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Hackensack - Deep Portage Learning Center

2197 Nature Center Drive NorthWest

Fay L. Harrington founded Deep Portage Conservation Reserve in 1973. The Cass County Commissioners set aside tax-forfeited land for the construction of a conservation education and resource management campus.

The Resource Heritage Center (RHC) was opened for the public in 1987. Deep Portage has been providing quality environmental education programs and services for over 15 years. The RHC provides an education site with classrooms, dining hall, a theater, an indoor climbing wall and bed space for 175 occupants.

Deep Portage is located on 6,307 acres of beautiful glacial hills, lakes, rivers and bogs. The forest type is predominantly aspen and the balance consisting of red, white and jack pine with some red and white oak. Wildlife abounds on the reserve. Deer, coyote, bear, fisher, and porcupine are just a few of the local residents. Big Deep Lake is 100 feet deep and the reserve is located on more than a mile of natural undisturbed shoreline.

It is operated by the Deep Portage Conservation Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, for people of all ages. Open to the public, it is a place where community, education, and the environment come together. There are hiking trails to enjoy, an interpretive center to explore, and educational programming available year round.


Scott Berry

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
I had a wonderful with my sixth grade girls. The staff was incredible. Not only did my girls learn a ton, I did too. The activities and food were fantastic. I really cannot express how much fun we had!

Erica Popkes

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
I came here on a field trip with my daughter's class and we had a great time! The staff is amazing and great with kids! It is a very clean safe environment for the whole family! I would totally recommend going here!

Payner1217 Payner

Monday, March 19, 2018
Went there in 5th grade and going again tomorrow in 7th but my first time was amazing they had amazing food and it was fun to go canoeing and the trip there was nice

mike heselton

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
Great place! Alot of educational experiences to be had here. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!!!

Kris Franzen

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
Staff was excellent!! The kids had a great time. Would go back

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