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Weekends at Wolf Ridge: Northwoods Fungi

September 22, 2023 @ 3:00 p.m. - September 24, 2023 @ 3:00 p.m.


Spend a glorious fall weekend on the North Shore of Minnesota gaining hands-on experience and learning from experts in their field.

Workshops take place on the Wolf Ridge campus and surrounding areas, with lodging and meals provided. Whether you’re a seasoned naturalist or just a curious learner, the experience is designed for lifelong learners who have a passion for the natural world. Participants select a single workshop for the weekend but will have an opportunity to connect with other workshop groups during meals and evening programming.

Workshop: Northwoods Fungi

Have you ever wondered why some wood turns blue when it rots? Or where all the dead leaves go after each autumn? Or what the moldy cheese in the back corner of your fridge drawer has to do with climate change?  In this weekend workshop, we will answer these questions and more as we explore the world of Northwoods fungi: who they are, what they do, what they taste like, and why they are important not only to our local forests but also to the global climate system. In doing this, we will hike and foray through different ecosystems at Wolf Ridge, learn how to identify mushrooms and other fungi out in the woods and fields, and hopefully find a tasty snack or two along the way!

Instructor: Lang DeLancey

Lang DeLancey is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota studying mycology and ecosystem ecology. Their research focuses on how fungi, both living and dead, drive soil carbon storage, soil fertility, and nutrient recycling in northern forests in response to anthropogenic climate change. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, they’ve spent their life wandering through the northern forests canoeing, singing, and looking for tasty fungi.

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Weekend Workshop Schedule

Friday, Sep 22, 2023

  • 3:00 – 4:45 pm — Registration and check-in at the Wolf Ridge office
  • 4:00 – 4:45 pm  — Tour of the Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Lodge
  • 5:15 pm  — Dinner
  • 6:00 – 6:30 pm  — Orientation in MAC Lodge Weesner Commons
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm — 1st learning session
  • 10 pm  — Quiet time

Saturday, Sep 23, 2023

  • 7:30 am — Breakfast
  • 8:30-10:00 am  — Continental breakfast for Owl Workshop
  • 8:30-11:30 am  — 2nd learning session
  • 12:15 pm  — Lunch and bag lunch
  • 1:00 -2:00 pm – Naturalist program
  • 1:30 – 4:30 pm — 3rd learning session
  • 5:15 pm  — Dinner
  • 6:30 – 7:15 pm  — Evening presentation
  • 7:30 – 9:30 pm  — Social hour & campfire
  • 10:00 pm  — Quiet time

Sunday, Oct 2, 2022

  • 7:30 am — Breakfast
  • 8:30-10:00 am  — Continental breakfast for Owl workshop
  • *check out of rooms by 10:00 am
  • 8:30-11:30 am —4th  learning session
  • 12:15 pm — Lunch & check-out
  • 12:30 – Owl workshop ends
  • 12:30-1:30 pm — Optional: Use of designed rooms to shower before leaving
  • 1:00-2:00 pm – Naturalist program

On Friday afternoon before registration or on Sunday afternoon you’re welcome to hike our trails and enjoy the fall colors.

Packing List

You should plan to venture out in rain or shine and the instructors may follow up with more information on specific details about your workshop if applicable. You can expect nighttime temperatures to range from 25°F to 50°F and daytime temperatures up to 65°F. Please be prepared so you can feel comfortable if it is cool or rainy. Most of the walking you will do is on nice graveled trails, but some trails are rugged. Photography will be a common thread throughout the weekend so we encourage you to bring a camera. If you do not own a digital camera, we can loan you one for the weekend.

  • Rain suit with pants and hood
  • Walking or hiking shoes
  • Warm jacket
  • Sweater or fleece
  • Warm hat
  • Light shirts
  • Light pants
  • Wool Socks (recommended for hiking)
  • Soap, shampoo, other toiletries
  • Personal water bottle
  • Sunscreen, sun hat

Optional Items:

  • Knee-high rubber boots
  • Non-aerosol insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Alarm clock
  • Small backpack for day use
  • Snacks (space available in group refrigerator)

Wolf Ridge will provide linens, blankets, towels, and a pillow.



September 22, 2023 @ 3:00 pm
September 24, 2023 @ 3:00 pm
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Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
6282 Cranberry Road
Finland, MN 55603
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