Welcome to the Listening Point Foundation
Located in Ely, Minnesota, we are the Sigurd F. Olson legacy organization. Founded in 1998, Listening Point Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to keep his legacy and wilderness philosophy alive in the world today.
Listening Point was a place of connection for Sig, continually renewing his sense of wonder and gratitude for the natural world. Honoring that, our vision is to foster people’s connection to wild places by inspiring them to find their own listening point.
We are dedicated...
To preserving Listening Point and advancing Sigurd Olson's wilderness philosophy.
Listening Point Foundation works to create strong connections with our community and supporters near and far. Our volunteer tour guides take visitors to Ely out in all seasons to experience the coziness of the Olson family home, the historic Writing Shack, and the wonder and beauty of Listening Point. Here in Ely, we now offer annual scholarships to the local high school and community college. We enjoy welcoming teachers and student groups to guided tours that explore Sig's national impact on wilderness preservation in Minnesota and across North America.
Keep the legacy alive by donating
We are working hard to create a sustainable financial future for the Listening Point Foundation.
Your donation helps us keep the mission alive and the Foundation moving forward. You can also make a lasting impression by donating a brick to our patio engraved with a message of your choice. Learn more by clicking below!
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A Private Wilderness: The Journals of Sigurd F. Olson Edited by David Backes Release date: June 1st Listening Point Foundation and the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute are celebrating the release of David Backes’ new book! Join us for a virtual, in-depth presentation and moderated conversation with David about the history of the book from inception […]
Our Community & Volunteers
We are grateful!
Tour guiding, service projects, building maintenance, garden tending, office organization, event volunteering, and so much more! Giving their time, efforts, and energy, Listening Point Foundation volunteers are an important and cherished part of our organization.