Wolf Ridge

Class List

  • Wetland Ecology


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

    After establishing a common vocabulary in the study of wetlands, students will gather data regarding the vegetation, hydrology, and soil composition of several wetland types including swamps, marshes and peatlands. After returning from the discovery hike, students will analyze their data. Outcomes Upon completion of the Wetlands Ecology class, students will be able to: Define […]

  • Trees and Keys


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

    Trees and Keys is an ecology class. Students will learn how to construct and use a simple dichotomous identification key. Given a map and a simplified tree and shrub key, students will travel between trees and attempt to identify them correctly. Students will learn interesting facts about every tree and shrub identified on the course. Temperate […]

  • Plant Study


    Plant Ecology
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Easy

    This course focuses on the identification, the ecological role and the plant’s potential as a resource for humans. Plants demonstrate interrelationships in nature, such as the symbiosis between plants and animals and the strong effect of habitats on species. Students will also learn about plants as resources first hand by creating medicines, foods, drinks, perfumes or […]

  • Paper Making


    Creative Arts
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1.5 hrs
    | Easy

    Students will learn about the history of paper making and discover the ecological and economic benefits of using recycled paper. Using a variety of used waste paper students will shred, blend, and roll these reprocessed paper fibers onto a deckle, eventually drying at least four of their own sheets overnight in a special dryer. Outcomes […]

  • Woodland Art


    Creative Arts
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1.5 hrs
    | Easy

    Students will learn the history and meaning of Woodland Art. They will then observe and interpret an original piece by a well-known woodland artist. Students will use this information to create their own x-ray drawing, which will later become part of a large-scale collage to tell a story of their own choosing.

  • Forest Ecology


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

    Students will travel through the woods to gain a balanced appreciation of both the living forest and wood as a harvested resource. Fieldwork may involve planting, brushing around seedlings and bud capping to discourage deer predation. This course will challenge them to make a simple forest management plan, and choose ways to manage personal consumption […]

  • Moose


    Animal Ecology
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1 hrs
    | Easy

    In the early 1900s, the moose of northern Minnesota were nearly exterminated due to hunting pressure and habitat loss. This course will teach the what, why and how this happened. Students will also learn about the adaptations and the life cycle of this magnificent creature, and gain an appreciation for the management necessary to ensure […]

  • Wolf Ecology


    Animal Ecology
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1 hrs
    | Easy

    Wolves are one of the most controversial animals in North America, eliciting strong emotions from many people. This program traces human interactions with the wolf from fairy tale to bounty hunter to researcher. Physical characteristics and social behavior are examined. Wolf recovery efforts will be highlighted. Outcomes Upon completion of the Wolf Ecology evening program, […]

  • Raptors


    Animal Ecology
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1 hrs
    | Easy

    Wolf Ridge is home to a number of owls, hawks, falcons, and a raven. They are non-releasable, rehabilitated birds that are no longer able to live in the wild. During the Raptor program, students will meet the birds and learn the ecology and fascinating biology of these magnificent winged animals that fly above the ridges […]

  • Owl Pellet Dissection


    Animal Ecology
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1.5 hrs
    | Easy

    This activity offers a chance for students to dissect sterilized Barn Owl pellets. Each pellet contains a small mammal skeleton that students reconstruct, glue on cards and bring home to parents. (They love it, we promise.) Outcomes Upon completion of the Owl Pellets Dissection evening activity, students will be able to: Understand the role and […]

  • Small Mammals


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

    In this animal ecology class, students will learn characteristics of some of the small mammals in northern Minnesota. By traveling through various habitats searching for small mammal signs, they will learn about the role these small creatures play in the environment. Students then set out live traps overnight. These will be collected in the morning […]

  • Birds


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

    The amazing diversity of birds will be studied with an emphasis on field observation.  Students will investigate different bird habitats using binoculars and bird identification books.  Migration and other bird lifestyles are explored through games and directed observation.  Wolf Ridge’s ambassador chickens, Chickadee Landing and/or Bird Banding give students a chance to encounter live birds […]

  • Beaver Ecology


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

      Students will participate in a beaver dress-up activity that illustrates the physical adaptations of the beaver.  A hike along Sawmill Creek offers an excellent opportunity to observe the effects of beaver activity on the environment.  Students may encounter dams, lodges, cut trees, canals, drags, or food caches.  A skit of fur trade era characters […]

  • Animal Signs


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

    Students will learn, by tracking animals out of doors, the variety of evidence left behind by animals and what we can learn about them from that evidence.  During spring, summer, and fall, they will also practice the research techniques of radio telemetry.

  • Bats


    Animal Ecology
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1 hrs
    | Easy

    The public holds many misconceptions concerning bats.  This entertaining  evening presentation features amazing images and stories of some of the 1000 bat species found worldwide.  General characteristics along with specific behaviors will be discussed. The seven species of Minnesota bats will be highlighted.  Students will come away with increased awareness and respect for the role […]