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Northland Arboretum is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to getting the community involved in and aware of nature. We have a wide, beautiful area for you and your family to explore. Have a peaceful walk on our nature trails, or take your mountain bike for a ride. Winter time? We've got that covered too! You can cross country ski on our spectacular groomed snow covered trails. Snowshoe or winter hike on non-groomed trails.
This web site was designed to help you better explore and understand the Northland Arboretum and our purpose.
To be recognized and supported as the premier public environmental facility in the Brainerd Lakes Area, promoting preservation, recreation, education and environmental research.
CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY AT NORTHLAND ARBORETUM'S FINE WINE & CRAFT BEER SAMPLING EVENT
Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Attendees will also enjoy:
- COMMEMORATIVE WINE OR BEER GLASS TO TAKE HOME
- SEEDLING TREE TO TAKE HOME
- 12 GUESSING JARS
- SILENT AUCTION (ALL ITEMS $100 OR OVER IN VALUE)
- DOOR PRIZES
- LIGHT MUSIC
- AND MORE...........
$35 PER PERSON IN ADVANCE - $40 AT THE DOOR
Tickets are available at Northland Arboretum 218-829-8770 or pay in advance through PayPal and pick up your tickets at the door the day of the event!
Come join the fun and let's celebrate Arbor Day together!
Arbor Day is a national holiday that is celebrate the last Friday in April. It is a chance to take stock of the trees in your yard, neighborhood and communities by maintaining those that are already there, and planting new trees. The United States declared Arbor Day a national holiday to celebrate the importance of trees in our communities.
ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT NORTHLAND ARBORETUM.
Northland Arboretum Plans New Fitness Trail
Article and Video by Lakeland Public Television - Reporter Scott Sheahen
It’s not your average walk in the park. The Northland Arboretum is getting ready to build a new two-mile trail that’ll feature 12 workout stations.
Mary Corrigan, Northland Arboretum Executive Director, says, “No one in the area including the whole state of Minnesota has a fitness trail in their arboretum. So we’ll be unique in the state of Minnesota and we’ll definitely be unique in the Brainerd Lakes area. There’s nobody with this type of trail outdoors.”
The arboretum hopes to begin construction in June and have their trail made and fitness stations installed by August. They also hope the Departments of Natural Resources approves their grant request so they’re able to pave the trail and make it handicap and stroller accessible. Corrigan hopes the fitness trail will connect the arboretum with the community.
Corrigan says, “I think it’s a great thing for the Brainerd Lakes Area. I’m hoping that we can partner with schools and churches and get families in here to use the trail and to use the arboretum.”
Brainerd YMCA CEO Randy Klinger says, “Conceptually I’m really excited about the idea of utilizing another fitness component with the arboretum’s trails. And I think ultimately it gives people of all ages an opportunity to more physically fit outdoors.”
Brainerd hiker Renee Marchel says, “I like to be physically active. And anything that offers people the opportunity to stay in shape and they give that opportunity to the people of Brainerd, I think that’s absolutely wonderful.”
The Northland Arboretum plans to use digital journals to help the community stay on track with their workout as well as interact with others in their community.
Corrigan says, “Everyone that uses the fitness stations can sign up and have a journal. And they can track it online. So you can track it and you can have some competitions with other families as how you’re doing on the fitness trail and who’s making the fastest time.”
Luann Cameron from Pillager says, “I like the little bit of competition and as you mentioned the online would be kind of cool to sign up and to see how things are going. Just a real motivator.”
The first phase of the project is to design the trail using woodchips and install 12 workout stations made from recycled plastic.
Like all non-profits struggling in this economy, the ARB has made a decision to dedicate all of our Annual Appeal towards retiring our Road and Sewer Assessment. When we built the visitor center in 2003, the fee was assessed at $72,643.00. We have been able to reduce that amount to just under $20,000.00. We pay $4,000.00 towards that fee twice a year. By paying off this final amount early we would save on the interest and the Arboretum would be able to have an additional $8,000.00 in our annual budget. We are asking all of our Members and Friends of the Arboretum for your help in this year’s Annual Appeal. Remember – this is a tax deductible donation.
We gladly accept payments via PayPal . Click here to PayPal link. Thank You for helping YOUR Arb!