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. 

Save the date! Back to Basics will be held on February 11, 2023, at Pine River-Backus Schools.

Vendor and Sponsor registration is now OPEN!

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

Support Stewardship

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.

  •  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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  • Driftless Region Change Exchange Discussion Group
    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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  • Tiny Turtles Winter Session
    Mon, Dec 12
    Hunt Utilities Group
    Dec 12, 2022, 10:00 AM – Feb 27, 2023, 11:30 AM
    Hunt Utilities Group , 2331 Dancing Wind Rd SW, Pine River, MN 56474, USA
    Outdoor Preschool Program
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  • Back to Basics
    Sat, Feb 11
    Pine River-Backus School
    Feb 11, 2023, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST
    Pine River-Backus School, 810 First Street N, Pine River, MN 56474, USA
    Back to Basics is the premier sustainable living event of north-central Minnesota! It combines workshops, vendors/exhibitors, a keynote, lunch, door prizes, and more to bring roughly 400 people together to share ideas on a wide variety of topics related to sustainability and resiliency.
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