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Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center


About Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

Our camps run all year round, no matter the weather. The experiences and adventures you have in the summer will be completely different than the ones you have in the school year.

More About Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

Our camps run all year round, no matter the weather. The experiences and adventures you have in the summer will be completely different than the ones you have in the school year.

Wolf Ridge offers all the fun and friendship of traditional camps, but also shares the increasingly rare opportunity to experience nature up-close every day. It’s something that brings new campers and families out every year—and keeps others coming back season after season.

Counselor-In-Training (CIT)

Your training as a CIT will begin with a wide variety of teambuilding, communication and leadership activities both at Wolf Ridge and on a 4-day backpacking trip on the Superior Hiking Trail.   These activities will prepare you to move into a group as an Assistant Counselor during your 2nd week. Under the leadership and guidance of the directors and two counselors, CIT’s will gain endless knowledge that they can use to become a positive role model to future generations of campers.

Camp Rock Climbing

The forests and shores of Lake Superior near Wolf Ridge are the home of some of the best rock climbing areas in the Midwest.  Camp Rock Climbing offers a week of exploring the world of rock climbing, starting with basic climbing techniques indoors and geology, moving towards more advanced skills like knot tying, anchor building, and the dynamics and challenges of climbing outdoor rock.  The week culminates with a 3 day camping and climbing trek to some of the more secluded crags in the surrounding area.


Campers will enjoy learning & building friendships in a nurturing, fun environment. With activities geared perfectly toward younger, first time campers, “Discos” will spend time at Wolf Ridge investigating the habitats and signs of animals, creating art out of nature, exploring wetlands, canoeing and swimming.  The highlight of the week is an all-day adventure on the Superior Hiking Trail exploring the majestic peaks overlooking Lake Superior.

Voyageur 1-Week

Community is an important focus of the Voyageur program.  Campers will spend the week focusing on the cultural history of northern Minnesota while developing teambuilding and leadership skills through hands-on games and activities.  They practice these newly developed skills as they work together to paddle the voyageur canoe, learn how to use a GPS, explore the critters in Cawmill Creek and go on an overnight camping trip to Raven Lake.

Voyageur Ultimate Survival 2-Week

Set campers imaginations and adventurous spirits free during the summer to learn about the natural environment and the important skills of survival: Shelter, water, fire, and food. Ultimate Survival Camp gives campers a wonderful chance to discover more about the natural environment and teaches valuable life skills such as teamwork, independence and resilience. As campers overcome new challenges and conquer the Ultimate Survival skills they gain a real sense of achievement, returning home bursting with confidence and enthusiasm!

Adventurers 1-Week

The 1-week program was created for those campers with a high interest in developing their outdoor adventure and recreation skills.  Campers will learn how to predict the weather, challenge themselves on the adventure ropes course and rock wall and develop important teambuilding skills while preparing for a backpacking trip on the Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Hiking Trail covers over 235 miles of scenic trail that offers rewards of cascading rivers, quiet forests, and stunning views of Lake Superior. The 1-week Adventurer program will spend 3-days/2 nights on trail.

Adventurers 2-Week BWCAW

Seven days of camp fun along with 7 days of canoeing into the heart of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters. Enjoy activities like rock climbing, adventure ropes, and campfires.  Get ready for your trip with activities like team building games, geology, phenology and climate change, and traditional canoe paddle making, then take off for a 7-day canoeing trek across the lakes and forests of the BWCAW. Return to the Ridge with great stories.  Relax and put the finishing touches on your paddle.

Adventurers 2-Week Isle Royale

One week of camp fun participating in the ropes course, rock climbing, team building games, camp fires and more before spending the next seven days hiking the trails on the biggest island on the biggest freshwater lake in the world, Isle Royale National Park. Campers will travel by ferry to Isle Royale, where they will likely encounter moose, travel through old growth forests, and share amazing views of Lake Superior with new friends. The Ferry and National Park fees are included in the program cost.

Junior Naturalists 2-Week Quetico Canoe Trip

Imagine yourself canoeing through the remote and rugged glacier-formed lakes of Quetico Provincial Park. Located in Southern Ontario, Canada, the Park provides pristine lakes, abundant wildlife encounters and remote wilderness trails that will challenge and provide adventure for experienced campers. You will spend five days at Wolf Ridge before traveling deep into the heart of the Quetico. Valid passport and Remote Border Crossing paperwork required for Quetico Provincial Park trips.

Junior Naturalists 2-Week Apostle Islands Sea Kayak

Lake Superior is the theme of this action packed two-week session. During the first week, campers will combine camp fun with kayak skills as they prepare for seven days of paddling in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. No kayaking experience necessary. Price includes park fees.

5-Day BWCAW Canoe

Take a few steps off the beaten path and explore remote wild rivers, lakes and forests with a Wolf Ridge naturalist-guide.  From the ancient forests of the Boundary Waters and the Quetico to the cobblestone and sand beaches of Lake Superior, Wolf Ridge takes you to truly amazing places. Whether you are a newcomer to the ways of the woods or a seasoned wilderness traveler, these wilderness trips are tailored to adventurers looking to challenge themselves, build confidence and develop life-long community and wilderness skills. 

Sailing Lake Superior

Climb aboard and experience 5 days of sailing on Lake Superior in the spectacular Apostle Islands. Discover the ways of the inland sea as you learn the essentials of sailing and the importance of teamwork as you explore the waters, beaches, cliffs and forests of some of Lake Superior’s most famous islands. 

5-Day Apostle Islands Sea Kayak

Explore sea caves, visit historic lighthouses, and wake up to the sun rising on the water on this 5-day adventure. Develop the knowledge and skills of the ancient craft of sea kayaking while exploring one of the greatest lakes in the world: Lake Superior. Wolf Ridge provides all kayak and safety skills training and equipment, while you provide a healthy spirit of adventure!  

Isle Royale Kayak Expedition

Wolf Ridge’s longest wilderness trip and a once in a lifetime trip for experienced campers!    Spend 11 days sea kayaking along the shore of Lake Superior’s largest island, Isle Royale, and experience the island in a way that very few people get to.  Along the way you will hone wilderness skills and the classic art of sea kayaking, while learning the rich natural and cultural story of this truly fantastic place, from the legendary struggle between moose and wolves to the centuries old stories of island residents. Space is limited on this trip, so sign up soon! Campers must have prior wilderness trip experience with either Wolf Ridge or any other wilderness youth camp to attend this unique and challenging trip. 

Angling to Archery

Whether you have previous skill or are looking for an opportunity to begin a passion, this course will help build your skills while learning responsible hunting and fishing practices. Students will learn how to effectively and safely operate a bow and arrow at the Wolf Ridge archery range and perfect a myriad of fishing skills while stalking the brook trout of Sawmill Creek and the walleyes of Wolf Lake.

Camp Fish

Knowing where the trout, walleyes and northern pike swim and eat comes through an understanding of aquatic sciences. Campers research lake and stream habitats, explore the natural history of game fish species, and consider fishing ethics. Students test their new skills as anglers while fly fishing on the Baptism River, as well as, on a 3-day, 2-night fishing trip in the Superior National Forest. 

Summer Sampler

Want to try out Summer Camp but not feeling like a whole week? Get your feet wet and come to camp for a few days. Outdoor adventures? Every day. A bit of water fun? Got it. Games and crafts? Yep. New friends? Absolutely!


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