Wolf Ridge

Wildlife Camp

    Entering grades 6-7

    Do you love wildlife?  Have you dreamed of working with animals someday?  Learn about different kinds of Minnesota wildlife and their habitats.  Help with our on-going animal research projects, such as radio tracking, trail cameras, study plots, and bird banding.  Help take care of our education animals including feeding, training and cleaning.  Get to know more about local wildlife through outdoor activities, games and crafts.  You will get up close and personal with animals in this summer camp. 

    wildlife camp activities

    We believe in nurturing the curiosity, growth and independent spirit of each camper, every year that they attend. Wildlife Camp participants have opportunities to:

    Discover and explore the natural world

    • Northern Minnesota wildlife ecology
    • Animal tracking
    • Bird banding
    • Wildlife research techniques

    Meet personal challenges and grow as a leader

    • Responsibility of caring for animals
    • Rock climbing
    • Adventure ropes

    Make lifelong friends

    • Teambuilding
    • All-camp games
    • Campfire and s’mores

    Build outdoor skills

    • Animal tracking
    • Outdoor navigation skills – map and compass
    • Reading the landscape
    • Canoeing
    • Swimming

    Housing and Meals

    A place to kick back and relax.

    Campers will be housed in our East Dorm. Each room features its own bathroom and shower, bunks beds, and camper gear cubbies. Camp staff also live in the dorm, with one counselor per room. There are cozy gathering spaces for game playing during down time, plus a grass field just out the door. Kids and staff gather at the near-by campfire ring before meals to sing songs, share stories of their adventures, and learn what the next part of the day will bring. The East Dorm is perfect place to grow the deep, closely knit community that makes camp so special.

    While on trail, campers sleep in single-sex tents.  Wolf Ridge uses 2, 4, and 6 person backcountry tents.


    Fuel for your imagination.

    Whether they’re coming in from a long day outside or getting ready for the day, campers will satisfy their appetites in the Fireplace Dining Room. 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 options are offered at each and every meal.

    On trail, campers eat delicious, high-energy foods to fuel their wilderness exploration. Backcountry meals include burritos, alpine pasta, hearty soups, fry bread, pancakes, and oatmeal, with many other possibilities. Special dietary considerations can usually be accommodated.

    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.

    After a week full of friendship, fun, and teamwork, on Friday night Wolf Ridge will hold a community celebration dinner and campfire. Campers will gather in the Fireplace Dining Room to enjoy a family-style meal served by the camp directors while celebrating the accomplishments and achievements of their community members.

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

    Learn more about our dining hall.


    July 22 – 28, 2018

    Costs and Financial Assistance


    We accept credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Discover or American Express) as well as checks.

    Financial Assistance

    We are happy to partner with a variety of organizations that are interested in helping you attend Wolf Ridge. Available to those who qualify. You can find details in Resources “For Summer Campers.”

    Bring a Friend Discount

    When you invite a new camper to Wolf Ridge, you & your friend each get $50 off your camp fee. To take advantage of this special offer, both fill out and mail us “Bring a Friend” forms. You find can this in Resources “For Summer Campers.”

    Sibling Discount

    Available for multiple campers from the same household (must all be residents of the same household address). Call 218-353-7414 Monday-Friday between 8 and 4:30 for details.

    Resources: Get Ready for Camp!

    Already signed up?

    Packing lists and more can be found in Resources “For Summer Campers.”