Northland Arboretum

Address

14250 Conservation Drive PO Box 375 Brainerd MN 56401

Directions

Take Highway 371 through Baxter to Excelsior Road (Mills Fleet Farm). Turn East and go 8/10 of a mile to Conservation Drive. Turn left (North) drive to the end of the road and you are there.

Phone Number

218-829-8770

Run by

Its own non-profit organization

Date Established

1992

Size

583 acres

Cost

$3.00 per person to walk trails – no charge if member

Peak Season

Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter

Peak season (notes)

Mid to late summer 
Spring to early summer for wild flower trail

Region

Central

Garden Type

Arboretum

Extras

Hiking 
X-C Skiing – approximately 12 miles of trails 
Picnicking facilities
Bird watching 
Free parking on grounds 
Restrooms

Comments

This is a sprawling and relatively newly established arboretum. The Arboretum’s mission is “to provide intelligent nature conservation using its outdoor, year-round displays of the regions flora and fauna and to provide recreation that respects and appreciates these assets within its boundaries.” The Arboretum contains a Red Pine plantation and an area of Jack Pine savanna, one of only five examples of this habitat in Minnesota. Other areas include a native tree trail, a Minnesota DNR landscaping for wildlife demonstration area, youth gardens and a wild flower trail. There is also a central pond with an arched bridge that has been designed and planted with hardy species to resemble the famous garden in Giverny, France designed by Claude Monet.