The Endangered Wolf Center offers three unique options for field trips. Each option provides students with the rare opportunity to view some of the world’s most endangered wolves and other canids.
Passport to Predators
Join us at the Endangered Wolf Center for this two-hour field trip that will take you on an adventure into the world of wild canids. Students will join their very own docent tour guide in our classroom where they will spend about 30 minutes learning about the five species of predators we have at the Center and the important role these animals play in a healthy ecosystem. Students will then be given a passport booklet to bring with them on their hour-and-a-half-long walking tour of the animal enclosures. At each enclosure the students will observe the animals in a natural habitat, while they learn exciting facts about each species they visit. At the end of the program students will get a stamp in their passport booklet showing they visited the Center. They will be able to take the passport booklet home as a keepsake to remember their experience.
This two-hour program is available Wednesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., year round, except for April and May when the Endangered Wolf Center is closed for pups to be born. The capacity for this program is limitless, but groups over 35 will be split into smaller groups. Passport to Predators is great for all ages. The cost is only $8 per student, and 2 teachers are free.
The Ecology of Wolves
For this joint field trip the Endangered Wolf Center has partnered with Shaw Nature Reserve to provide students with a very in-depth look into the life of the red wolf and their native habitat. You will start your journey at the Shaw Nature Reserve Dana Brown Overnight Center for a two-hour Forest Ecology class that will focus on the habitat of the red wolf, which was native to Missouri. You will then have lunch in a historic restored post and beam barn complete with climate controls for any type of weather. In the afternoon you will head over to the Endangered Wolf Center for two hours to see red wolves, along with the other four species of wild canids housed at the Center. You will learn about the value wolves have in the ecosystems of the world and the challenges these animals face today. You will also learn how the Endangered Wolf Center is a leading authority on conservation, education and reintroduction efforts.
This four-hour program is available Wednesday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., year round, except for April and May when the Endangered Wolf Center is closed for pups to be born. The capacity for this program is a maximum number of 30 students plus adults, and is best suited for 3rd grade and above. The cost is only $10 per student, total, and you will need to bring sack lunches. One adult for every 10 students is free of charge.
Poetry in Nature
This two-hour field trip option is an exciting new way to combine literature and science. Students will join their docent tour guide in the classroom at the Endangered Wolf Center where they will learn about wolves and poetry before they listen to a sample piece of nature poetry. After the classroom portion of the program the docent will lead the students to the animal enclosures where they will be able to observe the animals in a natural habitat. The students will visit each of our species while they take in not only the facts about the animals but also the nature around them. They will develop an appreciation for wildlife and the ecosystem as a whole before they sit down to write their own piece of poetry to take home.
This two-hour program is available Wednesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., year round, except for April and May when the Endangered Wolf Center is closed for pups to be born. The capacity for this program is limitless, but groups over 35 will be split into smaller groups. Poetry in Nature is best suited for 3rd grade and above. The cost is only $8 per student and 2 teachers are free.