Wolf Ridge

Class List

  • Energy In My Home


    Environmental Issues
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Easy

    Students explore how to make decisions about consuming energy in their home. Appliances are analyzed for efficiency, walls and windows are tested for their insulating value, and energy choices are explored using our real-time energy website.

  • Echoes of the Night Skies


    Earth & Physical Sciences
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1 hrs
    | Easy

    This program introduces students to how ancient cultures from around the world used the stars and incorporated them into their daily lives and beliefs. The stars helped to orient humans in space and time.   Concepts The sky is an important tool for orienting ourselves in space and time. Science is not the only way […]

  • Weather Forecasting


    Earth & Physical Sciences
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Easy

    After learning some of the historic changes in earth’s climate, students will collect data on today’s weather, then do demonstrations to understand cloud formation and low pressure systems. An outdoor game will explain the jet stream and its effect. Finally, students will use their new knowledge to create a forecast for the next day at […]

  • Northwoods Mammals


    Animal Ecology
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Well, perhaps we can leave out the lions and tigers and instead add porcupines, white tailed deer and snowshoe hare. Students investigate the dynamic interrelationships of wildlife and their habitats. Through explorations, interactive demonstrations and field surveys, students will learn about component of habitat, carrying capacity, limiting factors and biodiversity.

  • Frogs and Toads


    Animal Ecology
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    Students will be introduced to the adaptations and diversity of amphibians in Northern Minnesota by focusing on frogs and toads. While exploring one of Wolf Ridge’s ideal amphibian habitats, students will use all of their senses to observe our local frog and toad populations. Other activities will focus on conservation and research of amphibian populations […]

  • GPS and Geocaching


    Outdoor Recreation Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    Students will get a look of how far navigational technology has come. They will learn the basic concepts behind GPS technology and how it works. Each pair of students will be given a Garmin eTrex H GPS to practice entering and finding waypoints. Once the basics are mastered, the fun will begin! Students will practice a few basic points before taking […]

  • Changing Climate


    Environmental Issues
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Easy

    Photography provides a means for students to document the plants and animals that call Wolf Ridge home. Students will also look for phenology (calendar of natural events such as flowering, construct a photographic “ecological stamp” (a means to examine ecological change over time) and discover ways in which scientists think we can help people and other life adapt to this quickly changing climate.

  • Canoeing


    Outdoor Recreation Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    Students will use Wolf or Raven Lake as a classroom as they learn canoeing history and equipment, practice techniques on the lake and safety. As they canoe, students will experience the value of canoeing as a physical activity and how it affects their relationship with the environment.

  • Competitive Orienteering


    Outdoor Recreation Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Difficult

    Students will spend about 45 minutes in the classroom where compass skills will be reviewed and learned as well as the introduction of the topographical map. Afterwards, the class will then travel to the start of a competitive orienteering course.

  • Cross Country Skiing


    Outdoor Recreation Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Difficult

    Cross-Country Skiing is an outdoor recreation class. While indoor, students will be introduced to equipment options and selection, as well as appropriate clothing. Beginning lessons will be offered outdoors before touring of Wolf Ridge trails.

  • Night Hike


    Outdoor Recreation Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1.5 hrs
    | Moderate

    Students will hike a designated route, stopping at various points to do activities. The kind that allow students to experience nature and the night skies without any light pollution. Also, they’ll get a better understanding of nighttime communications and senses.

  • Beginning Orienteering


    Outdoor Recreation Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    After learning the definition and history of orienteering, students learn parts of the compass and how to set and follow a bearing. Distance measurement is taught through individual pacing and applied math skills. These skills will be applied to map work and the outdoor ethic they can help people attain in this outdoor recreation class.

  • Campfire


    Personal Growth & Team Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1 hrs
    | Easy

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  • Winter Survival


    Outdoor Recreation Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    Students will use the winter woods as a classroom as they participate in a small group survival situation. During the first 45 minutes indoors, students will participate in a simulated bus crash, make a list of the seven body needs for survival, and learn about hypothermia. Two hours will be spent on a survival activity in the Sawmill Creek Valley. Using limited resources, each group will construct a shelter, make a fire, boil water and make a cup of cider.

  • Volleyball


    Outdoor Recreation Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1 hrs
    | Easy

    Play volleyball on one of our two sand volleyball courts. The courts are lighted and in the winter make for the unique opportunity to play snow volleyball. Volleyballs are provided.

  • Superior Snowshoe


    Outdoor Recreation Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Difficult

    Students will use snowshoes (provided by Wolf Ridge) to travel to one of several Superior Hiking Trail overlooks above Lake Superior. Along the way, they’ll learn about the natural history of one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, and discuss the many ways in which we can effect the lake and ways in the which the lake effects us. Routes leading over one of Wolf Ridge’s two frozen lakes, or through the frozen wetlands will provide plenty of opportunity to discover this winter landscape as students stay far away from designated trails.

  • Team Games


    Personal Growth & Team Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Easy

    As members of a team, students will learn about the life skills of trust, communication, cooperation and logical thinking while playing games, solving problems and working through challenges. The team will be collectively analyzing how effective they were before, during and after the games. This processing of experiences will focus the students on discussing how to use these skills to solve problems and challenges they encounter at home, at school and in the community.

  • Superior View Hike


    Outdoor Recreation Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Difficult

    Students will take a three-mile round trip hike along a section of the Wolf Ridge trail system and the Superior Hiking Trail, where a spectacular view of Lake Superior awaits them. Stopping along the way at five different rest stops, students will examine the geology, history and meteorology of the area.

  • Rock Climbing


    Outdoor Recreation Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    Students will have the opportunity to experience climbing at either the Mystical Mountain (Science Center; 29’6″) or the Taylor’s Falls (Education Building; 29′) indoor rock climbing walls. At either locale, students will learn about the equipment, techniques and commands used by climbers. Following a brief instructor-led demonstration climb, the student climbing session begins. During the conclusion portion of class, the instructor will facilitate a discussion during which students will hopefully relate their climbing wall experiences to aspects of their everyday lives.

  • Adventure Ropes


    Personal Growth & Team Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    Each of the two Wolf Ridge adventure ropes courses (Skyview and Ridgetop) consist of six events separated by towers roughly 25 feet off the ground. Students will traverse the course while attached to safety lines.