Wolf Ridge Teacher Institute on Campus
July 1, 2022
Dedicated to Jack and Genea Pichotta, founders of Wolf Ridge, the Science Center is where many classes meet before heading outside. It houses an aviary for raptors, a large auditorium used for evening programs, a 35-foot indoor rock climbing wall called Mystical Mountain, our gift shop, multiple classrooms, and staff offices.
Located at the end of our driveway. The Science Center is visible from our main parking lot.
The Forest Ecology Building is a classroom used for full-day K-12 school group excursions, our forest ecology classes, and many of our adult learning courses. In the winter, it doubles as a ski chalet for the Baptism ski trails. It has two classrooms, storage for cross country skis used by Wolf Ridge students, and indoor composting toilets. Outside, an old-fashioned two-person crosscut saw is set up for classroom demonstrations.
Located on the dirt driveway leading to our main campus. Look for signs along the road.
The ski chalet located at the beginning of the Raven Lake ski trails receives its energy from the sun. Learning about the photovoltaic panels is just the first of many new experiences students have here. Up to 100 skiers per day can be outfitted. During the summer months, it serves as a classroom for the Wetlands Ecology Class.
Located near Sawmill Creek, this building is part-classroom, part acid rain, and air quality monitoring station. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has an air monitoring site located near the Stream Study Building.
This building is home to eight classrooms, a small auditorium, and a 35-foot tall indoor climbing wall. Many classes meet here before heading outside.
After portaging and paddling along Wolf Lake, as part of an imaginary North West Company brigade in the year 1793, students set up camp at the Voyageur Encampment. At camp, they make fry bread, tea, flint, and steel fires, learn about shaving a paddle, and practice voyageur games.
These spaces introduce students to our Ojibwe history and language curriculum, with structures and tools used to represent an Ojibwe camp from 250 years ago. Students practice skills like fire-starting using a bow drill or flint and steel, preparation of wild rice and raspberry tea, as well as the making of basswood twine and black ash baskets.
Located behind the Science Center, from the telescope deck, students have the opportunity to observe the night sky using 12″ Meade Schmidt-Cassiegrain computerized telescope, 25 power binocular telescope, laser pointer, standard binoculars, and their very own eyes. There are three stations where students can experience and observe gastronomical delights on the observation platform.