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Eden Prairie / Minnetonka, Minnesota
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An Urban-Bound Pocket of Old Minnesota

Twenty minutes southwest of Minneapolis, woodpecker tapping and loon calls echo as kids amble along a trail in Birch Island Woods. 36 acres of this sanctuary of trees and wetlands have been protected by the City of Eden Prairie. Birch Island Woods Conservation Area was formed after the City agreed to buy 32 acres of the woods from Hennepin County in December 2001 and was expanded with the purchase of an old, 4-acre farmstead in March 2007. What was called “the Orphan Woods” back in 1998 has been rescued from McMansions.

Grass roots dedication, hard work and partnering with the wider community, government agencies, land owners and voters has secured and can now nurture an urban-bound pocket of Old Minnesota.

Birch Island District: Living with nature and history

The Birch Island District embraces Eden Prairie’s most important and sustainable cluster of scenic, natural, historic, recreational and outdoors oriented human service resources. The area is accessible by bike trails and roads to residents of Minnetonka, Hopkins and Eden Prairie.

  • Lakes, wetlands, woods, wildlife and bird habitats, Glen Lake Golf Center
  • Picha Heritage Farm, archeological and national historic sites
  • Hike, bike, nature and ski trails linked to the MN River Bluffs Regional Trail
  • Eden Wood’s camp for special needs children and a conference center

True Friends 2015 Annual Plant Sale


True Friends - Camp Edenwood

Wednesday May 6- Sunday May 17, 2015

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Click here for the 2015 Plant Sale Flyer

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Birch Island / Glen Lake Legacy

Heritage District

Eden Prairie History

Food from Local Farms



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Open Space Activists


Mtka Blvd & Co Rd 101
17501 Minnetonka Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Great Plains Blvd & Hwy 5
435 Pond Promenade
Chanhassen, MN 55317

“It’s easy to sit back and wait for someone else to take action The Friends of Birch Island Woods deserves our thanks and admiration because citizens didn’t wait. They got involved and made a big difference. The metro area is losing almost 60 acres of open space every day. People can wait for someone else to get involved, or they can follow the lead of the Friends of Birch Island Woods and take a stand to protect the quality of life in their communities. Once our treasured landscapes are lost, they’re gone forever.”

Rip Rapson, President McKnight Foundation on the awarding of its Champion of Open Space honor to the Friends of Birch Island Woods, at Eden Wood on October 22, 2003.

The future of Birch Island Woods

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Industrial - Kings Forest - Birch Island District Issues


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