About Northland Arboretum
The Northland Arboretum encompasses over 500 acres in the heart of Brainerd/Baxter, Minnesota. This member-supported, non-profit organization was founded with the closure of the Brainerd Landfill in 1972. Left untouched, the 40-acre landfill site now supports a grassland. The arboretum owns a beautiful Norway Pine Plantation to the north and leases land from Crow Wing County behind the Westgate Mall. The Nature Conservancy owns nearly 200 acres within the arboretum boundaries...one of Minnesota's primary examples of Jack Pine Savanna.
Areas of interest at the Northland Arboretum include several demonstration gardens by the Visitor Center, the Monet Bridge & Pond, the DNR Landscaping for Wildlife project, the Secret Garden and many flower beds maintained by our valuable volunteers.
The Northland Arboretum Visitor Center has an educational kiosk featuring the 9.87 kilowatt solar panel array installed on the roof. This educational tool demonstrates to visitors the feasibility and benefits of solar electric power.
An orienteering course is available for amateurs and experts. The arboretum also provides four seasons of fun with 20 kilometers of hiking and cross-country ski trails.
The Northland Arboretum mission statement has remained the same through the years:
The Northland Arboretum, an outdoor nature conservatory is designed to promote intelligent conservation and high standards of ecology with a year-round display of our region's flora and fauna, through workshops and seminars, and by providing outdoor recreation that appreciates and respects our natural plants and wildlife.
To be recognized and supported as the premier public environmental facility in the Brainerd Lakes Area, promoting preservation, recreation, education and environmental research.