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Summer Academic Enrichment Eligible Programs

Program Info
Program: Girls Rock the Ridge Leadership Program
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: Humanities
Grades Served: 5 , 6


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 Girls Rock the Ridge Programs were 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. It incorporates leadership skills and how those relate to success outdoors, in science, in communities, and in learning environments. The goals and objectives for the Girls Rock the Ridge Programs are to; Understand human connections to the land and each other 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 Girls Rock the Ridge Programs 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.

Girls Rock the Ridge Programs are designed to connect participants to science and the environment through leadership and self-expression. The programs are full of adventure, learning and fun and are crafted to be a life-changing combination of knowledge gathering, exploration and personal growth. Courses and activities for the Rock the Ridge Programs include; Climate & Weather Forecasting Superior National Forest Flora and Fauna Lake Superior Geology Lake Superior History & Culture Canoeing Rock Climbing Traditional Crafts and Skills Human Connects to the Environment Outdoor Cooking Adventure Ropes Astronomy Leadership Building Activities 2-night/3-day Overnight Camp out At the end, participants come home, the character, leadership, and service traits you uncovered on your expedition will stay with you, helping you navigate your daily life with resilience and success and display the skills and knowledge necessary to care for our enviro

Program Dates

One Week Sessions. July 7-12, 2024; July 21-26, 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: $139
Fees: $85
Books: $0
Supplies: $106
Room/Board: $274
Transportation: $133