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Nonprofit Overview

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

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Judy Hunter

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer about 8 years ago and continue to give my time because I believe in the mission of education. IWC does a fantastic job of teaching people about wolves and the environment. The on site visits by people are something they will never forget. Volunteers and staff work together to provide an valuable learning experience. I am proud to be a volunteer for IWC.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm a proud member of the International Wolf Center board of directors. Isn't it great that this is such a multi-faceted organization? The International Wolf Center is a comprehensive resource for students, teachers, outdoor enthusiasts, biologists, naturalists, scientists, researchers, environmentalists, conservationists, and anyone who values and appreciates wolves and the important role they play in our environment. Our members and donors fall on all sides of controversial issues. At a time when polarized debate occupies much real estate in contemporary culture, an organization like the Wolf Center plays a more valuable role than ever. Our mission of education makes us a leading organization in the world of wolves. We strive to teach everyone about wolves and humans and the impact we have on the environment.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

The International Wolf Center does an excellent job of delivery their mission of education. We teach the world about wolves through the Center in Ely and the experience of observing wolf behavior on site. The Center also just completed a Symposium that attracted wolf biologist from all over the world to come and share their experiences with wolf research. It was an opportunity for everyone to learn and network.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Paul
As a board member of the International Wolf Center, I have worked with Dr. David Mech since 1990. His incomparable experience comes from 55 years of wolf research, being a member of the Eastern Timber Wolf Recovery Team and the Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Team and a former member Mexican Wolf Recovery Team. He authored the first Red Wolf Recovery Plan. He has written nine books and three scientific monographs pertaining to wolves and has authored 300-plus scientific articles about wolves and wolf prey. Dr. Mech collaborates with wolf biologists all over the world as Chair of the Wolf Specialist Group of the International Union of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) of the World Conservation Union. Although Dr. Mech founded the International Wolf Center and supports it in many incredible ways, he is not a spokesperson for the Center. Dr. Mech speaks about wolves based on his and other scientists' research and for his own agency, the U.S. Geological Survey.
To understand wolf biology, it is essential, but not always easy, to learn the factual, unbiased information that science provides. The International Wolf Center is very fortunate to have Dr. Mech and his associates, who are the world’s leading wolf researchers, as resources for the information we share with the public about the real wolf.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

In 2012 the International Wolf Center board heard some odd scuttlebutt implying that the Center supports the state's hunting and trapping policies and is funded by the state's Department of Natural Resources. This is pants-on-fire false. The DNR acts (only) as the Center's landlord and, in fact, the Center pays the state an annual lease fee. All parties agree that, as a well established 501c-3 non-profit, the Center is independently guided — mission, policy and operations — by our board of directors. With education as its tool, the Center takes no stance on issues, including hunting. We provide science-based information about wolves and strive to be a place for educated dialogue. We respect people's ability to form their own informed opinions about difficult questions. To those of you who have connected with the International Wolf Center — through our ambassador wolf pack, educational programs, distance learning, Web site or our interpretive facility in Ely, MN — THANK YOU. Your commitment to wolves and their habitats is key to their continued survival. We appreciate your feedback and value your input.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

When global news of wolves appear, it is the International Wolf Center, that leads the charge for science-based information that is critical to the survival of this species. That was the reason I joined the board 25 years ago. A quarter of a century later, the Center has stayed in touch with the world with one of the best websites, high tech long-distance learning, a first-class magazine and conferences. Yes, I am partial to this organization, but even more, I am partial to wilderness and the habitat needed for all of us to survive.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

My first visit to the International Wolf Center was 23 years ago. We were in Ely on a family vacation and went to see the new deal in town. I remember my children being mesmerized by the wolves and when we joined in the howling and the wolves howled back we were hooked. To this day a trip to Ely is not complete without stopping by to visit the center. I joined the Board 6 years ago. I've learned so much and really appreciate the high quality of wolf education offered by the center. The staff is top rate! And their programs reach far beyond the walls at Ely.
They truly live their mission of educating the world about wolves.

1 Neil

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am Neil Hutt (short for Cornelia), and I have been a board member for 12 years. I am the chair of the board Education Committee, and I serve on the advisory work team of International Wolf, the Center's quarterly magazine. The Center and I go back over a long road. I discovered its existence just after it became a reality over 25 years ago. I was teaching secondary language arts with an academic team (math, social studies, science and language arts), and the wolf became the cornerstone of our team's curriculum. The Center was one of our primary sources of information. Much has changed in terms of technology since the organization's beginnings, but the mission of the Center still drives the work it does - teaching the world about wolves. This organization sets the standard for accurate and current facts and information, and in a world where reliable sources seem to becoming more scare, it's important to know the International Wolf Center is there to provide answers and to guide our thinking.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Deb and my involvement with the International Wolf Center has crossed through several roles. I began as a "general member of the public" by visiting the Center in Ely, MN. I then found out about the many engaging and educational programs that were offered, which of course led to enrollment! :) My enjoyment of all that I learned and experienced by participating in the programs fueled a desire to become even more involved, so I became a donor and volunteer. The Center's fact based, unbiased approach to forward the mission of "advancing the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wild lands and the human role in their future" is something I fully support. I am currently showing this support by acting as a member of the board.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined the board for the International Wolf Center. What excited me about becoming more involved was the focus on education. This is an organization which believes in providing facts so people can make up their own mind on issues related to wolves, in wild lands, and the human relationship. The best people are on staff offering fact based programs in order to fulfill the goal of educating the public. Combine this with the biggest names in wolf biology supporting the organization and you end up with something outstanding.
The best vacation I have ever had was the Arctic tundra learning vacation through the International Wolf Center. Spending time with the representatives of the organization during this trip really illustrated the focus on answering questions honestly. If you have a question about wolves they will not judge you and will simply tell you the facts. How many organizations do that these days?

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the founder, a board member, vice chair, donor and professional with expertise in the field, and although one might think I am a bit biased, you would be right. However, I do think that if you compare the IWC with other wolf advocacy organizations you will find that our science-based approach to provide objective information, rather than propaganda, about wolves will in the long run better help wolf populations survive in more areas.

Review from Guidestar