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Visiting K-12 School Groups

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Experiential Outdoor Environmental Education

Wolf Ridge is an accredited residential environmental school located on the North Shore of Minnesota.

Our nationally-recognized curriculum stimulates a connection with and understanding of natural environments. Instructors involve students in the direct observation, inquiry, and exploration of wild forests, wetlands, lakes, and streams. Our curriculum aligns with state academic standards, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards.

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Half or Full-Week Trips

3 Days/2 Nights
  • Typically includes three to four daytime classes along with evening programming.
  • Stay on campus Monday-Wednesday, Wednesday-Friday, or Friday-Sunday.
5 Days/4 Nights

Pricing Per Person

Includes lodging and meals for students and adults. One teacher attends for free. Additional staff receives 50% discount.

2022-2023 School Year
  • 3 days/2 nights     $172
  • 5 days/4 nights     $274
2022 Summer Session
  • 3 days/2 nights     $164
  • 5 days/4 nights     $261

Hands-On Learning for K-12 Classes

Each year, 175+ student groups from around the country spend the week living in our dorms, eating in our cafeteria, and taking classes taught by our staff naturalists. Facilities include:

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“Your outdoor classroom spaces are one of the main reasons we keep coming back.
These are experiences that we aren’t able to have as a class at home.”

— K-12 Teacher, Saint Bridget Catholic Community

We’re located in Finland, Minnesota on the scenic north shore of Lake Superior.

Our campus is approximately four hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul International airport and two hours from the Canadian border. Our main campus is a 10-minute drive from Lake Superior. 

Visiting student groups stay in the Margaret A. Cargill Lodge or the Summit Lodge.

Each lodge is divided into four sections, has co-ed hallways, and dorm rooms with four to eight beds and private bathrooms and showers in each room. Both dorms contain coin-operated laundry facilities, a courtesy phone for outgoing calls, and homeroom spaces for groups to gather between classes.

Our policy is to assign rooms based on a participant’s gender identity

Meals are served in our cafeteria. Students can choose from a range of menu options, including seasonal food freshly harvested at the Wolf Ridge Organic Farm. The Wolf Ridge kitchen and dining halls are peanut- and tree nut-free. Parents of students with special dietary needs or allergies will have an opportunity to fill out a form letting our kitchen and staff know what to expect. This information will be confirmed with your student’s liaison upon their arrival.

Our buildings are fully accessible, but our campus terrain varies. The trails on our main campus at the top of the ride are suitable for all-terrain wheelchairs. To provide access to the rest of campus, we have equipment is available. Please let us know ahead of time if you have any students who might need accessibility equipment so that we can work with you to ensure the best possible experience for everyone.

We offer scholarships for schools that have financial needs. We also offer a popular calendar fundraiser for interested schools.

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