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Winter “Otter” Be Fun!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
February 26, 2015

  photo credit A fresh snow fall at Wolf Ridge makes winter transparent! On the Sawmill Creek there were Otter tracks and slides visible up and down the creek bed. Be on the lookout for animal signs near you! – Haley Marks and Grace Theisen -photo by Grace Theisen  

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Is There Value in Explaining Experience?


Posted By shannonwalz
February 24, 2015

The Learning Cycle:  Explain   The 5 E Learning cycle is based off of developmental research of Jean Piaget and education research done by Karplus and Atkin. This month we explored the “Explain” step in the cycle.  In the explain step students are asked to verbalize their understanding of the concept and demonstrate their new […]

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Be a Winter Weather Detective


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
February 24, 2015

There are many ways you can practice your detective skills in the winter. Blades of grass moving around can tell you which way the wind has been blowing. Snags of grass caught along the creek bank can tell you which way the water travels, and how high the water level was before it froze! – […]

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POP goes the Weasel


Posted By Ryan Pennesi
February 10, 2015

The hole by the energy center has a visitor! Most likely this is the same weasel we were tracking in the previous blog post. Read on to learn a bit more about this curious predator. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Martens were at one time in danger of disappearing. Around 1920, logging […]

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What’s That Bark I Hear?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
February 6, 2015

On Tuesday this week, we walked out of the West Dorm around a quarter to seven and were greeted by a beautiful scene: the moon was just setting over the horizon and was a bright orange pink as it sank out of sight. Watching the moon set, we tuned our ears to listen to the […]

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The Cold-Loving Snowfly


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
February 2, 2015

Over the last few weeks I’ve been occasionally surprised by the sight of tiny, arachnid-like creatures ambling across trails, dark and clear against the white snow. Upon closer inspection, these beings, though having their legs raised above their bodies spider-style, turn out to be true insects of some sort. They are wingless craneflies of the […]

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