Our goal is to inspire the next generation of Northwoods stewards through the legacy of Dorothy Molter. The following educational resources are provided with the hope they will do just that.

For additional, not-necessarily DMM-related or museumy resources that may help you or your family during this time of social distancing, scroll down.*

Dorothy Molter Education Guide

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The Dorothy Molter Education Guide was created to help formal and informal educators inspire youth at 4th-6th grade learning levels.

This 16-page guide is flexible so that it may be used in the classroom/homeschool room as a stand-alone unit, as a pre-visit activity guide or a post-visit review.

If you are doing this activity remotely, we have an additional supplement page to help visualize Dorothy’s life on Knife Lake without visiting the Dorothy Molter Museum in person. Let us know if you have suggestions!

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Supplemental Info

Dorothy’s Birds Coloring Pages

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Dorothy had very little experience in the Northwoods before moving to Isle of Pines. Birdwatching helped her become familiar with her wilderness surroundings and its inhabitants, and became one of her favorite hobbies.

These coloring pages are excerpts from the Dorothy Molter Coloring Book produced by the Dorothy Molter Museum. The full coloring book may be purchased for $4.95.

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Leaving No Trace as a Northwoods Steward

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Although, our natural resources were managed and protected differently during Dorothy’s life, she still had a strong appreciation and respect for nature. Over time, we continue to discover new ways to preserve the wilderness integrity of our wild spaces for future generations to enjoy. Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has created a variety of educational resources to help educators share the philosophy of being a good Northwoods steward with youth.

Visit lnt.org

Wilderness First Responders’ Scholarship

Dorothy was always concerned with the physical well-being of others and gave freely of her medical knowledge to all who came her way.  As a way to give back to the community that supported Dorothy, the Dorothy Molter Memorial Foundation (Dorothy Molter Museum) will award one scholarship per year up to $1,000.00 from the Wilderness First Responders’ Fund. This scholarship is funded by contributions made from staff, board, volunteers, members and guests of the Dorothy Molter Museum. Scholarship availability will be promoted to Ely Area residents interested in enhancing their medical expertise in the following ways:

• Certification in nursing, emergency medical services, wilderness medical services
• Recertification/renewal of training


Social Distancing Educational and Observational Resources

As our shared community adjusts to adapt to the current and ever-evolving public health precautions, which include working and studying from home for many, please take advantage of the following resources that may be interesting and/or helpful. Stay well.

Minnesota Digital Library

The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) supports discovery and education through access to unique digital collections shared by cultural heritage organizations from across the state of Minnesota. Contributors include libraries, historical societies, museums, and archives. Access to other, similar, organizations/collections are also available through the MDL such as the Electronic Library for Minnesota and the Digital Public Library of America.


MN Digital Library

Write Your Own Personal History

Personal histories have helped the museum gather and learn more about the life of Dorothy through the lens of others’ experiences. Have you ever considered writing your own personal history? If not, perhaps now is an opportunity to start!

Learn more in the article linked through the button.


Your Personal History

Google Arts & Culture Worldwide Database

Google has an amazing collection of arts and culture-related institutions searchable by a map, by name, or by perusing the comprehensive list of upwards of 500 institutions. Each institution links to its own available online collections/imagery, virtual tours and additional resources.


Google Arts & Culture

For Fun! Winchester Mystery House Virtual Tour

The Winchester Mystery House® is an architectural wonder and historic landmark in San Jose, CA that was once the personal residence of Sarah Lockwood Pardee Winchester, the widow of William Wirt Winchester and heiress to a large portion of the Winchester® Repeating Arms fortune.

Like Dorothy, Sarah Winchester was a woman of independence, drive, and courage who lives on in legend. Don’t worry, we’re fairly certain that this is where the similarities between Dorothy and Sarah end…  Why? Investigate for yourself! (Available through April 7)


“Spooky” Virtual Tour

Online Wildlife Watching & Learning

From our neighbors here in Ely at the International Wolf Center and the North American Bear Center, to the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN and across the world – check out these live webcams! (If you “Google” wildlife cams, you’ll find so many more)

IWC Wolf Cams and educational resources

NABC Bear Cams and educational resources


Watch the Northern Lights!

Relax with the Aurora borealis dancing over Churchill, Manitoba (well, not guaranteed) at night and look for polar bears during the day at Explore.org. You can find TONS of live cams at this site including rescue kittens, African elephants or a honey bee hive!



Northern Lights Cam

Homebound Teaching Resources

Are you a newly SAHM/D (stay at home mom/dad) and WFH (working from home)? Perhaps you’re a teacher looking to find online and at-home teaching resources for your students and their parents? Livescience.com has compiled a wonderful list of educational and entertaining resources for you.


At Home Teaching Ideas

Free Children’s Audiobooks

Audible is currently offering hundreds of titles for children ages 0-18 completely free of charge. Divided into four different age groups (Teen, Tween, Elementary, and Littlest Listeners,) these titles have been hand selected by Audible’s team of editors specifically to entertain, engage, and even educate young people who are stuck at home because of school closures and quarantine efforts.


Audible Kids

Virtual Marine Biology Field Camp

Join Oceans Initiative for their twice-weekly virtual marine biology field camp and learn about things like orcas! Follow them on Facebook or Instagram for when thy go live, Mondays and Thursdays at 11 am Pacific time.

They also have coloring pages and other resources including cool information on women in science.


Marine Biology Camp

Grocery Shopping in Uncertainty

The University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Family Development have worked with community partners to develop guidance on 14-day meal kits that can be deployed from rural grocery stores to community members who need to isolate themselves in the face of COVID-19. RSDP has also developed a new tip sheet that provides basic instructions for small-town grocery stores to include a curbside pickup and delivery model as communities respond to COVID-19.


14-day Meal Plan


Grocer Tip Sheet

Cleaning Out the Cupboards

Are you looking for ways to use up all of those random items in your cupboards, fridge or freezer before heading out to resupply? Did you run out of eggs but are craving a chocolate cake? Here is an article that provides suggestions on how to make food swaps for when you run out of common cooking/baking ingredients.



Ingredient Swaps

Free Online Courses for Adults

Did the kids go to bed and you have some free time? No kids but just finished binge-watching that new docuseries on Netflix? Why not start homeschooling yourself!

Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia Universities, and the University of Pennsylvania are offering free MOOC courses or Massive Open Online Courses in a variety of fields including (but not limited to) computer/data sciences, humanities, art & design, science, education, health & medicine and personal development.


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*The Dorothy Molter Museum does not endorse, subscribe to or benefit from any of the above resources. They are provided purely for additional resources to our valued supporters.