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Current events for 2018:

  • March 14th, 11AM - 4PM;  Meet the Wolves at Purgatory Ski Resort
    Wolfwood will be returning to Purgatory.  Several Ambassador animals from the Refuge will be in attendance at the Purgatory Village Plaza.  An educational talk will be presented at 12:30PM and volunteers will be on hand all day to answer questions.  Photo are allowed and unique Wolfwood merchandise will be available with 100% of the proceeds going to the Refuge.  This is a FREE event. 

  • May 19th, 10AM - 4PM;  Meet the Wolves at Three Springs, Durango, CO
    Three Springs welcomes Wolfwood Refuge on May 19th from 10am to 4pm. There will be 2 educational talks: 11:30am and 2:30pm in the green space.  Wolfwood is a state and federally licensed rescue facility for wolves and wolf/dogs and is currently home to 57 animals.  Each year Wolfwood provides free, interactive educational outreach programs for over 60 different groups. Three Springs is offering a chance for families to come and learn about wolves, meet some of our ambassador animals, and understand why your kids have been so enthusiastic about Wolfwood's visit to their school.

    In addition, this year The Rocky Mountain Wolf Project will have a table at the event and be available to talk about wolf reintroduction in Colorado and answer any questions.  Wolfwood thanks Three Springs for the opportunity to offer a free family event to the community.

  • June 9th, 11AM - 4PM; Meet the Wolves at Pagosa Brewery, Pagosa, CO
    This is a fun event as the brewery hosts Wolfwood in the town where it all started.  Old friends say hello while drinking some great beer and eating good food.  Several of the animals will be there.  Donate $10 to Wolfwood Refuge and you will receive an original Wolfwood Refuge/Pagosa Brewing Glass and have it filled with an award-winning, flagship brew or a soft drink of your choice.  There will be an educational talk at 1:30PM. 
    (Pagosa Brewery location)

  • July 21st and 22nd : Meet the Wolves at Hermit Park, Estes Park, CO
    This is the premier, multi-day event of the year for Wolfwood. Several of the animals accompany a large group of volunteers for our only visit to the far northern part of the state. The county park department hosts the event in a beautiful open space that can accommodate the large number of people who attend. Wolfwood staff will host educational programs at the Hermit Park Open Space pavilion at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on July 21 and 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on July 22. The animals will also be available to visit between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. when educational programs are not taking place.

    While this is a free event, the park requires a $6 entrance fee if you are not a season ticket holder. Please pay the fee when you enter the park. (It is suggested you use cash as the lines to enter the park get very long for this event and the park staff can process cash payments much quicker.)

    Please note that Oakley will not be at this event due to his recovery from surgery.

    No dogs please. 

  • August 4th, 10AM - 3PM; Meet the Wolves at Five Branches Campground, Vallecito Lake, CO -  Five Branches welcomes Wolfwood Refuge for their annual visit. Lunch will be served at noon by donation and an educational talk will be presented at 1PM.  

    We encourage families to come and meet the animals, and understand why your kids have been so enthusiastic about their Wolfwood visits to the area schools. 
    Wolfwood thanks Five Branches for the opportunity to offer a free family event to the community. They are located at 4677 County Road 501A at Vallecito Lake. 

  • August 11th (3-7PM) & 12th (10AM - 6PM); Meet the Wolves at Backcountry Basecamp, Lake City, CO - Our annual trip out to Lake City will include visits with the animals and wolf presentations from Paula.    There will be educational talks Saturday at 4:30PM and Sunday at 11AM & 4PM.

    Backcountry Basecamp is located at 720 N Gunnison Ave in Lake City. Please do not park in the business lot across the street.  This is a free event.

  • September 22nd ,5PM - 9PM: Annual Wolfwood Art Auction.  - WolfWood's 7th Annual Art and Silent Auction will be held this year on Saturday, September 22nd, once again at the wonderful, historic Durango Silverton Railroad Station GRANGE, from 5pm to 9pm.   Tickets are $25 at the door.

    If you've been here before, you know it's the party of the year, and if you've never been, please come. You don't want to miss it, and this year we really need your support. Not only is it a great night, but the money raised keeps the refuge going throughout the long winter months.

    As always, there will be plenty of fine spirits and wonderful food, along with terrific live music to enjoy while you party with your WolfWood friends and check out (and hopefully bid on) all of the incredible art donated to us for the event by our talented and generous Artist benefactors.



    Next to saving the lives of animals, our educational programs are our number one priority. We believe that exposing the public to these special animals and bringing understanding about wolves will make a positive difference. It is extremely rewarding to hear a child who started off the tour saying "I'm afraid they will eat me" change to "This was the best field trip ever!"    Here are some of the programs Wolfwood has done in the last six months:

    SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES: When we visit schools, we take animals with us. We do an hour long educational talk and show the wolves on stage. Occasionally there is time for petting if the program is for a smaller audience. Sometimes we do two assemblies and see an entire school in one afternoon! We are often asked back because the kids love the presentations.

    TOURS AND FIELD TRIPS: Schools and different organizations come to the refuge for service projects or days with the wolves. This is an opportunity for a first hand look at rescue work, gets participants outside in nature and teaches a lot about wolves and wolf/dogs. We have seen The Ft. Lewis Girls Volleyball Team, Summit Program, Bayfield Family Center, and Farmington Home Schools.

    COMMUNITY EVENTS: We also get involved with community groups. We went to see the Ignacio Boys and Girls Club as part of their mentoring program. The Girl Scouts came for their annual weekend camp. Last year we had almost 170 people! The girls earned their service badges and had a weekend of classes and wolf interaction. We again went to Hermit Park in Estes. This has always been an incredibly successful event with more visitors each year. We did four presentations and talked with hundreds of people. An elk even came by to investigate the wolves! This is a wonderful example of a great partnership and we appreciate all the time and effort the staff and rangers put into this event. I am so proud of the work we do with youth. The wolves do not belong to us, they are in our care and we never charge anyone for the learning and growing experience of interacting with them. I hope you, as our friends and supporters, realize what a difference you are making in the lives of animals and humans alike.


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