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Oregon Wild Wallowa Wolf Rendezvous

Explore the heart of Oregon's wolf country

The 2018 Wallowa Wolf Rendezvous is full. Click here to be first in line for future trips (select "Wolf Rendezvous").
Follow the sign-up instructions below if you'd like to be put on the waitlist (every year some waitlisters have made it on the trip). Otherwise, click here to be first in line for future trips.

  • WHAT: Ninth Annual Oregon Wild Wallowa Wolf Rendezvous
  • WHEN: June 21 - June 24, 2018
  • WHERE: Wolf Country - Wallowa County. Participants are responsible for transportation to Joseph, Oregon. Oregon Wild can help facilitate carpools.
  • HOW MUCH: This members-only trip is free for Monument Level Members. You may become a member and sign up for the trip concurrently.
  • SIGN UP: Sign up by calling Jamie at 503.283.6343 x 205. 
  • CONTACT: Inquiries can be e-mailed to jd@oregonwild.org, but all reservations must be made by phone. 503.283.6343 x 205.
  • FUTURE TRIPS: Can't make it this time, but don't want to miss the next one? Sign up to learn more about and be first in line for future trips, including the Crater Lake Wilderness Rendezvous later this fall.

Join Oregon Wild for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Eastern Oregon's wolf country while camping out on the edge of Oregon's largest protected Wilderness.

This four-day, three-night excursion takes participants deep into the heart of Oregon's wolf territory with the hope of seeing or hearing Oregon's gray wolves. With only a few dozen known wolves in the entire state, it’s a longshot to see them, but exciting opportunities await campers, such as workshops (in previous years we've done photography, tracking, edible wild foods, and ecology), meetings with biologists, ranchers, and other area residents learning to live with wolves.

We’ll also enjoy scenic hikes and drives through the Zumwalt Prairie and the spectacular landscapes of Oregon’s wolf country.

The focus of this trip is learning about wolves and wolf recovery. Hikes will be of moderate strenuousness. We'll be at a high altitude and you may get a bit of a workout, but there will be no extreme climbing. If you're in good hiking shape, you'll be fine.

Due to logistical and safety concerns, we cannot have children under the age of 13 on this trip. All minors must be accompanied by an adult who will be responsible for them.

You can sign up by calling Jamie at 503.283.6343 x205.

Sample (2011) itinerary

The 2018 itinerary will be similar but different and subject to change based upon confirmation and availability of speakers, weather, and the overall abilities/interests of the group.

Day 1:

  • Arrival, welcome
  • Short leg-stretching hike
  • Discussion with local wildlife biologist
  • Potluck dinner
  • Campfire discussion of wolf recovery in Oregon

Day 2:

  • Breakfast
  • Meeting with ODFW wolf biologist in the field
  • Short hike looking for wolf sign
  • Lunch in the field
  • Meeting with Nez Perce elder (unlikely in 2017)
  • Farm-hosted dinner featuring locally-raised food
  • Optional evening excursion

Day 3:

  • Breakfast
  • Zumwalt Prairie exploration
  • Lunch at scenic lookout
  • Meeting with range rider
  • Dinner at local brewpub
  • Optional evening excursion on Wallowa Lake

Day 4:

  • Breakfast
  • Optional hike with local wolf advocate
  • Lunch and depart

What's included:

Breakfasts, lunches, one dinner, transportation during event, access to cabin with toilet and running water, expertise, guiding, and planning.

What you are responsible for:

Transportation to Joseph, camping gear and personal items, one potluck dinner item, one dinner at local eatery, and having a great time!

How much is it?

This members-only hike is free for Monument Level Members ($500). You may become a member at the time of sign-up. You can sign up and check on your membership status by contacting Oregon Wild’s Portland office at 503.283.6343. Ask for Jamie (ext. 205).

How do I sign up?

Call Oregon Wild's Portland office at 503.283.6343 x205 and ask for Jamie. You can also sign up here to learn about future trips.

E-mail inquiries may be sent to jd@oregonwild.org. Please note you can not sign up by e-mail. If you are unable to contact us, please leave a voicemail. 

We expect demand for the trip will exceed the number of available spots. Should this happen, slots will be filled in order of confirmation, and messages will be returned in the order they are received. A limited waitlist will be created for those who want to join the trip. In nearly all previous years, waitlisters have made it on the trip.

We’ll also be leading a second Wolf Rendezvous to the Crater Lake Wilderness proposal this fall. If you can't make it this summer, you can sign up here to be first in line for future trips (select "Wolf Rendezvous").

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Photos courtesy of Rendezvous participants and ODFW.