Agassiz Environmental Learning Center in the Fertile-Sand Hill Recreation Area
Photos by D. Arscott
Summer 2002
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The purpose of the Agassiz Environmental Learning Center is to foster a greater awareness of the interrelationships between humans and nature. The Fertile-Sand Hills area is a 640-acre natural area open to the public throughout the year.

Agassiz Environmental Learning Center
P.O. Box 388, Fertile, MN 56540
(218) 945-3129

The Fertile Sand Hills were originally formed by Glacial Lake Agassiz and later periods of drought and wind. Today several rare Minnesota landscapes and species make their home in the Sand Hills. Dunes are a unique formation in the Red River Basin. Wind blown sands ripple across the dune area and eventually cascade over the steep north face of the dune. Standing atop Lookout Point, on the south facing bluff, provides a spectacular view of the Sand Hill River Valley.

The Nature Center has a meeting area, modern bathrooms and displays about the Sand Hills and its flora and fauna. The facility is open to the public and available for special occasions

The Botanical Garden provides examples of prairie grasses native to this part of Minnesota. Additionally, there are over 10 miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails (view the map) through a variety of unique terrain.

Campers can stay at the 10-site campground near the Nature Center.

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