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 Museum Virtual Tour
Whether you are preparing to visit the Museum (with our Ed Guide), would like to have a private, audio tour or just can’t make it to the Museum in person, we now have a virtual tour available!
The Dorothy Molter Museum’s tour can be accessed on a web browser or via a free downloadable app for Android and iPhone. Features of this platform have been optimized for use on mobile devices and can be used during your visit as an alternate tour guide with imagery and an audio option to listen while you explore!
Dorothy Molter Education Guide
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!
Dorothy’s Birds Coloring Pages
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.
Leaving No Trace as a Northwoods Steward
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.
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.
MN History Society Education Resources
The Minnesota Historical Society is offering their online education curriculum Northern Lights: The Stories of Minnesota’s Past resources for FREE. This collection of digital tools including video is broken into chapters corresponding with different eras in the history of our state.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Young Naturalist, MN Conservation Volunteer
The Minnesota Conservation Volunteer is publication (print and online) of the Department of Natural Resources and delivers in-depth, in-the-field coverage of the state’s outdoor news and conservation issues. The MCV mission is to encourage conservation and sustainable use of Minnesota’s natural resources.
Every issue includes a Young Naturalist section that includes a story, a teacher guide and study questions. The March-April issue features red-winged blackbirds, a sure sign of spring in Minnesota!
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!
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.
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.
Furniture Fort Plans
Ikea has put together actual blueprints for making furniture forts! From a blanket house to a couch cushion fortress – get inspired to make your own living room hide-away with six different examples.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*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.