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Agate Hunting and Finishing

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The Lake Superior Agate is beautiful, elusive, and enigmatic. Learn tricks to finding them from the expert who literally wrote the book on it, Jim Magnuson. You’ll also receive instruction and time to use professional lapidary tools to cut, shape, polish, and set your new-found gem.

  • Hands-on, activity-oriented introduction to the Lake Superior region’s geology with a focus on theories of agate formation.
  • Learn tips for hunting for Lake Superior Agates.
  • Agate hunting field trip in the Finland area with expert agate finders.
  • Use lapidary tools & learn processes such as of cutting, shaping, and polishing.
  • Create a polished pendant necklace and a face polished agate.
  • Note that the class includes a small amount of hiking (less than one mile) and the ability to travel on or around slanted gravel piles.

This and other Fabulous Fall Adult Workshops are open to ages 18 and up.




About Instructors Jim and Diane Magnuson

Jim and Diane enjoy sharing their passion for the Lake Superior Agate not only through showing and gifting some of their finds, but also through teaching and writing, another lifelong interest. Jim is the author of several books, including The Storied Agate, Agate Hunting Made Easy, Lake Superior Agates – Identify Agates & Imposters (laminated field guide), Emma’s First Agate, The Fairburn Agate of the Black Hills, and Gemstone Tumbling, Cutting, Drilling, & Cabochon Making. They are also members of the Minnesota Mineral Club, and enjoy attending rock and mineral shows and club meetings to further their learning.


Fuel for your imagination

We take great pride in creating delicious daily meals.  Whether coming in from a day spent outside, or getting ready for the day, everyone will find choices to satisfy their appetites in the Lake Superior Dining Room.

Chris O’Brien, our food service director, believes “we should all be fed well, every meal, every day.” From-scratch vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes are available at each and every meal. Vegan dishes are inherently free of any animal product, including dairy, and are most often gluten free as well. All dietary requests are addressed and often the menu is adjusted to reflect the needs and wants of our clients. Those with common food allergy and sensitivities, including to dairy or peanuts, will find good, healthy food that addresses their needs. Fresh fruit, veggies, and homemade breads are available all day, in addition to coffee and tea.

Chris and his staff go above and beyond to meet our guests needs and work hard to produce a choice driven, healthy, hearty meal while creating a sense of community here at Wolf Ridge. Most of our produce is from the Wolf Ridge Organic Farm and our meats and other products are sourced as locally as possible. It’s about quality. It’s about passion. It’s about good food done well.


A place to kick back and relax

The new Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Lodge features wonderful views of the campus’s maple-covered hills, valleys and cliff-lined lakes. The common areas also have great views and lots of windows. You’ll find comfortable furniture to relax in, tables for socializing, and a small kitchenette with sink, microwave and refrigerator. Two of the five common areas have massive stone fireplaces.

MAC Lodge sleeping accommodations are divided into suites. Each suite includes two bedrooms, a shared space with two sinks, and separate toilet and shower rooms. Those who want more privacy can close the sliding door to their individual bedroom. Each bedroom contains two bunkbeds and can sleep one to four people. For adult programs, a maximum of 6 people share a suite.  If you choose to pay for a single bedroom, you will have a private sleeping space, and will share a bathroom and shower with 1-3 suite-mates. Groups of four or may may request to share a suite.

The newly remodeled MAC lodge is one of the most sustainably-designed buildings in the nation.It is one of only 45 in the world to be seeking full Living Building Challenge certification.

Dates and Cost

September 27-29, 2019

Program starts with 5:30 dinner on Friday and ends after Sunday lunch.

$390 covers all meals, lodging, instruction and supplies.

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CANCELLATION POLICY: Refund requests must be made in writing and received no later than two weeks prior to the start of the session. All cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the start of the camp session are non-refundable. If cancellation occurs less than two weeks prior to the start of the session a refund, minus the $150 deposit, may be given for illness, injury, or death in the immediate family.

At the time of registration a $150 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT PER PERSON must be made to hold your session spot.


For more information, or to register by phone…

Send your question via “Contact Us”.
Call us to register or get more information at 218-353-7414.
Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 8-4:30.