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Adult Learners

Anyone can take classes at Wolf Ridge.

Maybe you’re a nature enthusiast, resource professional, teacher, or wilderness trip leader. We offer a variety of experiences throughout the year for people to expand their knowledge of the natural world.

Not every course below is offered every year. Visit our events calendar for all upcoming events, dates, registration information, and availability.

IBP Beginning Bird Banding

Wolf Ridge hosts the Institute for Bird Population’s Beginning and Advanced courses for seasoned and new banders. The seven-day introductory class provides both amateur birders and professional biologists with the skills necessary to participate in monitoring and research programs.

IBP Advanced Bird Banding

Wolf Ridge hosts the Institute for Bird Population’s Beginning and Advanced courses for seasoned and new banders. The five-day advanced class is designed for experienced banders who wish to improve their sexing and ageing skills using the American Birds by Peter Pyle.

Leave No Trace Level 2 Instructor Course

Wolf Ridge, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and the the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (LNT) have collaborated in offering this course. The Master Educator Course is the highest level of education training the LNT teaching structure and focuses on learning how to teach others about ethical practices in camping and outdoor recreation.

May 15-19, 2024

Drop-In Bird Banding

Since 1993, Wolf Ridge has been a site for a long-term international study to learn about the lives and health of migratory songbird populations. Participants can observe and sometimes participate in the banding process. Meet at the Forest Ecology Building on any one of seven summer mornings. Free and open to all ages. Banding will be canceled on rainy days.

Multiple Days June-August

Winter Adult Weekend

Spend a glorious winter weekend at Wolf Ridge. Pick from cross-country skiing, winter crafting, homegrown microgreens, or snowshoeing and tracking. Expect a weekend of laughter, learning and beauty.

March 22-24, 2024

Fall Adult Weekend

Enjoy the spectacular fall colors at Wolf Ridge and join us for a weekend of learning in this beautiful change of seasons. Check back soon for dates!

Have a suggestion for adult programming ideas?  We would love to hear them!