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Summer Academic Enrichment Eligible Programs

Program Info
Program: Junior Naturalist - 2 Week
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 and objectives of the Junior Naturalists 2 - Week Program 1) Develop skills and become more comfortable in outdoor living. 2) Develop and put into practice leadership and team building skills. 3) Gain knowledge that allows participants to better care for our environment. 4) Learn about and participate in various research techniques involved in the management of birds 5) Understand the techniques involved in caring for educational program animals. 6) Gain a stronger sense of appreciate for Lake Superior and the environment surrounding it. 4)


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. The Junior Naturalists 2-Week program is designed to immerse participants into 2 weeks of research, bird management and kayaking. Together with naturalists and researchers, Junior Naturalist will kayak and explore Lake Superior and the bird life around it. They will shadow ornithologies to learn what birds live where, how their nesting areas are doing and what they eat. Participants will work with researchers to help band local birds, work with and care for program animals and hone their bird watching skills while on a week long kayaking trip in the Apostle Islands National Seashore.

Program Dates

July 22 - August 4, 2018 July 29 - August 11, 2018 Session is 2 weeks in length

Can students reside on campus? Yes

Can students commute to campus? No

Estimated residential cost per student
Tuition: $352
Fees: $112
Books: $0
Supplies: $290
Room/Board: $534
Transportation: $349