Family Camps

For families who love to explore together…

Love vacationing as a family? How about something that combines an outdoorsy experience with a warm meal, a place to rest your head, and many different activities for you and yours? All you need to pack is your sense of adventure and an excitement to learn.

Family Camp Activities

A relaxed vibe

We provide a menu of optional activities each day, you and your family choose how to spend your time. Hike and berry-pick, canoe and swim, or join a naturalist-led experience.

Age-based activities each morning

Each morning, children and adults can participate in age-appropriate activities with a naturalist. Our preschool naturalist has both experience and a great love for working with young children. Older kids can join their peer group to explore nature around campus. We offer special adventures for adults.

Naturalist-led adventures for the whole family

Afternoons are for shared family adventures. Rock climbing, orienteering or geocaching, Ojibwe heritage, Adventure Ropes, voyageur life, canoeing, a visit to the farm, or perhaps a field trip to the shore of Lake Superior….  Nature crafts, outdoor games, and campfires round out the evenings.

Make friends for life

With a mix of new families each year and returners whose children have “grown-up” at family camp over the summers, you’ll meet like-minded outdoor adventurers who can become a source of joy and ideas for exploring the natural world.



A place to kick back and relax

Having a place to socialize with family and friends during downtime is another important part of the Wolf Ridge experience. You’ll find outdoor and indoor gathering spaces at the Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Lodge, including the nearby campfire ring, open space for outdoor play, and patio deck. Indoors, there are two wood stoves and comfortable seating for reading and visiting. Perhaps you’ll want to take in the lodge balcony’s stunning views of the campus’s hills and cliff-lined lakes, enjoy the evening sunset from the nearby Sawmill Creek Overlook deck, or meet another family for board games in the indoor commons.

You and your family will share a suite in MAC Lodge. Your suite includes two bedrooms, a shared space with two sinks, and separate toilet and shower rooms. Those who want more privacy can close the sliding door to their individual bedroom. Each bedroom contains two bunk beds and can sleep one to four people. You will not be sharing with another family – just you.

MAC Lodge is one of only about 45 in the world built to meet Living Building Challenge standards. Residents will experience what it’s like to live comfortably at net zero for both water end energy. Learn more about how the MAC Lodge has already changed the landscape for sustainable building in the northern US!

Dining Service and Meals

Fuel for your imagination

We take great pride in creating delicious daily meals.  Whether coming in from a day spent outside or fueling up for the next adventure, everyone will find choices to satisfy their appetites in the Lake Superior Dining Room.

Our staff go above and beyond to produce a choice-driven, healthy, hearty meal while creating a sense of community here at Wolf Ridge. Most of our produce is from the Wolf Ridge Organic Farm while meats and other products are sourced as locally as possible. From-scratch vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes are available at each and every meal. Fresh fruit, veggies, and homemade bread are available all day, in addition to coffee and tea.

The kitchen staff regularly works with participants to meet allergy and dietary concerns. Daily vegan dishes are inherently free of any animal product, including dairy, and are most often gluten-free as well. Individuals with common food allergies and sensitivities, including dairy or peanuts, will find good, healthy food at each meal that addresses their needs. Our Dining Hall is nut-free. Please note dietary requests, concerns, and preferences when completing camp registration materials.

Before and After your Trip


Family Camp Dates and Costs

The costs listed cover your entire family, everything included.  There are no extra costs.

Half-week Family Camps

July 6-10, 2022
August 17-21, 2022

Cost, based on the number of family members sharing a two-room suite:

  • 2 people: $770
  • 3 people: $1155
  • 4 people: $1540
  • 5 people: $1925
  • 6 people: $2310
  • 7 people: $2695
  • 8 people: $3080

Full-week Family Camps

July 17-23, 2022
July 31 – August 6, 2022

Cost, based on the number of family members sharing a two-room suite:

  • 2 people: $1154
  • 3 people: $1731
  • 4 people: $2308
  • 5 people: $2885
  • 6 people: $3462
  • 7 people: $4039
  • 8 people: $4616

We accept credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).
The balance of your camp fee is due by June 1st.