Wolf Timbers

Rating: 4.94 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 107 Bolivar OH 44612 USA

Mission: It+is+our+goal+at+WOLF+TIMBERS+to+enlighten+and+educate+the+public+on+the+true+nature+of+wolves.+We+have+engaged+in+this+mission+because+wolves+face+extinction+and+consequently+have+been+placed+on+the+endangered+species+list.+To+prevent+the+possible+extinction+of+wolves%2C+re-education+of+the+public+about+the+true+nature+of+wolves+must+be+provided.%0D%0A
Target demographics: educate people of all ages about the true nature of wolves
Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of people, and wolves, by providing the opportunity to see wolves up close and humans interacting with them.
Geographic areas served: Bolivar, OH
Programs: open days for the public to visit, howl programs, school outings and other special events.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was invited to volunteer at Wolf Timbers by a friend I met in college who was a long time volunteer. Wolves were also fascinating to me so having the chance to work with them and teach the public was the most incredible thing I could imagine. After about 4 1/2 years, they soon became an addiction and inspired me to pursue a career in carnivore conservation. Because of Wolf Timbers, I was able to apply to work with reknown wolf biologist Dave Mech on his research project in MN, collaring wild wolves. Now I'm currently working on a master's in Zoology with a focus on mitigating human/carnivore conflicts while fostering coexistence. Wolves and other canids are my primary interest of study and the experiences I obtained from Wolf Timbers are the foundation of my career journey. Education is the most important aspect of any conservation effort. Since wolves continue to be at the forefront of political debates, its critical to educate as many people as possible so that the remaining populations can be protected while people learn to live alongside them. :)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase enclosure size and have a larger pack. Also, an indoor facility to have education materials would be helpful as well. More community outreach needs to be made to the public to get the message of the organization out there and bring in more visitors.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

Was invited by a friend to go with an educational group...Listened as speaker educated the group on wolves, their nature, and related subject matter. Our speaker did a great job...Was very informative and very good at communicating facts to both the children (of all ages),and the adults, in my opinion. We observed the wolves while listening, watched them eat, and perhaps most importantly, learned much! Wolves appeared to be in very good hands! Really enjoyed visit; would recommend a visit/support of this non-profit to any and all!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Learning about wolves (this was most important to me personally--very informative program)and getting an oppurtunity to observe/appreciate them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change a thing :).

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning about wolves Observing wolves Interacting with wonderful staff

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm, informative, and very good at working with "all ages."

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do that much more "good," for wolves and people alike.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing comes to mind.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I would not know, honestly, the answer to this question.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This program/experience exceeded my expectations! Impressed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Took my daughter and grandchildren for the afternoon to learn about wolves and wolf behavior up close and personal. It was an amazing time. I've never seen the 10 and 9 year olds so quiet and interactive. My grandson got to throw some apple into the wolf enclosure. I'm not sure the 3 year old was a into the experience but we certainly enjoyed the opportunity to see and learn about wolves.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

n/a

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I went to Wolf Timbers to photograph the wolves. Once I got there I was greeted by the staff and felt right at home. I got some great photos with the help of the staff. It did not take long before I realized what amazing animals they are. I would like to make a couple more trips this year! I just wish I lived closer so I could volunteer. The staff was very helpful and friendly as well as very knowledgeable! To sum it all up in one word " FANTASTIC" !!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The staff was well educated about the Wolves. They made learning about them very intresting.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They make you feel at home!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, knowledgeable, and love the Wolves

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make the enclosure larger and get more Wolves as well as educate more people about what wonderful animals they are

Ways to make it better...

I don't think it could have been any better. I had a great time!!!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting volunteers and they always could use more funding! ( As with any non-profit)

One thing I'd also say is that...

If you have never been there you have to go!!!! You don't know what you are missing!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have visited Wolf Timbers two times so far, and on both occasions I had a wonderful experience. The people there are very friendly and knowledgeable. They also do their best to make things engaging, fun, and interesting for the visitors. This included them howling with the wolves, spraying a bit of perfume for the wolves to roll in and act silly with, giving us apple slices to toss over to them, and watching the volunteers themselves interact with the wolves. They show great caring and compassion for the wolves, and also a lot of respect. I learned new facts and information about wolves that I had not previously known, and had a great time watching the wolves and how they interacted with everything. I also brought along a friend from another country who loves wolves. He, too, had a great time and had looked forward to visiting this place since I first made mention of it before his trip over here. His only disappointment was that he couldn't actually go IN with the wolves. But that is obviously not something that Wolf Timbers did wrong, as it would be ridiculous to let any old random visitor into the wolf pen. It just made my friend want to come back and maybe try to volunteer there himself.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the wolves interact with each other and the volunteers in all sorts of different ways.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, knowledgeable, and engaging.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help show that wolves are not the bad guys that stories portray them to be. And by raising awareness of the truth, facts, and maybe changing how people feel about wolves, they could perhaps make a difference in how wolves are treated/regarded in the wild

