April classes announced at Pine River's Balsam Moon

Classes include a Storywalk daycamp, gardening and outdoors cooking.


PINE RIVER — Spring is on its way and classes and activities are gearing up at Balsam Moon Preserve, a non-profit organization located 10 miles west and south of Pine River on the edge of The Foothills State Forest.

Friday, April 21 will honor Earth Day with a meditation and walk on the labyrinth in the woods, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.. All are welcome to come focus on this special day.

Gardening 101 with Master Gardener Geoff Davidge will run 9 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, April 22. He’ll present basic information on soil health, seed starting, garden planning, growing, composting and harvesting. Though this is geared to a beginner gardener, there is always new information to be gained by participating.

A StoryWalk® Daycamp especially for children ages 6-12 is offered from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, and will feature an adventure along a trail in the woods featuring a story, movements and activities. A snack, craft and daypack exercise will also be part of the adventure. Space is limited so early sign up is encouraged.

Backcountry Cooking from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, will engage participants in hands-on cooking over an open fire and using a camp stove while learning safety in nature.


There is also room for participants to schedule a sustainability tour/visit that can include a lunch or snack, or schedule their group meeting out in nature. Facilities include screened pavilion, campfire, labyrinth, nature trails, pond, wood-fired barrel oven, flower & vegetable gardens, orchard, StoryWalk trail, deep winter greenhouse and numerous applications of solar energy. There are also limited overnight facilities for a simple rustic experience in the cordwood constructed cabins should anyone wish to schedule an overnight stay.

Participants may register for classes and activities via the website or by calling Balsam Moon Preserve at 218-587-3808.

Balsam Moon practices an economy of “reciprocity”, giving in accordance to what a person receives (i.e., labor, money, goods needed, etc.), for a balance; it is not “required”. Balsam Moon trust that participants will honor a different way of doing economy.

More information about Balsam Moon Preserve is available at the website at: or on Facebook, by email at or phone 218-587-3808.

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