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"The Power of Change"

Back to Basics Thanks for coming Pine River Minnesota

 Thank you so much for making this year's event one for the books!

Be sure to save the date for next year's Back to Basics:

January 27, 2018


Join us for the 11th Annual Back to Basics, The Power of Change! This event combines workshops, vendors/exhibitors, a keynote, lunch, door prizes, and more! Back to Basics brings roughly 400 people together to share ideas on a wide variety of topics related to sustainability and resiliency. In addition to 35+ workshops, this event includes a large vendor area with 50+ booths providing educational materials and locally made/grown goods of a sustainable nature. The vendor area is open to the public for free. School-aged (K-4) children’s programming runs concurrently so bring the family and enjoy the day together!

J Drake Hamilton Keynote Speaker Back to Basics

Our keynote speaker will be J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy, a MN-based non-profit that has been working for 20+ years to shape our clean energy future. J. is an expert in climate policy at the state and national levels with a background in geography, climatology, and water resources. She is responsible for policy development and analysis of clean energy solutions that maximize economic opportunities for the Midwest. She has also been named among Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine's 100 influential people "who make things happen."




Back to Basics New Schedule Pine River Minnesota


Participants get ready!! We have a record number of workshop offerings at this year's Back to Basics! In order to accommodate our growing event, we have re-vamped this year's schedule. We hope to reduce lunch line congestion while providing you with more time to visit vendor booths, learn from our presenters, take advantage of networking opportunities, enter your name for door prize drawings, and socialize with friends!

Online/Pre-Registration is now CLOSED! If you would like to attend workshops at Back to Basics, please arrive at the Pine River-Backus School on Saturday morning, starting at 8:00am. You can register at the "Walk-In Registration" table in Room 112. Workshops have limited space remaining and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis! Please click on the link below to see which workshops are still available.

View Workshop Descriptions & Availability

Refer-A-Friend: Tell a friend or family member about back to Basics! If they register and mention your name in the "referred by" box, we'll put both of your names into a drawing for a prize donated from FruitShare - an Organic Fruit Delivery Service. Two people will win a 3-month FruitShare subscription (a $120 value)!

Fee Free Friday: We had four people win registration through our Facebook contest! Congrats to Sue Monnens, Nancy Uhlenkamp, Barb Notsch, and Angie Horkey!




Vendors and/or Exhibitors

Are you excited to do some shopping in our vendor area?  Take a sneak peak at our Current Vendor List to see who's signed up to attend this year's Back to Basics! Our vendor/exhibitor area has reached maximum capacity and we are no longer accepting registrations. If you'd like to be placed on the waitlist, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vendor/Exhibitor Guidelines



Are you interested in sponsoring this community event? Find more information about sponsorship levels and how to become a sponsor in the letter below! If you'd like to become a sponsor, you can print this letter, fill it out, and mail it to us at the address above. You could also give us a call to complete your sponsorship over the phone.


If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 218-587-2303 or drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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