Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Experience Your Environment

Sandstone, MN   |  https://ospreywilds.org/

Mission

Mission: To instill a connection and commitment to the environment in people of all communities through experiential learning.

VIsion: A Healthy Planet Where All People Live In Balance With The Earth

Geographic Focus: East-Central MN, Twin Cities Area, Duluth, MN, St. Cloud, MN, and West-Central Wisconsin

Ruling year info

1970

Executive Director

Mr. Bryan Wood

Main address

PO Box 530 54165 Audubon Drive

Sandstone, MN 55072 USA

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Formerly known as

Northwoods Audubon Center

Audubon Center of the North Woods

EIN

23-7044164

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

k-12, college, youth, family, adult, & community programs, charter school authorization

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center is a private, nonprofit 501c3 residential environmental learning center for learners of all ages. As an accredited school, we offer programs for k-12 and college students, as well as youth, family, adult, senior and community programs. Our programs focus on environmental sciences, outdoor recreation, team-building, energy, wildlife and local & cultural history. We are also Minnesota's largest charter school authorizer, with 36 schools emphasizing environmental education. All told, we reach nearly 20,000 individuals annually through our educational programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Organization's current goals of our Strategic Plan are:

1. Expanding our Client Base Regionally and Statewide
2. Building Organizational Capacity
3. Foster Care and Appreciation for the Earth in All People
4. Model Sustainability Leadership

1.1 Increase Contact, Impact and Reach with K-12 Schools
1.2 Expand Efforts to Reach Broader Regional Markets

2.1 Strengthen Development Program to Ensure Financial Sustainability
2.2 Improve Systems and Accountability for Improved Visitor Experience
2.3 Support and Engage Staff
2.4 Diversify and Increase Available Human Resources

3.1 Create & Implement a Place-Based Interdisciplinary Experience for All Communities
3.2 Encourage Reflection of Mission in Participants
3.3 Strengthen our Portfolio of High Performing Environmentally-Focused Charter Schools

4.1 Reduce Carbon Footprint
4. 2 Encourage On-Site and Long- Term Behavior Changes in Visitors
4.3 Fully Embrace Food as a Mission-Based Program

Through a thorough staff-driven process, we came upon our strategic plan and have organizational buy-in. Our departments regularly meet and look at how their teams are doing, and develop strategies for addressing the benchmarks within the plan. We have quarterly staff meetings where we review the strategic plan, and look at what to address next.

Our current strategic plan began July 1, 2015, so many areas have yet to be accomplished. However, the following have already been achieved:

• Visit all new K-12 schools and lead teachers pre- trip to meet with teachers / chaperones / students / parents
• Offer Educator Workshops
• Increase in-person donor touches through house and park parties, dinners, events and private meetings
• Increase lead-time and decrease steps for required K-12 paperwork
• Ensure all current and proposed programs are fully scoped and analyzed, with interdepartmental input, prior to commitment or implementation
• Expand usage and effectiveness of ACNW database
• Emphasize quality over quantity in program offerings
• Offer Master Naturalist course for all 2015-16 Naturalists
• Offer more non-formal program selections (stewardship, exploration, journaling)
• Simplify and strengthen K-12 menu of class options
• Build Nature Playscape to encourage free, nature-based play
• Fully comply with and participate in the MN Authorizer Performance Evaluation System (MAPES) process in order to achieve the highest rating possible for our organization
• Empower staff to proactively clean, repair, update, maintain, report and recommend changes to the ACNW operations and facilities to reduce our environmental impact
• Create more visibility of recycling and other methods to reduce a visitor's impact while visiting the Center
• Replace purchases of ready-make food items by increasing in-house production (i.e., pizza dough, bread, desserts, sauces, dressings, etc.)

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Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Board of directors
as of 10/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Don Verbick

Delve Energy Group

Term: 2019 - 2021

David Chasson

PHASE

Steve McNeill

LHB Architecture

Lois Norrgard

Alaska Wilderness League

Don Verbick

Delve Energy Group

Don Arnosti

Land Stewardship Project

Debra Curran

Health Partners

Susan Van Gorden

Heartland Realty

Heidi Bringman

LHB Architecture

Richard Newmark

3M

Donald Janes

3M

Christopher Crutchfield

Attorney

Kevin McCalib

Retired Educator

Rick Fletcher

Teacher

Bill Owens

Securian Financial

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/11/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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