Canoeing the Root River at Eagle Bluff

February 2 / Dinner on the Bluff  - "The Future of Farming in the Age of Climate Change" with Dr. Mark Seeley 

Hear from regional and national experts while connecting with other learners and new friends. Includes a 3-course meal and an hour-long presentation. These dinners are by reservation-only. Guests are encouraged to bring their own adult beverage of choice. Themed meals will be served buffet style.

March 9-10 / Homesteading Workshop Weekend

Class Selections:

- Beekeeping w/Chris Shad & John Shone of the BeeShed (Saturday Only)

- Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation w/ Joe Deden (Saturday Only)

- Fruit Grafting & Orchard Care w/Dan Bussey (Saturday and Sunday)

- Beginning Organic Gardening w/Sarah Hansen (Sunday Only)

April 6 / Dinner on the Bluff  - "Getting Bees Back on their Own Six Feet" with Dr. Marla Spivak 

Honey bees have remarkable behaviors to maintain colony health, through what is called "social immunity."  Despite this efficient health care system, honey bee health is failing. Marla will speak to the stressors that honey bees, and our diverse native bees, are facing and describe ways we can all help them survive and thrive once again.  Dr. Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota. 

May 18 and 19th / Wild Edibles of the Midwest 

Discover nature’s free grocery store with Brent Anderson! From fresh and tender fiddleheads to spicy angelica and even stubborn dandelions (if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em), the forests and valleys of Southeastern Minnesota can provide a plethora of palatable plants.

June / Becoming an Outdoors Family 

Does your family want to spend time in the outdoors? Maybe try something adventurous? Learn a new skill? Join us on one of our family weekends, where we focus on providing families an opportunity try a variety of outdoor sports and recreational actives. Reconnect with family members in the great outdoors this summer!

June / Family & Friends High Ropes Challenge

Experience the thrill of a high ropes course with your friends and family! Maneuver 30 feet in the air through a series of towers connected by various cables, ropes, and log events. Do this all while enjoying the best view of SE Minnesota! This confidence building experience is great for family outings, reunions, scouts, youth groups, and individuals. Note: If you have a group of 15 or more, contact Eagle Bluff to set up a private experience. Pre-registration and moderate physical ability are required.

July / Fossil Hunting for All Ages 

Join Bevery Sandlin to collect fossils older than dinosaurs! At Whispering Winds, Spring Valley, you will tour fossil collections of ancient sea creatures including Gastropods, Cephalopods, Trilobites, Fisherites, Bryozoans and Brachiopods. Then you’ll travel to 2-3 sites to hunt, all within 7 miles of Spring Valley, and collect your own fossils- guaranteed!

July / Family & Friends High Ropes Challenge  / Saturdays and Tuesdays

Experience the thrill of a high ropes course with your friends and family! Maneuver 30 feet in the air through a series of towers connected by various cables, ropes, and log events. Do this all while enjoying the best view of SE Minnesota! This confidence building experience is great for family outings, reunions, scouts, youth groups, and individuals. Note: If you have a group of 15 or more, contact Eagle Bluff to set up a private experience. Pre-registration and moderate physical ability are required.

August / Fossil Hunting for All Ages

Collect fossils older than dinosaurs! At Whispering Winds, Spring Valley, you will tour fossil collections of ancient sea creatures including Gastropods, Cephalopods, Trilobites, Fisherites, Bryozoans and Brachiopods. Then you’ll travel to 2-3 sites to hunt, all within 7 miles of Spring Valley, and collect your own fossils- guaranteed!

August / Family & Friends High Ropes Challenge 

Experience the thrill of a high ropes course with your friends and family! Maneuver 30 feet in the air through a series of towers connected by various cables, ropes, and log events. Do this all while enjoying the best view of SE Minnesota! This confidence building experience is great for family outings, reunions, scouts, youth groups, and individuals. Note: If you have a group of 15 or more, contact Eagle Bluff to set up a private experience. Pre-registration and moderate physical ability are required.

September 7-8 / Land Management Weekend 

More details to come!

September / Family & Friends High Ropes Sessions

Experience the thrill of a high ropes course with your friends and family! Maneuver 30 feet in the air through a series of towers connected by various cables, ropes, and log events. Do this all while enjoying the best view of SE Minnesota! This confidence building experience is great for family outings, reunions, scouts, youth groups, and individuals. Note: If you have a group of 15 or more, contact Eagle Bluff to set up a private experience. Pre-registration and moderate physical ability are required.

September 13 - 15 / Becoming an Outdoors Woman Weekend Workshop            

B.O.W. Weekend Workshops are weekend events that begin on a Friday afternoon and end Sunday after lunch. These workshops allow women to try their hand at 3 different activities over the weekend

October / Family & Friends High Ropes Sessions

Experience the thrill of a high ropes course with your friends and family! Maneuver 30 feet in the air through a series of towers connected by various cables, ropes, and log events. Do this all while enjoying the best view of SE Minnesota! This confidence building experience is great for family outings, reunions, scouts, youth groups, and individuals. Note: If you have a group of 15 or more, contact Eagle Bluff to set up a private experience. Pre-registration and moderate physical ability are required.

October / Fossil Hunting for All Ages

Collect fossils older than dinosaurs! At Whispering Winds, Spring Valley, you will tour fossil collections of ancient sea creatures including Gastropods, Cephalopods, Trilobites, Fisherites, Bryozoans and Brachiopods. Then you’ll travel to 2-3 sites to hunt, all within 7 miles of Spring Valley, and collect your own fossils- guaranteed!

October 12 / Scholarship Banquet and Fundraiser

This year we will be celebrating our 22nd year of coming together to make Eagle Bluff experiences happen for all students. Fun games, unique items, delicious food and great company round out this festive and feel-good evening. Proceeds from the evening directly support scholarship for students attending our Outdoor School and Youth Summer Camp. 

October / Trick-or-Treetops / Friday before Halloween

Join us the Friday before Halloween for a SPOOKTACULAR night! 

Trick or Treat 30 feet off the ground as you traverse your way through wooden and wire elements that end with a zip line. Warm up by the fire with hot chocolate and s'mores. Costumes are encouraged!

If you can't join us for one or our scheduled events, we welcome you to stop by the Schroeder Visitor's Center, walk or ski our trails or check out our public geocaching course.  Learn More >

CANCELLATION POLICY

Overnight Programs - Require a deposit and notification of a cancellation no less than 15 days prior to the event.

EventsTo receive a full refund a cancellation must be made at least 24 hours prior to the start of the event or by 4pm Friday for a weekend event, whichever comes first.