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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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25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!! :-)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Distance is a problem for me, but I have followed the IWC since 2008, my first visit was in 2010. As we walked in the door I knew we had came into a wonderful place, full of great things. The people are so caring and helpful, answering all question that you could put to them.
I love the fact the school's and classrooms can be involved also..
Since my first visit I have been able to be a nanny for the 2012 pups and the 2016 pups, best experience a person could ever have. Again without the caring & knowledgeable people that are in charge, this great place would never exist.
Since I live in an area that get's winter visitors I'm always running into folks from Minnesota I always ask have been to Ely & the International Wolf Center. If the answer is no. You can guess you my reply is.. Oh you must go...

slt617

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been journeying to the wolf center since 2014 for volunteering on the working for wolves crew, pupcare in 2016, and many of the educational adventure programs. Every time it is a wonderful experience watching the wolves and speaking with staff. Everyone is dedicated to the mission of the center but foremost to the best care of the wolves. The dedication to the wellbeing of the pack is outstanding. This is a must visit for learning about the importance of wolves to the ecosystem. Ely and surrounding area have many opportunities to be in nature. Their are also interesting shops and small museums to visit. If you can't get to the center, watch the pack on their webcams!

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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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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!

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been enthralled with wolves since 1993, and when my family took me to the International Wolf Center in 1998, I knew that this passion was more than just a small fancy. As I have grown, I have also watched the Center grow: enriching the exhibit enclosure with a pond, more rocks and trees; creating retirement enclosures and a pack holding area; the expansion of the wolf lab for the care of wolf pups; new technology being added into daily programs to aid in the dissemination of information to the public. Through the murky waters of economics, ecology, politics, and preservation, the IWC has sought only to educate the world about wolves, because an individual will not fear what they do not understand (and the wolf has endured through decades of misunderstanding). I had the honor this year to participate in the Wolf Pup Care program, which made a childhood dream of mine come true. All of my experiences with the wolves and staff of the IWC over the decades of my life have been formative, and I cannot imagine the Northwoods of Minnesota without the presence of this humble facility. Their work with leading experts in the field of conservation and biology have uncovered more about the secret lives of this animal in the last 20 years than we previously knew, which enables the public to be on the leading edge of information. I would be pleased to see the IWC receive funds through this campaign so that my children and grandchildren may also have the opportunities to see such majestic creatures exhibit their natural behaviors so we can do right by their wild brothers and sisters.

2 Don_43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a member of the International Wolf Center since 1999 when I first learned of the wonderful educational programs that they offered. I participated in several of these adventure programs and in the process learned much about wolf ecology and behavior plus met many people during these programs that shared the same passion for the wolf as I do. About 10 years ago, I decided to move near the center and became a volunteer. I'm now a part of the wolf care staff and helping out with various educational programs that they still offer to carry out their mission to "teach the world about wolves".

Amber77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved volunteering so much fun and the staff was always friendly and willing to answer questions can't wait to go back someday soon

Megan92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to help out to clear out the wolf pens when I was at Vermilion Community Collage. Plus for a class I studied the behaver of the main pack. All of this was because the main caretaker was one of my teachers and club adviser.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited Ely for the first time a few years ago and fell in love with the town, the people, and especially the IWC. They brought to life a love of wolves I didn't know I had until I visited. What an amazing place and amazing people, working tirelessly to educate the world about wolves. I've been back each year and plan to continue the tradition for many years to come. The IWC is one of my most favorite places, anywhere.

1 Debbie73

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For me, the International Wolf Center is a valued place where people of opposing views on wolves can come together. This intersection allows factual data to be the focus, so anyone can feel free to ask tough questions and learn. As the saying goes, knowledge is power. Providing people with relevant, up-to-date information and a range of perspectives encourages healthy, respectful dialogue and empowers all of us to make informed decisions. In a contentious world, the Wolf Center is a treasure that deserves my donations and my membership. Debbie H.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It all started with a visit to the International Wolf Center booth at the Minnesota State Fair and a trip to the flagship educational facility in Ely in 2001. I had always been interested in wolves and their behavior, so I inquired about volunteer opportunities which led to my first experience helping at the 2002 Minnesota State Fair booth. Ten years later, I am still volunteering. It is a privilege to help the Center because I support its mission to advance the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wild lands and the human role in their future. I enjoy working with the staff and other volunteers and it is rewarding to know that you are truly appreciated for your commitment.

Carolyn32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the honor of being a Pup Care Participant this summer at the International Wolf Center, and have participated in several events over the last few years The staff is always great to work with, and they do a fabulous job of educating the world about wolves. I look forward to every visit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the International Wolf Center since 2000 and a volunteer since 2004. The staff has been fantastic to work with. Extremely knowledgeable, caring about their work and very outgoing. Every visit results in learning something new about wolf pack dynamics. By volunteering, I have been allowed the opportunity to see behind the curtain and observe how hard the staff and other volunteers work to make the center a success. A big thank you to Lori, Donna and the rest of the crew for letting me be a part of your world. -Garth

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is truly an honor to volunteer for an organization of people so dedicated to educating the public on this intriguing, majestic animal. Animals tend to bring out the best in people and this organization is no exception! Once you view the website, volunteer, or visit the Ely exhibit, you will feel the energy and be hooked as a supporter for life!

Jennie M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have attended a number of Educational courses at The International Wolf Centre and have had the privilege of being a pup nanny! This place does so much good in educating people truthfully about Wolves. They take great care of their captive Wolves and work really hard to ensure the future survival of Wolf populations. I think this place, its Wolves and its staff are amazing!!!

1 Audrey7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The International Wolf Center is a great place to learn more about wolves, their environment and their interactions with humans. They give factual, science-based information to help people decide how they feel about wolves and the controversies surrounding wolves. I've talked to thousands of people each year at the many educational booths the Wolf Center has at various public venues in Minnesota. I've also volunteered at the Wolf Center in Ely, taking care of wolf pups, working on the enclosures for the wolves and doing fund raising. It's a great organization to visit, to volunteer with, and to donate to. You can see your dollars at work right away in the lives of the resident wolves and in the education the Center offers to visitors to the Center and the website, wolf.org.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2004 I had my 1st opportunity to volunteer at the International Wolf Center for pups Grizzer, Maya and Nyssa. It was as experience I cherish and will never forget. This year in 2012 I participated in the pup care program for Boltz and Luna, another fabulous experience like nothing can compare. It is wonderful to be able to keep up with the pups and the pack via the web cams, wolf logs, utube and visits to the center. We are fortunate to have the Center in our community. Their role is important, to educate people about preservation of the wolf and our lands and to understand how humans and wolves can co-exist. The International Wolf Center plays an important role in supporting our community and it is my pleasure to support them. Ellen

1 Leslie29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the International Wolf Center for many years. I became a member over 15 years ago after talking with some of the volunteers at the Minnesota State Fair booth. Four years ago I started actively volunteering for the organization, and now I work at many events where we educate the public about the organization and their flagship center in Ely, MN. I have never met such a dedicated group of staff, and I can say the same for the volunteers. Everyone is very involved in promoting the mission and goals of the center. I was lucky enough to be chosen for the Pup Care Program this past summer. What an awesome experience! The focus of everyone was the socialization of the pups so they would be comfortable in the exhibit with the existing ambassador wolves and with wolf care staff in Ely. I am also involved with the local offices here in Minneapolis on a monthly basis. This is a great organization to volunteer with and support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Enjoyed interaction with Curatos and administrator and interns