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Featured Class: “Geology”


Posted By Rachael Sarette
October 19, 2018

“Look at my rock! It’s so shiny!” “Well mine looks like it has a face in it!” Sounds of future rock collectors can be heard at the beginning of every “Geology” class now that the lesson plan has been rewritten. After spending minutes agonizing over the choice of which rock is the perfect pocket rock, […]

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Walleyes of Wolf Lake


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 15, 2018

As I meander down to Wolf Lake from the Lakeview House with fishing pole in hand, it becomes hard not to notice all the changes going on in the forest this time of year.  Under the surface of the lakes there are almost just as many, going unnoticed by most. My earliest memories are of […]

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Planning Financial Sustainability


Posted By Carrie Anderson
October 15, 2018

As I begin my second year as Chair of the Wolf Ridge Board of Trustees, I am reminded of how proud I am of the accomplishments of this amazing organization. Your support of Wolf Ridge has been critical in the success of Wolf Ridge. Wolf Ridge has educated students and adults for over 45 years. […]

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View From the Ridge, Fall 2018


Posted By Peter Smerud
October 15, 2018

September at Wolf Ridge is the start of our year. Since we are a school, I imagine you’re not surprised by that way of viewing September. We welcomed 15 new students into our naturalist training program. Here they learn to be effective educators, whether in a formal K-12 classroom or hiking with kids along the […]

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Learning From the Lake


Posted By Peter Smerud
October 15, 2018

When you first view Lake Superior on the way to Wolf Ridge, it’s the size that makes the biggest impression. The vast and occasionally fog-shrouded lake keeps asking you to look at it as you drive along its shore. Large bodies of water have that attraction and this body of water is indeed large. It […]

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Meet Field Manager Tori Dahl


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 10, 2018

Tori Dahl is currently the Farm Field Manager at Wolf Ridge, a seven-month job she started in April, 2018. Her background includes B.A.s in Biology and English from California Lutheran University and from Antioch University of New England, a Masters in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Education,  plus a Certificate in Food Justice and Resilient Communities. […]

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Featured Class: “Farming 101” and “Plants and Pollinators”


Posted By Rachael Sarette
October 3, 2018

“We should call that one The Great Pigdini!” “And that one can be named JEFF!”  No matter what age of students you bring down to the farm, as soon as you allow them some free time to explore, they inevitably all end up surrounding the pigs. Meeting pigs isn’t the only highlight of the day. […]

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Plowing Pigs?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
June 25, 2018

If you happen to be visiting the Wolf Ridge Organic Farm this summer, you might see some new critters stalking about. Pigs, thats right. We have 3 pigs in each of 4 pens (12 pigs total) rooting around the scrub land that was cleared a year ago. When they get moved to a new piece […]

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3 Reasons to Intern at Wolf Ridge


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 26, 2018

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to intern here at Wolf Ridge for the past five months. The experience was part of my undergraduate studies at University of Minnesota Duluth. This internship has taught me so many things it’s going to be hard to cram them into this small post, so I’ll focus on my top […]

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Spring is Finally ~Actually~ Here on the Ridge!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 14, 2018

Spring is finally ~actually~ here on the ridge! New little ephemerals such as marsh marigold, bloodroot, and ramps (wild leeks) are sprouting all about the ridge! Beavers were seen in the pond in the wetlands, as well as many new waterfowl. Recorded so far are trumpeter swans, hooded mergansers, common mergansers, red-breasted mergansers, buffleheads, pied-billed […]

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New Signs of Spring!


Posted By Maggie Noun
May 14, 2018

Spring is finally ~actually~ here on the ridge! New little ephemerals such as marsh marigold, bloodroot, and wild leeks are sprouting all about the ridge! Beavers were seen in the pond in the wetlands, as well as many new waterfowl. Recorded so far are trumpeter swans, Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers, Red-Breasted Mergansers, Buffleheads, Pied-billed grebes, […]

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An Interview With Lester Park Elementary School


Posted By Jesse Ross
May 1, 2018

Lester Park of Duluth, Minnesota is one of four parent-led school groups attending Wolf Ridge. Parent Tom Westrum has organized Lester Park’s 5th-grader weekend trip to Wolf Ridge in March for several years. Why does your school come to Wolf Ridge? Attending Wolf Ridge is a tradition our students look forward to. It is a […]

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Get Ready for Wild Pesto!!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
April 27, 2018

Ramps, also known as wild leeks, are a wild onion species and one of the first spring ephemerals in the Wolf Ridge woods. Spring ephemerals are ground plants that sprout after the snow melts but before the trees leaf out, taking advantage of the increased sunlight hitting the forest floor. Ramps are more commonly associated […]

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A Day at Summer Camp


Posted By Jenny Bushmaker
April 26, 2018

Every day at Wolf Ridge Summer Camp is unique in its own way. With that in mind, here’s a tour through what one of those days might look like.   7:00 AM “Rise and Shine everyone!” (…yawn…) Time to wake up and get ready for the day…   7:30 AM “This is a repeat after […]

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The Lake People


Posted By Maggie Noun
April 17, 2018

The Lake People   There is one place on the shore of Mother Superior that the Lake People still frequent in peace. there is no black sludge that invades the rolling waves that hit basalt.   The Lake People maintain their garden combing through tangles of lichens. With crisp water, they gently spray the tiny […]

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Why Wilderness Trips Matter


Posted By David Butcher
April 11, 2018

When the weather starts to warm up and as signs of spring arrive, it is inevitable that I’ll start thinking about getting out on a wilderness trip during the summer. There is just something about the promise of exploration, solitude, and time spent with good friends, that keeps me dreaming about the next outdoor adventure. […]

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Spring Slowly Arrives


Posted By Maggie Noun
April 11, 2018

When Spring arrives on the ridge, it is not as Mary Oliver or other poets would write it as. There are no tender tendrils of green peeking through the ground, with song birds chirping happily in boughs of newly leafed trees. No, instead the ground is covered in crystalized, crunchy snow, with earth infused. The […]

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What do kids learn at camp?


Posted By Jenny Bushmaker
March 29, 2018

As the Summer Youth & Family Program Director at Wolf Ridge, I get the privilege of talking to many parents each year. One of the biggest things I have learned from all of these conversations is that it is not easy for parents to make the decision to send their child to summer camp. While […]

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Adulthood and Wonder


Posted By Maggie Noun
March 22, 2018

Being an adult, I sometimes forget about the magic of nature. I forget about the rolling hills of the eroded Sawtooth mountains, the tiny networks of organisms in lichens, the peeling exposed bark of the paper birch, the tall red pines, and wolf tracks along ski trails. Even as I live here, it can be […]

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Wolf Ridge Trips and Our Public Lands


Posted By David Butcher
March 14, 2018

I often think back to an unforgettable moment on a Wolf Ridge wilderness canoeing trip I guided a few years back. It was the last night of our trip and we had a close to perfect campsite in Voyageurs National Park with a fantastic rock outcropping facing west. We had just finished dinner and all […]

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