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Summer Academic Enrichment Eligible Programs

Program Info
Program: Summer High School Ecology Credit Camp
Sponsoring Organization: Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

Main Contact
Name: Jenny Bushmaker
Title: Summer Program Director
Address: 6282 Cranberry Road
Finland, MN 55603
Phone: (218) 353-7414
Fax: (218) 353-7762
Curricular area: Science
Grades Served: 9 , 10 , 11


The goals for the program are to; 1) Allow students gain scientific skills as they conduct hands-on research with professional scientists and managers in their respective field of study. 2) Through partnerships with students individual school, professionals and hands-on field-based experiences, students will learn how scientific investigation is essential to understanding and responding to real life issues. 3) Allowing them to earn Minnesota high school science credits in accordance to Minnesota state policies and regulations of teaching hours accomplished and content covered. 4) Strengthening the participants interest in science.


The experiential nature of the curriculum compels students to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to real life situations. They will study the natural history of Minnesota from both an ecological and social perspective and participate in various field research techniques and projects with professionals. Throughout the program, students will visit various areas in Minnesota including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, where they will go on a 5-day canoe trip, and the Superior Hiking Trail, where they will take a 4-day backpacking trip. Visiting these areas allows students to study the ecology and land use of those highly visited areas first hand by creating and implementing research projects. Students will engage in discussions with professionals to gain an understanding of environmental issues that are present in Minnesota. They should be prepared to learn about specific flora and fauna of the region, geology, societal uses of the land, environmental issues and the structure of our ecosystem. Through this approach, students develop the skills necessary to be life-long learners, strong and able leaders and positive change makers.

Program Dates

July 15 - 28, 2018 July 29 - August 11, 2018 This program is 2 weeks in length

Can students reside on campus? Yes

Can students commute to campus? No

Estimated residential cost per student
Tuition: $356
Fees: $215
Books: $49
Supplies: $411
Room/Board: $525
Transportation: $260