Connect with nature & enjoy the beauty of Bluff Country
We’ve got over 9 miles of trails open to the public seven days a week, dusk till dawn! Come enjoy spectacular hiking, bird-watching, geocaching, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and more at our campus in beautiful Bluff Country.
Hiking, Mountain Biking, Geocaching:
Our miles of trails are excellent grounds for hiking & mountain biking in the warmer months. Visitors can also enjoy geocaching on our very own course with maps available in our visitor’s center.
Bird watchers rejoice! There are many species of birds for viewing on our campus, including Bald Eagle, Indigo Bunting, Tufted Titmouse, Pileated Woodpecker, Scarlet Tanager, American Redstart and more!
Enjoy incredible views and take in the breathtaking beauty from our scenic overlooks on campus.
Skiing & Snowshoeing:
Strap on your skis or snowshoes and hit the trails in the winter! Our trails are just as beautiful when covered in powder and great for traversing in the wintertime.
Recreation, Adventure, & Other Campus Highlights
(Available for group reservations only, aside from the High Ropes Course during summer, click here for more info)
Fun & adventure abound at Eagle Bluff!
High Ropes Challenge:
This confidence building experience promotes personal growth and strengthens group bonds as participants maneuver 30 feet in the air through a series of towers connected by various cables, ropes, and log events. Experiencing success on the course is a powerful experience with a lasting effect!
Rock Climbing Wall:
The climbing wall is an excellent venue that promotes personal growth, pride, and self-confidence. Participants will learn the fundamentals of rock climbing while they attempt to meet their climbing goals, reach their potential, and face individual fears in a safe, controlled, indoor environment.
Understanding the history, following safety rules, and learning the process of shooting is just the beginning. Through hands-on target practice and friendly competitions, participants will learn about self-discipline and develop sound decision making skills. Eagle Bluff has both indoor and outdoor ranges as well as different styles of bows for participants to try.
By combining earth science with practical outdoor skills, participants will navigate Eagle Bluff’s orienteering course. Emphasis will be placed on learning how compasses have impacted human history, understanding the earth’s magnetic field, and learning the parts and proper use of a compass.
Recreated 1860s Pioneer Cabin:
Minnesota’s rich cultural history comes to life as students take on the roles of early pioneers traveling to Minnesota in the 1850’s. Sawing logs, starting fire with flint and steel, wheat threshing, and making soda bread are just some of the activities participants will sample at our recreated pioneer homestead.
Each group who stays at Eagle Bluff participates in our FoodWISE sustainability program. FoodWISE stands for our Food Waste In Schools Elimination program. The goal of Eagle Bluff’s FoodWISE program is to eliminate cafeteria food waste through sound educational and sustainable ecological practices at Eagle Bluff and in a traditional school setting.
Enjoy meals in our full-service, cafeteria-style dining hall!
Food service at Eagle Bluff is provided in our dining hall by Eagle Bluff’s in-house chef and staff who are committed to continually evolving our food service program to improve service and food quality and lesson our environmental impact. In addition, all Eagle Bluff food service staff are Certified Food Safety Managers through the Minnesota Department of Health and the National Restaurant Association. The four goals of our dining service are:
Use sustainable, local, or organic ingredients
Situated in one of the “sustainable farming centers” of Minnesota, Eagle Bluff has partnered with providers and producers to source many of our ingredients and at times featuring produce harvested from our own teaching garden.
Create nutritious meals that are alive with flavor and prepared from scratch
We place an emphasis on using whole-grains and limiting high-fructose corn syrup and trans-fats; and from our foccacia to our ranch dressing, scratch foods are regular feature. Lastly, students in the K-12 Overnight Program are encouraged to sample new or different foods in our “Try-It Challenge” without an impact on their FoodWISE waste goals.
Minimize food waste
Food is served cafeteria or buffet-style which allows guests to “take what they eat and eat what they take.” That’s the motto of our FoodWISE program which offers incentives for guests who minimize their food waste. We also utilize multiple composting systems allowing us to compost food scraps from kitchen prep and guest’s plates.
Make every attempt to address food allergy and dietary needs
From gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, vegan and beyond, we have a lot of experience meeting the needs of nearly every diet. Please contact our food service director with any dietary questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live comfortably in our climate-controlled accommodations!
Our climate-controlled dormitory has 31 rooms, each with an occupancy of up to 8 people, for a total capacity of 248. 17 rooms are considered semi-private featuring two separate sleeping areas, each with two bunk beds. The remaining 14 rooms contain four bunk beds in one large room.
Room and Suite Features
- Private toilet and shower
- Two side-by-side sinks
- Eight gear storage cubbies.
- Four handicap accessible rooms.
- Linens and towels available at an additional per person charge
Additional Dormitory Amenities
- Climate-controlled rooms
- Two large lobby spaces with wood-burning fireplaces
- Two small multipurpose rooms with whiteboards
- Lounge with refrigerator, microwave, sink and coffee maker
- First Aid Room w/AED
- Winter/Rain Gear Check-out
- Wireless Internet