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Why I Teach


Posted By David Butcher
October 5, 2015

One of our favorite stories comes from Afton-Lakeland teacher Derek Olson.  Here is his story, as published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales.” – David Butcher, Wolf Ridge Adventure Programs Coordinator “I’ll never forget Chelsea. She was a wounded soul. Over the years she had always struggled—both academically and with selfconfidence. In addition, her […]

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Spotted Tussock Moth


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 5, 2015

One of the first critters we noticed here at Wolf Ridge was a very unique looking caterpillar. Walking around campus we all noticed these fuzzy black and yellow banded caterpillars with spiky white hairs and had no idea what they were! We very quickly learned they are called the Spotted Tussock Moth. The Spotted Tussock […]

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Mushrooming on the North Shore


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
September 30, 2015

This fall season mushrooms were abundantly lining the forest floor. We saw many different sizes, colors and shapes! There were the bright orange and yellow, Fly Amanitas, a 5 pound Giant Puffball, uniquely shaped Lobster Mushrooms, and the Orange Jelly on decaying wood. Not only were the mushrooms visibly appealing but we were pleased to […]

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Wolf Ridge Part of Healthy Northland Farm to School Grant Tour


Posted By Carrie Anderson
September 11, 2015

Today we were proud to be part of a tour of several awesome “Farm to School” projects in the northland. Read Wolf Ridge’s farm story.

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An End and a Beginning


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
August 21, 2015

As summer camp winds down, I walk along the trails and feel pangs of nostalgia. This is due in part to the normal process of leaving a place; as I visit my favorite spots for possibly the last time, memories of the past year flash through my mind. But the nostalgia is heightened by the […]

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The End of Summer


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
August 19, 2015

Summer 2015 at Wolf Ridge is slowly coming to an end. A few of the trees are already starting to shift to their autumn hues. With every passing day we find ourselves facing another last—the last Sunday night scavenger hunt, the last Raven Lake camping trip, and the last dip in Wolf Lake. As we […]

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Starlight Paddle in the Apostle Islands


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
August 17, 2015

It was 1:00 am on Stockton Island in the Apostle Islands. I awoke to the beeping sound of my watch alarm, and I reluctantly slid out of my sleeping bag to check on the sky conditions. I unzipped the door of my tent to find the sky bursting with billions of tiny sparkles of light. […]

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Musings on a Morning Moment


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
August 10, 2015

The view of the valley overlooking Sawmill Creek   I went outside this morning to observe everything I could in five to ten minutes. After all, life is busy around Wolf Ridge and sometimes when you remember to appreciate where we work and play you only have five to ten minutes to devote to it. […]

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Camp Traditions: All Camp Games


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
August 5, 2015

Every Friday afternoon, I get to wear one of my favorite articles of clothing—my rainbow tutu. In fact, we’ve gotten to the point in the summer where everyone can tell that it’s Friday based on that very prominent tutu. Although it’s not out of the question that I would wear the rainbow tutu just for […]

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Windbound!


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
August 2, 2015

Our first Apostle Island sea kayaking trip of the season began with a gorgeous paddle in some sandstone sea caves near Meyer’s Beach. The sun was shining, the water was warm for swimming, and the waves were calm. We enjoyed the steep, golden cliffs and arches, and the beautiful red pines clinging to the edges. […]

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Edibles Everywhere


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
July 30, 2015

This past week I taught a Wild Edibles class with a group of Junior Naturalists excited to learn about edible plants they might find on their trip to Quetico Provincial Park. Lucky for them, late July is a wonderful time to sample the bounty of the Northwoods forest. Before heading out to harvest, we first discussed […]

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A Story About Our Stories…


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
July 30, 2015

I recently enjoyed a conversation with a Wolf Ridge assistant trip leader who was planning a Trees and Keys trail lesson for the Isle Royale backpacking trip leaving this week. During our conversation, he explained to me that he was inspired to teach the lesson after having seen a viral Internet post about children’s abilities […]

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A Woolly Alder What?


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 29, 2015

At the beginning of my Wolf Ridge adventure, back in October, I was walking up the trail from Wolf Lake when I spotted something strange. A wispy, fuzzy, white substance coated the branch of an alder tree. Was it a mold? A fungus? I had no idea. Upon questioning my professor and doing some research, […]

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A Sweet, Soggy Finish


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 24, 2015

It was our last morning in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. About half of us woke up at dawn to paddle out into the lake and watch the sunrise. The water was perfectly placid, and we felt at peace as we silently watched the colors change from grey to pink to orange when the […]

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On the Nature of Teaching: Inquiry Based Learning


Posted By shannonwalz
July 24, 2015

Last month we focused on “place-based learning”. For the month of July, we examine how inquiry-based learning – asking questions and seeking answers – engages learners. Inquiry based learning uses science process skills to help students foster curiosity and empower students to direct their own learning. At Wolf Ridge, inquiry based learning is used to […]

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Wolf Ridge Summer Traditions: Campfire


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 21, 2015

We are roughly halfway through the summer now, which seems impossible! Even though time has been flying, it’s been really rewarding to see how well our team has really come together and grown as a group. Camp is running smoothly, people are gaining confidence and trying new things. Counselors are developing their own lessons for wilderness trips, learning […]

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Mutualism: You Scratch My Back, I’ll Scratch Yours!


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 17, 2015

It has often been said that “it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there”. However, upon closer inspection, it appears that many organisms work together to survive rather than competing with one another. This type of relationship is called “mutualism” because the organisms involved both play a role in helping each other survive and thrive. A prime […]

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On Growing Up at Wolf Ridge


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 17, 2015

Wolf Ridge Summer Camp through the years I suppose one could call me a “seasoned Ridgey.” I have spent a great deal of time at Wolf Ridge while growing up. I attended my first week of Wolf Ridge summer camp the year I turned eleven. I was small, shy, and awkward. I came to Wolf […]

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The Joys of Wilderness Trip Planning


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 15, 2015

I am finally beginning to dive right into planning my first trip! In a few days, I will be embarking on a seven-day adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with seven 8th-9th graders. There is a lot of preparation that goes into a wilderness trip. I’m planning everything from route, trail lessons, meals, […]

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Beautiful and Delicious… Evening Primrose!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
July 10, 2015

With a name as interesting as evening primrose, what curious naturalist wouldn’t want to find out more about the yellow flowers popping up around Wolf Ridge these days? Evening Primrose grows commonly in open areas and along roadsides, making it a good flower to spot on a casual walk. Unlike many plants and flowers you’ll […]

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