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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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June is Bustin’ Out All Over!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 22, 2015

Saskatoon, sugarplum, shadbush, serviceberry, sarvisberry, chuckley pear.  Juneberry is a sweet tree with many common names, and many species under one genus: Amelanchier.  The small trees are in bloom en masse here, with their 5-petaled white flowers in long groupings called racemes. The many names of this early blooming tree indicate various associations with its seasonal timing.  […]

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A Ground Nesting Bird


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 21, 2015

Over the weekend I took a stroll to a gravel pit near my house to do some rock picking. The vegetation was sparse; a few grasses and ferns poking through the dirt and rocks. Fresh tire tracks from an excavator left a trail of freshly dug up pebbles. As I bent over to examine a […]

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A Disappearing Act: Spring Ephemerals


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 12, 2015

Every year, spring puts on a magic show. As soon as the snow has retreated and the days lengthen, the forest floor comes alive with spring ephemeral wildflowers. Spring ephemerals are, as their name suggests, short-lived. Many spend the winter underground as roots or bulbs until conditions are just right for them to send out […]

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Ravens on Raven Lake Cliffs


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
April 30, 2015

The raven nest on the side of Marshall Mountain can now be clearly seen from the Raven Lake canoe dock. Typically for a raven cliff nest, it’s below an overhang, and located slightly within the safety of a shallow recess. One or both of the parents can often be seen flying back and forth over […]

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Kits Out and About!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
April 27, 2015

With every day here at Wolf Ridge it becomes clear that spring is here! The ravens on the ridge are caring for their young, and the beavers are doing the same. At the ridge, we have three different beaver lodges, each sporting some adorable new kits. This last week while running along the Wolf Lake […]

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Sharing Stories


Posted By David Butcher
April 27, 2015

This morning I went for my first paddle in a canoe on Wolf Lake for the season. Every year I look forward to the first paddle after the spring thaw and the ice goes off the lake, and this year I wasn’t disappointed. The temperature was brisk with the promise of warmer temperatures to come, […]

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Spring Drumming


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
April 17, 2015

It is that time of the year again and animals are beginning to mate. The grouse is no exception and the males have begun their unique way of attracting a female. The male Ruffed Grouse will sit on a low log, stump, or rock and create a deep, thumping sound that starts slowly and builds […]

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Hidden Treasures


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
April 15, 2015

Here in the Northland, there are hidden treasures that can be found beneath the leaf cover that was left from last fall. If you gently brush away a leafy area, underneath you are able to find a thick, rich layer of dark soil that makes a nice base for little plants to be sprouting up. […]

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The 5 E’s learning cycle- Evaluate Phase


Posted By shannonwalz
April 14, 2015

The 5 E’s learning cycle- Evaluate Phase   For the month of April we are exploring “evaluate” phase of the learning cycle. Last month we looked at “elaborate”. Elaboration enables learners to apply concepts from the lesson to different contexts and preform activities that deepen their understanding and skill within those concepts. The “evaluate” phase provides both […]

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Ermine Suits-Up for Spring


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
April 7, 2015

In the past few weeks there has been an ermine (also known as short tail weasel or stoat) visiting our trail camera. We have been able to track our ermine friend through a striking springtime change. Ermines are carnivores that hunt for small rodents such as mice, moles, and voles that may reside underneath the […]

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Welcome Back, Wanderer!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
April 2, 2015

Yet another sign of Spring has shown itself on North Shore. Peregrine falcons have once again completed their long journey north. Peregrine comes from a latin word meaning “wanderer”. The name fits them well as peregrines are known to migrate as far as South America during the winter months. It was good to see our feathered […]

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