Minnesota's northern forests are truly a place for curiosity, discovery and exploration. Since 1973, Widji has combined environmental education with experiential learning to introduce school groups from 10 to 90 students to the magic and wonder of the north. 

Each activity is an opportunity for discovery, and we keep the idea of "learning by doing" central to our philosophy.

We believe strongly in individualized instruction. Many of our lessons take place in small "study groups," where student-to-staff ratios are usually 8 to 1 or lower. Most schools spend five days at Widjiwagan, arriving on Monday and departing on Friday, and we do offer shorter or longer stays.

Our activities and presentations take advantage of Widji’s unique wilderness setting. Let us help you tailor an experience to fit your school's curriculum.

Activities and presentations include:

  • Animal Studies
  • Birds of the North Woods
  • Boreal Black Bears
  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Eco-Hike
  • Environmental Simulation
  • Finnish Sauna
  • Forest Studies
  • Freshwater Studies
  • The Fur Trade
  • Glacial Geology
  • Global Environmental Issues
  • Map & Compass
  • Native Cultures of Northern Minnesota
  • Night Hike
  • The Night Sky
  • Predator & Prey
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Snow Crystal Study
  • Teambuilding
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Wolves of the North

Program Accessibility

We provide quality programming to all persons, regardless of ability. Please let us know of any disabilities or impairments that may have a bearing on your program involvement, and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

Financial Assistance

We believe every young person should experience Widji, regardless of family income. Thanks to the generous support of donors in our Annual Campaign, we are able to offer scholarships to individual participants or school groups who need a little extra help.

Arrangements for financial aid are made as a part of the registration process and are usually based on the number of students that qualify for free and reduced lunch programs.

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