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Oshki Ogimaag’s Year of Outdoor Science


Posted By David Stieler
June 9, 2021

On the Grand Portage Reservation at the very tip of Minnesota’s Arrowhead, resides Oshki Ogimaag School (meaning “young leaders”). During the 2020-2021 school year, Wolf Ridge partnered with the school and Grand Portage Trust Lands to do outdoor science and natural resource programming for the 4th-6th grade class at the school. I had the pleasure […]

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Teaching on Campus Resumes!


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
May 21, 2021

I was so lucky to work with a North Cedar Academy at Wolf Ridge in April! This was my first in-person teaching since… Well, a long time. I was a little awkward but I think that is okay. We kept all of our classes outside and wore our masks if we weren’t able to socially […]

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“Sketch What You Notice”



Peter and I co-taught a Wolf Ridge Virtual Field Trip today. The focus? Forest Ecology. Actually, it was more about making observations and analyzing the data collection. And the St John the Baptist 5th graders were amazing scientists. You can see their data collection below. After some conversation and Q&A (we had taught a Birds […]

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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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Teaching Bird Research


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
March 15, 2021

What an amazing opportunity!! This morning, students from Breck School explored what it means to do research from both bird researchers and Wolf Ridge naturalists during their virtual field trip. Peter Harris and Joe Lutz banded birds and shared their stories about how they’ve used a special bird feeder with a magnetic recorder to collect […]

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Co-Teaching with Chickadees


Posted By Joe Walewski
March 12, 2021

I’ve co-taught virtual field trips for Wolf Ridge, but never as the only human. Today I shared the task with a Black-capped Chickadee and a Red Squirrel. I think it went well. For this Virtual Field Trip, Mr. G., a Glendale Elementary teacher, wanted to focus on vocabulary and scientific practices. Scientific practices: slow down, […]

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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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