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February 2017 Almanac Newsletter


“Petals Opened: Living Building Challenge,”  The February 2017 Wolf Ridge Almanac lead article guides us through the intricacies of the Living Building Challenge standards and terminology. Peter Smerud, executive Peter Smerud, executive director, and Russ Bierbaum, board chair share heartfelt stories of the generosity and challenges of our Making Waves capital campaign. “Wolf Ridge News […]

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October 2016 Almanac Newsletter


The October 2016 Wolf Ridge Almanac celebrates the kickoff of the physical manifestation of the Making Waves capital campaign. “Construction Underway” shares the start of construction and how it interfaces with the Living Building Challenge (LBC). From Executive Director, Pete Smerud, “The Time is Now.” Thank you to the key leadership donors (thus far!) in […]

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WHAT I KNOW 8-11-16


by Jon Schumacher St. Anthony Park Foundation’s Executive Director,  Those who have followed my blog for a while have perhaps read about Murray’s E2 Environmental Inquiry class. The Foundation was instrumental in making the class happen and sustaining it through the past four years, as nearly 100 students have been able to make the leap from general science to advanced classes through […]

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May 2016 Almanac Newsletter


Barry Commoner’s First Law of Ecology, “Everything is connected to everything else,” certainly rings true in the May 2016 Wolf Ridge Almanac. Leading off with the Building Sustainable Future article, one can learn how Wolf Ridge is working to model sustainability by following the Living Building Challenge (LBC) in our remodeling and building projects. The […]

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St. Bridget Students Challenged in Up North Adventure


This was not your average class trip, Slaikeu said. It lasted a full five days and fully integrated the school’s curriculum. “Art, PE, science, some math, language arts, social studies, lots of history about the North Shore, Native Americans and original settlers of the North,” Slaikeu said. “It truly is a full educational experience that […]

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Student Essay About Wolf Ridge Trip Published!


Nice essay, Sydney Adams! Congrats on being published in the Prior Lake American! “Recently, I went to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center with the fifth-grade students and teachers from my school, Grainwood Elementary School. My fifth-grade teacher is Mrs. Perkins. Wolf Ridge is an awesome place, full of adventure…. keep reading….”

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New Naturalist Training Opportunities Start Fall 2016


Antioch University is Wolf Ridge’s New Graduate Program Partner Since 1996, Student Naturalists at Wolf Ridge have had the opportunity to earn a post baccalaureate Certificate of Environmental Education. Starting in the fall of 2016, we will have a new partner in the program — Antioch University New England (AUNE). Students in the Naturalist Training Program will receive a […]

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February 2016 Almanac Newsletter


The February 2016 Wolf Ridge Almanac reveals two long-standing dreams at Wolf Ridge that are rapidly becoming a reality. Our outdoor classroom now includes land on Lake Superior! Major capital improvement construction will start this summer with a new staff dorm. West Dorm revision will follow. Learn about our “Making Waves” capital campaign. “On the […]

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“Photo-a-day work provides surprises”


“When Joe Walewski, longtime naturalist trainer at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, embarked on a weeklong photo-a-day project, he intended for it to last a week. A week grew into a month. Then two years…”  more… by Ann Wessel, awessel@stcloudtimes.com

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Students dig deep to help bees, butterflies and other pollinators


Today, 5th graders from Franklin Elementary in Anoka made a positive difference in native northern eastern Minnesota habitats by planting harebell, pussytoes and long leaved-bluets around a new solar PV array at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. With everything in place, the enthusiastic 5th graders headed outside, shovels in hand, and made a positive difference […]

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October Almanac Newsletter


Recent pronouncements from the Pope, presidential contenders, and world leaders have made it clear that energy, food, and fresh water are critical environmental topics for discussion and action. Read our October 2015 Almanac for stories of how Wolf Ridge is taking action regarding these topics. Check out this year’s seasonal naturalists and what Wolf Ridge alumni […]

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Alone on a Mountaintop – Wolf Ridge Poet Society


“Sixty teenagers ranging in age from 11 – 17 years old in the Northwoods. If you would like to be inspired and feel a burst of creative energy, read what is in the heart of these children….“

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Fast Track Science at Wolf Ridge


Do you remember a person or experience that influenced your choices about college, work, or volunteerism? Each of us is on a life-long journey to discover work that is meaningful and valued. WolfRidge recently hosted Fast Track Scholars, a 6-week summer school program which intends to ease the transition for students entering high school. The course […]

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May Almanac Newsletter


Become a citizen scientist and help monitor a stream near you. Our May Almanac spotlights water quality monitoring projects occurring at Wolf Ridge’s Sawmill Creek. Add to your knowledge about black flies and learn a little history of Sawmill Creek in Nature Notes and Wolf Ridge Dissected. The third part in our series, On the […]

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What Role Can Educators Play For Mn Lakes?


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has reached the midpoint of its first comprehensive look at water quality — and what is needed to protect and restore it —  throughout the state. The agency and its partners have used a watershed approach to take an in-depth look at the lakes and streams in half of the […]

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Congrats to the 2015 Green Ribbon Schools!


U.S. Department of Education recognizes Minnesota schools for environmental leadership By Hometownsource on April 26, 2015 at 5:26 am On April 22, the U.S. Department of Education named the 2015 Green Ribbon Schools and District and Postsecondary Sustainability honorees. Among the list were four schools, one school district and one university from Minnesota: City of […]

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February Almanac Newsletter


The February 2015 Wolf Ridge Almanac focuses on northern mammals. Read about our new class, Investigating Northwoods Mammals. Learn about the status of moose in Minnesota. Appreciate the joy and struggles of teaching about mammals in our exclusive Wolf Ridge Dissected comic strip. Catch up with Terry McLaughlin and Vern Gersh in our Profiles column. […]

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These Kids Know How to Thrive Outside in the January Cold!


So often we are hesitant to go outside on some of the most beautiful days of the year. The kids from Central Middle School in Wayzata tell us how they’re thriving on their winter weather learning adventures in this short video. Be sure to check out our blog posts on thriving in the cold too…. […]

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The October Almanac


“Whether you believe you can or not, you’re right.” Read in our October 2014 Almanac how this quote by Henry Ford fits in the spiral model of learning. Catch up on the latest in the View, News Briefs, and Staff Update columns. Learn about fireweed, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and meet […]

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West Fargo Pioneer


20 West Fargo Students Take Classroom Outdoors A few excerpts from this October 14, 2014 West Fargo Pioneer feature…. “I was absolutely blown away with the amount of science that the students learned in the two days they were there,” said Duffy….. Actually, the students are not done. Their assignment is to apply what they learned […]

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