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NAT CHAT — Jack and Rory


Posted By Danielle Tikalsky
November 18, 2016

Ever thought about the mountains in Norway or Austria? Check out what Jack and Rory had to say about it in this week’s Nat Chat!   Jack Minich Hometown: Washington, D.C. Graduate Naturalist   Favorite thing about being a Naturalist? Living and working in a community of outdoorsy folks!   If you could be anywhere […]

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Signs of Spring in Fall??


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 17, 2016

  During a recent muddle through the marsh, a bright yellow color stood out on the ground. Marsh marigolds, Caltha palustris, typically bloom in April or May. This year we were visited by these marigolds quite early. Why the early bloom? Record high temperatures were reached on eight of the first fourteen days of November […]

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Making Waves Construction Update – November 16


Posted By shannonwalz
November 16, 2016

Wolf Ridge is buzzing with activity The construction projects have begun! In August, we began construction on our new Naturalist Housing and Maintenance shop. The Naturalist House is nearly entirely framed up and the roof should be on early next week. Our capital campaign has hit its mid-distance stride and the construction projects will soon […]

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NAT CHAT — Rosie and Hannah


Posted By Danielle Tikalsky
November 11, 2016

Do you wear socks with sandals? Find out what Hannah and Rosie think about it in this week’s NAT CHAT!   Hannah Edstrom Hometown: Red Wing, MN Graduate Naturalist   Favorite thing about being a Naturalist? Being able to go outside all the time and hang out with kids all day (and all the animals […]

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The Not so EVER…Evergreen


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 7, 2016

The American Tamarack has some qualities that distinguish it from other members of the pine family. As with most pine family trees, they have a large area of cleared trunk due to the lower, mature limbs dying and dropping off. But unlike others such as the lodgepole pine, fir, and spruce, the tamarack’s roots grow […]

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NAT CHAT — Erika


Posted By Danielle Tikalsky
November 2, 2016

Check out this week’s Nat chat with Erika! We ask the hard hitting questions to really get to know this great naturalist!   Erika LeMay Hometown: Superior, WI Graduate Naturalist   What is your favorite thing about being a naturalist? I’ve gained more of my child-like curiosity and wonder back. It’s made me realize that […]

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NAT CHAT — Mikki and Linnea


Posted By Danielle Tikalsky
October 27, 2016

It is great to be a naturalist here at Wolf Ridge and have the opportunity of getting to know so many new people every week! This week’s Nat Chat finds out a little more about two of our Graduate Naturalists, Mikki and Linnea!   Mikki Brevig Hometown: South Saint Paul, MN Graduate Naturalist   What […]

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CSI: Sawmill Creek Edition


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 24, 2016

On a hike this past Saturday, we found tracks under the Fishing Bridge over Sawmill Creek. Walking down the creek, white feathers were seen in the water near shore. A few more feet down, a large white mass was seen at the opposite side of the creek. The water has been high, so we thought […]

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NAT CHAT — Maria and Lauren


Posted By Danielle Tikalsky
October 20, 2016

Curious about our Naturalists here at Wolf Ridge? This week’s NAT CHAT catches up with Lauren and Maria to learn more!   Lauren Kitrell Hometown: Orono, MN Graduate Naturalist What is your favorite thing about being a naturalist? I get to explore and share my love for the North Shore with others. Plus, I get to […]

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NAT CHAT – Brooke and Emily


Posted By Danielle Tikalsky
October 17, 2016

Ever want to know more about your Naturalists here at Wolf Ridge? Check out “NAT CHATs” to get the inside scoop!   Brooke Piepenburg Hometown: Willmar, MN Graduate Naturalist What is your favorite thing about being a naturalist? I would definitely say my favorite thing about being a naturalist, especially here at Wolf Ridge, would be […]

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Beaver Caches


Posted By Carrie Anderson
October 17, 2016

Observation challenge: can you find the beaver in this picture?? We’ve been looking carefully on Raven Lake (pictured) and Sawmill Creek to find beavers and beaver signs. We have found beavers, lodges and dams, trails and canals, and evidence of chewing throughout the summer and fall. But this past week, a new sign of beaver […]

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NAT CHAT with Emma and Makaila


Posted By Danielle Tikalsky
October 17, 2016

Who’s teaching at Wolf Ridge this fall? Meet Emma Rohleder and Makaila Miller in this week’s “NAT CHAT” with Danielle Tikalsky.   Emma Rohleder Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada Graduate Naturalist What is your favorite thing about being a naturalist? My favourite thing about being a naturalist is the new folks coming every week to go outside with […]

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It’s One Game at a Time for #NationalStopBullyingDay


Posted By David Butcher
October 12, 2016

Every time I teach Team Games it’s an adventure.  I was just coming to the end of my class at the end of the day and was pretty impressed with how far they had come in growing their skills and collaboration.  To end the day, I decided to give them one more big challenge.  I […]

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Poop on a Stick?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 10, 2016

Fondly known as “poop on a stick,” black knot fungus often grows on chokecherry trees around Wolf Ridge. A fungal disease, black knot fungus can prove fatal for many young trees. However, on the larger trees, it serves as nothing more than a pest for the branches it targets. This fungus overwinters on trees in […]

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Watch One Leaf Change Color!


Posted By Carrie Anderson
September 28, 2016

Watch a single leaf change color through time-lapse photography! As we observe the changing seasons at Wolf Ridge, one of the brightest signs of fall has been the changing leaves. When I first started closely observing the maple leaves changing color I had lots of questions- did they change from one side to the other? […]

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Balls from Insect Galls


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
September 26, 2016

This past week during a phenology hike, we came across a strange growth on an unknown plant which led us into some further research, discovering that it is something referred to as a gall. Some galls can be a result of infections by bacteria, fungi, or nematodes, but they can also be the result of […]

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Mooning over Tettegouche Ferns


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
September 20, 2016

We found a few leathery grape ferns near Shovel Point at Tettegouche State Park recently. If you look at the photo, you can see some immature lighter green spores and some mature browning spores.  It gets its unusual look from how it grows, divided into the sterile fronds (three leaflets), and the fertile part, which look like “grape bunches” of […]

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Trekking through the Quetico – with Pirates


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
August 4, 2016

  “Do you know what’s a really small number?” trip leader David prompted. “Eeeeeight,” the group groaned as I stepped into the water, guiding the canoe ashore. I unclipped the packs and hoisted them out of the canoes. Three done, eight more to go. With a “one, two, three,” the canoes were overhead and on […]

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Camp America: How I ended up at Wolf Ridge


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
August 1, 2016

Before I start it’s best that I tell you about my life prior to Wolf Ridge and how working in a summer camp is completely different to anything I have ever done before. I’m currently 19 and studying Business Management and International Business at a university in England. “Business Management? What in the world are you doing at Wolf Ridge?”

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A Positive “Curse”


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 26, 2016

During my 8th grade year at Murray Middle School, my earth science teacher, Mr. Chase, had this dream of teaching a summer science program. Some fellow students and I became subjects in his experiment to see how it went during that first summer of 2013. In the program, called Murray E2 (Environmental Inquiry Immersion,) we had […]

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