About Us

Mission: To foster a greater understanding of the interrelationships between human beings and their environment.


Agassiz Environmental Learning Center is a private non-profit organization governed by a board of directors, and situated in the heart of the Fertile Sand Hills.  We are dedicated to providing high quality educational programs to the surrounding region and introducing them to the beautiful and unique ecosystems that are an integral part of the Fertile Sand Hills.

In pursuit of our mission we:

*Provide high quality educational programs

*Work to maintain and preserve endangered Minnesota ecosystems

*Provide a space for mental and physical wellness



Education is at the heart of AELC.  We serve rural northwestern Minnesota and aim to provide 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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