HACKENSACK -- Deep Portage has added 28,000 square feet to the main building. The addition contains two sleeping wings that house five bedrooms for a total sleeping capacity of 175.
There is a handicap room in each wing that has an elevator and ramps. The two large classrooms, each with the capacity to hold 45 students, adds to the teaching area.
The largest room in the new facility is the Great Room. It includes a 40-ton split fieldstone fireplace, a seating capacity for 250 people and windows all around to bring the outdoors indoors.
The addition also boasts a 34-foot climbing wall. When completed it will be one of the tallest free standing indoor climbing walls in northern Minnesota.
Deep Portage is an environmental learning center, and it is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. During the school year more than 150 schools (approximately 6,000 students) visit Deep Portage for environmental learning.
During a typical school visit the students and teachers stay for three days
and two nights. In the summer, several weeklong camps are conducted for young people, including firearms training, aquatics, upland bird and others.
Deep Portage Conservation is a 6,307-acre Memorial Forest that is open to the public year-round. The reserve is five miles long, two miles wide, contains five lakes and 20 kilometers of hiking and skiing trails.
The Deep Portage Conservation Foundation and Cass County manage the reserve.
For more information contact Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, 2197 Nature Center Drive N.W., Hackensack, MN 56452. E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Internet go to http//wwwdeep-portage.org.
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