1396 Hwy. 169
Ely Minnesota 55731United States
Visitors get a peek into the pack life of wolves in their habitat.
It began in 1985 as a wildly successful "Wolves and Humans" exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota and expanded into a touring exhibit that made stops in 19 cities around the United States and Canada. Today, the International Wolf Center is a 20,000-square-foot facility that draws thousands of animal-lovers a year and boasts more than 9,500 members around the world. The facility centers on its observation windows, which allow you to look into a 1.25-acre enclosure that serves as the wolf pack's home. Because the wolves are accustomed to visitors, they often come up to the glass. Educational programs are offered all day, including one where you can interact with wolf pups. Human pups love it. Depending on how long you plan to stay and the time of year you visit, afternoon, weekend and weeklong visitors can participate in hikes, dogsledding, snowshoe treks, radio tracking and "howling" trips. The center also offers flights that give you a bird's-eye perspective of wolf country. The truly dedicated can attend intensive weeklong seminars. Those captivated by Minnesota's native wildlife should also visit Ely's North American Bear Center. Admission charged at both centers.