Large group classes at Widjiwagan may be classroom or outdoor-based. These classes are designed to build enthusiasm for and knowledge of the outdoors.
The Night Sky
Observation of the mysterious night sky is only one of the tools used to gain students’ interest and curiosity in understanding planets, stars, and constellations. The presenter may use legends, dramatics, videos, or images to make this presentation factual and fun.
Wolves of the North
This presentation discusses the adaptations and complex issues of Canis lupus, the species of wolf that resides in northern Minnesota. Discussion, slides, and videos bring the concepts of wolf ecology and species management into the classroom.
There are many complex environmental issues facing humans today. This presentation provides an introduction to these issues and helps students explore how they can make a difference.
Titanic forces have shaped the face and ecology of northern Minnesota. Students will explore the history of northern Minnesota’s glacial eras and learn basic terminology and features.
Native Cultures of Northern Minnesota
This presentation introduces students to the culture and history of people native to northern Minnesota. Community structure, hunting and gathering, storytelling and much more weave together to create the basis of this presentation.
North Woods Birds
Of all wild creatures, birds are one of the most conspicuous and colorful. This presentation introduces students to the great diversity of birds that reside in and migrate to the north woods.
Snow Crystal Study (winter only)
The Inuit cultures of the north have many words to describe what we simply call snow. This presentation covers crystalline structure and metamorphosis, snow layering and habitat impact.
Boreal Black Bears
Black bears are some of the most extraordinary animals in the north woods. We’ll use discussion and activities to learn about issues surrounding the prevalence of these powerful animals.
Sustainable Living: Big Ideas and Small Steps
Using discussion, games and activities, students have the opportunity to investigate how choices they make impact their communities and the environment.
This exciting activity simulates a public hearing a regional environmental issue. Students role play as members of interest groups and present/discuss a wide range of views. Other students, acting as the facilitating governing body, seek to develop an appropriate community solution. Students learn about the particular issue being addressed as well as how the public process works.
Predator & Prey
Role playing as predator and prey within the north woods ecological food chain, students must locate food, water and shelter while also hunting and/or being hunted. Discussions before and after the game cover topics such as carrying capacity and trophic pyramids.
Within the framework of a game show, students have the opportunity to review concepts and themes discussed during their week.