Visit us in Ely!

Our Education and Action Center in Ely is the home of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters.

Visit our Ely office to learn more about the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, the risk posed to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining and talk about your trip to the Boundary Waters. Our Ely staff and volunteers are ready and willing to help. The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters and our Ely headquarters building, also called "Sustainable Ely," are projects of Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness.

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16 N. 1st Ave E. Ely, MN 55731
Contact: Regional Organizer & Ely Office Manager Levi Lexvold

Excerpt: Sustainable Ely and the Fight to Save the Boundary Waters
Heavy Table, March 27, 2015

Residents of Northeastern Minnesota have banded together to protect the wilderness that makes their part of the world unique, by establishing Sustainable Ely. Part education center, part base for adventure activism, and part advocacy organization, Sustainable Ely operates out of a former residence on East Sheridan Street in the heart of downtown Ely. Staffed by interns and organizers, the organization supports efforts such as a canoe trip from Ely to Washington, D.C. (undertaken by the team of Dave and Amy Freeman) and the signing of a petition to protect the Boundary Waters, dramatized by a signable petition canoe located in the group’s headquarters.

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Volunteer Spotlight
Read our Sustainable Ely Volunteer Spotlight blog. Learn why these dedicated volunteers share their time with Sustainable Ely, how the Boundary Waters has impacted their lives and why they choose to call Ely, Minnesota, their home. 

We invite you to come in and
sign the canoe to show your support!