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ELY, MINNESOTA

The Wonder of Wolves: Intergenerational Wolf Discovery

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Program #4967RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jul 14 — Jul 19, 2013

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Type: Cabin

Description: This facility was formerly a family-run resort. Located on US Forest Service land, it now accommodates participants enrolled in educational programs.

Contact info:
13884 Rocky Ridge Road
Ely, MN 55731 USA
phone: 218-365-4613
Room amenities: The small cabins and apartment are furnished simply. Each has a living room, a kitchenette (stove/oven, sink, refrigerator, but no dishes), a bathroom (sink, toilet, shower) and one to three single or double occupancy bedrooms. The apartment has a bathtub/shower combination.

Facility amenities: Quaint cabins are within 100 feet of the lake. Site features short walking trail, canoes, and a beach.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: In six cabins the bathroom is shared by up to two participants while in the other two cabins and the apartment, it may be shared by up to three participants (or four in Intergenerational programs). One bathroom has a bathtub while the others have showers.

Additional nights before: Approximately $45 per person.
Please call 218-235-2164 to make arrangements and find out current price.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 14 - Arrival / Orientation
Afternoon: Plan to arrive at the Outdoor Learning Center between 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM. (A shuttle from Duluth is available.) Receive a finalized schedule, welcome packet and nametag during registration. Settle into your lakeside living quarters and explore our site on picturesque Fall Lake.

Dinner: Informally meet the other participants over dinner, catered on-site and eaten on the lakeside deck, weather permitting.

Evening: Your official welcome and program orientation is when you will meet your instructors and the other grandparents and grandchildren through an introductory activity.

Lodging: Outdoor Learning Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: This facility was formerly a family-run resort. Located on US Forest Service land, it now accommodates participants enrolled in educational programs.

Contact info:
13884 Rocky Ridge Road
Ely, MN 55731 USA
phone: 218-365-4613
Room amenities: The small cabins and apartment are furnished simply. Each has a living room, a kitchenette (stove/oven, sink, refrigerator, but no dishes), a bathroom (sink, toilet, shower) and one to three single or double occupancy bedrooms. The apartment has a bathtub/shower combination.

Facility amenities: Quaint cabins are within 100 feet of the lake. Site features short walking trail, canoes, and a beach.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: In six cabins the bathroom is shared by up to two participants while in the other two cabins and the apartment, it may be shared by up to three participants (or four in Intergenerational programs). One bathroom has a bathtub while the others have showers.

Additional nights before: Approximately $45 per person.
Please call 218-235-2164 to make arrangements and find out current price.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 15 - International Wolf Center Field Trip / North Wood...
International Wolf Center Field Trip / North Woods Ecology Program & Activities / Wolf Communication with Howling Field Trip

Note: Full exploration of the International Wolf Center requires walking relatively short distances; participants of the howling field trip should plan to walk up to a quarter-mile, but likely much less.

Breakfast: Breakfasts (and the remaining dinners) are provided by Vermilion Community College. By bus (or van), travel to the campus to enjoy a hearty breakfast.

Morning: Visit the International Wolf Center and meet one of the Center's resident packs of wolves to learn more about how wolves communicate, play, hunt and eat. Explore the spectacular Wolves and Humans Exhibit, which won awards for the Science Museum of Minnesota. Hands-on displays show the fascinating, age-old dance between wolves and humans. Learn how a wolf howls or take a turn at a wolf survival video game.

Lunch: After your morning's introduction to wolves, meet up with the rest of the group to eat a sack lunch on site at the International Wolf Center.

Afternoon: Grandparents and grandchildren learn to identify prominent trees, flowers, and geologic formations of northern Minnesota. Gain a new perspective on the interconnections of this unique ecosystem through games, demonstrations, and discussion. This session includes moderate walking.

Dinner: Over dinner at the college campus, discuss things learned in the program so far.

Evening: Howling is just one way that wolves communicate. After an introduction to several wolf communication patterns, head into the woods with a naturalist to howl to a local pack. This naturalist-led program includes an indoor introduction followed by an outdoor field trip.

Lodging: Outdoor Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: This facility was formerly a family-run resort. Located on US Forest Service land, it now accommodates participants enrolled in educational programs.

Contact info:
13884 Rocky Ridge Road
Ely, MN 55731 USA
phone: 218-365-4613
Room amenities: The small cabins and apartment are furnished simply. Each has a living room, a kitchenette (stove/oven, sink, refrigerator, but no dishes), a bathroom (sink, toilet, shower) and one to three single or double occupancy bedrooms. The apartment has a bathtub/shower combination.

