Happy Dancing Turtle

Growing Good Stewards

Through education and collaboration, with sustainability and resilience at the heart, Happy Dancing Turtle has focused on growing good stewards of the planet since 2006. We believe inspiration and empowerment are critical elements in the changemaking process for youth and adults. From soil health and regenerative agriculture to nature play and environmental education we aim to provide programs, experiences, and learning that changes lives.

Happy Dancing Turtle is a nonprofit organization that is home-based in Pine River, MN with a hub in the Driftless Region of MN/WI. 

Eco Camp, Turtle Treks and Tiny Turtles keeps kids learning about nature and sustainability!

Serving North Central Minnesota and South Eastern Minnesota / West Central Wisconsin.

Something for Everyone

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Help grow good stewards by supporting Happy Dancing Turtle's mission to inspire wonder and empower change.


Our Garden

On nearly 2 acres, we endeavor to grow and learn with, through, and alongside the plants and soil.

Upcoming Classes & Events

  • Tiny Turtles Summer Session
    Mon, Jun 06
    Hunt Utilities Group
    Jun 06, 10:00 AM – Aug 15, 10:00 AM
    Hunt Utilities Group , 2331 Dancing Wind Rd SW, Pine River, MN 56474, USA
    Outdoor Preschool Program
  •  Driftless Region Family Nature Walks
    Thu, Jun 16
    Driftless Region - Walk Locations Vary
    Jun 16, 4:00 PM – Aug 27, 11:30 AM
    Driftless Region - Walk Locations Vary, 67 W 5th St, Winona, MN 55987, USA
    Join Nature Nora, in the Driftless Region, out on the trails for an hour of family fun! Meet other nature-loving families as we take a leisurely walk, observing nature & learning fun facts.
  • Turtle Treks 2022
    Tue, Jul 12
    Happy Dancing Turtle
    Jul 12, 9:00 AM – Aug 18, 9:00 AM
    Happy Dancing Turtle, 2331 Dancing Wind Rd SW, Suite 1 Pine River, MN 56474
    Turtle Treks is an overnight camping experience for girls in 2nd - 8th grade. These camping trips provide youth with a chance to visit parks across the state and in their own backyard. Through Turtle Treks, children have the opportunity to experience the ins-and-outs of camping while building friend
  • Summer Bingo Scavenger Hunt 2022
    Fri, Jul 15
    Online Event
    Jul 15, 12:00 AM CDT – Aug 15, 12:00 AM CDT
    Online Event
    Can you find the 24 outdoor items on our bingo card? Get a bingo and receive a prize!
  • Happy Dancing Turtle Open House
    Thu, Aug 18
    Pine River
    Aug 18, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
    Pine River, 2331 Dancing Wind Rd SW, Pine River, MN 56474, USA
    Everyone is invited to take part in the Hunt Utilities Group Resilient Living Campus’ Open House on Thursday, August 18, from 5:30 to 7 pm.