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Margaret A. Cargill Lodge


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Two Story Blue Building In Forest With Red Leaves
Photo Credit: HGA & Chad Holder

Margaret A. Cargill Lodge

Our Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Lodge is an award-winning living building designed as a teaching tool for sustainability. It’s primarily used for visiting schools, family camps, adult learning courses, and retreatsThe MAC Lodge contains five common rooms furnished with comfortable seating areas, workspaces, and a small kitchenette with a microwave, storage space, and a refrigerator. A deck on the backside of the building provides access to views of the Sawmill Creek Valley

  • Suites contain two rooms that sleep four to eight guests with bunk beds
  • Each suite has its own bathroom and shower
  • Suites can be converted to single occupancy for retreats

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Plautz Commons

The MAC Lodge Plautz Commons has a pellet stove fireplace and displays original artworks by Michael Plautz, a Wolf Ridge benefactor, artist, and architect who designed our Forest Ecology Building, Summit Lodge, and Pichotta Science Center.

Weesner Commons

Our largest meeting space in the MAC Lodge, Weesner Commons accommodates up to 300 people in one large, day-lit space. Named for Donald Weesner, an advocate for connecting people to the outdoors, it features a cozy pellet-stove fireplace and large wrap-around windows overlooking the forest.

Mystical Mountain Commons

This meeting space includes a balcony overlooking the cliffs above Wolf Lake and beyond, a 30-mile panoramic view of Lake Superior. This view was a focal part of achieving the Beauty Petal of the Living Building Challenge.

Photo Credit: Benjamin Olson

Summit Lodge

With 24 rooms and 192 beds, our Summit Lodge (formerly the East Dorm) is used primarily for visiting schools and summer camps. Summit is divided into four sections with co-ed hallways. Each dorm in our Summit Lodge sleeps six to eight people. Dorm rooms contain twin-sized bunk beds along with a private bath and shower. Three spacious common areas are used as homerooms and include storage space for food. Laundry facilities are available.

  • Suites contain bunk areas that sleep 6-8 people
  • Each suite has its own bathroom and shower
  • Suites can be converted to single occupancy for retreats

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Dayroom A

Located on the west side of Summit Lodge, this space provides a large open space for groups to gather during their visit, with couches and tables and chalkboards to help facility meeting and activities.

Dayroom B

Located on the east side of Summit Lodge, this additional large meeting space is perfect for groups to hold discussions, learning activities, or just gather at the end of the day.

Dayroom C

A smaller, more intimate space on the top floor of Summit Lodge, this room is primarily used by visiting school groups to gather students for announcements, daily meetings, reflection, games, talent shows, and more.

Lakeview Staff House at Wolf Ridge

Lakeview Staff Housing

Completed in 2017, Lakeview provides housing for up to 24 people in small private bedrooms with shared kitchens and community spaces.

Used during the school year to house our graduate naturalist training program, Lakeview was designed with the same Living Building Challenge standards used to construct the Margaret A. Cargill Lodge.