"…As the young spend less of their lives in natural surroundings, their senses narrow, physiologically and psychologically and this reduces the richness of human experience… we NEED contact with nature." Richard Louv, Author of Last Child in the Woods
Foley Environmental Education Center, located on Whitefish Lake near Crosslake, MN, is full of growth and activity each spring. Buds producing new leaves on the trees, birds returning to their summer habitat, and new life being produced are included in the background for an unforgettable learning experience.
Since 1970, Boys and girls from across the state of Minnesota have been coming to the Environmental Center to learn about the environment and themselves. After a week of group living and learning in this natural setting, students come away with environmental skills and knowledge, new friendships, feelings of growing self-reliance, and a greater sense of self.