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Minnesota Outdoor Education and Recreation


You sense it the moment you start down our 2-1/2 mile driveway. You have arrived at the region’s finest full service environmental education/outdoor recreation center. Here before you lies Minnesota’s largest outdoor classroom. Nearly ten square miles of rolling hills, pristine lakes and dense forests await your exploration. It’s a quiet land of sandy glacial hills, where the majestic red pine grows and Orion shines with unparalleled clarity. At the end of the drive, nestled between a glacial ridge and Big Deep lake, is your home away from home — the 54,000 square foot cedar and fieldstone Resource Heritage Center Lodge. Our friendly staff and home cooked meals make your stay an extraordinary experience.

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2197 Nature Center Drive NW
Hackensack, MN 56452


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36th Annual Winter Rendezvous

Deep Portage Learning Center invites everyone to participate in the 36th Annual Winter Rendezvous—a fun-filled day of old-time games and activities—on Saturday, January 24. Registration will begin at 9:30 am, and the day will wrap up with an awards ceremony beginning at 2 pm.

Journey back in time and learn about the cultural heritage of Minnesota! In this one day event we will have activities based on traditions from Lumberjacks, Voyageurs and Native Americans.  Try your hand at events such as the tomahawk toss, snowsnakes, spear throwing using atlatls, the cross-cut saw, trap shooting, northwoods curling and many more! Bring the whole family to join in a friendly community competition while learning about the rich cultural history of the area! The participation fee $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12, seniors and Deep Portage members. Lunch is an additional $5 for adults and $3 for children, seniors and members. Please feel free to bring your own bag lunch. 

For reservations or additional information, please call Deep Portage at (218) 682-2325, toll-free at 1-888-280-9908, or email portage@uslink.net.  Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DeepPortage.