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Cloquet Forestry Center

Welcome to the Cloquet Forestry Center

CFC-WhoWeAre-image-treesThe Cloquet Forestry Center is the primary research and education forest for the University of Minnesota. It’s a beautiful setting for academic research, classes, professional meetings, and educational outreach.

Our 4,100 forested acres are home to trees of many ages, sizes and species.

Our northern Minnesota location is also the natural habitat for diverse wildlife. We regularly see (and sometimes study) moose, wolves, bears, lynx, bobcats, porcupines, pine martins, hares, goshawks, deer, and ruffed grouse.

The center is a great location for meetings and small conferences, whether they’re short or multiple days. See our Meeting Facilities & Lodging section for details.

We’re located within the Fond du Lac Indian reservation, with whom the University of Minnesota partners on forest management and educational programming. We’re also home to the U of M Cloquet Regional Extension office, which works with the local community.

How We Educate Professionals, the Public, and Students

We provide hands-on educational programs for natural resources professionals and environmental educators. In this way, we help them stay informed about the latest research findings in forestry and wildlife management.

For the public, the Cloquet Forestry Center offer programs on forest ecosystems and natural resource management. These are geared toward private woodland owners and are taught by the Extension office.

We also serve as a living laboratory for University of Minnesota students who study natural resources. Students can practice, observe and research forest management, wildlife, and a vast boreal ecosystem.

On-Site Research

At the Cloquet Forestry Center, we host research projects on all components of forestry. Below is just a snapshot of the type of research conducted here:


The staff at the Cloquet Forestry Center collect a wealth of data that’s available to visiting researchers.

We look forward to working with all visitors to the center, whatever your needs or interests.