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.
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.
Kim W. I have been volunteering at the International Wolf Center for 13 years. From the first day I visited, till today, I knew this was the type of organization I wanted to be involved with any way possible. The staff is dedicated to scienced based wolf education and lets visitors make their own decisions regarding tough wolf opinions. The care of the captive wolves on site is first rate and their care is a top priority.
I have been a supporter of wolves for a long time, and this particular organization always comes up in conversations I have with another non-profit that I work for. This seems to be one of those model non-profits that others look up to. Even their website shows a sense of compassion and professionalism and sincere desire to make a positive difference to wolves and their habitat. If I ever travel to MN, this is one place I will most definitely visit because I believe it is a worthwhile venture.
I started out as a volunteer for the International Wolf Center in 2006. When a position opened I applied for it and got it. I've been a staff member now for almost 7 years. I love working for the Center and love my job. It is very gratifying to work for such a worthy cause and the people I work with are fantastic! I love the contact I have with all our members/donors and enjoy hearing their stories. I also see first hand the dedication and care our staff has for the wolves and the people who support them and us. And, of course, I love all the wolf education I get too! We truly are THE organization to go to for accurate and honest wolf information. Information is power, and with that power, a lot of good can be done.
After I retired from the Air Force and moved back home to Minnesota, I began volunteering for the International Wolf Center in April 2006. I absolutely loved it! Such a wonderful staff and volunteers, and I felt appreciated and knew I was helping a good cause. In Feb 2007 an opening came up in the Membership department and I applied and got accepted. I've been here ever since and can't imagine being anywhere else. I see the passion in the people I work with every day, and it is so inspiring. Education of the public is so vital to the well being of the wolves. We must not only love and care about them, but must know them and understand them the best we can, and pass on that knowledge. The International Wolf Center reaches people all around the world, and we often hear from our supporters about the impact we've made in their lives and for the wolves. Thank you to all of you.
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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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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