Day Visits and Volunteer

COVID-19 Protocols:
If you visit the sanctuary as a volunteer, we ask that you observe the following protocols:
  • Bring and wear a mask
  • Practice social distancing between your group and others, including the staff member giving the tour
  • Please come prepared to spend at least a few hours at the refuge, bring any necessary water, snacks, clothing layers, gloves, etc.
  • Email or call before your visit to ensure that our protocols have not changed
Thank you again for your support and we hope everyone is staying safe!
-M:W Staff
Day Visits by Essential Volunteers:  Mission:Wolf’s volunteer program started with individuals visiting the sanctuary and then lending a hand with daily projects.  This helped build the refuge to what it is today and is a value we wish to retain as we move into the future and allow people interested in visiting to become part of the magic and get involved.  To maximize our volunteer’s potential, we are allowing up to 3 volunteer groups (1 to 9 people each) on Tuesdays and Saturdays. 
You should plan to arrive between 9am and 12pm.  Upon arrival, one of our staff will give you an educational tour of the wolves and facility, then we can set you up on a project.  There are many projects going on that can match any skill set such as: processing firewood, landscaping, mechanics, welding, carpentry, etc.  Bring a lunch and any other supplies you may need, as we are 45 minutes from the closest town.
Essential help can also be monetary donations and/or donations of necessary supplies including food for wolves and staff as well as building supplies, automotive parts, etc.  If you are unable to volunteer but would still like to help the sanctuary, contact us to see what we are in need of currently by Clicking here.

Please DO NOT bring your dog to the sanctuary.

Hours: We welcome volunteers Tuesdays and Saturdays, arriving between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. for a tour, then we can set you up on a project.  Plan to spend a few hours or more volunteering with us. Click here to sign up.

Directions: Please don’t rely on Google Maps or a GPS! We are in a remote location with unreliable cell service – you may get lost! Click here for our simple, accurate directions.

Cost: We do not charge any fees to visit the sanctuary. We ask for cash donations, essential supplies, and/or items from our Wish List. Please be fair, generous, and honest with how much you can give. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit with no government funding, we run entirely on your donations.

Wolf Behavioral Session: We absolutely cannot guarantee a wolf visit. We try to offer volunteers a Wolf Behavioral Session while they at the sanctuary — provided the wolves, the weather, and our many projects agree with one another.  Arriving earlier allows you enough time to get a tour before having the chance to experience the behavioral session and lending a hand on a project.

Children: Children are welcome to visit Mission: Wolf. However, we strongly recommend a minimum age of 7 years old. Our wolves see children as puppies and want to play with them — when they can’t, the wolves get frustrated and take this energy out on their pack-mates. Because younger children are more likely to rile up the wolves, for safety purposes, you may be limited to certain areas on the tour.

Volunteer: We always have projects to do! Whatever skills you have, we can find a way to put them to work. There is always a need for people to do metalworking, carpentry, gardening, chainsaw work, and other forms of skilled labor. Read more about volunteering here.

Camping: We have a primitive tent campsite available free of charge — donations are appreciated. Please read about camping overnight before planning your volunteer trip.

Surrounding Area: It’s easy to incorporate other destinations into your visit to Mission: Wolf. Click here for more info about our area.

Winter Conditions: November through May, our roads are frequently impassable due to snow drifts and deep mud. There is limited cell phone coverage on our roads. Come prepared to dig yourself out of a snowdrift or hike to find help. We recommend that you bring tire chains, a shovel, and enough clothing and food to survive a night in your vehicle at -40°F.

Weather: Mission: Wolf is located 9,300 feet above sea level. Mountain weather is unpredictable and changes quickly. No matter the season, be prepared for anything. In general, summer is hot and sunny with afternoon thunderstorms and cool nights. Fall has a mix of cold and warm days with cold nights. Our first snow typically falls in early October, and the majority of our snow falls in March and April. Winter is sunny but extremely cold. Large snowdrifts can block roads. To check our local weather forecast, click here.