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.

HDT continues to practice social distancing.

Please contact us for programming updates.

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. 

Pine River

We are in the process of planning B2B 2022! Come back soon for more information. In the meantime, check out the 2021 Virtual Vendor Fair!

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

Something for Everyone

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Upcoming Classes & Events

  • Virtual Vendor Fair!
    Wed, Mar 10
    Mar 10, 5:00 PM – Oct 31, 9:00 PM
    Back to Basics may be over, but you can still shop the Virtual Vendor Fair!
  • Tiny Turtles Fall Session
    Mon, Sep 13
    Hunt Utilities Group
    Sep 13, 10:00 AM – Nov 30, 11:30 AM
    Hunt Utilities Group , 2331 Dancing Wind Rd SW, Pine River, MN 56474, USA
    Outdoor Preschool Program
  • Nature Club
    Mon, Sep 20
    Pine River - Backus School
    Sep 20, 3:15 PM – Dec 21, 4:30 PM
    Pine River - Backus School, Pine River-backus, MN, USA
    After school nature club for 1st-4th graders
  • Fall Bingo Scavenger Hunt!
    Fri, Oct 01
    Oct 01, 12:01 AM CDT – Oct 31, 11:59 PM CDT
    Join us for a scavenger hunt out in Nature! Can you find all 24 items on our Bingo Card for a chance to win the grand prize? Registration is free, participate from anywhere, & any ages welcome!
  • Fall Migrate, Hibernate, Adapt Walk
    Fri, Oct 15
    Pine River - Backus High School
    Oct 15, 12:00 PM – Oct 29, 12:00 PM
    Pine River - Backus High School, 810 First St N, Pine River, MN 56474, USA
    We've hidden 18 pictures of common Minnesota animals along the trails of the Pine River-Backus School Forest. Take a walk and see if you can find them all. Also, guess whether they migrate, hibernate, or adapt to survive our cold winters. Download the guide below to find out more about each animal.

Our Garden

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


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