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International Wolf Center

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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

152 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If a friend asks "Were you raised by wolves?" it's time to check your table manners. Do you snarl at your siblings when they try to share your food? Have you ever scratched your ear with your foot? And we won't even ask how you mark your territory. But we will invite you to come meet your "relatives" in the Ambassador Pack at the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN. Bring your friend. You can both learn how real wolves act and what we humans can do to help the extended family survive when wolf habitat is shrinking and some human folks now live next door to your old pack. I'm a volunteer at the Center and never tire of watching our resident wolves teach visitors about the real wolf. No offense.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work at Vermilion Community College as a Natural Resource Instructor but I also serve as the Wolf Curator for the International Wolf Center. I started working in the NR profession in 1978 and as the Wolf Curator for the Center in 1989. I've seen a lot of growth and strength from this organization in the past 25 years. The Center focuses efforts on serving visitors in a wide-variety of ways including on-site, web-based, print media, distance learning, seminars, learning vacations, retail operations, shared curriculum... the list goes on and on...
Many a student has started their professional wildlife career by observing the ambassador wolves, taking a ethology course, spending a day at the Center or engaging in behavioral studies via the Center's Youtube channel and wolf logs. Engaging people to learn facts and form opinions, the root of all educational endeavors.

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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.

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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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first visited the International Wolf Center to see a program called, What's For Dinner, where the ambassador wolves are fed their weekly meal. Wow--it was informative and interesting to watch the wolves eat right outside the big glass windows! After the program, I was hooked. I enjoyed my experience so much that I applied for a teaching internship with the organization and now work in their education department. It is an honor to bring family and friends to visit the Center and the town of Ely. If you haven't been to see the wolves, exhibits, programs or visit the store, I highly recommend it to people of all ages!

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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?

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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.

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