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.
Its own non-profit organization
$3.00 per person to walk trails – no charge if member
Peak season (notes)
- Mid to late summer
- Spring to early summer for wild flower trail
- X-C Skiing – approximately 12 miles of trails
- Picnicking facilities
- Bird watching
- Free parking on grounds
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.