Wolf Ridge

Outdoor Education and Raptor Lab Workshops

Looking for new ways to teach the process of science to middle and high school students? Would you like to feel more confident working with students outdoors? Join us for a FREE full day workshop to give you the confidence and skills to do so!

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The Workshop

This is a FREE workshop hosted by Wolf Ridge made possible by a collaboration with The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, UMN Extension, and Eagle Bluff ELC.

The grant from LCCMR allows for the development of the “Outdoor Investigator” module of “Raptor Lab and the FREE teacher trainings being held around the state of Minnesota.

Raptor Lab is an interactive online learning environment that models the process of scientific investigation in real-world settings through the active role-play of different scientific careers involved in veterinary care and wildlife rehabilitation. Then provides a platform for students to team up, investigate outside, and share their own inquiry-based investigations online. Raptor Lab is appropriate for students from sixth grade through high school.

The workshop plans to run from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Intended outcomes for the workshop:

1. Learn techniques to bring students outside

2. Understand how to use Outdoor Investigator as a tool for scientific inquiry

3. Practice improv!

4. Connect with other teachers and build a network

5. Feel comfortable leading your students on an outdoor adventure

While Raptor Lab is intended for students in 6th-12th grade, any and all educators are welcome to join!


August 13 – University of Minnesota – Crookston, MN

August 14 – Lake Park Audubon High School – near Detroit Lakes, MN

October 1 – A.I. Jedlicka Middle School – Proctor, MN

October 18 – Wolf Ridge ELC – Finland, MN

October 19 – Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

November 27 – Deep Portage – Hackensack, MN

March 9 – Audubon Center of the North Woods – Sandstone, MN


Interested in hosting a workshop near you? Questions?

Email hannah.edstrom@wolf-ridge.org!