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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!

North Country by Dogsled

Date: January 11 – 13, 2019
Time:  Friday 5:00 p.m. – Sunday 12:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: December 29, 2018

Program Rates:  Non-member $850, Member $800
Deposit: $100

Join International Wolf Center staff on an adventure into the north country by dogsled to learn about wolves! Start your weekend with a hot dinner and a night at the International Wolf Center observing our ambassador wolves. After a continental breakfast in the morning, begin your expedition at White Wilderness Dog Sledding by learning how to harness your dogs, and depart across the snow covered wilderness for a full day of dog sledding. Search for wolf tracks along your trail and spend a peaceful night in an insulated, heated yurt! Return by dogsled the next morning and wrap up your journey at the International Wolf Center over a hot cup of coffee (or cocoa). Bring your sense of adventure for this unique opportunity!

Zooming in on Wildlife

Date: January 12, 2019
Time: Saturday at 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: December 30, 2018

Program Rates: Non-Member $75, Member $67.50

Join us to see how Heidi photographs wild animals in their natural environment. She will share favorite locations, and why learning their behavior yields the best shots. Find out what her go-to gear includes, along with some basics on how to use it, and how you can apply these techniques to create your own photography style.

This is a hands-on workshop designed to help you learn the basics of your camera, and how to create the images you desire. Bring your camera, manual, tripod, batteries and CF/SD cards! We’ll have plenty of breakout sessions to practice photographing the Ambassador Wolves at the Center, along with a light lunch mid-day.

Wolf Family Rendezvous

Date: January 19-20, 2019
Time: Saturday 5:00 p.m. CDT– Sunday 9:00 a.m. CDT
Registration Deadline: December 29, 2018

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

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.

Winter Expedition in the Northwoods

Date: February 8 – 10, 2019
Time:  Friday 5 p.m. – Sunday 10 a.m.
Registration Deadline: January 25, 2019

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

Join our wildlands adventure in this winter expedition! You’ll enjoy a once in a lifetime experience in the northwoods through building a winter shelter, learning winter clothing layering techniques, how to put together a winter sleep system, and much more. Howl at the night sky in wolf territory, and strap on your snowshoes for this extraordinary adventure!

Wolves after Dark

Date: February 15-16, 2019
Time: Friday 5 p.m. CST– Saturday 9:00 a.m. CDT
Registration Deadline: February 13, 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!

Wolves and Women’s Weekend:
Northwoods Winter

Date: February 22-24, 2019
Time: Friday 5 p.m. – Sunday 9 a.m.
Registration Deadline:  February 8, 2019 – Only 6 seats remaining!

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 dog sledding, radio telemetry, and trekking through the snowy northwoods. Enjoy everything the frozen wilderness has to offer on this magnificent outdoors excursion!

Focus on the Night Sky

Date: March 30, 2019
Time: Saturday at 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: March 16, 2019

Program Rates: Non-Member $75, Member $67.50

Understanding the basics of nighttime photography takes a different skill set than simply pressing the shutter when there is daylight to capture. This day-long presentation will be filled with stories of what goes into making the images from start to finish. From basic understanding of space weather to what to make images of in the night sky, Heidi will be sharing how she captures the magic of the night. A light lunch will be provided during this program.

This is a hands-on workshop designed to help you learn the basics of your camera, and how to create the images you desire. Bring your camera, manual, tripod, cable release, batteries and CF/SD cards! We’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice on focusing techniques, along with a light lunch mid-day.

Tracking the Pack

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

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

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

Date: June 15-16, 2019
Time: Saturday 5 p.m. – Sunday 9 a.m. CDT
Registration Deadline:
June 1, 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.

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 – July

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.

Jr. Wolf Biologist Mini Camp

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!

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!

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

Date: October 19-20, 2019
Time: Saturday 5 p.m. – Sunday 9 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

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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