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From Wolf Ridge’s Directors


March 22, 2020 Dear Wolf Ridge families, friends, supporters, and alumni, It is with heavy hearts that we are reaching out to our Wolf Ridge community today. As leaders of […]

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Wolf Ridge During COVID-19


Updated December 17, 2020 As the coronavirus pandemic continues, this page offers a summary of how we are adapting our programs and campus.  Our priority remains the safety and well […]

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February 2020 Almanac Newsletter


Download the February Almanac (pdf) China Looks to Wolf Ridge as an Environmental Education Model Learn about Executive Director Pete Smerud’s trip to China and some possible exchanges. Employee Match […]

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“Turn the Buses North”


“Dad, instead of the schools always taking us to the cities for field trips why don’t they turn the buses north and go to places like these?” Brian Carlson recently […]

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October 2019 Almanac Newsletter


Download October 2019 Almanac In this issue: Read about the Lake Superior curriculum development process in Lessons at the Lake. (pages 1, 5) In View from the Ridge, Pete Smerud, […]

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Wolf Ridge featured on Minnesota Public Radio!


MPR host Angela Davis interviewed Pete Smerud, our Executive Director in a live broadcast from Tettegouche State Park this morning. If you missed it click here to hear the live interview! The conversation centered on […]

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Wolf Ridge on Minnesota Public Radio!


Today at 11:00 a.m., you can catch a live broadcast of Wolf Ridge’s Executive Director Pete Smerud and MPR host Angela Davis. Throughout the day, starting at 5:00 a.m., MPR […]

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Nature Notes: Beavers have clear role in health of other wildlife


It’s great to hear the adventures of a long-time supporter of Wolf Ridge, Jim Gilbert! “Many times at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minn., and not far from […]

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May Almanac, 2019


Download the May Almanac pdf “In Living Building Challenge: Ripple Effect” see how Wolf Ridge has inspired others to challenge themselves to LBC standards in their own remodels. (pages 1 […]

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February Almanac Newsletter


In this issue of the Almanac Newsletter… Wolf Ridge Hosts National Conference tells the story colleagues from across the country gathering to share ideas about strengthening their respective RELCs. It […]

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Commentary: Taking the classroom outdoors changes kids’ thinking


Dr. Teri Staloch, the superintendent of Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools, writes in the Savage Pacer: “The beginning of the fifth-grade school year is one all students look forward to. It’s […]

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October 2018 Almanac


Go fishing with naturalist Charlie to learn about the Walleyes of Wolf Lake, and more….

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Top Project 2017 Awarded to Lakeview Staff House


Tonight, Pete Smerud is in the Twin Cities to receive Finance & Commerce’s “Top Projects 2017” award. Judges for the award consider “the degree of difficulty, creativity in design, innovative […]

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May 2018 Wolf Ridge Almanac


“MAC Lodge Grand Opening” tells the story of a fun and inspiring event celebrating the new dorm. “View from the Ridge” is a recap of the state of the Making […]

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Wolf Ridge Opens Sustainable Lodge


“It’s been in the works for a long time, ” Wolf Ridge Executive Director Pete Smerud said. “But we’ve done something here with a team of people that is phenomenal […]

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February, 2018 Almanac Newsletter


“Another National and Wolf Ridge First” Wolf Ridge was the first environmental learning center to be accredited by the North Central Association as a school. Now Wolf Ridge is the […]

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E-STEM Learning is Vibrant in Prior Lake Savage Schools


“Winter can be an unpredictable time to explore outdoor learning in Minnesota; however, many students and teachers in Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools continue to engage in exciting E-STEM activities and […]

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Save the Date – Grand Opening May 5!


Spring is coming and so is the Grand Opening of the Margaret A. Cargill Lodge! Join us in celebrating the grand opening of “the MAC”. One of the most impressively […]

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October 2017 Almanac


“Making Waves Project Report”  Executive Director, Pete Smerud tells the story of folks beginning to “get it” as they start to grasp the boarder challenges and implications of the Living […]

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North Shore environmental education center touts expansion


“Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center near Finland, Minn., on Lake Superior has completed two new facilities — and commenced on a third. They include a residence for graduate students that […]

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