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. 

Nature Club, Tiny Turtles and Change Exchange keeps everyone learning about nature and sustainability!

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

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Our Garden

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

  • Tiny Turtles Fall Session
    Mon, Sep 12
    Hunt Utilities Group
    Sep 12, 10:00 AM – Nov 28, 11:30 AM
    Hunt Utilities Group , 2331 Dancing Wind Rd SW, Pine River, MN 56474, USA
    Outdoor Preschool Program
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  •  Driftless Region Family Nature Walks
    Wed, Sep 14
    Driftless Region - Walk Locations Vary
    Sep 14, 4:00 PM – Dec 10, 10:30 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.
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  • Nature Club
    Mon, Sep 19
    Pine River - Backus School
    Sep 19, 3:15 PM – Nov 21, 4:45 PM
    Pine River - Backus School, Pine River-backus, MN, USA
    After school nature club for 1st-4th graders
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  • Monarchs and Milkweed
    Mon, Oct 03
    Winona Public Library
    Oct 03, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
    Winona Public Library, 151 W 5th St, Winona, MN 55987, USA
    Join Nora from Happy Dancing Turtle to learn about monarchs, multiple types of Minnesota milkweeds, and what you can do to help!
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  • Driftless Region Change Exchange Discussion Group (1)
    Oct 11, 6:30 PM – Dec 13, 6:30 PM
    Bluff Country Co-op, 121 W 2nd St, Winona, MN 55987, USA
    Join us for our Change Exchange Discussion Group!
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  •  Change Exchange Discussion Group
    Tue, Oct 11
    Happy Dancing Turtle, Old Main
    Oct 11, 6:30 PM – Dec 13, 6:30 PM
    Happy Dancing Turtle, Old Main, 2331 Dancing Wind Rd SW, Pine River, MN 56474, USA
    Join us for our Change Exchange Discussion Group!
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  • Phenology and Climate Change
    Tue, Oct 18
    Winona Public Library
    Oct 18, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
    Winona Public Library, 151 W 5th St, Winona, MN 55987, USA
    Join Nora from Happy Dancing Turtle to learn a brief history of phenology, examples of what we can learn from it, and how you can get involved by collecting data through a variety of citizen science programs.
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