Eco Camp HUG Campus

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HUG Campus

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Includes supplies, activities, snacks, and a t-shirt 

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What will my child do at Eco Camp?

We'll discuss plants, animals, renewable energy, gardening, composting, recycling, and how to be a responsible caretaker of our planet. Children will be engaged in environmental education through a variety of lessons, activities, games, stories, crafts, garden experiences, outdoor play, healthy snacks, field trips, and more! 

Logistics

Our Camps are held at Happy Dancing Turtle on the Hunt Utilities Group Resilient Living Campus.

2331 Dancing Wind Road SW, Suite 1 Pine River, MN 56474

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations made at least 14 days prior to camp start date will receive a full refund, less a 10% processing fee.
  • Cancellations made 3-13 days prior to camp start date will receive a refund of 50%.

  • Cancellations made less than 3 days prior to camp start date will receive no refund.

  • Should Happy Dancing Turtle cancel camp for any reason, all paid registrations will receive a refund of 100%.

Eco Camp Driftless

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Driftless Region

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Pricing

Includes supplies, activities, snacks, and a t-shirt 

Grades 1-6: 
PreK-K:

What will my child do at Eco Camp?

We'll discuss plants, animals, renewable energy, gardening, composting, recycling, and how to be a responsible caretaker of our planet. Children will be engaged in environmental education through a variety of lessons, activities, games, stories, crafts, garden experiences, outdoor play, healthy snacks, field trips, and more! 

Logistics

Our Camps are held at Happy Dancing Turtle on the Hunt Utilities Group Resilient Living Campus.

2331 Dancing Wind Road SW, Suite 1 Pine River, MN 56474

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations made at least 14 days prior to camp start date will receive a full refund, less a 10% processing fee.
  • Cancellations made 3-13 days prior to camp start date will receive a refund of 50%.

  • Cancellations made less than 3 days prior to camp start date will receive no refund.

  • Should Happy Dancing Turtle cancel camp for any reason, all paid registrations will receive a refund of 100%.

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Eco Camp T Shirt Contest

Eco Camp T-Shirt Contest

Happy Dancing Turtle is hosting the --th Annual Eco Camp T-shirt Design Contest to engage students in a creative endeavor while encouraging them to think about the environment.

Eco Camp Off Season

Thank you to all who joined the fun at Eco Camp this year! Check back in the spring for next year’s dates as well as T-shirt Design Contest information!

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Nature Club Off Season

Unfortunately, we are unable to host Nature Club at this time. Please check back soon.

B2B Off Season

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. In addition to 40+ workshops, this event includes a large vendor area with 50+ booths providing educational materials, services, and locally made/grown goods of a sustainable nature. The vendor area is open to the public for free. School-aged (K-6) children’s programming runs concurrently so bring the family and enjoy the day together!

Check back for next year's details.

Downloadable Lessons

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Interested in the lessons we offer but teach outside of our service area? You can download our full lesson plans to utilize in your classroom!

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Turtle Treks- Camp 1

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you interested in sponsoring Back to Basics? With a variety of levels, we’ve got the right opportunity for you.

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B2B FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Back to Basics this year?

Back to Basics will be on Saturday, February 15th, 2020. The event begins at 8am and is finished by 5pm. 

Is Back to Basics the same weekend every year? 

We partner with the Pine River-Backus Schools to host Back to Basics.  The event takes up many classrooms, the gyms, and the cafeteria. In order to use the facility, we have to plan the event around their sports/school schedule, so we need to be flexible! Thank you for your understanding! We do our best to avoid other events with the limited options we have. 

Where is Back to Basics?

Back to Basics is located at the Pine River-Backus Schools, 401 Murray Avenue, Pine River, MN 56474. Once you approach the school, there will be signs to follow.

Do I have to register ahead of time?

No, you do not have to register ahead of time, but workshops are limited in capacity.  Registering in advance is the best way to ensure you are able to attend the workshops you are most interested in, however, you can do "Walk-In Registration" starting at 8am at the event.

Do I choose my workshops at registration? 

