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Summer Academic Enrichment Eligible Programs

Program Info
Program: Ecology Inquiry Immersion
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: 6 , 7 , 8


The goals and outcomes of the Ecology Inquiry Immersion program are in alignment with the State of Minnesota Academic Standards. They are to understand that; 1. Natural systems and include a variety of organisms that interact with one another in several ways. 2. The flow of energy and the recycling of matter are essential to a stable ecosystem. 3. Learn how human activity can change living organisms and ecosystems 4. Understand that science is a way of knowing about the natural world and is characterized by empirical criteria, logical argument and skeptical review. 5. Scientific inquiry uses multiple interrelated processes to investigate questions and propose explanations about the natural world. Men and women throughout history of all cultures, including Minnesota American Indian tribes and communities, have been involved in engineering design and scientific inquiry. 6. Science and engineering operate in the context of society and both influence and are influenced by this concept. 7. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics rely on each other to enhance knowledge and understanding 8. In order to maintain and improve their existence, humans interact with and influence earth systems. 9. Patterns of atmospheric movement influence global climate and local weather.


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 Ecology Inquiry Immersion (EII) program is designed for 8th grade students who want to challenge themselves with an in-depth science curriculum. It will provide a meaningful and authentic setting to develop reading, writing and math skills that will spark a deeper interest in science and prepare them for high school level science programs. The coursework will include research projects with professionals from the U.S. Forest Service and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, hands on activities that will allow them to explore the flora and fauna of Minnesotas ecosystems and discussions that will challenge their thoughts on environmental ethics. This program will also include a 4 day backpacking trip on the Superior Hiking trail to get a first hand look at land use and how humans impact their environment.

Program Dates

July 8 - 21, 2018 The course is 2 weeks in length

Can students reside on campus? Yes

Can students commute to campus? No

Estimated residential cost per student
Tuition: $266
Fees: $187
Books: $23
Supplies: $290
Room/Board: $504
Transportation: $245