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A gift to Wolf Ridge is a gift to the youth who will lead us into the future. You will provide them with the skills, knowledge, and motivation to grow into informed citizens with the commitment to act together for a quality environment.

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    The completed Margaret A. Cargill Lodge as rendered by architect HGA.

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    Students tour the Living Building Challenge construction and learn how it is making a difference.

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    Displays in each room help residents keep track of their energy and water usage.

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    Students and campers discover new abilities and inner strength.

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    Our on-site organic farm is well on it's way to providing 100% of the vegetables for participants year-round.

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    Live and learn on our stunning campus in the hills above Lake Superior.

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    Summer camps inspire and empower tomorrow's environmental leaders.

Ways Donations Help Wolf Ridge:

  • Donations help school children attend our programs with their class via school scholarships
  • Donations offer camp scholarships to youth who could otherwise not attend grow our endowment for a sustainable future
  • Donations build our new Lake Superior Campus
  • Donations cover day-to-day operating expenses

We welcome donations at any level, from planned giving to one time gifts.

Ways to Give

Employer Matching Gifts

Employer matching gifts are a simple way to maximize your donation to Wolf Ridge. Contact your human resources or business office to see how to set up a matching gift. Questions? Please email pete.smerud@wolf-ridge.org.

Planned Giving - The Leaders of the Pack

Wolf Ridge’s ability to enrich the lives of thousands of students and adults has been sustained by individuals who have made gifts of all sizes since our first students arrived in 1971. With your generosity, you can ensure students will continue to have life-changing experiences outdoors and create a positive impact on our environment for generations to come.

How to include Wolf Ridge in your estate plans.

Join "The Leaders of the Pack"

Ready to join?

  1. Download and fill out this “Letter of Intent”
  2. Either email your “Letter of Intent” to pete.smerud@wolf-ridge.org, or print and mail it to Peter Smerud, Wolf Ridge ELC, 6282 Cranberry Road, Finland, MN 55603.

Would you like to talk more about the possibility?

Executive Director Peter Smerud would be happy to talk at your convenience. Leave a message at 218-353-7414, ext. 108, or email to set up a conversation.


The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor.


Our endowment is a gift for today and tomorrow

By contributing to Wolf Ridge’s endowment, you can help ensure the long-term stewardship of 2000 acres of land and the excellence of an environmental education program that serves more the 14,000 young people and teachers each year.

Questions? Please email pete.smerud@wolf-ridge.org.

the impact of wolf ridge

The details in these documents spell out details of Wolf Ridge’s history, goals, and influence.

Please see the “Explore,” “Education,” and “Visit” tabs on our web page to see examples of Wolf Ridge’s campus, educational opportunities, and programs in which students and families participate.

Capital Campaign: Lake Superior Campus

Starry Skies and Fresh Water

Wolf Ridge has been dreaming of land on Lake Superior for years and has designed a thoughtful approach for use of the land and lake. Thanks to a generous landowner, Wolf Ridge has added 65 acres of land and more than 1,600 feet of shoreline on Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, to its menu of attractions and tools for learning. Nothing like this exists elsewhere.

The Plan

A small road will get people into the edge of the land. Students will walk on paths to camping spaces or a small classroom building with limited kitchen facilities. Wolf Ridge faculty are developing a new curriculum to teach about the largest of the Great Lakes and the critical importance of its contents. Students will learn essential concepts and important values while experiencing spectacular sunrises and sunsets, starry skies, and crashing waves, all from one of the most inspirational viewing platforms in America.

Add this new land to the existing 2,000 acres of forest, farm, and garden, climbing walls, ropes courses, wetlands, lakes, and streams on the Wolf Ridge campus, and it becomes clear that Wolf Ridge now has the raw materials to build a facility in the vanguard of environmental education and teaching in the United States.

Construction costs to make this dream a reality are $1,522,943.

Lake Superior Campus Video

Naming opportunities are available for donations above $10,000. See details.


Our community is everything to us…

…and it’s not just made up of people who have been to Wolf Ridge as kids and are now giving back as adults. It includes people from all over the world who believe in our cause; getting young people outdoors to learn about and be inspired to care for the environment.

Wolf Ridge is a one-of-a-kind facility that especially appeals to kids. It instills commitment, motivation, and skills in children in a setting that includes the nearby Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. A generation’s worth of heartfelt letters and comments from parents and chaperones who decades earlier attended as middle-schoolers tells us the Wolf Ridge experience is cherished for a lifetime.