New Naturalist Training Opportunities Start Fall 2016

Antioch University is Wolf Ridge’s New Graduate Program Partner


Since 1996, Student Naturalists at Wolf Ridge have had the opportunity to earn a post baccalaureate Certificate of Environmental Education. Starting in the fall of 2016, we will have a new partner in the program — Antioch University New England (AUNE).

Students in the Naturalist Training Program will receive a Certificate of Environmental Education and Sustainability upon successful completion of the program. The program is designed to take advantage of the living laboratory at Wolf Ridge and will include learning through the teaching experience, applied academic theory, and field-trip based natural history coursework. The total out-of-pocket cost of the program is $1200 for the Certificate and 12 graduate credits. All classes will take place at Wolf Ridge and be taught by our staff, who will be AUNE faculty. The Certificate was designed to also serve those interested in pursuing a Masters through AUNE at their campus in Keene, New Hampshire at a reduced cost of $625 per credit.

Antioch University, of which AUNE is one campus, is a well respected leader of professional and academic development for environmental educators and naturalists worldwide. They have been graduating Masters in Environmental Studies degrees for more than 40 years.  Take a look at the AUNE‘s Environmental Studies Graduate Programs. We think you will agree that the missions of Wolf Ridge and AUNE are in synergy. We are excited about this partnership and the new opportunities it will provide to participants and graduates of the Wolf Ridge Naturalist Training programs.


Focused Learning Opportunities


Naturalists are routinely described as generalists. Though we continue to embrace that aspect of how naturalists engage with the world, it is becoming clearer that leaders in this field are also experts with deep knowledge in something that truly sets them apart. You will learn about everything here, but you will also focus and receive mentoring in some narrow aspect related to your professional dreams. Choose to work with live animals, adventure education, organic farming, environmental research, business administration, storytelling, and more.


New Naturalist Housing


A strong community is at the heart of our program. This summer we will be breaking ground on a new Staff Dorm. Since moving to the Finland, MN campus in 1988, we have been focused on construction of housing that supports development of our human community while also connecting us to natural communities. Designed to Living Building Challenge standards – a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today – the new staff dorm will provide you with total-immersion learning opportunities on the topic of sustainability.


For more information on these and other new initiatives at Wolf Ridge, contact us at 218-353-7414 or send us an email.