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Upon visiting Wolf Timbers for the first time we knew very soon that it was an organization that we wanted to be a part of as we already had a great love for wolves. The volunteer staff who presented the program were very knowledgeable and committed in sharing the factual information about the true nature of these majestic animals. Within a month we became volunteers and since that time have been involved in nearly every facet of the operation of Wolf Timbers. We know that the hard work of many dedicated workers through the years have made Wolf Timbers the great place that it is. There is much to do for continued success and we are grateful to be a part of this work. If you have not yet been to Wolf Timbers, we invite you to visit soon.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing positive comments from visitors of all ages, many of whom want to tell others about Wolf Timbers.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with other volunteers who share the same love and dedication of working with these great animals. It's a joy to hear children and adults saying how much they like seeing the wolves up close and watch the volunteers interact with them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and hardworking.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

For two years I have had a great experience socializing with these great friendly wolves. This has been a wonderful learning time. They are receptive to the good care that the owner is giving them, and they in turn respect us when we give them the respect they deserve. It has been great to see how they act towards each other and behave as individual members of the pack. It has been a pleasure to see the enjoyment by both the adults and children when they visit the facility. Everyone remarks how much more they understand about these beautiful animals after their visit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the excitement on the faces of the adults and children when they see the interaction of the wolves. I have also heard several positive comments from the visitors regarding the knowledge they have received about the wolves from the presentations.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The ways they are promoting the education of the wolves to the public and giving people the chance to witness the behavior of the wolves first hand in a nice natural setting.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very cordial and seemed to appreciate all the help that I could give.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand its facilities, improve the parking lot, have more lighting, have more seating, expand the gift shop, offer items to eat, and have a building to offer lectures and presentations on the wolves.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Have been a board member for a number of years. First visited Wolf Timbers in 2001 to photograph the wolves. This is a great educational facility where people can see the wolves up close. Since first coming out I've taken over the web site, redesigned it and now update and maintain it. I've donated numerous computers to WT for the volunteers to be able to use while they're there. WT has a very dedicated core group of volunteers who all chip in to help run and maintain the facility. Their personal relationships with the wolves is wonderful to see firsthand. The numerous public programs WT puts on help educate people about the truths and myths concerning wolves. WT has the potential to be a great educational facility. They have the space to give the wolves an even bigger natural looking enclosure in time as funds become available as well as room for an educational room/building. It takes time and money and staff to get there but I think WT is definitely on it's way. They have a great bunch of people involved with this facility. Since this is an all volunteer facility, any additional funds are always welcome and much needed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how the volunteers come together for the betterment of WT

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Stay focused on the intent of WT, to educate people on what wolves are and how we can help them survive in this world. We would truly be at a loss if we no longer had wolves.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting the people and time in photographing the wolves.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Truly dedicated to WT and the wolves

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a world class natural looking enclosure the wolves and us photogs would love. Build a much needed gift shop as well as an educational/meeting room large enough to handle volunteer and board meetings. Promotional and educational material is needed.

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer so I could spend more time there. WT is in Ohio, I'm in FL

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fund raising and getting the word out that WT is there and what they offer.

One thing I'd also say is that...

WT is a small facility but is growing with the help of a very dedicated group of volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My experience at Wolf Timbers has been, and continues to be, a very wonderful one. There is a shared love of the wolves by all of us who spend our time there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the understanding that visitors get from listening to the presentations, and the questions asked, about the wolves.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the wolves interact with people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

considerate and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to include another pack enclosure, build a sheltered viewing area, pay the wonderful people who are in charge of everything.

Ways to make it better...

I would remember to dress warmer!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I first experienced Wolf Timbers on a field trip with my 3rd grade class.It was an amazing experience to not only see a wolf for the first time but to see the volunteers interacting with them. The three wolves were stunning. I remember we were given a handout with a wolf paw print on it. I took it home and compared it to my own dog's paw, the wolf's was much much bigger! That field trip really got me excited, and held my attention all the way until today, now all these years later, I'm a senior in high school I decided to look up Wolf Timbers because I wanted to know the latest I haven't had the opportunity to get back since that field trip. I emailed Don Knoch in January telling him that I was interested in becoming a volunteer, he emailed back and told me that an orientation for new volunteers was coming up that week. It worked out so well! I met most of the other volunteers there and got a handbook full of info on wolf behavior, volunteer duties, and safety. They explained the handbook to me and we watched a movie about wolves. I didn't get to meet the wolves that day because I was still 17 but I completely understand that and I was awestruck just to watch them from outside the fence. After that I was eager to come back as soon as I could but the winter weather wouldn't allow it. Now that it's spring we could get together and talk about the upcoming season and have a work day and I got to go in with the wolves!(recently turning 18 and all) It was amazing I can't compare it to any other experience so far, to have a wolf greet you by licking your mouth and to see the wolves interact with each other was like nothing else. I got to see the grounds again, the trail and the gift shop, I am so honored to be part of this organization, the volunteers are friendly and the wolves are healthy I know that this is where I want to be.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I'm learning more about wolves than I ever have before and I feel great to be a new volunteer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the wolves again and meeting them, and meeting other volunteers who are passionate about animals like I am.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly people who are thoughtful and caring. They know the responsibility that goes into running an organization and they make it a continued success.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the enclosure and put more into advertising and stocking the gift shop. I imagine it would begin to look more like the Columbus Zoo.

Ways to make it better...

It hadn't snowed so much this winter we could have met I would have loved to see the wolves enjoy the snow.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm impressed that wolf timbers is run by volunteers, that everyone wants to be here and loves it enough to give their time is something special.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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