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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 […]

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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 […]

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Crazy Cold and Crazy People


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
February 12, 2018

What is the craziest thing that you can imagine doing? Think about it for a minute, this post can wait. What if I told you that I was offered the […]

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Clear Night on Wolf Lake: A Short Story


Posted By Maggie Noun
February 1, 2018

Sam was from the cities, where there were maybe one to ten stars showing up on a clear night. Even so, she loved the sight of the downtown lights across […]

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Tap, Tap, Tap!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
April 7, 2017

It’s that time of year when the maple sap is running! Wolf Ridge happens to be right in the middle of a sugar bush, a section of forest dominated by […]

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NAT CHAT — Jarrod and Nathan


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 21, 2016

This week’s Nat Chat features Jarrod and Nathan along with the fashions they wish would come back in style! (Hint: both are already seen here in the Northwoods!)   Nathan […]

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NAT CHAT — Jack and Rory


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 18, 2016

Ever thought about the mountains in Norway or Austria? Check out what Jack and Rory had to say about it in this week’s Nat Chat!   Jack Minich Hometown: Washington, […]

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NAT CHAT — Rosie and Hannah


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 11, 2016

Do you wear socks with sandals? Find out what Hannah and Rosie think about it in this week’s NAT CHAT!   Hannah Edstrom Hometown: Red Wing, MN Graduate Naturalist   […]

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NAT CHAT — Erika


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
November 2, 2016

Check out this week’s Nat chat with Erika! We ask the hard hitting questions to really get to know this great naturalist!   Erika LeMay Hometown: Superior, WI Graduate Naturalist […]

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NAT CHAT — Mikki and Linnea


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 27, 2016

It is great to be a naturalist here at Wolf Ridge and have the opportunity of getting to know so many new people every week! This week’s Nat Chat finds […]

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CSI: Sawmill Creek Edition


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 24, 2016

On a hike this past Saturday, we found tracks under the Fishing Bridge over Sawmill Creek. Walking down the creek, white feathers were seen in the water near shore. A […]

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NAT CHAT — Maria and Lauren


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 20, 2016

Curious about our Naturalists here at Wolf Ridge? This week’s NAT CHAT catches up with Lauren and Maria to learn more!   Lauren Kitrell Hometown: Orono, MN Graduate Naturalist What is […]

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NAT CHAT – Brooke and Emily


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 17, 2016

Ever want to know more about your Naturalists here at Wolf Ridge? Check out “NAT CHATs” to get the inside scoop!   Brooke Piepenburg Hometown: Willmar, MN Graduate Naturalist What is […]

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NAT CHAT with Emma and Makaila


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 17, 2016

Who’s teaching at Wolf Ridge this fall? Meet Emma Rohleder and Makaila Miller in this week’s “NAT CHAT” with Danielle Tikalsky.   Emma Rohleder Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada Graduate Naturalist What is […]

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An End and a Beginning


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
August 21, 2015

As summer camp winds down, I walk along the trails and feel pangs of nostalgia. This is due in part to the normal process of leaving a place; as I […]

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Camp: Where the Carefully Planned Meets the Completely Unexpected


Posted By Summer Camp Staff
June 26, 2015

Claire exploring Iceland I first came to Wolf Ridge three years ago as a counselor. I was halfway through college and decided that I would take a summer “off” from […]

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How I Got to Wolf Ridge From Wales


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
June 17, 2015

Hello everyone! My name is Jack Bradley. I’m from Wales in the UK and I am lucky enough to be in my second year at Wolf Ridge. The first time […]

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Welcome Back, Wanderer!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
April 2, 2015

Yet another sign of Spring has shown itself on North Shore. Peregrine falcons have once again completed their long journey north. Peregrine comes from a latin word meaning “wanderer”. The […]

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I’m Here! I’m Trained!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
September 6, 2014

  The past two weeks have been two of the craziest of my life. It’s gonna be hard to put to words what I’ve done, experienced, the people I’ve connected […]

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Spring Feast


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 20, 2014

This week the Naturalists went out on a journey to find (and eat!) wild edibles right here at Wolf Ridge. While taking a trip down the Wolf Ridge driveway, they […]

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