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Our expert wolf educators have developed challenging and memorable programs for you to enjoy in Minnesota’s north woods. So grab your friends and family and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Tracking the Pack – 3 seats remaining!

Date: April 26-28, 2019
Time: Friday 5 p.m. CDT– Sunday 10 a.m. CDT
Registration Deadline: April 12, 2019

Program Rates: Non-member $135, Member $120

Want to experience the life of a biologist? Join us for this wolf research weekend adventure! Discuss wolf research and management, learn what tools biologists use in the field to locate and study wild wolves and test your new skills with our telemetry equipment. We’ll even head into the field to search for the signal of wild wolves in the area. Enjoy our What’s for Dinner? program and observe our ambassador wolves feeding on their dinner before heading out on a wolf howling safari! Wrap up on Sunday morning with a Q&A.

Working for Wolves – FULL

Date: May 17-19, 2019
Time:
Friday 5:00 p.m. – Sunday 12:00 a.m.
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2019

Spend a weekend “Workin’ for Wolves” assisting the wolf care staff with some very specialized projects. The spring projects always involve winter cover hay removal and pond preparation. We will be assessing the winter impact on trees in the Exhibit and the the Retired Pack enclosure.

Planning for Pups – Members Only – 6 Seats Remaining!

Date: June 7 – 9, 2019
Time: Friday 5:00 p.m. – Sunday 12:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: May 15, 2019

Program Rates: Members $285*
Deposit: $100

Spend a weekend learning about the plans for new pups for the Exhibit Pack and discover the skills and dedication necessary to be a pup care program participant in 2020. Tentative program activities include a trip to a local dog yard to gain animal handling experience with sled dog pups, wolf care staff narrating video highlights of the center’s history of wolf management, observations of the Center’s Exhibit Pack to understand behavioral modification and discussion of the detailed plans for obtaining, socializing and integrating pups into the Exhibit Pack. This program is a prerequisite program for individuals interested in applying for the limited number of Pup Care Positions available during the summer of 2020, but does not necessarily guarantee a pup care position in 2020.

* This program is reserved for individuals who have NOT participated in a pup care or behavioral observation program in the past. Participants must be International Wolf Center members to participate in the Planning for Pups program.

 

Jr. Wolf Biologist Mini Camp

Date: June 10-11, 2019
Time: Monday & Tuesday, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CDT
Registration Deadline: May 27, 2019

Program Rates: Non-member $60, Member $54

Time to unplug your kids from the virtual world and reconnect them with the real one by joining us at our two day Jr. Wolf Biologist Mini-Camp. Participants will learn about wolves and other animals through hands-on outdoor activities during this summer time program!

Wolf Family Rendezvous – 6 Seats Remaining

Date: June 15-16, 2019
Time: Sat. 8:30 a.m. – Sun. 10 a.m. CDT
Registration Deadline: June 1, 2019

Program rates: $75 Adult Non-member (13+ years old), $67.50 Adult Member (13+ years old)
$50 Child Non-member (6-12 years old), $45 Child Member (6-12 years old)

A full weekend of family fun showcases the best of what the International Wolf Center and Ely has to offer. The Wolf Family Rendezvous program includes three days of free admissions to the International Wolf Center, private lessons about wolves, private wolf viewing time before and after the Center closes to the public, a hike in the Superior Natural Forest, a pizza dinner and admission to the popular Saturday night ‘What’s for Dinner?’ program at the Center.

Wolves after Dark

Date: July 5-6, 2019
Time: Friday 5 p.m. CST– Saturday 9:00 a.m. CDT
Registration Deadline: July 3, 2019
Program Rates:
Adult Non-member (18+): $70, Member $65
Student Non-member (12-17): $40, Member $35

Have you wondered what happens after nightfall with the International Wolf Center’s ambassador wolves? Here’s your opportunity to participate in a “Citizen Science” project and document important behavioral data critical to understanding the Exhibit Pack dynamics. Participants camp out in the Center’s auditorium in full view of the wolf viewing windows! The next morning, after a relaxing continental breakfast, analyze the evening’s observations and interpret the behavior. Bring your sense of adventure, a sleeping bag and pillow for this unique overnight opportunity at the Center!

Jr. Wolf Biologist Mini Camp

Date: July 15-16, 2019
Time: Monday & Tuesday, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CDT
Registration Deadline: July 1, 2019

Program Rates: Non-member $60, Member $54

Time to unplug your kids from the virtual world and reconnect them with the real one by joining us at our two day Jr. Wolf Biologist Mini-Camp. Participants will learn about wolves and other animals through hands-on outdoor activities during this summer time program!

Planning for Pups – Members Only – 6 Seats Remaining!

Date: July 20 – 21, 2019
Time: Saturday 9:00 a.m. – Sunday 12:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: July 1, 2019

Program Rates: Members $195*
Deposit: $100

This program is a truncated version of the June Planning for Pups to accommodate local residents who want to participate in the program or participants that have time constraints. There is only one overnight session on Saturday night at the Center Auditorium.

Learn about the plans for new pups for the Exhibit Pack and discover the skills and dedication necessary to be a pup care program participant in 2020. Tentative program activities include a trip to a local dog yard to gain animal handling experience with sled dog pups, wolf care staff narrating video highlights of the center’s history of wolf management, observations of the Center’s Exhibit Pack to understand behavioral modification and discussion of the detailed plans for obtaining, socializing and integrating pups into the Exhibit Pack. This program is a prerequisite program for individuals interested in applying for the limited number of Pup Care Positions available during the summer of 2020, but does not necessarily guarantee a pup care position in 2020.

* This program is reserved for individuals who have NOT participated in a pup care or behavioral observation program in the past. Participants must be International Wolf Center members to participate in the Planning for Pups program.

