Partner Groups

Brainerd Nordic Ski Club

The Brainerd Nordic Ski Club promotes Nordic Sports in the Brainerd Lakes Area.
The Brainerd Nordic Ski Club supports an active & healthy lifestyle 
through Nordic Sports by:
• Trail Grooming
• Club Membership
• Social Activities
• Athlete Support
• Grant Administration
• Fund Raising
• Nordic Sports Programs
• Community Partnering


Focal Point Photography

Love Photography?  

We do! Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced photographer we’d love to meet you!
Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Northland Arboretum at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to join us!  Check us out at

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Master Gardener volunteers are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers whose job is to educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using readily-available, up-to-date research-based information. This educational effort is designed to enhance the public's quality of life and to promote good stewardship of the environment.

Master Gardener volunteers complete many hours of volunteer work each year, providing a valuable in-kind contribution. These dollar figures quantify the enormous value that our volunteers provide to Minnesota.


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The mission of the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program is to promote awareness, understanding, and stewardship of Minnesota’s natural environment by developing a corps of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within their communities.

Any adult who is curious and enjoys learning about the natural world, shares that knowledge with others, and supports conservation can be a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer. If you enjoy hiking, bird watching, following tracks, or identifying wildflowers, you'll love being a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer. Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteers are a motivated group of fun and interesting people: teachers, retired professionals, nature guides, hunters, eco-tour operators, farmers, and...YOU!

North Central MN Bee Keepers

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This group gathers together once a month, especially over the winter months to learn about bee keeping, educate others, and share common concerns and knowledge with one another.

Check on Arboretum calendar for meeting dates.



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The Paul Bunyan Cyclists are a group of Minnesota Brainerd, Minnesota Lakes Area bicycle enthusiasts with a wide range of cycling interests.  The club formed in 1989 and was incorporated in 1991.  Members of our club hail from as far afield as Milaca, Pequot Lakes, Crosby, Staples, Little Falls, Crosslake, Clarissa, Ottertail, Thunder Bay, Canada and of course Brainerd and Baxter.  Others join us in the summer from the Twin Cities and Iowa.

We meet at 6 p.m. every Wednesday night during daylight savings months at the DNR, Paul Bunyan Trailhead parking lot in Baxter for road cycling - weather permitting.  About every third week, a ride is scheduled at an out-of-town site.  Someone will likely ride from the trailhead lot however for those who do not care to ride out of town.  Typically, all riding abilities are represented and groups split off accordingly.  Some ride at reasonable speeds while others are hard-chargers at 20+ mph. We have a planned route schedule for Wednesday nights (see Ride Schedule) which is subject to change determined by the riders that show up if weather (i.e. wind direction) indicates another route might be more amenable or some just want a shorter ride.

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As an independent chapter of the National Audubon Society, BLAAS will foster and advocate for the conservation and restoration of bird populations and other wildlife and their habitat, encourage grassroots action on conservation issues, and develop and implement educational programs, all with a special emphasis on the aquatic resources of the great Brainerd Lakes Area.

Brainerd Garden Club

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A community that gathers to help promote great gardens in the Brainerd area.  Check the Arb website for meeting dates and times.





Bee-Nay-She Bird Council

Image may contain: textAn active group of avid bird watchers who host bird watching walks/trips, help with local counts, and generally love being outside watching our fine feathered friends.


Judd Brink is a contact person for this group at