Bryan Wood

Executive Director at Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center in Sandstone, Minnesota

Bryan Wood began working at Osprey Wilds (then Audubon Center of the North Woods) as an undergraduate intern in 2005. After working as an Interpretive Ranger at Voyageurs National Park in 2006, Bryan has been at Osprey Wilds since January 2007. Bryan served as Co-Executive Director from 2009-2014, and has been Executive Director since 2014. During Bryan’s time as Executive Director, Osprey Wilds has grown its development program by 750%, increased its organizational fund balance increased by fifteen fold, added a Legacy Society, completed a 460-acre conservation easement completed with the MN Land Trust, added 247 acres to Osprey Wilds’ main campus, implemented a regenerative farm, acquired the 564 acre Blacklock Nature Campus in Moose Lake, and is currently finalizing a 760 kw solar project onsite through a power purchase agreement with Osprey Wilds’ local utility provider. During Bryan’s time, he has also led Osprey Wilds through a name change and multiple strategic plans.

Bryan earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in Outdoor Education, and a master’s degree from Hamline University in Natural Sciences and Environmental Education. Bryan has been as an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University since 2010, teaching graduate classes through Osprey Wilds. Bryan serves on the Grindstone Lake Association Board of Directors, and has been active with ANCA since 2014, hosting the Summit in 2016. In 2014, Bryan received the Non-Formal Environmental Educator of the Year from the Minnesota Association for Environmental Education. Bryan lives in Lindstrom, MN with his two children, Maya and Henry.