About Us

Mission: To foster a greater understanding of the interrelationships between humans and nature.



The Agassiz Environmental Learning Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to providing high quality environmental education programs and premier recreation experiences utilizing the diverse and unique ecosystems of the scenic Fertile Sand Hills.


In pursuit of our mission we:

*Provide hands-on, engaging education programs for all ages with emphasis on youth

*Emphasize protection of the rare ecosystems found at the Fertile Sand Hills

*Provide a space for mental and physical wellness through a variety of recreational opportunities



Education is at the heart of AELC.  We serve northwest Minnesota by providing high quality education programming to schools, libraries, and so much more.



From special events and nature play dates, to our public programs, we aim to help people of all ages cultivate a special connection with nature.

Unique and Diverse Ecosystems

Riverine Forest

The Sandhill River and its valley have produced a rich lowland forest community.  Wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees greet visitors.  Expect to meet a variety of songbirds, waterfowl, and birds of prey.


The north facing bluffs have created an unusual community of birch and boreal forest species intermixed.  Steep bluffs and deep valleys were carved by the Sand Hill River over thousands of years.

Oak Savanna

A rare experience awaiting visitors is a hike through the oak savanna.  This prairie landscape has gnarled bur oaks scattered throughout, and was once maintained by naturally occurring fire and bison.

Active/Inactive Sand Dunes

Wide-open expanses of shifting sand dunes were once the predominant feature of the Fertile Sand Dunes.  Vegetation has now stabilized the dunes.  Some small patches can still be seen and offer a window into the geological history of the FSH.

Sand Prairie

Visitors are treated to beautiful panoramas or rolling hills covered throughout the growing season by grasses and wildflowers.  An amazing variety of plants and insects are found on these sand prairies.

Sand Hill River

Follow the winding course of the Sand Hill River as these dancing waters flow over Glacial Lake Agassiz beach ridges on their way northward to the Red River, and ultimately northward into Hudson Bay

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

Agassiz Environmental Learning Center

Summit Avenue Southwest, Fertile, Minnesota 56540, United States


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