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    Will’s 2018 Barren Lands Solo – Expedition Journal

    Click to read Will's 2018 expedition journal, when he traveled 90 days across the Canadian Barren Lands.
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    2019 Barren Lands Solo – Dispatch Feed:

    “It’s a nice peaceful evening, as it usually is on these long expeditions. I’m anxious to get back and see everybody and get in sync with a beautiful summer in Minnesota. I’ll say my final goodbye here on day 75 -- it’s been a really wonderful trip for me and I’ve learned a lot.” – Will Steger, June 7, 2019
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    2019 Summer Residents Program: Applications Open!

    We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Summer Residents Program! Live at the homestead and work alongside Will & friends for an unforgettable summer.
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    Summer Wildlifer Log – Dispatch 12

    We put a green roof on the Windfall Cabin! Learn from Assistant Director Jenna Pollard about the history of sod roofs and how we make ours at the Steger Wilderness Center.
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    Summer Wildlifer Log – Dispatch 11

    We remodeled our sauna! After 25 years of use by Center staff and guests, the sauna needed a little TLC. Assistant Director Jenna Pollard shows us all the improvements that SWC residents and Summit Academy students made in just three workdays.
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    Summer Wildlifer Log – Dispatch 10

    Follow along as Jenna leads a brand new group of Summit Academy students around the Homestead and shows them our solar array, wood shop, lodge, sauna, and lake village. Along the way we meet three of our dearest community animals -- Jasper the sled dog, Mr. Chips the beaver, and Goliath the snapping turtle!
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    Summer Wildlifer Log – Dispatch 09

    Two massive stone masonry projects - the Roman road and grand staircase - are finally coming together at the Steger Wilderness Center! Learn about this multi-year project from master stone mason Ian McKiel and his students.
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    Trip to Listening Point – Summer Dispatch 08

    Will and the Steger Wilderness Center communication squad travel together to Listening Point on nearby Burntside Lake – the fabled land of Sigurd Olson, the great nature writer, whose books still inspire love and wonder for the Boundary Waters and beyond.
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    Summer Wildlifer Log – Dispatch 07

    The residents and new Summit Academy students help master stone mason Jim Sullivan with his first project of the summer - building a terraced stone wall to divert pond water into the lake.
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    Summer Wildlifer Log – Dispatch 06

    Johnny Ray & Jasper interview Jenna about the full-scribe log cabin she built with the Steger Wilderness Center summer residents and Summit Academy students after the great windstorm of 2016, which felled hundreds of trees in the area.