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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. 

An interactive exhibit and programs that explore the science, history, stories, culture and relationships of water in Minnesota.

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

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

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Our Garden

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

  • We Are Water MN - Events & Exhibit
    Apr 27, 4:00 PM – Jun 19, 4:00 PM
    Pine River, 2331 Dancing Wind Rd SW, Pine River, MN 56474, USA
    A traveling exhibit all about water, plus community events, for all ages!
  • Tiny Turtles Summer Session
    Mon, Jun 05
    Hunt Utilities Group
    Jun 05, 10:00 AM – Aug 28, 11:30 AM
    Hunt Utilities Group , 2331 Dancing Wind Rd SW, Pine River, MN 56474, USA
    Outdoor Preschool Program
  • Eco Camp Driftless Region
    Mon, Jun 12
    Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge
    Jun 12, 9:00 AM – Jul 28, 12:00 PM
    Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, W28488 Refuge Rd, Trempealeau, WI 54661, USA
    Summer week-long day camps at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge
  • Eco Camp Pine River
    Mon, Jun 26
    Happy Dancing Turtle
    Jun 26, 9:00 AM – Aug 04, 3:00 PM
    Happy Dancing Turtle, 2331 Dancing Wind Rd SW, Suite 1 Pine River, MN 56474
    Eco camps are week-long day camps for children ages 1st - 6th grade. We believe a passion for stewardship begins with cultivating a love of nature and being outdoors.
  • Turtle Treks 2023
    Tue, Jul 11
    Happy Dancing Turtle
    Jul 11, 9:00 AM – Aug 23, 10:00 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.
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