Outreach

All programs are available as a multiple visit contract or individually and are developed to encourage inquiry-based learning while incorporating the following steps: explore, discuss and act. These programs are great for STEM-focused learning, as all are built on science curriculum.  Programs run about 45 minutes each.  Most programs can be customized for individual grade level and classroom needs.  If you were hoping for a program you don’t see here, please contact the office and we would be happy to create a program for you.  If you have any special requests or would like additional information please call the center at 636-938-5900 or email at arearden@endangeredwolfcenter.org.

What Does a Fox Say?

PreK-1st Grade

$75 per program

Have you ever wondered what a fox really says?  What about a deer?  Or maybe a squirrel?  Students will get the answers to these questions and more during this incredibly entertaining program about animal noises.  The students will even have the opportunity to share their best imitations of the animal sounds themselves!

Pup Play

Pre K-2nd Grade

$75 program fee, additional $1 per student activity fee

How does a wolf puppy learn to become a wolf?  Play, that’s how!  This adorable program will take students through the first year of life as a wolf pup.  They’ll learn about the fun pups have in the wild and some of the challenges they must overcome to grow up to become successful wolves.  Students will then make a craft to take home to show their families what life as a pup in a wolf pack is like.

Scat

Kindergarten-8th Grade

$75 program fee, additional $2 per student activity fee

Whose scat is that!?!  Scat can teach you a lot, like what animals are in the area, the health of an animal, what an animal has been eating and more. This program will allow students to explore all there is to know about scat and make a scat craft to take home!

Animals in My Backyard

Kindergarten-12th Grade

$75 program fee, additional $2 per student activity fee

What lives in your backyard?  What can you do to help your local wildlife?  Students will explore these questions and more with this action-inspiring program.  They will learn about the large variety of wildlife that lives around them while learning about ways they can help those species they share their yard with and the environment as a whole.  They will then have the opportunity to build a habitat for one of those native species and take it home to put in their own backyard!

Wolf Tales

1st-6th Grade

$75 program fee, additional $1 per student activity fee

Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, all popular children’s tales about wolves.  Unfortunately, these stories that started as entertaining fables have turned us into a wolf-fearing society.  This program takes students through an exploration of popular folklore and how it came to be.  Students will be empowered when they are given the opportunity to try to differentiate fact from fiction, and learn to become independent thinkers.  Each student will then create a wolf story of their very own.

The Life of an Animal Keeper

1st-12th Grade

$75 program fee

A career day at its finest!  This program will have students exploring what it’s really like to be an animal keeper.  They will learn what the Endangered Wolf Center keepers do each day, why their job is so important and what they need to do if they want to become a keeper.

The Animals of the EWC

1st– 12th Grade

$75 program fee

Wolves and foxes and African painted dogs, oh my!  This program will bring one of the Endangered Wolf Center Docents into your classroom to teach your students all about the five species of canids at the Center and what the Center is doing to help them.  They will see photos of our animals, have an opportunity to handle some exciting wolf artifacts, and learn what they can do to help the endangered species the Center is working with.  

Red Wolves

1st-12th Grade

$75 program fee

Currently the most endangered species of wolf in the world, and the most endangered mammal in North America, red wolves used to roam a large portion of the United States, including Missouri, but are now down to fewer than 100 in the wild.  This program takes students on an in-depth journey of the red wolf.  They will learn facts about red wolves, the history of the red wolf, the current obstacles the species is facing, why this animal needs to be saved and how they can help.

Mexican Wolves

1st-12th Grade

$75 program fee

This critically endangered subspecies of the gray wolf was on the brink of extinction when the Endangered Wolf Center, with several other partners, began a breeding-recovery program to save them.  This program allows students to explore just how close this species was to extinction, how it was saved and what work still is to be done.  Students will learn interesting facts about Mexican wolves and ways they can help ensure this species is never so close to extinction again.

Swift Foxes

1st-12th Grade

$75 program fee

What a success story!  The swift fox, nearly wiped out due to habitat loss and predator control programs, has rebounded greatly over that past decade.  This program will explore facts about swift foxes, the current success of the reintroduction program and what work still needs to be done to keep the momentum going. Students will brainstorm about how they can help.

Maned Wolves

1st-12th Grade

$75 program fee

Fox on Stilts!  That’s what most people say about the maned wolf, which isn’t really a wolf at all!  This program will explore this prehistoric looking South American species.  Students will learn cool facts about maned wolves, threats that maned wolves face, what’s being done to help them and how they can join the fight to help this unique species.

African Painted Dogs

1st-12th Grade

$75 program fee

What animal has some of the strongest jaws in Africa, lives in massive family packs and has coat patterns as unique as human fingerprints?  The African painted dog, that’s who!  This program will take students through the wild world of the African painted dog.  They will learn awesome facts, what challenges these animals are facing today, what really innovative work is being done to save the species and how they can help.

Wolf Behavior

3rd-8th Grade

$75 program fee

Just because wolves can’t talk doesn’t mean they can’t communicate.  Wolves get their point across with body language and sometimes even a noise or two!  This program gives students the opportunity to explore all the different types of communication wolves use to express themselves.  The students will even get the chance to experience what it’s like to communicate without words!

The Balancing Act

3rd-8th Grade

$75 program fee

From a blade of grass, to a bird in the sky, to the person sitting next to you, we all play a very important role.  This program explores the concept of interdependence in the ecosystem. Students will be challenged to determine what role a variety of plants and animals play in the balancing act of life.  They will then play a fun game that showcases this delicate balance that must be kept to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

Predators, Predators, Predators!

3rd-8th Grade

$75 program fee, additional $1 per student activity fee

What does it mean to be a predator?  Are predators as big, bad and scary as some people think?  This exciting program will explore what it really means to be a predator.  Students will have the opportunity to chart their feelings on a personal meaning map, collaborate with their peers, and play an interactive game that shows just how hard life can be at the top of the food chain!

Wolves of Yellowstone

3rd-12th Grade

$75 program fee

When you think of a wolf, chances are you are thinking of a gray wolf.  These magnificent animals have had quite a journey over the past few decades, most notably in Yellowstone National Park.  This program will explore the journey of the gray wolf in Yellowstone, and how their absence, and later their return, affected the rest of the park.  Students will get a chance to see the impact one species can have on the ecosystem as a whole.  They will also learn some things they can do to positively affect their ecosystem at home.

Are Wolves in Missouri?

3rd-12th Grade

$75 program fee, additional $1 per student activity fee

Is that a wolf in the yard!?!  Probably not today, but hundreds of years ago it would have been very likely.  Missouri was historically home to two species of wolves, red wolves and gray wolves.  Today Missouri is not considered to have an active wolf population.  This program will explore these two very distinct species of wolves and how very different the Missouri landscape might be if they were to return.  Students will then have the opportunity to express their feelings about wolves in Missouri through a writing project.

Anatomy of Wolves

9th-12th Grade

$75 program fee, additional $1 per student activity fee

Are you curious about the difference between dogs, coyotes and wolves?  Look no further; this program has the answers you’re looking for and more.  Students will explore the anatomy of wolves, and compare what they learn to dogs and coyotes.  While these animals all share a common ancestor, there are some striking differences.  Students will piece together a wolf skeleton to show what they’ve learned!