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Building a Sustainable Future


by Patrick Thibaudeau, HGA Vice President & Project Leader and Shannon Walz, Wolf Ridge Education Director Forty-five years ago inspiration for Wolf Ridge sprung out of the first Earth Day and a need – a need to shape a future where humans live sustainably on this planet. For forty-five years we have been working hard […]

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Student Essay About Wolf Ridge Trip Published!


Nice essay, Sydney Adams! Congrats on being published in the Prior Lake American! “Recently, I went to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center with the fifth-grade students and teachers from my school, Grainwood Elementary School. My fifth-grade teacher is Mrs. Perkins. Wolf Ridge is an awesome place, full of adventure…. keep reading….”

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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 […]

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February 2016 Almanac Newsletter


The February 2016 Wolf Ridge Almanac reveals two long-standing dreams at Wolf Ridge that are rapidly becoming a reality. Our outdoor classroom now includes land on Lake Superior! Major capital improvement construction will start this summer with a new staff dorm. West Dorm revision will follow. Learn about our “Making Waves” capital campaign. “On the […]

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“Photo-a-day work provides surprises”


“When Joe Walewski, longtime naturalist trainer at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, embarked on a weeklong photo-a-day project, he intended for it to last a week. A week grew into a month. Then two years…”  more… by Ann Wessel, awessel@stcloudtimes.com

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Students dig deep to help bees, butterflies and other pollinators


Today, 5th graders from Franklin Elementary in Anoka made a positive difference in native northern eastern Minnesota habitats by planting harebell, pussytoes and long leaved-bluets around a new solar PV array at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. With everything in place, the enthusiastic 5th graders headed outside, shovels in hand, and made a positive difference […]

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October Almanac Newsletter


Recent pronouncements from the Pope, presidential contenders, and world leaders have made it clear that energy, food, and fresh water are critical environmental topics for discussion and action. Read our October 2015 Almanac for stories of how Wolf Ridge is taking action regarding these topics. Check out this year’s seasonal naturalists and what Wolf Ridge alumni […]

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Alone on a Mountaintop – Wolf Ridge Poet Society


“Sixty teenagers ranging in age from 11 – 17 years old in the Northwoods. If you would like to be inspired and feel a burst of creative energy, read what is in the heart of these children….“

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Fast Track Science at Wolf Ridge


Do you remember a person or experience that influenced your choices about college, work, or volunteerism? Each of us is on a life-long journey to discover work that is meaningful and valued. WolfRidge recently hosted Fast Track Scholars, a 6-week summer school program which intends to ease the transition for students entering high school. The course […]

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May Almanac Newsletter


Become a citizen scientist and help monitor a stream near you. Our May Almanac spotlights water quality monitoring projects occurring at Wolf Ridge’s Sawmill Creek. Add to your knowledge about black flies and learn a little history of Sawmill Creek in Nature Notes and Wolf Ridge Dissected. The third part in our series, On the […]

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What Role Can Educators Play For Mn Lakes?


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has reached the midpoint of its first comprehensive look at water quality — and what is needed to protect and restore it —  throughout the state. The agency and its partners have used a watershed approach to take an in-depth look at the lakes and streams in half of the […]

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Congrats to the 2015 Green Ribbon Schools!


U.S. Department of Education recognizes Minnesota schools for environmental leadership By Hometownsource on April 26, 2015 at 5:26 am On April 22, the U.S. Department of Education named the 2015 Green Ribbon Schools and District and Postsecondary Sustainability honorees. Among the list were four schools, one school district and one university from Minnesota: City of […]

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February Almanac Newsletter


The February 2015 Wolf Ridge Almanac focuses on northern mammals. Read about our new class, Investigating Northwoods Mammals. Learn about the status of moose in Minnesota. Appreciate the joy and struggles of teaching about mammals in our exclusive Wolf Ridge Dissected comic strip. Catch up with Terry McLaughlin and Vern Gersh in our Profiles column. […]

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These Kids Know How to Thrive Outside in the January Cold!


So often we are hesitant to go outside on some of the most beautiful days of the year. The kids from Central Middle School in Wayzata tell us how they’re thriving on their winter weather learning adventures in this short video. Be sure to check out our blog posts on thriving in the cold too…. […]

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The October Almanac


“Whether you believe you can or not, you’re right.” Read in our October 2014 Almanac how this quote by Henry Ford fits in the spiral model of learning. Catch up on the latest in the View, News Briefs, and Staff Update columns. Learn about fireweed, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and meet […]

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West Fargo Pioneer


20 West Fargo Students Take Classroom Outdoors A few excerpts from this October 14, 2014 West Fargo Pioneer feature…. “I was absolutely blown away with the amount of science that the students learned in the two days they were there,” said Duffy….. Actually, the students are not done. Their assignment is to apply what they learned […]

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The May Almanac


The May 2014 Almanac unveils our new look! Read about it in the View from the Ridge. Learn about Wolf Ridge’s role with a collaboration between the Heart of the Continent Partnership and National Geographic. Meet our comic strip artist, Byron Johnson, in the Profile and read about other Wolf Ridge happenings. Check out the […]

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Wolf Ridge Staff “Bike to Work” Video Honored


Congrats to Joe Walewski on his honorable mention in the “Pedals for Professionals” Bike to Work contest on May 16, 2014! “Joe Walewski is the Director of Naturalist Training at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minnesota. He submitted a great video presentation on his daily commute that featured many of the people in […]

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Locally Grown Pizza?


Imagine the scene… Kids are digging their fingers into soft warm soil, planting peppers and tomatoes for August’s harvest. In the next row, their friends pick vegetables to make wood-fired pizzas for lunch. It’s hard to tell which smells better, the dough rising in the sun, the woodsmoke of the outdoor oven, or the earthy […]

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Wolves, Ice Bridges, and Lake Superior


“In a winter the likes of what most contemporary Midwesterners have only heard of in the recollections of elders, a lone wolf’s journey reminds us of how the people and animals of Gichi Onigamiing (Grand Portage) have always been connected to Minong (Isle Royale). “Isabelle” was doing what wolves do, dispersing to new opportunities, when […]

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