International Wolf Center

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International Wolf Center

1396 Hwy 169
Ely, MN 55731

(218) 365-4695 (Phone)

1-800-ELY-WOLF (Toll Free)

(218) 365-3318 (Fax)

Region: Northeast

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  • Members - FREE, Adult $13.00, Seniors (60+) $11.00, Child* (4-12) $7.00. Buy admission for one day and your second consecutive day is FREE. *Children must be accompanied by a paid adult.


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  • .25 mi North East of Ely on Hwy 169.

Other Date Information

  • JUNE 12 – AUGUST 13, 2017 Open daily 9 – 6 For complete listing of hours and rates, visit

Green Practices

  • Eco-Friendly Landscape/Facility Design

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Tracking the Pack

    Tracking the Pack

    1396 Hwy 169
    Ely, MN 55731
    Call: (218) 365-4695
    Toll Free: 1-800-ELY-WOLF

    Come and experience the day to day life of a real wildlife biologist. Our Tracking the Pack adventure weekend includes learning the tools biologists use to track wolf packs, then getting out into the field with telemetry equipment to search for wild wolves. Afterwards, we will do an animal necropsy back at the lab. Then we will have our dinner while the wolves eat theirs. There will be s’mores!

  2. Wolf Ethology

    Wolf Ethology

    1396 Hwy 169
    Ely, MN 55731
    Call: (218) 365-4695

    The Wolf Ethology class is an intensive week of learning, fun, and experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime.

    This course covers the basic principles of wolf behavior including: behavioral development, stimuli and communication, motivation, learned versus instinctual behavior, social organization, and the adaptability and evolution of behavior. Emphasis will be placed on video observations of wild wolf behavior, research of existing ethograms and hands-on activities including time spent observing and recording behavioral data of the Center’s ambassador wolves. Two undergraduate credits in biology will be awarded from Vermilion Community College with the successful completion of this course.

    The week includes up-to-date information presented by experienced wolf care staff, interpretation of raw video footage collected on site as well as in the field, activities in the field in active wolf territories, and opportunities for close observations of pack dynamics.

    Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to learn about these complex, social animals and how they interact and communicate within their pack and to outside packs.

  3. Wolf Family Rendezvous

    Wolf Family Rendezvous

    1396 Hwy 169
    Ely, MN 55731
    Call: (218) 365-4695
    Toll Free: 1-800-ELY-WOLF

    Let our pack meet yours! Add this fun, educational package into your family’s vacation plans. With plenty of family-focused activities and outdoor fun, your family will talk about this trip for years to come! Spend quality time together learning about the north woods home of the wolf through hikes, crafts, games and observing our ambassador wolves.

  4. Wolf Photography Weekend

    Wolf Photography Weekend

    1396 Hwy 169
    Ely, MN 55731
    Call: (218) 365-4695

    Discover the art of photographing wolves at the International Wolf Center. Participants will learn important information about wolves and what to look for capturing their unique behaviors. Spend time photographing wolves at the Center, followed by a field trip on Saturday. This will be the first winter for the 2016 arctic pups and they should be in their prime physically and behaviorally.

    Note: the emphasis on this program is placed on photographing wolf behaviors; we are not teaching you how to use your camera but rather how to interpret behaviors and anticipating what “comes next.”

  5. Wolf Pup Bus Trip

    Wolf Pup Bus Trip

    7100 Northland Circle N, Suite 205
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
    Call: (763) 560-7374

    Come see ambassador wolves Axel, Grayson, Boltz, Denali and Aidan! Get on the wolf bus, a luxury coach from the Twin Cities to Ely, Minnesota for a full day of wolves and fun. The bus leaves Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. from Brooklyn Park, Minn. and returns at 9:45 p.m. All ages will love the relaxing ride up with some wolf videos and trivia contests with prizes. At the interpretive center, we’ll take in some daily programs and an exclusive behind the scenes tour.

  6. Wolves after Dark

    Wolves after Dark

    1396 Hwy 169
    Ely, MN 55731
    Call: (218) 365-4695
    Toll Free: 1-800-ELY-WOLF

    Have you wondered what happens after nightfall with the International Wolf Center’s ambassador wolves? Here’s your opportunity to participate in a “Citizen Science” project and document important behavioral data critical to understanding the Exhibit Pack dynamics. Participants camp out in the Center’s auditorium in full view of the wolf viewing windows! The next morning, after a relaxing continental breakfast, analyze the evening’s observations and interpret the behavior. Bring your sense of adventure, a sleeping bag and pillow for this unique overnight opportunity at the Center!

  7. Wolves and Bears and Eagles, Oh, My!

    Wolves and Bears and Eagles, Oh, My!

    1396 Hwy 169
    Ely, MN 55731
    Call: (218) 365-4695
    Toll Free: (800) ELY-WOLF

    Discover all that the north woods has to offer through the all-inclusive Wolves and Bears and Eagles, Oh My! program. Journey to Ely, Minnesota and spend the weekend learning about three very different kinds of wildlife. We'll take a trip out to the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, where we will have lessons from Frank Taylor in raptor banding, visit the North American Bear Center to see their live bears and exhibits, and of course, we will spend plenty of time at International Wolf Center! Meals and lodging are included, so join us for this multi-faceted adventure in northern Minnesota!

  8. Working for Wolves

    Working for Wolves

    1396 Hwy 169
    Ely, MN 55731
    Call: (218) 365-4695

    Spend a weekend “Working for Wolves” assisting the wolf care staff with some very specialized projects that benefit the ambassador wolves. The fall sessions typically involve summer tree branch removal and preparation for winter.

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