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Students walking down Capser Trail

Experiential Learning

Are you interested in special programming?

Serving the Apostle Islands, Madeline Island,

and Northern Wisconsin regions. 

  • Youth Programming: emphasis on ages 4-10

  • Service Learning: community projects that make an impact

  • Environmental Education: outdoor skills, geography, and ecology focused lessons and programs

  • Family Programming: programming designed for family fun and life-long learning

  • Guided Hikes; on Madeline Island focusing on foraging, local flora, fauna, weather, and phenology

  • Guided Kayak Tours of Madeline Island; certified kayak guide. Introductory kayaking on Lake Superior, Big Bay Town Park & State Park

Programs developed for your needs, group size, & area of interest. 

Women canoeing Brule River
Students listening to an oral story

Recent Programming

  • La Pointe Physical Education Teacher; K-5

  • La Pointe After School Program; grades K-5

  • La Pointe Summer Recreation Program; ages 4-10

  • Madeline Island Youth Paddling Program; ages 4-18

  • Community Open Gym; all ages, November-March only

  • La Pointe School Garden Project 2020 - ongoing

  • La Pointe Habitat for Butterfly Project 2020 - ongoing

Students looking at salamanders
Students playing on the cliffs of Big Bay State Park

Education Philosophy

Experience is everything.

If there is one thing that I will contribute to this world it is the shared experience of others in spectacular and grand places. I want children and adults to see the world differently. I want to see them connect with it, feel empowered by it, and in the process become empowered by the opportunity to do something together, to better themselves and their community. Education and experience can do this, but it takes patience and understanding.

Students overlooking the Observation Deck on the Capser Trail
Samantha Dobson backcountry snowshoeing in Silverton, CO


Certifications & Credentials

Master of Science - Experiential Education,

Minnesota State University- Mankato

Bachelor of Arts - Geography & Environmental Science, University of Minnesota Duluth

Emergency Medical Responder - Madeline Island, WI

USCG OUVP, Towing, and Near Coastal Captains License

Level II Kayak & Water Rescue

Certified Interpretive Guide

Mushroom Identification Certification

Ordained in Wisconsin

Samantha Dobson foraging, showing Chicken of the Woods
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