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2021 May Almanac


Posted By Carrie Anderson
May 12, 2021

In the May 2021 Almanac Newsletter: Virtual Field Trips Here to Stay – Read about Wolf Ridge’s accomplishment with its virtual field trip offerings. View from the Ridge – Executive Director Pete Smerud, reports on a positive-looking future. $1,000+ Donors Wolf Ridge News Briefs – Learn about happenings at Wolf Ridge during COVID. 50th Anniversary […]

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R.T. Rybak Evening Reflection


Posted By Peter Smerud
March 22, 2021

What a gift to be able to feature R. T. Rybak last Thursday as part of our 50th Anniversary Speaker Series. In reflecting on all that was discussed, I’m struck by how many of the concepts R. T. raised resonate with how Wolf Ridge strives to deliver outdoor experiences to students of all backgrounds. Student […]

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2020 October Almanac


Posted By Carrie Anderson
October 23, 2020

In the October 2020 Almanac Newsletter: Surviving COVID-19 – See how Wolf Ridge is doing financially during COVID-19. Wolf Ridge Adaptations – Executive Director Pete Smerud shares changes made by Wolf Ridge to survive the pandemic in the View from the Ridge. News Briefs – Updates on Wolf Ridge activities. ABC’s of Viruses – Discover […]

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2020 May Almanac


Posted By Carrie Anderson
May 5, 2020

In the May, 2020 Almanac Newsletter Download newsletter Rising to the Challenge – re-vamping our curriculum for distance learning. View from the Ridge – How is Wolf Ridge handling the pandemic? Distance Learning with SEAK – High school outdoor learning continues with new on-line format in the Twin Cities. Food Fosters Health and Hope reflects […]

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2021 February Almanac Newsletter


Posted By Carrie Anderson
February 10, 2020

In the February 2021 Almanac Newsletter: Annual Report from 2019-2020 View from the Ridge Patterns in Nature Profiles – Sarah Edstrom and Roberto Zayas Re-Wilding How We Learn  News Briefs Wolf Ridge Staff Update 2021 Programs 2022 Wolf Ridge Calendars NOTE: Click the right-pointing arrow to turn the page. Click the ‘X’ shape on the […]

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Meet Farmer Sarah Mayer


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 13, 2019

We’re excited to welcome Sarah Mayer, the new Farm Manager at Wolf Ridge. She comes to us from southeastern Wisconsin. She has a B.S. in Chemistry and Environmental Science, Natural Resource Emphasis from Carroll University, Waukesha, WI. Wolf Ridge Almanac editor Lori Walewski sat down recently to learn a bit more about her story and […]

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Ripple Effect of the MAC Lodge Living Building


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 13, 2019

Kitchen remodel anticipation! Wolf Ridge alumni, Judy Gibbs, and her spouse Shawn Wentz were looking forward to renovating their 1946 kitchen. Wolf Ridge had taken on the Living Building Challenge (LBC) for our new staff housing and student dormitory. These two events were about to come together. After visiting the Wolf Ridge Open House of […]

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Korppi’s Visitor


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 13, 2019

So there I was, hanging out with our raven, Korppi. We were working on her new training exercises where I ask her to pick up a pencil and jab it down onto a piece of paper, with the intention of building up to free drawing over time. Enrichment like this is critical to keeping her raven […]

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Walleyes of Wolf Lake


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 15, 2018

As I meander down to Wolf Lake from the Lakeview House with fishing pole in hand, it becomes hard not to notice all the changes going on in the forest this time of year.  Under the surface of the lakes there are almost just as many, going unnoticed by most. My earliest memories are of […]

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Planning Financial Sustainability


Posted By Carrie Anderson
October 15, 2018

As I begin my second year as Chair of the Wolf Ridge Board of Trustees, I am reminded of how proud I am of the accomplishments of this amazing organization. Your support of Wolf Ridge has been critical in the success of Wolf Ridge. Wolf Ridge has educated students and adults for over 45 years. […]

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View From the Ridge, Fall 2018


Posted By Peter Smerud
October 15, 2018

September at Wolf Ridge is the start of our year. Since we are a school, I imagine you’re not surprised by that way of viewing September. We welcomed 15 new students into our naturalist training program. Here they learn to be effective educators, whether in a formal K-12 classroom or hiking with kids along the […]

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Learning From the Lake


Posted By Peter Smerud
October 15, 2018

When you first view Lake Superior on the way to Wolf Ridge, it’s the size that makes the biggest impression. The vast and occasionally fog-shrouded lake keeps asking you to look at it as you drive along its shore. Large bodies of water have that attraction and this body of water is indeed large. It […]

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Meet Field Manager Tori Dahl


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 10, 2018

Tori Dahl is currently the Farm Field Manager at Wolf Ridge, a seven-month job she started in April, 2018. Her background includes B.A.s in Biology and English from California Lutheran University and from Antioch University of New England, a Masters in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Education,  plus a Certificate in Food Justice and Resilient Communities. […]

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An Interview With Lester Park Elementary School


Posted By Carrie Anderson
May 1, 2018

Lester Park of Duluth, Minnesota is one of four parent-led school groups attending Wolf Ridge. Parent Tom Westrum has organized Lester Park’s 5th-grader weekend trip to Wolf Ridge in March for several years. Why does your school come to Wolf Ridge? Attending Wolf Ridge is a tradition our students look forward to. It is a […]

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Extra, Extra Read All About It


Posted By shannonwalz
October 1, 2013

It’s out! The latest Wolf Ridge Almanac is hot off the press.  Our newsletter features articles on environmental education techniques, natural history, Wolf Ridge curriculum, programs, and events. It is published 3 times each year. Here is the latest issue – October 2013 almanac_2013_October Table of Contents New Culvert – Get the inside story about […]

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