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Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center fundraising again for holidays with wreath making and tree cut

Old fundraising traditions are back and last year's first do-it-yourself wreath-making kits return.

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Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center north of Duluth is selling wreath-making kits to raise money for programming. Contributed / Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, north of Duluth, is brining back its annual holiday tree cut and wreath-making classes this year to raise money for the 18-acre natural classroom.

Both of the fundraising activities were canceled last year because of the pandemic and instead, the environmental learning center offered a way for people to assemble their own wreaths at home by selling wreath kits, which are also available this year until kits sell out. All materials are sustainably harvested at Boulder Lake Management Area, according to a news release from the learning center.

Boulder Lake staff and volunteers will be around to help those who attend the wreath-making workshop at Glensheen Mansion.

Families can cut down their own holiday tree in the Boulder Lake forest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4.

The center's director, Ryan Hueffmeier, said in the release that the fundraiser is also an opportunity to participate in sustainable forestry practices, as harvesting and thinning balsams is a form of fire management while also providing a local economic resource.


“The holiday season is our biggest fundraising time of the year. We’re excited to be able to offer our tree cut again this year,” Hueffmeier said. “We also came up with a contactless, socially distanced way to provide our popular wreath-making experience."

The wreath kits contain a metal wreath frame, balsam fir boughs, wire, accents like pine, spruce, dogwood and cones as well as a link to a video with instructions.

The environment learning center is based within the University of Minnesota Duluth's College of Education and Human Services Professions and is a partnership with Minnesota Power and St. Louis County Land and Minerals Department. The nonprofit offers education related to sustainable natural resource management. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help support programming, internship stipends and busing.

How to get involved

To purchase a wreath kit: Preorder a kit at . Staff will contact about a pickup time. Delivery is available within 25 miles of the learning center for an extra fee of $10.

To attend the wreath-making class: Register at to secure one of the spots from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1 and 2. Spots fill up fast. Cost is $25.

To attend the tree cut: Bring your own saw, sled and tie downs to Bear Paw parking lot, located off Boulder Dam Road, just north of where the road intersects with Birch Isle Road. The parking lot is on the right side of the road for those traveling north. The tree cut is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4. Cost is $20 per tree. Contact with any questions.

To donate directly: Make a donation to Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center by visiting . Donations of canoes, kayaks, snowshoes, fishing and camping gear are also welcome. Send an email to .

This story was updated at 12:40 p.m. Nov. 29 to add the learning center's partnerships. It was originally posted at 4:37 p.m. Nov. 27.

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