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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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My Journey to Wolf Ridge


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 18, 2016

I came to Wolf Ridge for the first time on a whim four summers ago, and I haven’t left since….

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Spring in the Christmas Trees?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
June 1, 2016

It’s spring! And all around are signs of life. One tree which is as ubiquitous to the North Woods as the green grass that grows all around is beginning to show signs of new growth. The bright green on the end of spruce branches begin forming under brown papery scales like pine cones but rather […]

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Have you tried these spring wild edibles?


Posted By Carrie Anderson
May 17, 2016

Spring Beauty Spring Beauty is flowering! Spring beauty is a tiny flower that comes out in the spring. The entire plant is edible – you can put the whole thing in a wild greens salad. With some careful digging, you can find a spring beauty tuber deep down on the root (about 2-3in) of the […]

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Return of the Birds!


Posted By shannonwalz
April 27, 2016


Raven Lake Nest — Up Close!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
April 11, 2016

As winter is attempting to come to an end we have observed a pair of Ravens nesting at Wolf Ridge’s own Raven Lake! During winter months, ravens congregate in groups to forage for food while other birds are migrating south. As spring arrives, they are quick to break up into their mated pairs and begin […]

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Ravens Are Nesting!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
March 22, 2016

Standing on the dock at Raven Lake, we used our binoculars to watch a sleek black bird dip its wings and gently land on a dark ledge on the cliffs of Marshall Mountain. The “diamond of doom” shaped tail gave the bird away – it was a Common Raven. We watched as the raven settled […]

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Sappy Spring Run


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
March 15, 2016

As we are experiencing the early signs of spring, naturalist and sap alike are starting to run! During one of those runs, we noticed blue bags hanging from a group of trees a little off highway 6. Upon inspection, we realized some of the locals have begun their annual process of tapping maple trees and […]

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Mystery Creature From the Deep


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
March 1, 2016

We have a new education animal with an exciting story. Our local bait shop contacted us this week. They had caught what looked to them like a mudpuppy or salamander larva in a bait trap. Once bait is taken out of a lake and transported elsewhere, it can no longer be released into the wild, so they […]

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A Rude Awakening


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
February 25, 2016

With such mild temperatures, some trees here in the north woods are experiencing early leaf out.  All around the Wolf Ridge property, we continue to see the opening of buds when the temperatures rise. February 12 Tree buds are grown at the end of the summer using excess sugars, and then go dormant until spring time rolls around. […]

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How are Deer Doing This Winter?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
February 9, 2016

This morning, during our weekly phenology walk with Peter Harris, we spent a considerable amount of time tromping through deep snow, covering our cheeks form the cold wind, and mentioning how chilly out it was. Although this winter has been relatively mild according to Northeastern Minnesota standards, today was harsh. Click to see full size […]

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Winter Birds: A Chilly Thrill


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
February 6, 2016

Long before the first curls of sunlight hit the frosty trees this Friday, a group of Wolf Ridge naturalists hopped in a van to visit a nearby birding hotspot- the Sax Zim Bog. The Sax Zim Bog is a beautiful winter habitat for birds, moose, wolves, and lots of other wildlife, and the bog draws […]

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Oak Abscission


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
January 10, 2016

Pin oak fall leaf photo by Rod Kuehn We’re in the bitter cold of January, but the Pin Oak outside Wolf Ridge’s Science Center is still holding onto its leaves as though it were fall. You’ve probably seen oak trees near you that also hold onto their leaves through the winter. What’s the story? Did […]

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Keeping Our Heads in the Clouds


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 12, 2015

This past week, Wolf Ridge was in a fog that lasted for multiple days. Fog occurs when the temperature of the air cools to the dewpoint: the temperature at which water condensates onto particles in the air. Over the past week, a front of warm air moving across the colder surface of Lake Superior cooled […]

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Snow Bunting Season


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 6, 2015

Here at Wolf Ridge we are starting to see the first signs of the upcoming winter season. One of these signs is the presence of winter bird species. A particular species we have seen in large amounts is the snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis). These birds travel from their breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra down […]

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Nothing “Common” About It


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 27, 2015

Have you ever been out on a walk and paused to notice something “cool?”  You stop to check out this tree, flower, rock, mushroom, or whatever it is that caught your attention. You whip out your handy field guide to try and identify this neat specimen only to find it referred to as “common”. This […]

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Raspberries and Changing Climates


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 23, 2015

Fall in Finland, MN has been changing. Gradually each year, the warm days have been lasting longer into October. This year has proven to fit the mold. It was 80 degrees on October 11th. This has thrown the raspberries on the Ridge out of whack. On Tuesday, October 13th, we were wandering around and noticed […]

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Cranberry Road?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 7, 2015

“Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelled of ELDERBERRIES!” – Monty Python What’s in a name? The Wolf Ridge road, otherwise known as Cranberry Road, has its namesake in the high bush cranberry. Otherwise known as cranberry viburnum, the high bush cranberry has been in full fruiting fabulous-ness the last two weeks. High […]

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