Description Under Development Available either a full or half-day class. Contact Mike Krussow for details.
The Watershed Game is a large-format board game to help students understand the relationship between land uses within a watershed, water quality, and their community. Working in teams, student apply tools (prevention, practices, plan, and policies) to decrease water pollution while balancing financial resources. The goal of the activity is to reduce non-point source water […]
Students explore how to make decisions about consuming energy in their home. Appliances are analyzed for efficiency, walls and windows are tested for their insulating value, and energy choices are explored using our real-time energy website.
This program introduces students to how ancient cultures from around the world used the stars and incorporated them into their daily lives and beliefs. The stars helped to orient humans in space and time. Concepts The sky is an important tool for orienting ourselves in space and time. Science is not the only way […]
After learning some of the historic changes in earth’s climate, students will collect data on today’s weather, then do demonstrations to understand cloud formation and low pressure systems. An outdoor game will explain the jet stream and its effect. Finally, students will use their new knowledge to create a forecast for the next day at […]
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Well, perhaps we can leave out the lions and tigers and instead add porcupines, white tailed deer and snowshoe hare. Students investigate the dynamic interrelationships of wildlife and their habitats. Through explorations, interactive demonstrations and field surveys, students will learn about component of habitat, carrying capacity, limiting factors and biodiversity.
Students will be introduced to the adaptations and diversity of amphibians in Northern Minnesota by focusing on frogs and toads. While exploring one of Wolf Ridge’s ideal amphibian habitats, students will use all of their senses to observe our local frog and toad populations. Other activities will focus on conservation and research of amphibian populations […]
Students will get a look of how far navigational technology has come. They will learn the basic concepts behind GPS technology and how it works. Each pair of students will be given a Garmin eTrex H GPS to practice entering and finding waypoints. Once the basics are mastered, the fun will begin! Students will practice a few basic points before taking […]
Photography provides a means for students to document the plants and animals that call Wolf Ridge home. Students will also look for phenology (calendar of natural events such as flowering, construct a photographic “ecological stamp” (a means to examine ecological change over time) and discover ways in which scientists think we can help people and other life adapt to this quickly changing climate.
Students will use Wolf or Raven Lake as a classroom as they learn canoeing history and equipment, practice techniques on the lake and safety. As they canoe, students will experience the value of canoeing as a physical activity and how it affects their relationship with the environment.
Students will spend about 45 minutes in the classroom where compass skills will be reviewed and learned as well as the introduction of the topographical map. Afterwards, the class will then travel to the start of a competitive orienteering course.
Cross-Country Skiing is an outdoor recreation class. While indoor, students will be introduced to equipment options and selection, as well as appropriate clothing. Beginning lessons will be offered outdoors before touring of Wolf Ridge trails.
Students will hike a designated route, stopping at various points to do activities. The kind that allow students to experience nature and the night skies without any light pollution. Also, they’ll get a better understanding of nighttime communications and senses.
After learning the definition and history of orienteering, students learn parts of the compass and how to set and follow a bearing. Distance measurement is taught through individual pacing and applied math skills. These skills will be applied to map work and the outdoor ethic they can help people attain in this outdoor recreation class.
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Students will use the winter woods as a classroom as they participate in a small group survival situation. During the first 45 minutes indoors, students will participate in a simulated bus crash, make a list of the seven body needs for survival, and learn about hypothermia. Two hours will be spent on a survival activity in the Sawmill Creek Valley. Using limited resources, each group will construct a shelter, make a fire, boil water and make a cup of cider.
Play volleyball on one of our two sand volleyball courts. The courts are lighted and in the winter make for the unique opportunity to play snow volleyball. Volleyballs are provided.
Students will use snowshoes (provided by Wolf Ridge) to travel to one of several Superior Hiking Trail overlooks above Lake Superior. Along the way, they’ll learn about the natural history of one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, and discuss the many ways in which we can effect the lake and ways in the which the lake effects us. Routes leading over one of Wolf Ridge’s two frozen lakes, or through the frozen wetlands will provide plenty of opportunity to discover this winter landscape as students stay far away from designated trails.
As members of a team, students will learn about the life skills of trust, communication, cooperation and logical thinking while playing games, solving problems and working through challenges. The team will be collectively analyzing how effective they were before, during and after the games. This processing of experiences will focus the students on discussing how to use these skills to solve problems and challenges they encounter at home, at school and in the community.