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Grandparent and Grandchild Grand Adventure

What’s more rewarding than passing on your love of lifelong learning and being outdoors? Teaching a younger adventurer to love it too!

Our Grand Summer Adventure is an inter-generational program where grandparents and their grandchildren bond with the natural world and each other. Together, hone your outdoor skills while learning about the unique history and ecology of Minnesota’s beautiful northwoods.  Create memories that will last a lifetime!

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    Become a member of 1750's voyageur brigade.

  • 2 of 9

    Share stories from your own heritage while learning traditional Ojibwe skills.

  • 3 of 9

    Sometimes, the best things happen just by spending an extended time together.

  • 4 of 9

    Must-have: Campfire with food on a stick!

  • 5 of 9

    Spend a day exploring Lake Superior's North Shore.

  • 6 of 9

    The pride found in meeting a challenge together....

  • 7 of 9

    Quiet walks in the woods....

  • 8 of 9

    See beauty all around through new eyes.

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    A mixture of outdoor adventures and time to relax.


Grandparents want to spend time with their grandchildren – sharing family traditions, building relationship bonds, and passing on the accumulated wisdom of a lifetime to the youngest generation. Grandchildren want to spend time with their grandparents – having fun, doing cool activities, and discovering things about their grandparents they never knew before. Where can you participate in all of these terrific things?  At Wolf Ridge exploring and learning about Minnesota’s beautiful northwoods.

Please Note

These programs are for grandparents and their grandchildren to participate in together. Most classes are outdoors and active, regardless of weather. Rugged trails include elevation changes of several hundred feet. Grandparents are responsible for grandchild supervision.

Housing and Meals

A place to kick back and relax

Margaret A. Cargill Lodge

Having a place to socialize with family and friends during down time is another important part of the Wolf Ridge experience. You’ll find outdoor and indoor gathering spaces at the M.A.C. Lodge, including the nearby campfire ring, open space for outdoor play, and patio deck. Indoors, there are two wood stoves and comfortable seating for reading and visiting. Perhaps you’ll want to take in the lodge balcony’s stunning views of the campus’s hills and cliff-lined lakes, enjoy the evening sunset from the nearby Sawmill Creek Overlook deck, or meet another family for board games in the indoor commons.

You and your grandchild(ren) will share a suite in MAC Lodge

Your 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. You will not be sharing with another family – just you and your grandchildren.

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!

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.

Dates and Costs

July 19 – 23, 2020 4 nights

The costs listed are the costs for your entire family for the program, everything included.  There are no extra costs.
2 people in family (1 room)  $700
3 people in family (1 room)  $1045
4 people in family (1 room)  $1400
5 people in family (1 room)  $1740
If you have 6 or more people in your family please call the office at 218-353-7414 to determine pricing.


We accept credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express).
The balance of your camp fee is due by June 1st.

Deposit, Payment, and Cancellation Policy


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