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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 fueling up for the next adventure, everyone will find choices to satisfy their appetites in the Lake Superior Dining Room.

Our Food

Food Service Director Chris O’Brien and his staff go above and beyond 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 while meats and other products are sourced as locally as possible.  From-scratch vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes are available at each and every meal. Fresh fruit, veggies, and homemade breads are available all day, in addition to coffee and tea.

“It’s about quality. It’s about passion. It’s about good food done well.” – Chris O’Brien

Special Diets

Our kitchen staff regularly works with participants to meet allergy and dietary concerns. Daily vegan dishes are inherently free of any animal product, including dairy, and are most often gluten free as well. Individuals with common food allergy and sensitivities, including to dairy or peanuts, will find good, healthy food at each meal that addresses their needs. Our Dining Hall is nut free. Please note dietary requests, concerns, and preferences when completing camp registration materials.


A place to kick back and relax

Margaret A. Cargill Lodge

The new Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Lodge features stunning views of the campus’s hills, valleys and cliff-lined lakes. In the common spaces you’ll find comfortable couches and chairs to relax in, tables for socializing or game-playing, and a small kitchenette with sink, microwave and refrigerator. Massive stone fireplaces with wood-burning pellet stoves grace two of the five shared areas – a perfect place to settle in and read a book during some quiet time. The outdoor deck overlooking the bird feeders behind the lodge is another favorite for enjoying some time in the sun between activities.


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.

Experience “Living Building Challenge” Design

MAC Lodge is one of only about 45 in the world built to meet Living Building Challenge standards. Residents will experience what it’s like to live comfortably at net zero for both water end energy. Learn more about how the MAC Lodge has already changed the landscape for sustainable building in the northern US!

Dates and Cost

September 25-27, 2020

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

$425 covers all meals, lodging, instruction and supplies.

We accept credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express).
Deposit, Payment, and Cancellation Policy


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.