Wolf Family Rendezvous
Let our pack meet yours! Add this fun, educational package into your family’s vacation plans. With plenty of family-focused activities and outdoor fun, your family will talk about this trip for years to come! Spend quality time together learning about the north woods home of the wolf through hikes, crafts, games and observing our ambassador wolves.
Each program and season features varied programs, hiking locations and outdoor activities.
Download important program details [PDF] (cancellation policy, details on lodging, meals and transport, packing list and sample itinerary).
Minimum Age: 6 *must be accompanied by adult if under the age of 18
Location: International Wolf Center
Minimum number of participants: 4
Maximum number of participants: 14
Activity Level: 1-3 mile hikes, outdoor games and activities, sleeping on auditorium floor overnight.
- Expert instruction by International Wolf Center staff
- Plaster cast of a wolf track to take home (one per child)
- What’s For Dinner? Weekly feeding program
- Free Admission to the International Wolf Center for the weekend
- Slumber Party style sleeping in the International Wolf Center’s auditorium
- Pizza dinner and continental breakfast.
Sample itinerary – Note that outdoor hikes and activities vary seasonally.
• Receive free admission to the International Wolf Center. Use this time for self-guided
exploration of all of our exhibits. The Center is open daily at 10:00 a.m. and
closes at 5:00 p.m.. The Wolf Den Store is open during this time.
- Pack some snacks for this full day of fun! It all begins at 8:30 a.m.
- 8:30 a.m. – Arrive at the Center for a private lesson about the purpose and role of
the ambassador wolves living at the Center.
- 9:00 a.m. – Wolf Adaptations program
- 10:00 a.m. – Wildlife tracking/sign in the wilderness, & make your own wolf plaster
- Free time for lunch on your own. Enjoy some family time while tasting the flavors
of Ely at a local restaurant!
- 1:00 p.m. – Head out into the north woods to apply your newfound skills in animal
tracking and see what the Superior National Forest has to offer. This hike will
include discussions on local flora and fauna and possibly some fun games! If the
snow is deep enough, we’ll strap snowshoes onto our boots and learn about winter
foot-travel too. Plan for a hike over uneven terrain and dress for the weather. Bring a
snack and a bottle of water.
- Afternoon free time to enjoy the Ely area.
- 5:00 p.m. – Return to the Center for a tasty pizza dinner with all the fixing’s! Enjoy
your meal with some private wolf-viewing time.
- 6:00 p.m. – Sit back and relax in the theater for a special presentation of the Center’s
own Highlights of the Ambassador Pack film.
- 7:00 p.m. – Get ready to learn what wolves eat for dinner at the “What’s for
Dinner?” program. An introductory lesson on wolf hunting and feeding behavior
will prepare you for the weekly feeding of our ambassador wolves!
- 8:00 p.m. – The fun continues with outdoor “night” activities to discover the special
adaptations that wolves and other wildlife have for a life of nocturnal activity. Plan to
be outdoors unless it is raining or the temperature is below 10°F.
- Programming ends for the day at approximately 10:00 p.m.
- 7:00 a.m. – Rise and shine! Wake up to the ambassador wolves and enjoy their
presence as you pack up your overnight gear in preparation for breakfast.
- 7:30 a.m. – Partake in a continental breakfast of bread goods, cereal, fruit, juices and
- 8:00 a.m. – Take advantage of some private wolf-viewing time before the wolves
settle in for their late-morning naps.
- 8:30 a.m. – Wrap up your learning experience with a rousing game of Wolf Jeopardy!
- Program concludes at approximately 10:00 a.m.