Positive Energy Outdoors

Positive Energy Outdoors, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, encourages people and animal powered exploration of the outdoors. Our programs emphasize teamwork, healthy risk taking, and positive communication, creating learning opportunities that can lead to a lifetime of active adventures.  In 2014, we are proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary!

As Duluth's outdoor education center, we help people of all ages and skill levels get outside to enjoy activities from rock climbing to dog sledding. Our small group experiences for individuals, couples and families, as well as sampler experiences for large groups of up to 60 participants, help support outdoor opportunities for youth.  Positive Energy Outdoors is a United Way of Greater Duluth Community Partner.

Gift certificates are available for all of Positive Energy Outdoors' instructional programs, tours and camps.  We can also host your group event at Positive Energy Outdoors site, located just 30 minutes from Duluth, 45 minutes from Two Harbors or 3 hours from the Twin Cities, or meet you at one of our Duluth or North Shore climbing or kayaking locations.    

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Latitude: 46.986324 Longitude: -92.183508 Elevation: 1392 ft
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Our Mission

Positive Energy Outdoors encourages people and animal powered exploration of the outdoors. Our programs emphasize teamwork, healthy risk taking, and positive communication, creating learning opportunities that can lead to a lifetime of active adventures.   Positive Energy Outdoors activities and educational methods emphasize: 

Team Building: Creating increased opportunities to connect cooperatively with peers, family, community and mentors through interesting and challenging activities that set high expectations for participants.

Access: Providing unique physical activities that not all families, individuals, organizations or schools can provide or afford.

Experiential Learning: Offering meaningful participation in activities through a participatory learning approach that promotes interpersonal skills, life skills, healthy choices and positive risk taking among participants.

Leadership/Volunteer Development: Creating leadership opportunities through participation, in service projects and community events.

Our History
In 2004, the husband and wife team of Blake Cazier (B.A.S. Teaching Earth Science) and Stephanie Love (M.S. Experiential Education) co-founded Positive Energy Outdoors, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit outdoor education program, to provide opportunities for low-moderate income youth to experience people and animal powered outdoor activities. We are proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2014!

Blake received his B.A.S. Teaching Earth Sciences from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Prior to starting Positive Energy, Blake spent 13 years as a college outdoor program director, and is one of the most experienced climbing and kayaking instructors and guides in Northeast Minnesota.  Blake has owned sled dogs since 1993, and is passionate about helping people explore the natural world.  He is also one of the region's most experienced kayak and rock climbing guides.  

Steph received her M.S. in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and has led trips for the Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) and directed the HighScope Institute for IDEAS, a model residential camp program for talented, disadvantaged teens.  In addition, Steph is currently a consultant for the University of Minnesota Youth Work Learning Lab and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, where she trains youth workers from around the state and nationally on youth development best practices, coaching and program assessment, planning and improvement processes.

Each year, Blake, Steph and Positive Energy Outdoors' professional staff introduce thousands of people to world class outdoor adventure activities in Duluth and on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  Our incredible team of outdoor educators has over 40 years of combined professional experience as outdoor educators. Join us for dog sled tours, rock and ice climbing instruction, inland lake and Lake Superior kayak tours and skills instruction courses, as well as draft horse sleigh and wagonette rides. 
Thank you for participating in our public programs, which continue to provide crucial funding to help defray the direct program costs of the outdoor education experiences we provide for low-moderate income youth.  Your adventure starts here!

Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

  • Dog Sled Tours
  • Skijoring
  • Horse Drawn Sleigh and Wagonette Rides
  • Draft Horse Driving Instruction
  • Experiential Forest History Programs
  • Cranberry Bog Exploration (Hiking or Snowshoeing)
  • Inland Lake and Lake Superior Kayak Tours and Skills Instruction
  • Duluth and North Shore Rock and Ice Climbing Instruction and Guiding
  • Portable Climbing Wall
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
  • Women's Kayaking
  • SUP Yoga
  • Day Camps
  • Outdoor Leadership, Cultural Exchange and Adventure Camp for Teens
  • Inland Lake Kayak or SUP Rentals

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Positive Energy Outdoors is run by the husband and wife team of Blake Cazier and Stephanie Love, with help from our son, Ansel (age 5).  We employ 10 full and part time staff, and purchase many of the goods and services we uses for our operations locally.  In addition, our facility is an example of renewable energy in action, with a 3kw wind turbine and 1.2kw solar array offsetting much of our power use.  

Accessibility Notes

Positive Energy Outdoors hosts a variety of groups each year, including Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute-Northland, and can accommodate participants with limited mobility, including those in wheelchairs.  

Pet Friendly Notes

While we love animals, we ask that participants leave their pets at home, as they may be uncomfortable around so many new dogs!  

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