We are an independent, non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. We are dedicated to environmental education for all people, focusing on school-aged youth from the surrounding region. Hartley Nature Center resides in a beautiful 7500 square foot state of the art "Green" building on Woodland Avenue on the north side of Hartley Park. Our building is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am to 5 pm Saturday. We are also open Sundays from 12 pm to 5 pm January through March. In addition to providing bathrooms, shelter, and interesting exhibits for visitors, we also dispense general park information and offer programs for adults and families. Hartley Nature Center receives no government funding whatsoever; we rely on income from program fees, membership dues, grants, and donor gifts to continue operating.
1987 - Hartley Nature Center officially becomes a non-profit environmental education corporation.The first instructors work out of the trunks of their cars and satisfy a growing appetite for outdoor based experiential learning.
2003 - After years of planning, our new building is finally completed. It features four classrooms, office space, a library/meeting room, bathrooms, an exhibit hall, and green building elements throughout. The building is partially powered by a grid-tied solar energy system and is used as a teaching tool to illustrate low impact building techniques and living. Hartley Nature Center has a 50 year lease with the city of Duluth to operate and occupy the building in exchange for raising funds to build it.