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Intro to Loon Watching & Loon-Friendly Lakes

February 17, 2024 | 10:20-11:20am
Pine River-Backus School
Join the National Loon Center, Whitefish Area Property Owners Association, and Minnesota Loon Restoration Project for this fun workshop during Back to Basics! Learn how to start a loon monitoring program and how to protect loons, preserve water quality, & maintain a natural shoreline.

Workshop Schedule

Back to Basics: Vendor Fair

February 17, 2024 | 8am-4pm
Pine River-Backus School
Back to Basics by Happy Dancing Turtle is the premier sustainable living event in north-central Minnesota! Find the National Loon Center, Whitefish Area Property Owners Association, and Minnesota Loon Restoration Project at the vendor fair.

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Loons & Lakes Trivia

March 6, 2024 | 6-8pm
Roundhouse Brewery
Join us at a NEW location at Roundhouse Brewery in Nisswa! Hosted by the NLC and WAPOA. Crosslake. Bring in lead tackle for our drop-off box for extra bonus points.

Loons & Lakes Trivia

March 14, 2024 | 6-8pm
14 Lakes Brewery
Kick off the St. Patrick's Day Parade weekend in Crosslake with trivia! Hosted by the NLC and WAPOA. Crosslake. Bring in lead tackle for our drop-off box for extra bonus points.

Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 16, 2024 | 2pm
Crosslake
Get Green & Groovy for the 50th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebration! This year the theme is "Throwback to the 70s." Stop by The Nest in between the festivities to get groovy & loony!

Event Schedule

Crow Wing SWCD Landowner Event

March 22, 2024 | 10am-2pm
Crow Wing County Land Services
Attend the Landowner Event hosted by the Crow Wing Soil & Water Conservation District for an engaging lineup of speakers. The National Loon Center will speak from 10:25-10:55am.

Event Schedule

Brainerd Lakes Home Show & Expo

March 22, 2024 | 12-7pm
March 23, 2024 | 9am-5pm
Essentia Health Sports Center
We're brining the looniness to this larger than life tradeshow showcasing regional businesses and organizations! Find our booth to talk what's new with the National Loon Center.

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Loons & Lakes Trivia

April 18, 2024 | 6-8pm
14 Lakes Brewery
Welcome back spring and the return of the loons with trivia in Crosslake! Hosted by the NLC and WAPOA. Crosslake. Bring in lead tackle for our drop-off box for extra bonus points.

Loons & Lakes Trivia

May 23, 2024 | 6-8pm
14 Lakes Brewery
Welcome back spring and the return of the loons with trivia in Crosslake! Hosted by the NLC and WAPOA. Crosslake. Bring in lead tackle for our drop-off box for extra bonus points.

Loons & Lakes Trivia

June 19, 2024 | 6-8pm
14 Lakes Brewery
Join us for another fun night of trivia in Crosslake! Hosted by the NLC and WAPOA. Crosslake. Bring in lead tackle for our drop-off box for extra bonus points.

The National Loon Center's Progress

2023

The National Loon Center announces an enhancement to the original site plan that placed the building on federal lands managed by the USACE. While maintaining programming and amenities at the Cross Lake Recreation Area, the NLC acquired nearby private lands to build the world-class facility and develop a sustainable natural campus with parking on-site. The nearby site spans nearly 10 acres between CSAH 3 Swann Drive and CSAH business trip. The Minnesota legislature allocates $2.5 million to the City of Crosslake to support the Center's construction as part of the bonding bill.

2022

In collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Loon Center, completed a shoreline restoration project near the boat landing at the Cross Lake Recreation Area. A floating dock system was also installed at the bay to prevent further erosion of the shoreline, with dedicated mooring stations for visitors of the campground and public use. An outdoor exhibit on loon calls was installed near the recreation area entrance.

2021

Archeological reviews and site planning at the Crosslake Recreation Area were completed and outdoor site enhancement began. In June of 2021, the NLC opened a temporary information center, called The Nest, in Crosslake Town Square, engaging around 4,000 visitors in its first year.

2019

Minnesota lawmakers approved $4 million to build National Loon Center in Crosslake. National Loon Center finalized a 25 year land lease with US Army Corps of Engineers at the future site location of the facility: the Cross Lake Recreation Area.

2018

The National Loon Center Community Input and Master Plan are developed by the University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research. The University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, Department of Applied Economics and the National Loon Center Foundation produce a Market Feasibility Study and Impact Assessment

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