Field Trips

The Endangered Wolf Center offers unique options for field trips. Depending on the season, students will have the rare opportunity to view some of the world’s most endangered wolves and other canids. Field Trips are offered every day, except Tuesdays, from 9 am to 2 pm. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, or for more information, please contact the Center at 636-938-5900. Please note there an $80 fee required to schedule a program, this includes 10 tickets at $8/person. One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students, but every required chaperone will be free. Any additional students and adults can be added to your activity for $8/person.



Available year-round:

Animal Behavior
Why do wolves howl? Why do some birds dance? Find out the answers to these questions and more by joining us for our animal behavior field trip! This field trip includes classroom activities, a game, and observing the behaviors of the animals that live at our Center. During our breeding season in January and February, students will also help our staff observe breeding behaviors with our resident wolves. This program is approximately 2 hours long.


Home Sweet Habitat
What is a habitat? What does every living thing need to survive? Join our expert staff and docents to find out! Explore habitats from canid species all over the world and then visit some of our resident canids. This program lasts approximately 2 hours. Please note: During puppy season in April and May, this field trip may include an activity with our of our animal residents in place of habitat viewing. 


Caught in a Food Web
Explore multiple ecosystems and the food webs within them! During this field trip, you’ll have the chance to complete science-based activities, create a human food web, and visit some of our resident canids. This program lasts approximately 90 minutes. Please note: During puppy season in April and May, this field trip may not include viewing our canid residents.



Available seasonally:

Passport to Predators
Join us at the Endangered Wolf Center for this 90 minute 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 20 minutes learning about the eight species of canids 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 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.


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 seven 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.


Poetry of Wolves
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, the guide 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.