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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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The May Almanac


The May 2014 Almanac unveils our new look! Read about it in the View from the Ridge. Learn about Wolf Ridge’s role with a collaboration between the Heart of the Continent Partnership and National Geographic. Meet our comic strip artist, Byron Johnson, in the Profile and read about other Wolf Ridge happenings. Check out the […]

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Wolf Ridge Staff “Bike to Work” Video Honored


Congrats to Joe Walewski on his honorable mention in the “Pedals for Professionals” Bike to Work contest on May 16, 2014! “Joe Walewski is the Director of Naturalist Training at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minnesota. He submitted a great video presentation on his daily commute that featured many of the people in […]

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Locally Grown Pizza?


Imagine the scene… Kids are digging their fingers into soft warm soil, planting peppers and tomatoes for August’s harvest. In the next row, their friends pick vegetables to make wood-fired pizzas for lunch. It’s hard to tell which smells better, the dough rising in the sun, the woodsmoke of the outdoor oven, or the earthy […]

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Wolves, Ice Bridges, and Lake Superior


“In a winter the likes of what most contemporary Midwesterners have only heard of in the recollections of elders, a lone wolf’s journey reminds us of how the people and animals of Gichi Onigamiing (Grand Portage) have always been connected to Minong (Isle Royale). “Isabelle” was doing what wolves do, dispersing to new opportunities, when […]

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The Almanac Newsletter for February


The February 2014 Wolf Ridge Almanac has a focus on the farm and food at Wolf Ridge. Also read how the weather and media has been affecting programming at Wolf Ridge. Learn some natural history about maple tapping and Saw-whet Owls. Enjoy our other regular items. Read the February Wolf Ridge Almanac

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24 Years Later, the Cobra Wolf Ridge Adventure Continues


Excerpt from an article in the Byron Review…. “Our four-day adventure included many firsts for our kids. For some, it was the first time they put aside their cell phones for a few days and were truly in the moment with their peers. For others, it was the first time they put on cross country […]

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Wolf Ridge to Partner with National Geographic


Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center is teaming up with National Geographic. The collaboration is part of the Heart of the Continent Partnership, a larger geo-tourism initiative that will include a map and a web site. Heart of the Continent Partnership is… Click to read full article in the Lake County News Chronicle…. 

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Valley M.S.’s “Howlings” Blog


We had a night hike this evening and towards the end, we asked the students to lay down in the snow, and enjoy the stars and silence… After a while, Mrs. Lindeman asked the students to share what they have liked so far about Wolf Ridge. Here are the responses…

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Wolf Ridge and Belle Plaine: 40 Years and Still Going Strong


Belle Plaine’s 6th graders have a long tradition with Wolf Ridge, made even more fun with their unique “Critter Hunt” scavenger game. (11/20/2013)

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