Facility amenities: Quaint cabins are within 100 feet of the lake. Site features short walking trail, canoes, and a beach.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: In six cabins the bathroom is shared by up to two participants while in the other two cabins and the apartment, it may be shared by up to three participants (or four in Intergenerational programs). One bathroom has a bathtub while the others have showers.

Additional nights before: Approximately $45 per person.
Please call 218-235-2164 to make arrangements and find out current price.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 16 - Beavers & Wolves Field Trip / Wildlife Navigation...
Beavers & Wolves Field Trip / Wildlife Navigation with Orienteering / Predator & Prey Program

Note: All three sessions today contain a mix of indoor lecture, and outdoor walking over somewhat rugged terrain.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast.

Morning: Visit the home of one wolf prey animal, the beaver. Learn how this animal, uniquely adapted to its watery environment, can successfully evade wolves and other predators much of the time. This beaver ecology and habitat field trip includes a moderate walk over some rugged terrain.

Lunch: Enjoy a noon sack lunch picnic.

Afternoon: Learn about wildlife navigation and the art and skill of orienteering as you navigate your way through the woods with the use of a compass on this afternoon program. Step-by-step instructions prepare you to keep on track as you follow the orienteering course. About an hour of free time is scheduled to follow.

Dinner: Compare notes from the day over dinner with your fellow classmates.

Evening: What do wolves around the world eat? What adaptations do wolves have to help them in capturing and eating what they do? Wolves lead a feast-and-famine existence. Learn how they can hunt enough prey to feed the pack. Session includes predator/prey games such as "Muskox Maneuvers" for grandchildren and interested grandparents.

Lodging: Outdoor Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: This facility was formerly a family-run resort. Located on US Forest Service land, it now accommodates participants enrolled in educational programs.

Contact info:
13884 Rocky Ridge Road
Ely, MN 55731 USA
phone: 218-365-4613
Room amenities: The small cabins and apartment are furnished simply. Each has a living room, a kitchenette (stove/oven, sink, refrigerator, but no dishes), a bathroom (sink, toilet, shower) and one to three single or double occupancy bedrooms. The apartment has a bathtub/shower combination.

Facility amenities: Quaint cabins are within 100 feet of the lake. Site features short walking trail, canoes, and a beach.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: In six cabins the bathroom is shared by up to two participants while in the other two cabins and the apartment, it may be shared by up to three participants (or four in Intergenerational programs). One bathroom has a bathtub while the others have showers.

Additional nights before: Approximately $45 per person.
Please call 218-235-2164 to make arrangements and find out current price.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 17 - Wolf Management or Play Preparation / Wolf Resear...
Wolf Management or Play Preparation / Wolf Research / Wolf Folklore & Craft Time

Note: Today's activities include limited to moderate walking.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast.

Morning: Grandparents will explore wolf management issues, while grandchildren will pursue a number of wolf related activities and preparation for a final play performance. Wolf management has been a hot debate in Minnesota. Discuss a landmark decision-making process and learn how wolves have been managed, past and present. Uncover the complex issues of future wolf management during a group decision-making activity.

Lunch: Enjoy a noon sack lunch picnic.

Afternoon: The use of radio tracking has been a monumental improvement in the quality and quantity of wolf research. A brief discussion of research history and methods is followed by demonstration with radio collars, antennae and receivers. Try your hand at using the same equipment used by wildlife researchers. Mapping is an important part of tracking wolves. Attempt to pinpoint the location of radio-collared wild wolves after learning the fundamentals of mapping.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner.

Evening: Historically, how have people viewed the wolf? Learn of the extreme views held by different cultures. Some myths are based on truth and some on fiction. Create your own wolf myth and present it to the group. Session is followed by craft time devoted to creating wolf related projects, such as a plaster casting of a wolf track.

Lodging: Outdoor Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: This facility was formerly a family-run resort. Located on US Forest Service land, it now accommodates participants enrolled in educational programs.

Contact info:
13884 Rocky Ridge Road
Ely, MN 55731 USA
phone: 218-365-4613
Room amenities: The small cabins and apartment are furnished simply. Each has a living room, a kitchenette (stove/oven, sink, refrigerator, but no dishes), a bathroom (sink, toilet, shower) and one to three single or double occupancy bedrooms. The apartment has a bathtub/shower combination.

