Wildlife Science Center
WSC was founded as a federally funded research facility in 1976, in order to observe and document the physiology and behavior of a captive population of gray wolves. Although the Center no longer receives federal funding, its distinctive research continues. However, since achieving 501(c)(3) status in 1991 it has concentrated its assets and knowledge on educational programming. It offers both on and offsite interactive presentations and overnight camping experiences to Minnesota youth by partnering with school and community-based organizations. Through its research and educational efforts, the WSC’s expertise is often sought by international, national, and regional institutions, regarding the care, handling, breeding, and ecological significance of wolves.
The mission of the Wildlife Science Center is to serve as an educational resource for all ages; by: providing exposure to wild animals and the body of knowledge generated for their conservation;to advance understanding of wild animal biology through long-term, humane scientific studies on captive populations, thus contributing to technical training for wildlife agencies, educational institutions and conservation agencies.
Friendly, knowledgeable staff, volunteer opportunities, learn about wild animals, balanced understanding of conservation, research, education. Multiple yearly events, weekly tours.
Great place to spend a weekend learning about many of the different types of larger mammals in North America. Very cool to get a tour from the staff/scientists that have worked there and to hear about some of the research they have helped with. Cool to see the wolves/foxes/coyotes interact and hear the animals back story from the tour guide. My young daughter (4) liked watching the animals and hearing about them. Very informational. Can't wait to head back once the weather is a bit warmer. Saw various types of wolves, coyotes, bear, fox, lynx, bobcat, cougar, and an owl.
I've taken my students on trips here yearly. Its a great way to learn about MANY North American animals at a reasonable cost. They have a solid balance of supporting the animals and encouraging healthy growth/re-population but also the realistic viewpoint of people who have to live with them and their dilemmas. @ thomas You are entitled to your opinion but I find it novel you ignore the feedback of multiple experts who live conservation.
Amazing place with an amazingly knowledgeable staff