Howling Safaris – August

Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Program rates:
Adult Non-member $10; Adult Member $9
Child Non-member (6-12) $6; Child Member $5

Not suitable for children under six. If you are participating with children under 8 years old, to comply with Minnesota car and booster seat laws, you will need to provide your own transportation on field trips.  Field trip locations are easy to get to, just follow our staff! Prior registration is required. 

Did you hear that?! Learn about wolf vocalizations before practicing your own howl and venturing into the nearby forest to try howling to a local wolf pack. Don’t be surprised if they howl back!

Jr. Wolf Biologist Mini Camp – 6 Seats Remaining

Date: August 5-6, 2019
Time: Monday & Tuesday, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CDT
Registration Deadline: July 22, 2019

Program Rates: Non-member $60, Member $54

Time to unplug your kids from the virtual world and reconnect them with the real one by joining us at our two day Jr. Wolf Biologist Mini-Camp. Participants will learn about wolves and other animals through hands-on outdoor activities during this summer time program!

Wildlife Career Day

Date: August 3, 2019
Time: Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. CDT
Registration Deadline: July 20, 2019

Program Rates: Non-member $40, Member $35

Are you interested in science, biology or working with wildlife? Join our Wildlife Career Day and meet local biologists and others who work with wildlife. You’ll get a special behind the scenes tour to learn more about our wolves and even create an enrichment activity for our wolves to try! Wrap-up your day by watching our wolves be fed their weekly meal at What’s for Dinner?

Howling Safaris – September

Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Program rates:
Adult Non-member $10; Adult Member $9
Child Non-member (6-12) $6; Child Member $5

Not suitable for children under six. If you are participating with children under 8 years old, to comply with Minnesota car and booster seat laws, you will need to provide your own transportation on field trips.  Field trip locations are easy to get to, just follow our staff! Prior registration is required. 

Did you hear that?! Learn about wolf vocalizations before practicing your own howl and venturing into the nearby forest to try howling to a local wolf pack. Don’t be surprised if they howl back!

Wolves and Women’s Weekend:
Boundary Waters Adventure 2019

Date: September 13-15, 2019
Time: Friday 4 p.m. CDT– Sunday 9 a.m. CDT
Registration Deadline: August 30, 2019
Program Rates: Non-member $275, Member $250

Join us for a fun, relaxing weekend learning about wolves and the northwoods while enjoying the company of women who have the same hectic routine as you! Slow it down for the weekend, enjoy some wine and cheese as we gather at the Northern Tier High Adventure Canoe Base. Participate in a weekend full of canoeing, radio telemetry, and trekking through the beautiful northwoods! Enjoy everything the wilderness has to offer on this outdoor adventure!

Howling Safari – October

Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Program rates:
Adult Non-member $10; Adult Member $9
Child Non-member (6-12) $6; Child Member $5

Not suitable for children under six. If you are participating with children under 8 years old, to comply with Minnesota car and booster seat laws, you will need to provide your own transportation on field trips.  Field trip locations are easy to get to, just follow our staff! Prior registration is required. 

Did you hear that?! Learn about wolf vocalizations before practicing your own howl and venturing into the nearby forest to try howling to a local wolf pack. Don’t be surprised if they howl back!

North Country by Canoe

Date: October 11 – 13, 2019
Time: Friday 12:00 p.m. – Sunday 12:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: September 27, 2019

Program Rates: Non-member $700, Member $630
Deposit: $100

Spend an autumn weekend in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness! Participants will join a member of the International Wolf Center staff and Northern Tier’s wilderness guides on a camping and canoeing trip in the Boundary Waters. While you’re enjoying all of the magnificence this wilderness has to offer, you’ll be able to try your hand at wildlife sign identification, and mapping/GPS skills! Join us on this adventure, paddling into the heart of wolf country!

Wolves after Dark

Date: October 18-19, 2019
Time: Friday 5 p.m. CST– Saturday 9:00 a.m. CDT
Registration Deadline: October 2, 2019
Program Rates:
Adult Non-member (18+): $70, Member $65
Student Non-member (12-17): $40, Member $35

Have you wondered what happens after nightfall with the International Wolf Center’s ambassador wolves? Here’s your opportunity to participate in a “Citizen Science” project and document important behavioral data critical to understanding the Exhibit Pack dynamics. Participants camp out in the Center’s auditorium in full view of the wolf viewing windows! The next morning, after a relaxing continental breakfast, analyze the evening’s observations and interpret the behavior. Bring your sense of adventure, a sleeping bag and pillow for this unique overnight opportunity at the Center!

Wolf Family Rendezvous – 6 Seats Remaining

Date: October 19-20, 2019
Time: Sat. 8:30 a.m. – Sun. 10 a.m. CDT
Registration Deadline: October 5, 2019

A full weekend of family fun showcases the best of what the International Wolf Center and Ely has to offer. The Wolf Family Rendezvous program includes three days of free admissions to the International Wolf Center, private lessons about wolves, private wolf viewing time before and after the Center closes to the public, a hike in the Superior Natural Forest, a pizza dinner and admission to the popular Saturday night ‘What’s for Dinner?’ program at the Center.

Working for Wolves – FULL

Date: October 25-27, 2018
Time:
Friday 5:00 p.m. – Sunday 12:00 a.m.
Registration Deadline: October 1, 2019

Spend a weekend “Workin’ for Wolves” assisting the wolf care staff with some winterization projects. In the fall, we have to make sure any pond devices are shut down and ready for freezing while the drinking water supply has a functioning heat source that keeps the drinking water thawed. Fall projects can also provide a good chance to burn debris and make sure fence edges are ready for snow and ice build-up.

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