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Sun, Feb 17


Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Nerstrand Score-O

Sunday, February 17, 2019

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Nerstrand Score-O
Nerstrand Score-O

Time & Location

Feb 17, 2019, 11:15 AM – 1:30 PM

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, 9700 170th St E, Nerstrand, MN 55053, USA

About the event

Your choice - skis, foot, or snowshoe!


Registration and check in 11:00 to 11:45

Maps handed out 11:50 

Mass start 12 noon

Course closes: 1:30

After-Event Location

2:15 onwards, food and beverage gathering at Tanzenwald Brewing Company, 103 Hwy 3 N, in Northfield.

Extreme Weather Cancellation Policy

For safety reasons we will cancel (via FB and the website) and reschedule, if the National Weather service forecast (24hrs out) -20 degrees F or colder windchill for the start of the event.


Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, northeast of Faribault near the small town of Nerstrand. The park derives its name from the Big Woods, a large, contiguous forested area covering much of central Minnesota prior to the arrival of European settlers. The park and its forest were an outlying 'woods' typical and similar to the Big Woods proper, which were historically found on the more recent glacier deposits located west of the Cannon River 10 miles (16 km) to the west. Aside from a small waterfall, the outstanding natural feature of the park is the forest itself and white-tailed deer.​​


The course will be a 90-minute Score-O with a mass-start.  To find out more about orienteering courses, see our Event Types page.


Pre-registered Pricing:*

$11: Adults

$10: Juniors**

Day-Of Pricing:*

$15: Adults

$13: Juniors**

*$3 discount for orienteering club members

**Juniors are 19 years old and under

The deadline for pre-registration is Friday night, February 15, at 11:59 PM


9700 170th St E, Nerstrand, MN 55053

Come Clean Leave Clean

The Minnesota Orienteering Club practices a Come Clean Leave Clean policy. This helps us maintain a good relationship with the parks we utilize, sets a good example for other users, and limits the transfer and spread of many of the plants that make our venues less enjoyable.


It takes a handful of volunteers to make each of our events successful. If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please see our Volunteering page. MNOC would like to thank you for volunteering. We have a limited number of $5 REI gift cards for each meet to give thank you's to volunteers. If you would like one, please ask the race director. Learn more about volunteering.

Race Results

Race results are usually published within 24 hours of the event. View our Race Results page to see the results.

Race Management

Race Director: Ian Harding

Course design: Ian Harding

Want to know how climate change is affecting the Big Woods?

Read this and see the changes for yourself when you are out there in the woods. Concerned about climate change? Consider car pooling to the event (maybe meet your Twin Cities friends at Buck Hill ski area parking lot and carpool from there).


If you have any questions or comments about this event, please feel free to Contact Us.


  • Adult Member Registration

    This ticket is for individuals 20 and over who are members of an orienteering club.

  • Junior Member Registration

    ** Juniors are 19 years old and younger This ticket is for juniors who are members of an orienteering club.

  • Adult Registration

    This ticket is for individuals 20 and over who are not members of an orienteering club.

  • Junior Registration

    **Juniors are 19 years old and younger This ticket is for juniors who are not members of an orienteering club.




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