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International Wolf Center

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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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104 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center is one of the most impressive non- profit organizations because they don't push particular views on you. They give you all the information about wolves, the science of them, both sides of the political and social views of wolves and let you make your own opinions about wolves and everything relating to them. They are 100% about integrity and non-biased. They also feature so many events that are informative and entertaining for everyone visiting and while visiting, even the people who already love wolves learn new things every visit. I am one of those people who have volunteers for the International Wolf Center and I am proud to be a small part of this wonderful organization.

1 Tammy Senty P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Is an amazing place. A lot of information and great viewing of the wolves. The volunteers are great, very knowledgeable and ready to help. On our visit the wolves weren't moving much so we went to the gift area. One of the volunteers came and got us when some of the wolves made it down closer to window. Greatly appreciated the extra attention!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

If you want to see kids being inspired to learn, sit back and observe the kiddos engaging in learning and watching wolf behavior at the International Wolf Center. While the wolves are amazing, watching the kiddos completely enthralled takes your breath away.

Faith L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited the International Wolf Center with my 7 and 5 year old children for the first time and I cannot wait to return! The volunteers were amazing and answered the many many questions my children had. To this day, my children call our family a wolf pack. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers and keeping us connected through the videos you post!

Alex C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My boyfriend and I went up for a romantic weekend and ended up going there two days in a row! We got to learn all about the history of the wolves and see them in action! We’ve decided to come up for more date weekends.

Natasha N.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Been there multiple times I still love going there. Very friendly staff who are very willing to educate. Brought my niece and nephew they absolutely loved seeing the live wolves and they could not get enough of the kids Center.

1 Ellie C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been coming to the International Wolf Center for 20 years, been a member almost as long and I love this place. It has fantastic room for kids to learn and explore, great educational programs for all ages and of course you actually see wolves. This place holds a very special place in my heart from my childhood and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first visited the International Wolf Center a few years after it was founded. That would've been when I was 12 or 13. I absolutely loved the place and have gone back many times since then. The education and information provided is second-to-none. I also adore all the wolves, both past and present. I'm a renewing member, and also try to visit at least once per year. I highly recommend this great place to anyone.

Matheus De Mesquita S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center completely changed my professional and personal life. I always liked wolves and since my childhood I wanted to see and study them, but, I lived in Brazil and well... you get the picture. Curator Lori Schmidt and the International Wolf Center not only opened the door for me as a researcher with their classes and contacts, but it was there that I saw a wolf for the first time - so they also realized a childs dream.

Untill today, almost ten year later, I still remember when Aidan approached the window and look at me, and this is, by far, one of my most dear memories. So, the International Wolf Center not only help researchers and educate people about how wolves really are, but they make dreams come true... all around the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the wolf center in Ely a few times and have had a great experience. I love wolves, obviously, and think they're doing the right thing by just trying to educate people about them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful place to spend the day, learn SO much.
Great to see the wolves playing and so well cared for.
The displays are so full of information.
I have MANY pictures if anyone would like to see them please contact me...

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I believe education is at the heart of conservation and I think they strive to accomplish this on a daily basis! As an Outreach Educator the International Wolf Center enabled me to help them fulfill their mission by individually educating over 9,500 kids across Minnesota and 450+ programs in just 8 months!
From delivering programs in schools or at the AWESOME center in Ely, kids and adults alike make connections to wild things and their habitats that they just don't make anywhere else.

