas of our school day.


The forest school is on 17 acres of mixed forest, open prairie, and wetland - as well as ample creek shore. This is our permanent campus, so students will truly get to know this area. 

All of Northwoods' nature trails are clearly marked and have active game cameras for safety and observation.  Our policies are based on safe and positive nature learning so all students have the opportunities to explore, create, and reflect. 

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