Facility amenities: Quaint cabins are within 100 feet of the lake. Site features short walking trail, canoes, and a beach.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: In six cabins the bathroom is shared by up to two participants while in the other two cabins and the apartment, it may be shared by up to three participants (or four in Intergenerational programs). One bathroom has a bathtub while the others have showers.

Additional nights before: Approximately $45 per person.
Please call 218-235-2164 to make arrangements and find out current price.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 18 - Kawishiwi Falls Interpretive Hike / Free Time / E...
Kawishiwi Falls Interpretive Hike / Free Time / Evening at the International Wolf Center

Note: Today is the most active of all the days as it includes about a mile hike over somewhat rocky and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast.

Morning: Visualize Minnesota geology and identify common trees and wildflowers. Unfold mysteries in the signs animals leave behind. This interpretive hike to a view of the Kawishiwi Falls is about a mile in length over semi-rugged terrain.

Lunch: Enjoy a trail-side sack lunch in a beautiful spot next to a waterfall.

Afternoon: After an early afternoon return, enjoy the remainder of your afternoon pursuing activities on your own.

Dinner: Over dinner, enjoy the camaraderie of the other grandparents and grandchildren.

Evening: Return to the International Wolf Center for another observation of the resident pack. During the summer, wolves tend to be more active in the evening when the temperatures are cooler. Also have the opportunity to view the film, "Ambassador Wolf Pack".

Lodging: Outdoor Learning Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 19 - Children's Wolf Performance / Wolf Jeopardy / Wra...
Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast.

Morning: While grandchildren put finishing touches on their "Wolf Performance" grandparents have about an hour of free time. Final program activities include the Children's Wolf Performance and a lively game of Wolf Jeopardy. This game is sure to be the real test of the wolf knowledge you gained over the course of the week. The wrap-up includes the opportunity for a group photo.

Lunch: The final meal included in this program is an 11:30 AM sack lunch at the Outdoor Learning Center.

Afternoon: Be checked out of your cabin by 1:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Northeastern Minnesota
Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural MuseumDedicated to telling the Bois Forte Ojibwe story, this award-winning museum depicts the history of these people through interpretive displays and artifacts. Learn about Ojibwe spirituality, ricing, bead work, and basketry. This museum is about 30 miles from Ely.
For additional information, visit: 216.185.198.110/divisions/heritage_center.htm
More about Northeastern MinnesotaThe Iron Range is a region that is as scenic as it is historically significant. Visitors can enjoy colorful stories about the immigrants who mined and shaped the land. Explore a museum or discovery center, take a tour or participate in a festival. This region has a rich history, and numerous opportunities exist to learn more about it.
For additional information, visit: www.ironrange.org
Sisu Heritage Homestead ToursA 15-mile, three-hour guided circle tour in rural Embarrass will give you a glimpse of the how Finnish pioneers lived in northeastern Minnesota in the early 20th century. You'll view handcrafted log farm structures that are examples of the distinctive construction techniques practiced for centuries in Finland and brought to this country by Finnish immigrants. Located about 30 miles from Ely, call for more information (218-984-2084).
Soudan Underground MineThis Minnesota State Park features Minnesota's first and deepest underground iron mine. Guided tours take you 2,400 feet down and more than 100 years into the past to experience the working conditions of early iron ore miners. This park is about 30 miles from Ely.
For additional information, visit: www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/soudan_underground_mine/index.html
Ely, MN
International Wolf CenterThe International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wild lands and the human role in their future. In addition to the award-winning exhibit, there are interpretive programs, two packs of live wolves, and an interactive children's exhibit.
For additional information, visit: www.wolf.org
North American Bear CenterThe focus of the North American Bear center is to improve the appreciation and understanding of North American bears, their role in the ecosystem, and their relationship to humans through education, research and rehabilitation.
For additional information, visit: www.bear.org
Dorothy Molter MuseumThe Dorothy Molter Museum is a memorial to the legendary last resident of the BWCAW. Known as "the Root Beer Lady", Dorothy died in 1986 after living most of her 79 years on Knife Lake. Canoeists often stopped at Molter's home to enjoy her famous homemade root beer.
For additional information, visit: www.canoecountry.com/dorothy
Ely Winton History MuseumLocated on Ely's Vermilion Community College campus, this center shows the local history of the area's logging and mining through artifacts, photographs and displays. For more information, call 218-365-3226.
More about ElyAs a gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Ely is an ideal location for canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing. The town of Ely offers many activities to visitors and has several annual festivals.
For additional information, visit: www.ely.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences

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