Wolf Ridge

North Shore Geology Explorations

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Do you look for interesting rocks on every beach or gravel road and want to discover their story? Are you an agate or Thomsonite seeker? Perhaps you wonder about all those rock faces you see as you drive north on Highway 61? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this weekend workshop with recognized North Shore geology expert Margie Menzies is for you!

  • Explore a variety of locations, including Wolf Ridge’s Marshall Mountain, the beaches and point of Sugarloaf Cove, and several additional unique geologic features.
  • Learn the basics of recognizing the different rock types found along the North Shore.
  • Decipher lava flows and read the stories told in their layers.
  • Discover the connections between the geologic past of the area and natural features seen today.
  • The weekend includes a several short hikes on uneven trail surfaces, rocky beaches, and a one-mile hike with moderate exertion.

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



About Instructor Margie Menzies

Margie is a lifelong naturalist, educator and lover of rocks and all things of the natural world. She spent years in the formal classroom as a science teacher, but has abandoned the indoors for the great outdoor classroom. Margie is the naturalist at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center on the North Shore in Schroeder, she is the Hawk Ridge Program Director, at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, and sometimes finds time to supervise student teachers or teach a course as adjunct faculty for the UMD Education Department. She teaches Master Naturalist Courses for Minnesota Extension at Sugarloaf and North House Folk School, in Grand Marais. A long time ago, she used to think Geology was boring- but has long since been snared by the lure of the stories in stone and these days teaching about the Geology of the North Shore is one of her favorite pastimes. She loves learning and sharing the natural world with people of all ages.


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.

$355  – Includes meals, lodging, instruction, and field trip transportation.

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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.