Saint John’s Outdoor University

Saint John’s Outdoor University provides environmental and outdoor education through classes, events, and initiatives with the Abbey Arboretum, Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict.

Our Programs

Improving environmental literacy and connections to the natural world through hands-on, age-appropriate field trips for local schools.

Camp and canoe in the Boundary Waters during an outdoor orientation experience for incoming first-year and transfer students.

Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum is more than 2,500 acres of lakes, prairie, oak savanna and forest owned by Saint John’s Abbey and surrounding Saint John’s University.

Leadership development and outdoor recreation with the Peer Resource Program, Outdoor Leadership Center, Indoor Climbing Wall, and more.

A sweet tradition for more than 80 years! Participate in events or volunteer to help produce maple syrup.


Both the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University occupy the original homelands of the Dakhóta and Anishinaabe peoples. We honor, respect, and acknowledge the Indigenous peoples forcibly removed from this territory, whose connection remains today. Saint Benedict’s Monastery and Saint John’s Abbey previously operated boarding schools for Native children. Now, students, faculty, and staff are working to repair relationships with our Native Nation neighbors.