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Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.

Programs: EDUCATION AND MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS

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79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kelcie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to serve as an educator/intern in 2014 and in prior months. I have always felt apart of a team, a family if you will, of strong staff who are dedicated towards serving the missing statement and educating the public about wolves. Working for the wolf center has not only been a dream of mine but also something which I have and will always cherish as one of my favorite memories and internships. I love the mission of the wolf center and educational tools they not only provide their staff but the public as well. Come join us for a unique experience, where you may learn about wolves and (hopefully, if you are patient) see them up close through the glass.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ever since I was a little girl in grade school, I had always wanted to visit the center. I tried to persuade my parents to take a trip up to visit but the cost of travel was always too much. We spent our summers doing other things instead. However, the desire to visit the center never died. As the years progressed, I actually almost forgot about the wolf center because I turned my attention away from wolves and began to focus on birds. I was always told "forget about working with wolves, it's practically impossible in the wildlife field" and the bird passion later sprouted. Now, as a college student, I am on my way to becoming a wildlife professional. Every summer I attempt internships despite them being out of state. Last summer I was located in Wisconsin and remembered the Wolf Center. I became a member and planned on visiting because I was finally within driving distance. However, my vehicle then decided to have a gas leak and my journey was halted. I still received updates about the center through their membership magazine, wolf logs, and wolf cams. The later two located on their website. I began to secretly desire to pursue wolf related internships again and as the 2014 summer approached, I found an internship application and applied. I was in absolute disbelief when I was interviewed and the fact that I was hired as a Summer Educator was practically surreal. I could not believe it. Everyone told me it was impossible and yet I still managed to prove people wrong again.

In short, thank you IWC for the opportunities you provide. Not only do you provide college students the chance to work with you through internships but you also have volunteer experience for anyone interested in helping the center out. Membership opportunities include a quarterly magazine filled with factual based articles and various other fun things as you climb the membership ranks; such as limited edition Ambassador Wolf coins. The website, wolf.org, offers people the chance to view the wolves via wolf cams, wolf logs, and weekly youtube videos that update folks about the center's activity. Now that I have experience working with the staff members at IWC (board members, wolf care, educators, store management, etc) - I can honestly say that each and every one of them is truly wonderful! I love that the center's goal to be as factual and scientific as possible rather than constantly telling you to "Save the wolves! Just because!". The wolf center makes sure that each of the wolves are properly cared for and it truly shows based on their physical appearance, behaviors, and interactions with one another. Sometimes you see animals pacing back and forth in the enclosure but the center's wolves are rather relaxed and do not have to worry about constantly being bothered. The wolves are medicated, vaccinated, and more. On top of all this, there are various programs and events that the public can get involved in so that they may learn factual based information about wolves. I truly have nothing bad to say about the wolf center.

Thank you IWC for all the wonderful opportunities you offer!

Dana20

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a visitor to the IWC in Ely at least twice a year for the last 13 years. The facility is beautiful and their programs are all really well run and interesting. I admire their stand on education without undo persuasion. I highly recommend that anyone interested in learning more about wolves visit the website to learn more. Go to Ely if you can, it is a great place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the great honor of being a "pup nanny" to two wolf pups at the IWC this past June. This incredible experience was both humbling and inspiring. I am so proud to watch Luna and Boltz on the live webcam now and see what beautiful adult animals they have become. I know the thousands of visitors to the IWC in the coming years will see these wonderful animals and be moved by the plight of wolves in the wild. I am a life-long supporter of Wolf awareness and have found no organization more worthy than the IWC in regards to teaching people about the important role the Wolf plays in the eco-system. The IWC teaches with us about Wolves with facts not with emotion or preaching. I am an active supporter of the IWC and highly recommend anyone who is passionate about Wolves also support their efforts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center is an amazing and educational place to visit, with dioramas to give good, scientific information while not overwhelming you. Being able to see their ambassador wolves is an unforgettable experience, and well worth getting one of their Adoption Kits. Love visiting this outstanding place!

slt617

Donor

Rating: 5

The IWC has the best programs for learning about Wolves and their importance in the natural world. An amazing facility affording viewing of captive born pack to learn about these beautiful animals. Volunteer programs and learning adventure trips provide various opportunities to learn about and engage with nature

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited the IWC several times since 2014, learning about wolves and also participating in programs that directly impacted the wolves environment. The educational information and opportunity to observe wolves is excellent. This is a worthwhile center which deserves continued support. If I lived closer I would volunteer year round

Jennifer R N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

International Wolf Center is one of the bestttttttt examples of specialist in wolves caring for their every needs without over involving the wolves in their care to be humanly socialized. Over the years I have followed their dynamic care and educational background that they provide, making the public awareness strong. They introduced many wolves as pups that needed to survive and allow them entry with adult wolves, adaptation and prosperity they give. I enjoy being a member, support their efforts, and in this climate where delisting of wolve off the endangered species act, horrible things are happening to wild wolves in their few ecosystems. We need wolves to thrive not be hunted. Please spread the significance of their center we need more like this.

bagel4

Former staff

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center offers many great opportunities to learn about wolves -- both at their facility in Ely, MN where you can see the ambassador wolves and take part in wonderful programs, and online at www.wolf.org where you can watch the wolf web cams or get information about wolves around the world. The staff is knowledgeable and conveys a real passion for these beautiful animals. The Wolf Center does a great job with environmental education for people of all ages.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I visited the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN and it was an amazing experience. Seeing the "ambassador" wolves was a life-changing experience for my children and for me.

The staff was knowledgeable and helpful and the facility was amazing. I can't wait to go back and take part in the many programs they offer for adults and children.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center is a vital key to my work as a children's educator. Real time facts and no fooling around with myths and legends. They take their work seriously and as a result they are foundational in the work of preserving one of earth's most amazing creatures.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This center is world class! The center alone is a wealth of information, but the staff add so much to the experience! I always leave leaning something new. I will continue to keep visiting and supporting the International Wolf Center.

Gailyn B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the best non-profits. Their mission is education. They teach science and let people form their own opinions based on facts. They are not political.

Melinda30

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've visited this center back in March and have planned another trip next month and I live in South Carolina. It is amazing to see these gorgeous wolves up close. The staff is very knowledgeable and the facility is beautiful. Must see.