Bring your class to Boulder

Boulder is an ideal outdoor classroom for a variety of K-12 and college level lessons. Its close proximity to Duluth, access to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and trained environmental education staff create a custom experience tailored to your needs.

Contact Ryan Hueffmeier today to set up your field trip today- 218-721-3731.

Cost is $5/student for most field trips.

Aquatic Systems

Class Objective: Students will understand water cycle, watersheds, and example aquatic food webs and the plants/critters involved.

Possible Lesson Activities
(Offered Spring, Summer, Fall- Grades 3-12)

Macro Invertebrate Collection: Students will collect critters using nets and discuss indicator species and how they help us to decipher the ecosystems health.

Incredible Journey: Students will participate in a water activity showing the paths and places water molecules go throughout the water cycle.

Fish Families: Students will learn about the adaptations of various Minnesota fish and how they are grouped in families.

Make a Watershed: Students will learn how topography/glacial landforms affect water flow and soils.

Lake Study: Students will learn about the food web within a lake and collect data by pontoon or 12- person canoes.

Cultural History

Class Objective: Students will gain awareness, knowledge and skills with the historical culture and archaeology of the region.

Possible Lesson Activities
(Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall - Grades 3-8)

Mock Dig: Students learn scientific method and cultural history as they conduct a mock dig: Dig is followed by discussion of finds and atl atl spear throwing.

Clay Pot: Students will piece together their own archaeologic study with parts of a clay pot they are given.

Voyageur Canoe Ride: Students paddle in 12 passenger canoes like "24' North Canoes" while they learn about the fur trade.

Historic Logging: Role playing activity with artifacts to learn about logging camp life and impact on forest ecosystem.

Forest Systems

Class Objective: Students will understand nutrient flow in a forest ecosystem, basic components of how a tree grows, and how to use a dichotomous key.

Possible Lesson Activities
(Offered Spring, Summer, Fall- Grades 3-12)

Forest Types: Students can travel by bus, pontoon, canoe, and/or by foot to explore different forest types.

Invasive Species: Students will participate in an activity showing how soil and the forest floor are inpacted by worms. Further investigation will allow student to identify the worms living in different areas of the forest.

Tree Identification: Students will learn how to use a dichotomous key and then put the skills to practice identifying several common Northern Minnesota Trees.

Forest Management Field Tour: Students will learn how forest systems are managed - planning, harvesting, forest products, and forest regeneration

Featured Curriculum: School Forest Carbon Sequestration Pilot




Class Objective: Students will be able to describe and give examples of adaptations and animals signs.

Possible Lesson Activities
(Offered Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter- Grades 3-12)

Animal Signs: Students will learn about the various common animal signs before going out and exploring.

Specific Wildlife: Classes or activities can be focused on specific wildlife, including, beavers, snowshoe hare, deer, birds and much more.

Insects: Students learn metamorphosis, basic insect parts, and collect and categorize terrestrial or aquatic insects.

Management Sites: Classes in some cases may also be taken to explore different wildlife management sites, including the ruffed grouse management area or deer exclosure site.