Wild Wolf EdVenture

Join the Minnesota Zoo for this once-in-a-lifetime North Woods adventure!

We start our journey at the Minnesota Zoo by going behind the scenes and visiting the Zoo’s wolves. From there, we continue our three-day, two-night adventure in Ely, where you will gain a new familiarity with one of our state’s most charismatic species.

Weather permitting, other activities include:
- Flying in a small airplane attempting to spot wolves in the wild
- Using radio telemetry to experience how researchers track wolves, in air and on ground
- Dogsledding with Wintergreen*
- Snowshoeing through the snowy woods to a frozen waterfall or other wintry delights
- Howling to the local wild wolf packs
- Touring the inspiring exhibits at the International Wolf Center (IWC)**
- Participating in evening educational programs at the IWC
- Learning about wolf biology and conservation from local experts
- Exploring and shopping in downtown Ely during free time

Ely was cited by National Geographic as one of “America’s Best Adventure Towns". Come find out for yourself!


Activity Level: Easy | MODERATE | Challenging | Difficult
Reasons: hiking/snowshoeing for an hour, standing and holding on to the back of a dogsled for 2 hours with another person while driving the team, and stepping up and into a small 4-seat airplane for a 30 minute flight. Persons over 250lbs and/or 6’ 6” tall may find it difficult to balance on the dogsleds and/or be comfortable in the airplane. The plane also has a weight limit we have to follow.

If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact [email protected]

This trip does not include:
- Personal items (bottle water, alcohol, souvenirs, etc.)
- Transportation to, from, and around Ely
-- We highly suggest you drive an AWD or 4WD vehicle (many 2WD vehicles get stuck in the snow on these trips)
-- If you need transportation to be provided, please contact us as limited seating may be available in a staff vehicle

Date: February 4-6, 2022
Age: Adults age 18+
Cost: $749/person; single room supplement available for additional $100.

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