Credit Academy: Wilderness Ethics

For those entering grades 10 – 12

Combine outdoor summer fun and adventure with high-level academic learning. Our course of study focuses on environmental ethics, culminating with the creation and presentation of scientific research. Courses prepare students to leave Wolf Ridge with a better understanding of themselves, ethical systems, and Minnesota’s forests and waterways.

Wilderness Ethics Credit Academy Activities

Explore humanity’s thoughts and relationships to wild places

You will investigate society’s evolving views of wilderness through its depiction by artists, writers, and ecologists.  You’ll create personal art or writing that represents your personal environmental and wilderness ethic. All of this will happen while backpacking the wilderness trails of Isle Royale National Park for 7 days. On this adventure, you will share spectacular views of Lake Superior, tranquil beach walks, and a chance to see moose in their natural habitat. Learn from naturalists while you travel, spend time with new friends around the campfire, and earn college or high school credit.

  • Classes and activities focus on environmental ethics and land use
  • Examine how land-use choices impact the environment
  • 7-day backpacking trip to Isle Royale National Park
  • Develop your personal ethic regarding land and the environment
  • Meet with researchers and park rangers on Isle Royale National Park

What are the curriculum, methods, and materials?

Guided by the Minnesota Graduation Standards, the United States Department of Education Academic Standards, and the National Science Education Standards, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center has developed an experiential, hands-on, inquiry-based field research learning program. Classes are small, typically 6-12 students, so the instruction can be customized to fit the needs of an individual student. Curriculum and materials have been carefully developed to meet the needs of the program. Materials including, textbooks, journal articles, books, magazines, audio, video, websites, brochures, newspapers, and first-hand experiences are used. Wolf Ridge’s certified teachers facilitate hands-on, direct experiences in nature and promote the values of personal growth, conservation, stewardship, social understanding, respect, and cooperation.

What does the participant receive?

An official letter grade, a percentage grade, a written evaluation of the student’s proficiency, and a course framework syllabus are sent with the students to give to their school. Students themselves have a portfolio to document their abilities and progress.

What do high schools do with the credit?

Most schools accept the transfer of full credit for your work done at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. Check with your school to see their policies and procedures regarding the transfer of credit.  Wolf Ridge staff can help you make the proper contacts and will give you the information the school will need.

How to get college credit

All participants who would like to receive college credit need to complete and pass the ACCUPLACER test. The ACCUPLACER test is a suite of tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading, and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. This test is offered multiple locations around the country. For more information, please contact Wolf Ridge at 218-353-7414.

Wilderness Ethics Credit Academy Dates

July 31-August 13, 2022