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Health and Safety Practices for Students, Staff, and Visitors

This information is current as of March 28, 2022. As the response to COVID-19 evolves, this page offers a summary of how we are adapting our programs and campus. 

Vaccination & Testing

Wolf Ridge Staff

In an effort to protect the staff and participants and avoid the risk of our staff becoming the source of a COVID-19 exposure, Wolf Ridge requires vaccination of all Wolf Ridge staff members. If a Wolf Ridge staff member cannot show proof of vaccination they will take a weekly COVID-19 test and provide evidence of the result to the Administration. Weekly on-site COVID-19 tests are available to all staff members.

Wolf Ridge Program Participants

There is no vaccination or testing requirement for participants and guests at this time.

Registered & Drop-In Visitors

Wolf Ridge is open to those who have registered for one of our day use or overnight programs, including visiting school groups. If you are not part of a registered group, you are still welcome to use any of our trails, but please remain outdoors and practice social distancing after signing in at our main office (masking is required).

Mask Use

Effective March 28, 2022, masking will become optional on the Wolf Ridge campus for program participants, guests, and staff, regardless of vaccination status. Everyone is supported in their choice to wear a mask, indoors or outdoors.

Please be advised that all guests, staff, and contractors who have reason to enter the Lakeview Staff House will continue to be required to mask while you are in the building.

Visiting Schools

Overnight groups

Our school year naturalists have started training, and we are getting ready for groups to arrive! Our priority remains the safety and well-being of participants and staff.  The staff and board of directors maintain regular contact with the local health department and will note any modifications here. 

If you would like to discuss your group’s planned visit or to request potential dates for a new group, please contact or call our office at 218-353-7414.

Managing COVID-19 Cases & Symptoms

Wolf Ridge encourages visiting groups to use the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Decision Tree for guidance on what to do if a participant develops COVID-19 symptoms while on campus.

Wolf Ridge asks that visiting groups take the following steps for symptomatic participants:
  • If a participant has one less common symptom, evaluate if they are well enough to participate and monitor for more or worsening symptoms.
    • Less common symptoms include sore throat; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; chills; muscle pain; extreme fatigue; new severe headache; new nasal congestion/runny nose.
  • If a participant has one more common symptom, or two or more “less common” symptoms*, the symptomatic participant should be isolated and sent home as soon as possible.
    • More common symptoms include fever of 100.4 F or higher; new cough or cough that gets worse; difficulty/hard time breathing, new loss of taste or smell.
    • Please notify Wolf Ridge staff. We will provide an isolation room.
  • If a participant tests positive for COVID-19 while on campus please notify a Wolf Ridge staff member immediately. The participant should be isolated and sent home as soon as possible.
  • If a participant tests positive for COVID-19 after returning home from a Wolf Ridge trip, please notify a Wolf Ridge staff member as soon as possible

Thank you for helping us keep participants and staff safe by following these protocols!

Additional COVID-19-related programming changes for safer engagement with our education participants:

  1. Priority to outdoor programming: In order to reduce potential transmission, classes and activities have been modified to be outdoors nearly all the time. Gathering will occur indoors but times will be limited. Weather will play a factor in the amount of indoor time.
  2. Large group evening programs: Evening programs will be presented to only one school at a time when possible to reduce extended contact between different schools.
  3. Canceled classes: Until further notice classes with extended periods of indoor time will not be conducted: Rock Climbing, Energy in the Home, Seeds of Change, Renewable Energy, and StarLab Planetarium.
  4. Indoor demonstrations: Demonstrations have all been adapted to be outdoors when possible
Other Areas:
  1. Plexi-glass Shields: Have been installed where closer face/face interactions may predictably occur: Both Dining Hall serving lines, Office reception desk, and the retail store check-out station. In all those places masks are still required indoors.
  2. Upgraded Ventilation Systems: In the residence lodges the filtration systems have been upgraded to the MERV-13 level as recommended by our Epidemiologist. The ventilation systems have been upgraded to either longer run times or with automatic ventilation speed adjustments as per occupancy.
  3. Sanitizing Stations: Freestanding stations have been installed at the entrance to the Dining Hall serving lines, and the main entrances to all buildings. In smaller outpost buildings tabletop pumps have been provided.
  4. Touch-less soap/towel dispensers: Our entire facility has been moved to touch-less dispensers.
  5. Lodge spaces and visiting groups:  Wolf Ridge staff will not enter the lodge spaces of the visiting groups except in cases of emergency or unforeseen needs for the building. Groups will be assigned to specific rooms and gathering areas and are instructed to not enter the other group’s areas. Entryways are shared areas and will not be used as gathering spaces.
  6. Staff Housing: In our Lakeview Staff Loge the community of staff conducts a weekly random sample of a resident who is tested for COVID-19. Results are provided to the administration.
  7. Campus Visitors: General public visitors are required to sign in at the front desk and are not allowed in any other building without prior approval.

Contact Us

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions. Our contact form is the easiest way for us to route your question to the correct person. You can also call 218-353-7414. Please leave a message if we are not available. We will return your call.