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Summer Academic Enrichment Eligible Programs

Program Info
Program: 2-Week STINT BWCAW Canoe Wilderness Trip
Sponsoring Organization: Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

Main Contact
Name: Rachel Giemza
Title: Summer Program Director
Address: 6282 Cranberry Road, Wolf Ridge ELC
Finland, MN 55603
Phone: (218) 353-7414
Web Site:
Curricular area: Science
Grades Served: 9 , 10 , 11


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 2-wk Short Term Immersion Naturalist Training (STINT) Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Trip Program was created for those campers with a high interest in developing their knowledge and skills surrounding the environment, as well as, their outdoor adventure and recreation skills. The goals and objectives for the STINT Program are to; Learn and implement Naturalist practices of slowing down and observation Gain knowledge that allows participants to better care for our environment Gain a stronger sense of appreciate for Lake Superior and the environment surrounding it Understand that humans have a great ability to alter natural systems Develop self-reliance, self-confidence and self-respect Develop the skills needed to be a self-leader, peer leader, designated leader and active follower Grow individually; to provide situations for each camper to set goals and learn new skills while reflecting on their camp experience. Gain the skills needed to display a tolerance for adversity and uncertainty Grow as responsible members of their community by understanding and practicing the personal skills needed to live and work with fellow participants and staff.


The 2-wk STINT BWCA Canoe Wilderness 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 participants discover ways to keep learning about their environments for a lifetime.

Courses and activities for the 2-wk STINT Canoe Wilderness Program include; Surveying and research techniques Naturalist Practices Lake Superior Geology Lake Superior History & Culture Canoeing Leave No Trace Orienteering and Map Skills Forest Ecology Environmental Stewardship Rock Climbing Wetland and Stream Ecology Wild Edibles Human Connections to the Environment Outdoor Cooking Adventure Ropes Astronomy Outdoor Camping 8-day/7-night camping trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness on Brule Lake to learn and practice naturalist techniques

Program Dates

Two Week Session. August 4-16, 2024

Can students reside on campus? Yes

Can students commute to campus? No

Can students take online classes? No

Estimated residential cost per student
Tuition: $404
Fees: $115
Books: $0
Supplies: $290
Room/Board: $564
Transportation: $267