Wolfways: Wolf Education
Together with Wolf Haven International in Tenino, Washignton, Oregon Wild is proud to sponsor the efforts of Wolfways, a wolf education program designed for children Pre-K through 6th grade. Within its first two years, Wolf Ways has reached over 1800 young people. Adult presentations are also available.
Through lively interactive multi-media presentations – including video and audio clips, a replica wolf skull and track, wolf fur, a life size wolf and bull elk cut outs, and lots of pictures and wolf stories from the field – children will enter the world of wolves. Based on scientific research and observations, children will learn about:
"Your presentation was great! Our students learned SO much. Parents were very impressed with all they had learned and they all commented that their child taught them many new things as well. ... I was talking to a friend whose daughter is in preschool and she mentioned how her daughter's class had this great wolf presentation with a big wolf cutout come to their classroom - I am sure it was you! She said that her daughter talked about wolves nonstop after that! Thank you for coming to classrooms and sharing your wolf knowledge with everyone - it really has made a difference!"
“I loved the format: visuals- life size models, video, howling, LOTS of audience participation, objects to hold at the end, size comparison to elk, and the story of yearling and pups. This is a wonderful presentation to highlight the importance and plight of wolves. I highly recommend this presentation to grades 3 and under!” --- Amy Eshelby, 1st – 3rd grade, Childpeace Montesorri School, Portland, Or.
“Everything was really covered well and tailored to our studies. Going back and forth between speaking and showing visuals was perfect for our age group and helped with engagement. You really impressed both the kids and adults at City View."
- Life in a wolf pack
- Wolf communication
- Physical and social adaptations for survival
- The role of wolves in the ecosystem
- Wolves that live in Oregon or Washington
- Many more fun and interesting facts!
The presentation content and style will vary according to the childrens' age level. Programs are available in northern Oregon state and southern Washington state and can be given to any interested group, including public and private schools, girl scouts, boy scouts, libraries, nature centers, private groups and community centers.
Howling for wolves!
These programs are available free of charge and are presented by outreach education volunteers representing Wolf Haven and Oregon Wild.
Questions? Want to schedule a presentation? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in the greater Portland or Vancouver, Wa. area, love wolves, enjoy kids and you have some time to spare, being a WolfWays presenter might be a match. Presentations are given as a team - training will be provided. We're also looking for help with developing a website, contacting venues, and other needs that you may think of that we haven't thought of yet! Contact us!
Resources for Educators
- Teaching units from PBS' NOVA Online
- Resources for educators and kids from the International Wolf Center
- Teaching units for Educators from National Geographic
- Direct to Download Family Activity Guide PDF from National Geographic
Video: How Wolves Change Rivers
This video touches on complex ecological science and some topics are oversimplified. While the underlying science is not simple, it is sound. Like all rigorous scientific endeavors, our understanding of complex ecology is constantly evolving and being informed by more recent research. You can keep up here.