Group Visits and Experiential Education


Mission: Wolf hosts school field trips, summer camps, college break trips, scout trips, and international volunteer camps. We welcome visits from a few hours to a couple weeks. The rules are simple: as long as you do not place a burden on the staff or startle the wolves, you may camp out and wake up to howls.


Groups need to bring their own staff, tents, toilet paper, food and other supplies. Please come prepared for unpredictable mountain weather, keep in mind the road conditions during snow and mud seasons.

We require at least two weeks notice via email letting us know the desired date & time of your arrival, duration of stay, size of your group, and any special requirements. If you would like to bring your accredited program to Mission: Wolf please contact us a few months in advance to schedule it. Be prepared with alternative dates for your trip in case we are already booked. Summers fill up fast! The sooner you begin to communicate with us the greater the chance of receiving the dates you want. If you're looking for an organization that brings coordinated trips to Mission: Wolf, Cottonwood Institute, Experiential Learning Associates, and The Road Less Traveled lead trips here.

We do not set volunteer age limits based on the age of a volunteer, but instead look at ability, motivation, and maturity. Children under 6 can easily disturb the wolves and visitors.



Large Group Requirements

Every year Mission: Wolf becomes more accessible. In an effort to maintain a sanctuary atmosphere for the wolves, and an intimate learning experience for people, we need to monitor group numbers  Our facility is limited in the amount of people it can sustain. It is our belief that everyone deserves the best M:W experience possible. To keep these good experiences and lessen the strain on the refuge we have created a simple protocol.
      1. Please keep total group number under 15, including counsellors. We can only support two group camps (30 people total) on site at a time.
      2. All groups must have at least one leader over the age of 18. Co-leaders are encouraged.
      3. We require one counsellor for every 5 participants under the age of 15.
      4. We prefer to have at least one leader per group that has worked with M:W before, at minimum one leader must have outdoor camping and work experience.


Groups larger than 15 people: please contact the refuge directly to speak with a representative.


What to Expect

Upon your arrival you will meet your M:W liason for the duration of your stay. You will receive an introduction to the facility and then a tour of the animals. During your stay we may offer each group the opportunity to meet a wolf face-to-face. Be aware that we are on the wolves' schedule, and cannot guarantee any contact with our animals.

If you are at the sanctuary on a Wednesday or Saturday, you may also help us with feeding the wolves. We throw huge quantities of raw meat over the fences to hungry wolves and watch them devour it all in a few minutes. Often times we have more feeders than wolves to feed. Priority will be given to groups and volunteers that helped with service projects during their stay.

If you're staying for more than a few hours, we always have projects for groups to help with. This can be anything from constructing a new building or fence, to planting trees, to cutting meat for the wolves. If you have anything specific you would like to do please contact us in advance so we can schedule it and prepare the materials.

We are surrounded by public land with miles of hiking. If you start walking from Mission: Wolf you can find adventure in all directions.

We have spaces available to cook, eat, and escape from inclimate weather. In particular, we offer a 380 square foot tipi that's open to the public and shared among all visitors.

For overnight stays, we have primitive campsites available on-site for tent camping. You may also camp on next-door National Forest land. We place no limit on length of stay as long as your group does not become a burden for us.

 

Guidelines for your visit:


Upon your arrival, we ask that the group leader have the group wait in the parking area while he or she meets with a Mission: Wolf staff member to go over a these general guidelines for your stay and fill out necessary paperwork.volunteer service mission wolf

 


  1. Do not touch any of the fences during your stay.

  2. No yelling, running, or horseplay in view of the wolves. We are surrounded by public land, so if you want to exercise and play, we can show you the best places.

  3. Our water is pumped from a well by solar power. We can supply you with drinking and cooking water, but conservation is a must. Our water needs to go a long ways for our wolves, volunteers, and gardens.

  4. Do not go near the wolves after dark. They are near-sighted and get spooked easily.

  5. Children under age seven must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

  6. Fire bans are frequent at Mission: Wolf. Please ask a staff member before having a campfire. We ask that you bring your own firewood or make a contribution to Mission: Wolf to use ours. We do not permit bonfires.

  7. Quiet time starts at 9 p.m., lights/campfires out at 10 p.m.