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Winter Survival in the Northwoods

Date: February 9 – 11, 2018
Time:  Friday 5 p.m. – Sunday 10 a.m.
Registration Deadline: January 26, 2018

Program Rates:  Non-member $180, Member $160

 

 

The ultimate winter weekend in Ely is planned for Feb. 9-11. Imagine spending a night in a snow shelter you made, watching wolves eat dinner and desserts around a campfire, all the while learning valuable winter survival skills, and you’ve got the idea.

The International Wolf Center’s Winter Survival In the Northwoods is open for the adventurous who don’t mind having a ton of fun in the cold.

The weekend includes free admission to the International Wolf Center, camping at Northern Tier, discussions on winter safety, a hands-on class on how to build a quinzee hut and all of your meals. Plus you’ll even get to enjoy our popular Saturday night What’s For Dinner? program. There’s also time for a snowshoe hike or a ski through the woods and howling at the resident wolf pack on Moose Lake.

Download important program details [PDF] (cancellation policy, details on lodging, meals and transport, packing list and sample itinerary and Required Health Form).

Minimum Age:  12 *must be accompanied by adult if under the age of 18
Location: International Wolf Center
Minimum # of participants: 4
Maximum # of participants: 18

Activity Level:  HIGH: Extended periods outdoors in the colder months of winter. Several hours of traveling through snow-covered landscapes. Time spent building shelters and preparing food.

Package Includes:

  • All meals included
  • Hands-on training  and lessons in wilderness survival, safety, and travel
  • Warm rustic lodging on the edge of the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness.
  • “What’s for Dinner?” program at the International Wolf Center
  • Photographic opportunities of our ambassador wolves

 


 

Note: Itinerary is subject to change, and outdoor hikes and activities may vary with weather conditions.

Friday, February 9

Receive free admission to the International Wolf Center all day! Simply notify staff you are here for the program, they’ll check you off their list, and you can begin exploring our facility! Enjoy our Wolves and Humans exhibit, our hourly movies in the theater, interpretive programs in our auditorium, wolf observation area, and more!

  • 4:00 p.m. – Meet in the classroom for introductions and expectations for this weekend program
  • 4:30 p.m. – Depart for dinner at your weekend home: Northern Tier
  • 5:00 p.m. – Enjoy dinner at Northern Tier’s dining hall and get to know one another
  • 6:30 p.m. – Campfire snacks for dessert!
  • 8:00 p.m. – Set out onto Moose lake and howl to the resident wolf pack!
  • 9:00 p.m. – Settle in for the night, and get warm in your rustic cabin

Saturday, February 10

  • 7:30 a.m. – Start your day with a hot breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. – Discuss winter safety, tools to bring on the trail, and skills to be prepared with
  • 10:00 a.m. – Begin packing down snow for your quinzee huts
  • 11:30 a.m. – Return in time for lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – Enjoy a snowshoe hike or cross-country ski depending on the trail conditions while discussing wildlife safety and identification
  • 3:00 p.m. – Hollow out your quinzee huts
  • 4:30 p.m. – Enjoy a hot trail dinner
  • 6:00 p.m. – Depart for the International Wolf Center
  • 7:00 p.m.– Watch our What’s for Dinner? program, including a feeding for our wolves
  • 8:30 p.m. – Return to Northern Tier for campfire desserts
  • 9:30 p.m. – Settle in for the night, return to your cabins, or sleep in your new quinzee hut!

Sunday, February 11

  • 8:00 a.m. – Enjoy a hot trail breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m. – Pack up belongings and return to the International Wolf Center
  • 10:00 a.m. – Wrap up with your group. Discuss ways to keep in touch, wrap up any unanswered questions. Enjoy the International Wolf Center facility during regular business hours. Visit the Wolf Den Store and find a souvenir, or enjoy a program. Programming for the Winter Survival in the Northwoods has ended, but the facility is open until 2:00 p.m.

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