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As a School

Learning should be fun—an adventure. And Wolf Ridge delivers on that, no matter the season. Here, students of all ages are sure to get a one-of-a-kind experience and education. We build partnerships with educators across the region, elevating classroom-taught principles through hands-on, real-world experiences.

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NOTE: Due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, Wolf Ridge will not be hosting any school groups between now and September 1, 2020. Our priority during this time is the safety and well being of our participants, staff, and the broader community. If you have questions about the planning of future programs, please contact Mike Krussow, Program Coordinator, at mike.krussow@wolf-ridge.org.

learning at wolf ridge

The best part of learning is experiencing it

When you’re having fun, learning is a whole lot easier. That’s why our classes encourage students to immerse themselves in experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime.


Educators who care

Not only are they passionate about the environment, but our educators are intensely passionate about teaching. And it shows. Lifelong learning is fostered at Wolf Ridge and is a concept that is nurtured by our teachers. As life-long learners themselves, our educators pride themselves on taking what’s been taught in classrooms and using that to provide students with the opportunity to experience education. Study it in the classroom and experience it outside. That’s where learning becomes an adventure.


Why Wolf Ridge?

  • Nationally recognized leader in environmental education with professional staff who are leaders in the field
  • Accredited school since 1980
  • Facilities and equipment for groups of 15 – 360
  • Curricula aligned with Minnesota academic standards
  • Over 50 units of curricula focus on science, personal growth and team-building, cultural history and outdoor skills
  • Accommodations such as modified adventure equipment available for students with special needs
  • Ask about our popular calendar fund-raisers and grants for qualified schools
  • Tuition expense can qualify for Minnesota State tax credit
  • See “Wolf Ridge School Trip By the Numbers”

Housing and Meals

A place to kick back and relax.

Students will be housed in either the MAC Lodge or Summit Lodge. In the West Dorm, each suite sleeps 4-8 students in two semi-private rooms, with a bathroom and shower in the room. There are five “commons” areas where groups can gather, some of which feature large stone fireplaces and views of Mystical Mountain or Sawmill Valley.  Summit Lodge features two spacious lobbies for group gatherings and dorm rooms with a private bath. Each room contains bunk beds that sleep 6-8 people.


Fuel for your imagination.

Whether they’re coming in from a long day outside, or getting ready for the day, students can satisfy their appetites in the Fireplace Dining Room or in the Lake Superior Dining Room. Here, they’ll enjoy the range of delicious menu options, including seasonal food freshly harvested on campus from the Wolf Ridge Organic Farm. We can accommodate most special dietary needs with advance notice. Meals are served cafeteria-style.

Dates, Costs and Financial Assistance

When can I come to Wolf Ridge?

Programs are offered year-round. Please contact us for available dates.

How much does Wolf Ridge cost?

We do everything we can to keep our school rates as low as possible for your students. The price below reflects the total cost per person while at Wolf Ridge, including all instruction and activities, meals, and lodging.

2019-20 School Year

  • 3-Day Visit:  $143 per person
  • 5-Day Visit:  $230 per person
  • Weekend Visit:  $143 per person

2020 Summer

  • 3-Day Visit:  $151 per person
  • 5-Day Visit:  $242 per person
  • Weekend Visit:  $151 per person


How can we pay for Wolf Ridge?

Most schools pay for the trip with a combination of fund-raising, community support, and direct costs to students.

  • Many schools choose to sell the Wolf Ridge Calendar. If you are bringing a group to Wolf Ridge and would like more information about selling calendars as a fundraiser, please contact us at 218-353-7414 or mail@wolf-ridge.org.
  • Wolf Ridge strives to keep costs affordable for all students, but we understand that school and student situations can make paying for the trip difficult regardless of those efforts. Generous donors have made it possible to offer scholarships to help address financial barriers for those in need. Scholarships can help finance transportation costs or tuition costs. Schools generally qualify when they are a new school to Wolf Ridge, have a high proportion of free and reduced lunch students, or have unforeseen financial difficulties. To apply, fill out a Scholarship Funds Application and send it to Mike Krussow.

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