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Summer Academic Enrichment Eligible Programs

Program Info
Program: Adventurers - 1 Week Program
Sponsoring Organization: Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

Main Contact
Name: Jenny Bushmaker
Title: Program Director
Address: 6282 Cranberry Road
Finland, MN 55603
Phone: (218) 353-7414
Curricular area: Science
Grades Served: 7 , 8


Our teaching philosophy is simple: learning happens best when one experiences it. Lives it. Breathes it. Hands-on activities combined with an unbelievably beautiful campus make our living laboratory the kind of educational experience you can’t get anywhere else.

The 1-week program was created for those campers with a high interest in developing their environmental science knowledge and skills, as well as, their outdoor adventure and recreation skills. The goals and objectives for the Adventurers 1-week program are to; •Understand that all living and non-living components of an environment interact with one another to form an ecosystem •Understand that humans have a great ability to alter natural systems •Gain an appreciation of their natural surroundings and take an active role in the conservation and stewardship of our environment. •Understand that a complex natural system is more stable than a simple one, and more able to absorb disturbances. •Gather evidence that all living things acquire physical and behavioral adaptations to be successful in their environment. •To develop self-reliance, self-confidence and self-respect •To develop leadership skills to use in their own groups and community. •To develop skills needed to build life-long friendships •To grow individually; to provide situations for each camper to set goals and learn new skills while reflecting on their camp experience. •Experience a sense of community by living, working and experiencing camp with fellow campers and staff resulting in the growth of personal responsibility of their communities upon leaving Wolf Ridge. •To enrich their spirit, mind and body and gain skills through challenging and fun activities that can be applied in lifelong learning experiences in nature


The Adventurers 1-wk Program 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.

We choose curricular content based on the local, natural and cultural history of Minnesota, as well as broader environmental issues. Science-based classes provide opportunities to learn more about our planet and how it works; cultural history classes give a glimpse of the way our predecessors interacted with local ecosystems to create a life for themselves; current event classes help us to understand emerging issues; personal growth and team-building classes develop skills for meeting personal and group challenges; and outdoor skill classes help students discover ways to keep learning about their environments for a lifetime.

Courses and activities for the Adventurers 1-wk Program include; •Ornithology & Research •Weather & Climate Forecasting •Plant Ecology •Rock Climbing •Geology •Adventure Ropes •Team Building & Leadership •Northwoods Mammals •Environmental Ethics •Canoeing •Orienteering & Map Skills •Overnight Camping Trip to practice Leave no Trace Wilderness Ethics

Program Dates

All sessions are 1 week in length

Dates July 14 - 20, 2019 July 21 - 27, 2019 July 28 - August 3, 2019 August 4 - 10, 2019

Can students reside on campus? Yes

Can students commute to campus? No

Can students take online classes?

Estimated residential cost per student
Tuition: $113
Fees: $85
Books: $0
Supplies: $156
Room/Board: $274
Transportation: $186