Cost starts at $20 for Saturday only, $35 for one night overnight or $60 for the weekend (two nights).
Join us for an invigorating weekend in Afton State Park's Group campground! This is an opportunity to enjoy the wilderness just an hour away from the Twin Cities and get some experience camping in the great outdoors but with some creature comforts. We will have two large yurt-like canvas tents and will also have available several smaller tents. You can also bring your own! If it happens to be colder weather, we will provide some heat in the large tents during the night. We will also have canopies in the case of rain.
We will provide all of the equipment and food. There is ample firewood provided for those great nighttime campfires and water is available nearby.
It’s a wilderness experience such a short distance from the city! There are many miles of beautiful hiking trails, places to explore along the bluffs and a swimming beach (a bit of a hike from the camping area though).
This is the perfect opportunity to try out camping, see how Wild Hearts Adventures operates and meet some great people!
Wild Hearts provides all of the equipment, food and guides. We can provide transportation for up to 12 people with our van leaving from the Burnsville, Minnesota area to Afton State Park or you can meet us there. There is room for additional vehicles at the camp site but if we run out of room we can also shuttle you from the visitor center parking lot to the campsite.
You will only be responsible for your clothing and a few personal items. You can, however, bring your own tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, camp chair, etc.
Important stuff will show up here when needed and when available! Check back often if you are going on an adventure with us because there could be some really, super-important stuff here. No, really, it could be the kind of stuff that decides whether you have a great trip or not like... oh, a list of things to pack, for example. That could be crucial. Actually, there's no "could" in that... it's definitely crucial.
I started Wild Hearts because of a longing to reach out to those who have struggled with substance abuse and other destructive life choices to help them rebuild relationships with their families and with God. My desire to do this through wilderness experiences comes from a life-long love of the outdoors nurtured by my parents’ many family camping and canoeing trips. I now share this passion with my wife of 40 years, Pam and our four children, Diana, Andy, Jake and Nikki. I am also blessed with 10 grandchildren that I can share the beauty of God’s creation with!
I am an experienced outdoorsman and have led numerous trips to the Rocky Mountains, the BWCA, St. Croix River, the Appalachian Trail and many of our state parks and forests. Along with wilderness adventures, I love kayaking, backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, CrossFit workouts, watching movies and playing the occasional video game. I am also a commissioned pastor with Breakthrough Ministries.
Pam helps us with trip guiding, planning, scheduling and all sorts of other administrative things us outdoorsman just can't bear to do.
Pam Lanhart is the Executive Director of Thrive Family Recovery Resources.
Having been touched by the difficulties of substance abuse in her own family, she has developed a passion for helping parents, spouses and siblings navigate the difficult labyrinth of dealing with a family member who is struggling with substance use or mental health disorders. She is a certified peer specialist, a recovery coach, a speaker and an author.
Pam’s recent love for outdoor adventure has led her to becoming a volunteer and guide on our women’s trips. Her inspirational leadership has become invaluable!