Educational Opportunities: Eagle Bluff Skills School Sustainable Home Tour

Our work promoting independent, alternative energy throughout the community puts us in touch with some of southeastern Minnesota’s most interesting people and organizations. In this blog post, we’d like to introduce you to one of the region’s gems: the Eagle Bluff Skills School in Lanesboro.

Eagle Bluff was founded to help students learn about nature by spending time in nature. They currently offer 31 K-12 educational programs from Advanced Orienteering to Insects and Winter Survival. The hands-on curriculum for youth was so successful that it sparked demand for similar educational opportunities for adults.

Thus was born the Eagle Bluff Skills School with the mission to empower people to care for the earth and each other. Their Spring/Summer course catalog includes:

  • Amish pie making demonstrations
  • Goat milk soaps 101
  • Fiber processing and spinning
  • Shitake mushroom cultivation (they are actually a world leader in shitake agriculture)
  • Fossil hunting
  • Raku firing
  • Chainsaw techniques
  • Natural dyes
  • And about a billion other fascinating subjects

We were introduced to Eagle Bluff by our customers Nancy & John of Lanesboro, whose picture graces our home page and company brochure. Their decision to go solar was heavily influenced by a Passive House workshop at Eagle Bluff. They are now participants and supporters, and their fascinating (and beautiful) home is part of Eagle Bluff’s upcoming Sustainable Home Tour April 22nd from 1:00 to 5:00pm.

Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a more energy efficient home? Are you considering either building a new, more energy efficient home or remodeling your current home to make it more energy efficient? If yes, this tour is designed for you. The tour will consist of touring a deep energy retrofit home that documented a 78% reduction in energy use to become the 9th home in the 1,000 Home Challenge. The tour will also visit other sustainable homes.

–Eagle Bluff Skills School course description

If you want to learn more about living sustainably–both environmentally and financially–we encourage you to sign up. We speak from experience when we tell you that the region is beautiful, the people are delightful, and the education is enriching.

Find more information and sign up at

And read about Nancy & John’s home on their blog,

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