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Summer Academic Enrichment Eligible Programs

Program Info
Program: Camp Ichthyology fish
Sponsoring Organization: Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

Main Contact
Name: Jenny Bushmaker
Title: Summer Youth Director
Address: 6282 Cranberry Road
Finland, MN 55603
Phone: (218) 353-7414
Fax: (218) 353-7762
Curricular area: Science
Grades Served: 5 , 6


The goals and objectives for Camp Ichthyology (Fish) are to; 1. Describe herbivores, carnivores and herbivores. 2. Learn the important of herbivores, carnivores and herbivores in the food pyramid and food web. 3. Name the aquatic life zones found in Minnesota lakes and streams. 4. Understand the importance of water quality. 5. Identify the common fishes of Minnesota. 6. Learn about non-native invasive species and how they impact the environment 7. Through the use of Minnesota Game Laws, develop a stewardship plan for action. 8. Develop a person environmental ethic towards minnesota's fisheries and water ecosystem.


Environmental education explores the science of ecosystems, plus relationships between people and their environment. We encourage participants to consider how their values and behaviors can influence and ultimately impact the world around them. Our curriculum and activities provide hands-on, memorable experiences that involve the whole person and address multiple learning styles.

Stream trout, walleyes and northern pike are plentiful in the BWCA and the greater Superior National Forest. Knowing where the fish are comes with a thorough understanding of aquatic data that is sometimes provided by the DNR, but that other times must be collected and assessed by the angler turned citizen scientist. Lake and stream habitat assessment will be an area of focus for this course as will ethics and the natural history of each of these species of interest. Students will record and assess data on a number of area lakes and streams before applying what they have learned as anglers. The course culminates in a 3-day, 2-night field experience on a handful of lakes in the Superior National Forest.

Program Dates

August 5 - 11, 2018 Program is 1 week in length

Can students reside on campus? Yes

Can students commute to campus? No

Estimated residential cost per student
Tuition: $146
Fees: $29
Books: $0
Supplies: $185
Room/Board: $254
Transportation: $211