Adult Learners

2021 Adult Workshops

We currently have two adult workshops scheduled for 2021, Institute for Bird Banding Advanced or Beginning Bird Banding Courses and the Leave No Trace Masters Educator course (see links below.) We hope to add more workshop options as the pandemic abates. Please check back for updates, or email us and ask to be notified when programs open up for registration.

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Current Offerings

I.B.P. Bird Banding Courses

We are excited to offer Institute for Bird Populations courses for bird banders again this summer. Both Beginning and Advanced Courses will be offered. Classes fill quickly, so be sure to register early!

Leave No Trace Master Educator

Wild places are one of our greatest resources.  Learn new ways to protect our wild inheritance and teach others how to enjoy them responsibly by becoming a Leave No Trace Master Educator.



Workshops we will bring back in the future…

Saw-whet Owl Banding

Discover the “unseen migration” that takes place along the Lake Superior corridor during fall’s star-filled nights. Spend a fall weekend banding Saw-whet owls with Dave Grosshuesch, one of the area’s most respected banders.

North Shore Geology Explorations

Do you look for interesting rocks on every beach or gravel road and want to discover their story? Are you an agate or Thomsonite seeker? Perhaps you wonder about all those rock faces you see as you drive north on Highway 61? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this weekend workshop with recognized North Shore geology expert Margie Menzies is for you!

North Shore Coastal Kayaking

Expand your sea kayaking skills, explore beautiful places, and learn from ACA-certified instructor David Butcher. This workshop is designed primarily for new, beginning, to advanced-beginning sea kayakers who are looking to learn and/or practice essential skills for coastal sea kayaking, gain confidence with paddling on larger bodies of water, and explore the beautiful and diverse landscape of the North Shore.

Agate Hunting and Finishing

The Lake Superior Agate is beautiful, elusive, and enigmatic. Learn tricks to finding them from the expert who literally wrote the book on it, Jim Magnuson. You’ll also receive instruction and time to use professional lapidary tools to cut, shape, polish, and set your new-found gem.

Fabulous Fall Adult Weekend

Join us for a fun and enlightening weekend of exploring and learning! These unique experiences have been designed especially for curious adults. Give your inner nerd a little love, learn from the experts, and soak in the spectacular fall colors of Lake Superior’s North Shore!

W.M.A. Wilderness First Responder Certification

Wolf Ridge and Wilderness Medical Associates are offering an 8-day Wilderness First Responder course (WFR). The Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief.

Summer Bird Banding

See local songbirds up close as you watch, and sometimes participate in, the bird banding process. Learn about the importance of bird banding and what scientists are discovering through this research.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification

As a provider of accredited school programs and youth camps, we see about 13,000 kids each year. Most of our participants arrive excited and ready to learn, but others are silently struggling. One in five youth ages 13 to 18 lives with a mental health condition and we want to be there for them as well.