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Donor

Rating: 5

mom and I were there in 2005 and it was wonderful being that I am in Arizona and travel is difficult I haven't been there since but if I could I would be there many times in the coming years :-) you will love it

1 Christina148

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center is absolutely incredible. Just walking through the front doors for the first time I knew it was a very special place. The IWC has a way of captivating you through their world class educational displays. The staff are so well versed and able to answer and explain any question presented. They are so knowledgeable it feels like a challenge to ask them something they don't know! I could sit and watch the ambassador wolves for hours on end at the center. And when at home, I can watch them on Webcams! It is heartwarming to see how well they are managed and cared for. A truly beautiful pack. The IWC is the leader in providing science based evidence and information on the wolf, and anything to do with this organization I 100% support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been going to the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN for 20 years, because the experiences I've had there just can't be beat anywhere else. The wolves are the focus of the Center's mission and of the staff, and this is clear in every visit, presentation, program, and class. By providing unbiased scientific information and offering the chance to observe the Ambassador Pack they are true to their motto: "Teaching the World about Wolves." Magnificent, mysterious, engaging animals, the wolves at the Center are gorgeous, clearly content, and wonderful to see.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I moved to Hibbing Minnesota in late December for two primary reasons, my big brother and his wife live here, and for the wolves at Ely! I got to make my first visit two weeks ago! The drive there was so beautiful, and so interesting! Arriving at the center, you see this beautiful building, backed and surrounded by trees. It is misleading in a way because it hides the center's true size! We walked in and just as my brother was paying, they told us go to the observation deck, the wolves have just come out and are active! As a poet and author, one of my dream projects is to one day spend time among the wolves with my Nikon and photograph them and then write poetry for each photo, and combine them into a coffee table book that can be sold, with proceeds going to the Wolf Center to help with their research and projects! I grew up in the Southern California desert, we had no wolves there! Lots of coyotes! Wolves have always been a part of me, deep somewhere inside. As I sat in the observation deck and watched Boltz, I had, what I can only describe as a deeply spiritual and moving experience. I felt like Adam, in the presence of God, these were His creations. My brother watched movies and presentations on Wolves and left me to my zen peace! And it was one of the most peaceful moments I have ever experienced! It is so worth the trip! It is a MUST SEE for anyone in or travelling to Minnesota! The staff is AMAZING, knowledgeable, friendly, and answered my questions not only willingly but happily!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of my favorite places to visit. I'm very lucky to be local so I can and do visit often. Staff is amazing, very knowledgeable and friendly. The site is also very nice. Come visit the wolves in beautiful Ely!!

Maggie63

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am incredibly impressed with the work done by International Wolf Center. Their organization provides critical sanctuary and opportunities for public awareness for a fascinating and endangered predator species. I was so taken by the quality of display, level of professionalism, and overall commitment to conservation when visiting the center.
Thank you for the work you do!

Heather301

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first visited in the late 1990s when I was living in Texas and came to northern Minnesota for a fall vacation. I spent my summers on a nearby lake as a kid, so was familiar with the area, but had just heard about the Center. Loved it from the first moment there. Became a member and tried to keep up with it as much as I could (the internet back then not being what it is now.)

After moving back to Minnesota I started making frequent trips to Ely and would just spend hours sitting and observing the wolves. I was selected as a Pup Nanny/Pup Care Participant with the 2008 litter of Aidan & Denali - the best week of my life!! I've since been invited back to do Pup Care in 2012 and 2016. I also volunteer through the Corporate Office in the Twin Cities at the MN State Fair. I have learned so much from the staff and other volunteers - they are the best! Lori Schmidt, Curator, has the utmost respect for all the wolves and I have never doubted that no matter what, she will always do whatever is right for the wolf.

The Center always finds the very best for their intern staff also - what I respect about them is that even though they are "staff" and I am not - they are still very interested in my stories/experience with the wolves (pups) and my observations throughout the years.

This place is a MUST SEE for anyone with even an inkling of interest about wolves - the Center is a neutral party in discussions - they are not pro-this or against-that - they are all about education and letting people make up their own minds - a fresh purpose these days.

For my role - it will only allow me to select one - but I am more than one - I am a customer, member, volunteer, donor, and exuberant supporter!! :-)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One summer day in the north woods of MN, I discovered the International Wolf Center with my husband. I love wolves and was so impressed with the facilities, the crew and of course, how well educated I became about wolves during my visit that inspires me to this day. It is an especially committed and worthwhile non-profit helping to raise awareness and protect the wolf.