Live Animal Education

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    Ever want to peer into a northern Minnesota lake? Check out the cold-water tank in the Science Center.

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    Ruby, a Red-tailed Hawk can eat about 1,000 mice a year!

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    Some of the animals who teach here are out in the wild and trusting of people.

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    A Buff Orpington Chicken, Malory loves to meet students.

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    Time spent with Hunter, a Great Horned Owl, is always thought-provoking.

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    Korppi is one smart Raven. She can spend hours solving puzzles and playing.

Find out what it’s like to have a Great Horned Owl for a teacher.

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.

Who better to teach a subject than the subject itself?

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 several educational animals. All are here because they were previously injured or abandoned and are now rehabilitated but no longer able to survive in the wild.

Take “Dispelling Myths and Learning Secrets 101.”

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.

Traveling Live Animal Programs

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, 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.

Animal Care Internships

Summer Animal Care & Education Intern

  • Learn about and assist with the care and management of Wolf Ridge’s education animals.
  • Teach wildlife classes to summer campers, families, grandparents and grandchildren, and other groups.
  • Join our staff in weekly bird banding projects.
  • Please contact Erin Waldorf, our Animal Program Coordinator, for more details.

Wildlife Naturalist

  • Spend time each week focusing on the care and management of Wolf Ridge’s education animals.
  • Participate as a member of our Graduate Naturalist Training program.
  • Teach wildlife and other classes to K-12 school children and other groups.
  • Please contact Erin Waldorf, our Animal Program Coordinator, for more details.