Carleton College - Community Service
May 1, 2023
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We provide comfortable lodging in our new family-friendly Margaret A. Cargill Lodge, hearty home-cooked meals using ingredients fresh from our on-site organic farm, and a variety of activities for your family to pick and choose from.
We’re located four hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul International airport and two hours from the Canadian border. Our 2,000-acre campus in Finland, Minnesota is an easy drive to some of Minnesota’s most popular State Parks, including Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse, and Tettegouche.
Located on a high ridge overlooking Lake Superior, Wolf Ridge is bordered by the Baptism River and features creeks, two lakes, two high peaks, 18 miles of hiking and ski trails, and a mixed forest of maple, birch, and spruce where wildlife is abundant.
Facilities include four classroom buildings, two dormitories, a dining hall, a working organic farm, a raptor aviary, a library, two auditoriums, two indoor rock-climbing walls, two outdoor ropes courses, and an administration building.
Rates per person include lodging in our award-winning Margaret A. Cargill Lodge, hearty home-cooked meals using ingredients fresh from our on-site organic farm, a variety of activities for your family to pick and choose from, and the freedom to explore on your own.
We offer a variety of activities each day for a variety of ages and energy levels. All classes are optional and adults may also choose to hike, canoe, or bird watch on their own. Or, simply take the morning to relax while the children are cared for by qualified instructors.
Contact us through the form below and we will get back to you quickly. If your question is urgent, you’re always welcome to contact our office.
We are regularly reviewing and updating our COVID-19 health and safety practices for the safety of our students, staff, and visitors.
We’re located in Finland, Minnesota, on Minnesota’s scenic North Shore. Our campus is approximately four hours from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International airport and two hours from the Canadian border. Our main campus is a 10-minute drive from Lake Superior.
Families stay in our Margaret A. Cargill Lodge (MAC Lodge), an award-winning Living Building that meets the highest environmental standards in the world.
Each family is given their own room. They do not share with another family. Rooms accommodate four to eight participants. Each room has a sink, shower, and toilet. A sliding door may be used as a partition to create further privacy.
Inside the MAC Lodge, you’ll find large open common spaces for families to gather or enjoy quiet time reading. Outside, we offer campfire rings with outdoor seating, an area for lawn games, kid’s play space, and picnic tables.
Laundry is available in the MAC Lodge for families to use.
High-speed Internet is available in the Margaret A. Cargill Lodge. No password is needed.
Meals are served cafeteria-style in our dining hall. Whenever possible, seasonal produce comes directly from the Wolf Ridge organic farm while meats and other products are sourced as locally as possible.
Coffee and tea are available in the dining hall daily from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.
A simple snack room in your dorm building features hot water, apple cider, coffee, and tea bags. A snack is provided each evening at 9:00 pm.
The Wolf Ridge kitchen provides for the following special dietary needs:
Our kitchen and Dining Halls are peanut- and tree nut-free. We substitute sunbutter for these products in our condiment line. Please note dietary requests, concerns, and preferences when completing your registration materials.
Our buildings are fully accessible, but our campus terrain varies. The trails on our main campus at the top of the ridge are suitable for all-terrain wheelchairs.
To provide access to the rest of campus, we have equipment available to provide the best possible experience for everyone. Please let us know ahead of time if someone in your group might need accessibility equipment.
Our proximity to Lake Superior makes for a wide range of weather possibilities. Temperatures can range from daytime highs in the 90s to nighttime lows in the 30s. Rain, fog, and sun can happen in a single day. Pack one pair of “dry” shoes and one pair of “wet” shoes. On rainy days you can get your feet wet in “wet” shoes, but still, have something dry to wear afterward. Wolf Ridge also requires closed-toed footwear for rock climbing and the adventure ropes course.
At the time of registration, a $150 per-person non-refundable deposit must be made to hold your spot. This $150 is then applied to the balance of the camp payment.
Refund requests must be made in writing and received no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of the camp session. This will ensure you receive a refund on your camp fees, minus the $150 non-refundable deposit. All cancellations made less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the camp session are non-refundable, with some exceptions.
If your question is urgent, you’re always welcome to contact our office.
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