It’s one thing to look at a picture of an animal and learn from it. It’s quite another to see it, touch it and, in some cases, smell it. Because at Wolf Ridge, we use real live animals to help teach students and campers about the great outdoors.
Research shows that educational animals strengthen both cognitive (head) and affective (heart) messages about the need to conserve habitat and wildlife. In addition to the forests, lakes and streams full of wild mammals, insects, birds, and fish, Wolf Ridge currently has seven educational animals. They were previously injured or abandoned and are now rehabilitated but no longer able to survive in the wild.
When meeting our porcupine, students see us interacting with it, and we can talk about the myth that they can shoot their quills (they can’t.) We can also observe previously unseen behaviors up close and personal. During the raptor program students watch our red-tailed hawk fly just over their heads and can observe first-hand the way they use their wings and body to direct their flight path.
How can you touch that porcupine and not be scared? How does an owl fly so quietly? How do raptors hunt? How do humans affect wild animals? In “Wings Above the Ridge,” an award-winning program focusing on Minnesota raptors, or our “North American Porcupine” presentation, you will learn the answer to these questions and more.
During our interactive programs, you’ll do everything from sitting on an egg, to learning more about pellets to even touching a live bird.
Schedule one or several programs for your class, school, Scout or community organization by contacting Erin Waldorf, or by calling Wolf Ridge at 218-353-7414. Programs can be modified to fit your needs.
Summer Animal Care & Education Intern