Workshops are hosted in the school's classrooms, which can each hold a certain maximum number of people. Registering for workshops in advance helps the event run smoothly. We cap each workshop to ensure everyone attending has a place to sit and we won't have to turn people away at the door to go find another workshop the day of the event. It also helps our presenters prepare enough materials for their workshops, as many of them are hands-on. 

Can I attend part of the day?

While we would LOVE for you to attend for the whole day, we understand that an 8-5 event for some folks is just not possible! The keynote address and the vendor area are open to the public for free - feel free to stop by! If you'd like to just take a couple of workshops, you have the option to register "Ala Carte" as a sort of "build your own day" option.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! 

Is there an option for kids?

We offer a Kindergarten through 6th Grade Kids' Program that runs all day at the event. Children that are in 7th grade or above are welcome to register as adults and attend workshops! 

Can I register for all five workshops and lunch?

With only a 20 minute break between sessions and such a large school, we do not feel confident that our participants will be able to get to the cafeteria, acquire their lunch, have time to enjoy it, and make it to their next session on time. It is very distracting to our presenters when folks are coming in late to their presentations. Instead, you are welcome to attend all five workshop options, but you will need to bring your own lunch to eat IN BETWEEN workshop sessions at your leisure. 

Why is the class I wanted to attend closed?

Because we partner with the school and our workshops take place in school classrooms, there is a very defined maximum capacity of each room. We want folks to be comfortable at the event and have a place to sit. We decide workshop maximums based on two things: the size of the room and the amount of chairs AND the presenter's preference. Some presenters require a smaller maximum for their workshops. We will update the workshop list online and our online registration platform when workshops have met capacity. 

I am presenting a workshop or vending in the fair. Where can I find more information about what is needed of me? 

Please make sure to read through our Presenter Guidelines and/or our Vendor/Exhibitor Guidelines.

Nature Club PRB

Pine River-Backus Schools

Happy Dancing Turtle’s Pine River Nature Club meets on select Mondays throughout the school year. Members meet in the Commons Area of PR-B Schools at 3:15 where they have a snack and discuss the plans for that day, and then head outside, usually to the School Forest.

Select Mondays, 3:15PM - 4:15PM

Meet in the Commons

Series 1: Dates TBD
Series 2: Dates TBD

Pricing

$20 Per Series

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1st-4th Grade
Min. 5, Max 15 Participants

Nature Club DR

Trempealeau Library

The Driftless Region’s Nature Club meets on select Thursdays throughout the school year at the Trempealeau Public Library. Snack will be provided. Participants need to be dressed for the weather, as part of nature club will be outside (in all weather conditions)!

Select Thursdays, 3PM - 4:30PM

Fall Series: Dates TBD
Spring Series: Dates TBD

Pricing

Free!

Details

1st-5th Grade

Turtle Treks Off Season

Thank you to those who joined our Turtle Treks this year! Check back next spring for information on our next adventure!

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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. In addition to 40+ workshops, this event includes a large vendor area with 50+ booths providing educational materials, services, and locally made/grown goods of a sustainable nature. The vendor area is open to the public for free. School-aged (K-6) children’s programming runs concurrently so bring the family and enjoy the day together!

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  • Participants

    Learn more about the day: schedule, fees, food, kids' program, and a full listing of workshops!

  • Vendor/Exhibitors

    Our vendor fair is one you don't want to miss - it is free, open to the public, and includes over 50 booths.

  • Keynote

    Meet our Keynote Speaker and explore this year's Keynote topic.

  • Present at B2B

    Share your knowledge, experience, and expertise with Back to Basics participants.

  • B2B Enthusiasts

    We would not be able to do this event without our supporters, promoters, sponsors, and volunteers! 

B2B Vendors Top Section

Back to Basics hosts the largest (50+ booths) sustainably-focused vendor fair in the region! Don't miss this opportunity to stock up on locally grown and handmade goodies all while chatting with knowledgeable people and organizations who want to help you live more sustainably. Come shop and learn with us! There will be an abundance of educational materials, services, locally made/grown goods including delicious foods, natural personal care products, handmade home decor, clothing, and more! The vendor fair is free and open to the public all day (8am-5pm) on Saturday, February 15th.

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