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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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Learning Together at Camp


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 7, 2015

One of the most basic reasons to love summer camp is the (nearly) nonstop fun!  When the week is jam packed with games, canoeing, swimming, and rock climbing it’s easy for campers to not notice all the learning they’re doing.  During these first three weeks of camp, I’ve been reminded again and again how much […]

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Caught on Camera


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
July 3, 2015

This past weekend was full of animal encounters via the trail cam. A group of phenology enthusiasts led by naturalist Jim Gilbert (known for his nature articles in the Star Tribune and his Sunday morning radio show on WCCO) set up a camera next to Sawmill Creek to see who utilized one of many beaver […]

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Camp: Where the Carefully Planned Meets the Completely Unexpected


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
June 26, 2015

Claire exploring Iceland I first came to Wolf Ridge three years ago as a counselor. I was halfway through college and decided that I would take a summer “off” from traditional jobs and internships, which I had previously spent my summers doing. My plan was to work at a canoe outfitter or a camp. I […]

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Chestnut Sided Who?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
June 23, 2015

Pleased-pleased-pleased-to-meet-you. High pitched songs burst through the trees as we walk the still dewey trails. This week a lively group of adult learners are at Wolf Ridge for the Beginning Bird Banding course hosted on campus and offered through the Institute for Bird Populations. They rise early each morning to learn the practices of bird banding, […]

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Meet Our Counselors


Posted By Jenny Bushmaker
June 22, 2015

When you bring your child to camp, you’re looking to enrich their life with new adventures, skills, friendships and fun. And for many, camp is about finding your passion. In addition to a passion for working with children, here are some of the things 2015 camp counselors tell us fire them up each day.   “I am really into protecting wildlife […]

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How I Got to Wolf Ridge From Wales


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
June 17, 2015

Hello everyone! My name is Jack Bradley. I’m from Wales in the UK and I am lucky enough to be in my second year at Wolf Ridge. The first time I came was in 2011 and I was hired as an Assistant Trip Leader whereas this time I have been hired as the Director of […]

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Forest Lightshow


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
June 16, 2015

If you wait long enough after dark, you will be treated to a magical sight. Tiny dots of greenish yellow light drift through the forest and then disappear, only to reappear moments later in a new location. Are they fairies? Wood nymphs? No, they’re fireflies! Fireflies, also known as lightning bugs, are not actually flies or […]

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Butterfly Bonanza!


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
June 10, 2015

Flutter, flap, oooh what’s that? The north woods are teeming with new life this time of year as we welcome birds, buds, blooms, buzzing bees, and of course, BUTTERFLIES! Though they can be hard to see for more than a few seconds, butterflies are exciting to look for. This week we’ve been seeing lots of […]

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Place Based Learning: “Engaging Our Senses”


Posted By shannonwalz
June 10, 2015

  For the month of June we examine how the place we live and learn in is one of the strongest teaching tools an educator can pull from their “best practices bag”. The last 6 programs concentrated on the 5E learning cycle. This learning cycle is much more effective when the learning takes place in […]

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