Meet our Pack

Aileen Abbott
Director of Education and Operations

I am…an educator, passionate about nature and our environment and a lover of all animals. I’m also their student. I love immersing myself in nature’s magnificent classroom through hikes, fishing, birding or simply reading a book outside with my trusty dog beside me. I love to learn about native wildflowers for pollinators and songbirds, and spending time in my home garden. Whether it has leaves or petals, fur or feathers, I am passionate about it all.

Hi, I’m Aileen

Growing up in upstate New York, my passion for the outdoors bloomed at an early age. From fishing and camping to riding bikes or playing sports, I was and still am at my happiest when I’m outside.

It was during my college years that I discovered my passion for teaching. I wanted to share my passion, my love for nature to students and adults. I sought career paths that enabled me to do both. How fortunate that my path led me here.

I’ve worked 25 years in Environmental Education from students as young as Pre-K, to senior citizens. This included work for the YMCA of Greater New York, the Houston Independent School District, Missouri Botanical Garden, and now, the Endangered Wolf Center.

Here on this beautiful campus, with nature all around me, with the sound of wolves being music to my heart, I can’t think of a better way to connect people to wildlife and the wild places that depend on these Apex predators and keystone species. And why nature needs them now more than ever.

Working at the Endangered Wolf Center allows me to continue teaching and working with people of all ages and abilities. I believe in our mission. I believe in what we do and what we can accomplish. And when the howls of these amazing wolves echo through the valley, I somehow sense they believe it, too.