Sharing the Ways of Wolves!
Image by Debbie Steinhausser
“In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what
we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”
Comparing hands to a wolf track. Tori Benavente photo
Courtesy of Camas-Washougal Post-Record.
WolfWays brings science-based wolf education programs to young people -- pre-k through high school -- and adults.
We plant seeds of understanding about the true nature of wolves. Since our founding in 2014, we have shared the ways of wolves with over 10,000 people of all ages!
Please browse and enter into the world of wolves! In addition to our programs, you will find resources and materials that will help increase your understanding of wolves and will enable you to bring wolf education into your schools and community groups.
Here's where wolves live in Oregon! with Sheila
Our Mission is to increase the understanding of the
real nature of wolves through science-based wolf education.
To this end, we do outreach education both directly in schools and
community groups as well as through remote programs and our
website. We focus on the wolves' complex social behaviors and
relationships, the important role they play within the ecosystem as
keystone species, and the need for conserving wolves as vital
members of the landscape.
Sponsored by: Wolf Haven International and Oregon Wild
Why Teach About Wolves?
The story of wolves is an important part of America's natural history. Following their near extermination in the lower 48 states in the 1940s, the 1995/'96 reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone and Idaho was considered to be one of wildlife conservation's greatest success stories. Because wolves have only recently returned to lands that they historically called home, many people aren't familiar with their ways or their presence on the landscape.
Wolves are one of the most researched and studied animals, yet they remain one of the most misunderstood, largely due to negative portrayals in the media and the persistence of old prejudices. Education is key to helping counter the destructive myths surrounding wolves.
Wolves are important native species! As keystone species, wolves perform a vital role on the landscapes they inhabit. Their presence helps lead to more balanced and biodiverse ecosystems. The complexity and cooperative nature of their family-oriented social life is not only fascinating and critical to their survival, but in surprising ways reveals behaviors that we humans
can relate to.
The study of wolves brings to life many curricular concepts including adaptations, habitat, food webs, life cycles, social interactions, ecosystems, predator/prey relationships, keystone species, and conservation. Their study can help meet NGSS goals. Wolves are a high-interest subject. Including wolves in the curriculum can help meet NGSS goals.
Taking Action for Wolves
Learn about the true nature of wolves and share what you know with others. Helping to spread the truth about wolves will help to decrease unfounded fears and prejudices.