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This Summer’s Friday Wood-Fired Pizza Nights


Posted By Carrie Anderson
July 25, 2020

With the sweet smells of homemade tomato sauce prepared earlier that day, this past Friday night was full of buzz at the Wolf Ridge Farm. Neighbors from Silver Bay, Finland, and other North Shore communities were there to pick up their very own wood-fired pizza made by farm staff and volunteers. Inspired by other small […]

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Ode to Trees


Posted By Robby Holmes
March 4, 2020

2/26/20 15 degrees F, sunny, calm          The recent warmth of February has left the snow waterlogged and crunchy. My snowshoes are necessary for the trek to the mandala, but they’re much too loud for my liking. Five minutes of slipping and sliding through the dense snow brings me to my sit-spot […]

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Sing Your Way Through the Cold!


Posted By Luciana Ranelli
February 13, 2020

Heel, toe, and over we go, And over we go, And over we go. And this is how he did it… My summer camp memories came flooding back recently in sub-zero temperatures. In an effort to help sixth graders stay warm at the Wolf Ridge ropes course, I taught them a song I remembered from […]

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Radio Story About Wolf Ridge’s China Trip


Posted By Peter Smerud
January 30, 2020

What did Pete Smerud, Wolf Ridge’s Executive Director learn on his trip to several Nature Reserves in southern China? Listen to Pete Smerud’s interview with Jeff Johnson on 95.1 The One. More posts about Wolf Ridge and China The Great Human Migration   In this blog series, Wolf Ridge Executive Director Peter Smerud talks about his […]

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The Great Human Migration Begins


Posted By Peter Smerud
January 14, 2020

To all readers, this was a post by Pete on January 14, before the coronavirus had exploded throughout the country and world. The great human migration has been massively altered this year with very limited movement due to the virus.   The Great Human Migration is underway in China. This is a country in which […]

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Disturbance


Posted By Robby Holmes
November 13, 2019

October 31st Overcast, calm, 29 degrees F                 The winds that played music for the dancing aspens proved too much for others in the forest. Last week, winds rocked the ridge like I have never seen. Trails that provided safe and clear passage through the storm one minute […]

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Dancing Aspens


Posted By Robby Holmes
October 29, 2019

October 6th, morning Windy, sunny, 45 degrees F            It’s a windy day here at the mandala. The largest aspen, just a few feet in front of me, is swaying in a pendular motion. Side to side, front to back, and round in circles. There are four aspens in this stand, […]

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Balsam Fir


Posted By Robby Holmes
October 14, 2019

October 1st, early afternoon ~50 degrees F, partly sunny Recent heavy rains           The forest is familiar today, comforting. Although it is not how it was. Like coming home for the holidays only to realize that your parents have repainted the outside of the house; what was once an odd grey-green […]

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Meet Farmer Sarah Mayer


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 13, 2019

We’re excited to welcome Sarah Mayer, the new Farm Manager at Wolf Ridge. She comes to us from southeastern Wisconsin. She has a B.S. in Chemistry and Environmental Science, Natural Resource Emphasis from Carroll University, Waukesha, WI. Wolf Ridge Almanac editor Lori Walewski sat down recently to learn a bit more about her story and […]

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Ripple Effect of the MAC Lodge Living Building


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 13, 2019

Kitchen remodel anticipation! Wolf Ridge alumni, Judy Gibbs, and her spouse Shawn Wentz were looking forward to renovating their 1946 kitchen. Wolf Ridge had taken on the Living Building Challenge (LBC) for our new staff housing and student dormitory. These two events were about to come together. After visiting the Wolf Ridge Open House of […]

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Korppi’s Visitor


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 13, 2019

So there I was, hanging out with our raven, Korppi. We were working on her new training exercises where I ask her to pick up a pencil and jab it down onto a piece of paper, with the intention of building up to free drawing over time. Enrichment like this is critical to keeping her raven […]

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Aspen Island Project


Posted By David Stieler
January 10, 2019

A forest can seem very constant, immovable, and unchanging. It is easy to get lulled into a sense that a specific forested area has always been here and will always be here. However, this is actually far from the truth. A forest is a living system, and like any living thing, there is constant movement, […]

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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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