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  • Rock Climbing


    Outdoor Recreation Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    Students will have the opportunity to experience climbing at either the Mystical Mountain (Science Center; 29’6″) or the Taylor’s Falls (Education Building; 29′) indoor rock climbing walls. At either locale, students will learn about the equipment, techniques and commands used by climbers. Following a brief instructor-led demonstration climb, the student climbing session begins. During the conclusion portion of class, the instructor will facilitate a discussion during which students will hopefully relate their climbing wall experiences to aspects of their everyday lives.

  • Adventure Ropes


    Personal Growth & Team Skills
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    Each of the two Wolf Ridge adventure ropes courses (Skyview and Ridgetop) consist of six events separated by towers roughly 25 feet off the ground. Students will traverse the course while attached to safety lines.

  • Block Printing


    Creative Arts
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1.5 hrs
    | Easy

    Students will learn about the history of printing as well as the ancient technique of block printing to express a natural history event. Afterwards, they will take home their original 4″ x 5″ art block for future printing, as well as six to twelve printed cards.

  • Astronomy


    Earth & Physical Sciences
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1 hrs
    | Easy

    Students will have the opportunity to observe the night sky using an eight-inch Celestron telescope, binoculars and the naked eye. A Wolf Ridge instructor will guide the student’s viewing, using star charts and constellations to locate objects. There are three stations where students can experience and observe astronomical delights on the observation platform located behind the Science Center.

  • Planetarium


    Earth & Physical Sciences
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1.5 hrs
    | Easy

    The Star Lab is an inflatable planetarium. Here, students will learn about the night sky and the stories that accompany some of the constellations.

  • Earthworks


    Creative Arts
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    Students will experience seeing and expressing themselves creatively through contact with the natural world. Drawing activities, site-specific sculpture and group discussion generate awareness of one’s own influence on the environment and appreciation for artistic expression.

  • Geology


    Earth & Physical Sciences
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Difficult

    In this class, students will gain an overview of earth processes, various kinds of rocks and how they were formed and the changes that occur due to erosion. A geology timeline will be set up, rocks classified, glacial features observed and agates hunted. The class will complete with a hike to Marshall Mountain to for a summary of rock types and formations.

  • Seeds of Change


    Environmental Issues
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Easy

    This class traces the steps our food takes from the farmer’s field to the your dinner plate. Students will sample seeds, learn the history of them and discover the difference between heirloom, hybrid and genetically engineered seeds. Grinding grains, baking cornbread and playing games will give the students a perspective on the different methods of farming and the implications of our global farming system.

  • Renewable Energy


    Environmental Issues
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Easy

    Students experiment with various renewable energy technologies such as photovoltaic and solar water heating. They will also learn about important concepts from interesting sources. For example, students will learn about electrical power through a bicycle generator and CO2 foot printing through a large inflatable balloon.

  • Voyageur Life


    Cultural History
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    In this class, students will be assigned roles and become characters in an imaginary North West Company brigade in the year 1793. They will portage and paddle along Wolf Lake and set up an encampment. There they will learn some of the skills of the colorful voyageur, such as making fry bread and tea, flint and steel fires, shaving a paddle and practicing voyageur games.

  • Logging Camp Life


    Cultural History
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1 hrs
    | Easy

    Take a trip back to 1901 and visit the cook in a Minnesota logging camp, a cook who just happens to be full of stories and information about Minnesota logging history. Laugh as an audience member gets dressed up as an old logger, and watch a newly recruited team of sawyers tackle the crosscut saw. It’s all part of learning all about logging camp life.

  • History of the North Shore


    Cultural History
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1 hrs
    | Easy

    Learn about the fur trade, mining, logging, commercial fishing and modern tourism from the people who shaped the culture of the Minnesota’s north shore of Lake Superior. Program includes costumes, music, poetry, stories and slides.

  • Fur Trade


    Cultural History
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Evening 1 hrs
    | Easy

    Students will get to know characters from the fur trade era of 1793. In order to explain the important roles each character in the business of fashion, transport, and trade, students will be invited to join the Northwest Company as a clerk, voyageur and an Ojibwe trader, as well as participate in a paddle dance.

  • Ojibwe Snowshoe


    Cultural History
    | Toddlers / Pre-K
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    In this human culture and history class, students will be introduced to Ojibwe history, seasonal lifestyle and use of natural resources. After learning the basics of snowshoes, they will travel on snowshoes to a recreated Ojibwe site of 200 years ago, learning about the value and uses of five different kinds of trees along the […]

  • Ojibwe Heritage


    Cultural History
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Easy

    Students will travel to a recreated Ojibwe site, where they will practice skills commonly used 250 years ago. Skills like fire starting using a bow drills or flint and steel, preparation of wild rice and raspberry tea, as well as making of basswood twine and black ash baskets. Students will also be introduced to Ojibwe […]

  • Stream Study


    Aquatics
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    This class examines the physical, chemical and biological properties of Sawmill Creek. While working in small groups, students will put on wading boots (which are provided) and measure temperature, pH dissolved oxygen and stream velocity. Using nets and pictorial guides, they will sample and identify aquatic animal life. Students will evaluate the health of the […]

  • Lake Study


    Aquatics
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    Students will examine the physical, chemical and biological properties of Wolf Lake.  Wearing boots, which are provided, and working in small groups, the students will test temperature, pH and dissolved oxygen.  They will use nets to collect and examine aquatic animal life, and will evaluate the health of the lake based on their findings.  

  • Frozen Lake Study


    Aquatics
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    Students will examine the ecosystem of Wolf Lake under the ice.  Working in groups, they will explore the lake through holes drilled in the ice, from inside ice houses, and by sampling the ice itself.  Studies will include ice depth and structure, lake bottom structure, plankton sampling, and catch and release fishing opportunities.  One adult […]

  • Fisheries Management


    Aquatics
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    Fisheries Management is an aquatic ecology class. After investigating the habitat needs of stream fish, students visit the Sawmill Creek field stations where they will make a working stream model, identify aquatic invertebrates and fish for a variety of species along with the native brown trout. Outcomes Upon completion of the Fisheries Management class, students will […]

  • Wetland Ecology


    Plant Ecology
    | 4th Grade - Adult
    | Half Day 3 hrs
    | Moderate

    After establishing a common vocabulary in the study of wetlands, students will gather data regarding the vegetation, hydrology, and soil composition of several wetland types including swamps, marshes and peatlands. After returning from the discovery hike, students will analyze their data. Outcomes Upon completion of the Wetlands Ecology class, students will be able to: Define […]