Learning about Wild Rice

On Wednesday we spent the day on the Minong Flowage learning about wild rice and the process of harvesting.  We borrowed canoes from the Ernie Swift Camp and took turns learning how to collect the rice.  Our biologist, Matt McKay, was with the students on the water.  Tony Deperry talked to the students about the importance of wild rice in Native American culture.  Mrs. Lucius also worked with students on water testing and identifying  macro invertebrates. 

After the lessons we stopped by the Totogatic Park and sampled a wild rice dish and some venison stew.


Part of being a charter school means an increased amount of testing. Along with the WKCE tests taken in November our students will also be taking the Iowa Basics tests. These are given in the Fall and Spring to show the students growth throughout the year. The first round of Iowa Basics tests will be given this week (9/17-9/21).

5th Grade Environmental Ed. Camp




Our fifth graders spent three days (9/12-9/14) at camp on the Minong Flowage. They attended many great classes including tree identification, wildfire control, first aid and canoes and row boats,

Many thanks to Bill Matthias for planning and overseeing the camp and to Lonnie and Jeff Lorenz for making the Swift Nature Camp available to our kids.



Eco Adventure Trip on the Namekagon


Our 6th, 7th and 8th graders spent 2 days learning on and near the Namekagon River. This trip was made possible by our partners The Friends Of the St. Croix Headwaters, Canoes on Wheels and the National Park Service in Trego. The kids had a great time and learned a lot about the river.


Presenters included John Kudlas who talked about invasive species in our waterways.