Harvest Howl
11:00 am11:00

Harvest Howl

  • Wildlife Science Center

Come join us at the Wildlife Science Center for our annual Harvest Howl. Enjoy a day of family fun, filled with live animal demonstrations, American Indian demonstrations, pumpkin painting contests, kids games and more! This festive family event provides an opportunity for the entire community to celebrate the annual fall harvest. Dogs on leash always welcome. All proceeds benefit the Wildlife Science Center.

Adults - $10.00   Kids - $8.00

12:00 pm12:00


  • Wildlife Science Center

Come trick-or- treat among owls, wolves and bears while you learn about some of nature’s most misunderstood creatures! Walk through a haunted barn or sip apple cider while enjoying the warmth of a campfire. Show off your costume, decorate your own trick-or-treat bag, get lots of fabulous goodies, and have some spooky fun. All proceeds benefit the Wildlife Science Center.

Adults - $10.00   Kids - $8.00

Brian Hare Lecture - "How did wolves evolve into man's best friend?"
7:00 pm19:00

Brian Hare Lecture - "How did wolves evolve into man's best friend?"

  • Macalester College

Join us for a special evening with canine cognition expert Dr. Brian Hare!

This event, being held at Macalester College, is free and open to the public but registration is required to guarantee a seat. Register HERE to reserve your ticket. The lecture will be given in the Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, within Kagin Commons. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Your ticket at this event makes you eligible to win one of several memberships to Dognition.

The relationship between man and dog presents an evolutionary puzzle. Humans and wolves evolved on separate continents. When they eventually encountered one another hey directly competed for food. As super-predators humans wiped out almost every other Eurasian carnivore beside the grey wolf. How did wolves survive and why did some evolve into dogs? The revolution in our understanding of how dogs think and solve problems relative to wolves has provided a powerful new idea to explain dog domestication. Dr Hare will share the latest research on dog and wolf cognition - including his work with wolf puppies at the Wildlife Science Center that tests some of the hottest ideas about dog origins. He will also explain how knowing wolves is central to understanding the domesticated wolves in our homes. 

Dr. Brian Hare is the director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, associate professor in evolutionary anthropology at the Center for Canine Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University in North Carolina, and one of the top canine cognition experts in the world.

Hare's research team has been collaborating locally with the Wildlife Science Center to study wolf pups, gaining valuable insight into how dogs problem solve.  Brian will share how WSC's wolf pups are helping discover even more about their domesticated cousins that take over our sofas.

Co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs are Smarter Than You Think, Hare’s research consistently receives national and international media coverage. Over the last decade Hare has been featured in the Daily Mail, The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Time, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Nature, Wired and Science magazine. He has been a frequent guest on radio programs including the BBC and American National Public Radio and television including CNN, Sixty Minutes, The TODAY Show, NBC News and National Geographic. Hare’s co-founded Dognition is amassing the world’s largest database on dog behavior and cognition utilizing citizen science. More on Dr. Brian Hare.

Contact: wulff@macalester.edu

Book Signing with Mike Link and Kate Crowley
6:30 pm18:30

Book Signing with Mike Link and Kate Crowley

  • Wildlife Science Center

The Wildlife Science Center is proud to announce a very special evening with Mike Link and Kate Crowley. Mike Link is the Founder and former Director of the Audubon Center of the Northwoods, and Kate is a life-long naturalist and educator.  Mike and Kate are the only husband/wife team to walk the entire circumference of Lake Superior in an effort to draw the world's attention to the issues facing fresh water.  On this evening, they will read from their newest book, "Meandering; Notes of a Mississippi Riverlorian". Mike and Kate traveled the length of the Mississippi up and back by foot, bike, car, and paddle wheel, gathering stories from folks along the way, and compiling their own observations. They artfully wove the stories and their own experiences into a delightful, informative read. 

As a special treat, artist Alaika Warner will be unveiling her latest paintings, inspired by some of WSC's most charasmatic animals. Alaika created these paintings as part of her Senior Project at the School of Environmental Studies. This project allows students to work with something they're passionate about, and the only concrete requirement is that the project must leave a legacy behind it. On why she chose to work with WSC, Alaika says:

I chose to work with WSC for my senior project because I wanted to help with the Move the Pack project. I couldn't donate money, but I could donate my art. The legacy I wanted to help leave behind was the preservation of a very important organization. I've been going to the Wildlife Science Center for close to 10 years now. It is not only a fantastic educational opportunity, but also serves as a source of inspiration and is a boon of creativity. Art and nature have always been important to me, so I decided to combine these interests into my senior project.

Alaika's paintings can be viewed below.

Come and listen to excerpts from the book and bid on some stunning paintings, with wolf howls and a campfire as a backdrop. As a special perk, you will get a chance to see this year's wolf pups up close!

There is no charge for this exciting event! Space is limited, so please RSVP at wscinfo@wildlifesciencecenter.org

Wolf Puppy Photography Workshop
Jul 10

Wolf Puppy Photography Workshop

Led by Photographer Jenni Bidner

100% of Tuition Donated
to the Wildlife Science Center!

Join us in this rare opportunity to photograph wolf puppies at the Wildlife Science Center (WSC) in Columbus, Minnesota. The WSC is hosting a guided tour that will give participants unprecedented access to their wolf puppies!

What makes this opportunity unique is that you will be guided into an extra-large pen and allowed to photograph up to 15 wolf pups. These are puppies that had to be removed from their packs or were orphaned, and will be 11-12 weeks old at the time of the workshop. We have selected this weekend for the seminar because of the ages of the puppies. They are very playful at this age.

Emphasis will be on maximizing shooting time and photo opportunities. A basic understanding of your camera and wildlife shooting techniques is assumed. Award-winning photographer/author Jenni Bidner will lead the tour and help you achieve the best photographs possible. WSC Director Peg Callahan will be available to narrate canine behavior and help predict where the “action” will be.

Because these are wild animals, you will not be allowed to approach the puppies. However, they tend to be curious and playful, so if they approach you (which is highly likely) you will be allowed to interact with them. Thus it is not surprising that you will get terrific photos with normal to moderate telephoto lenses. Maybe even wide angles should the pups decide to play near you.

Only 4 Sessions Offered - Choose between morning and afternoon shooting sessions on Saturday July 9th and Sunday July 10th, 2016. The afternoon session on July 9th, and the morning session on July 10th, are now full! Each session will begin with a safety orientation and photographic techniques discussion, followed by at least 2 hours in the pen. You may sign up for one or both sessions. Every effort will be made to provide a feeding session with deer meat; encourage howls and promote play. The pen has been landscaped for good photo opportunities. The class size is limited.

Pricing - Instructor Jenni Bidner is volunteering her time, and expenses so 100% of your tuition will go toward the operating expenses of the not-for-profit Wildlife Science Center, helping them to continue to care for these beautiful animals. The price for this wolf puppy photo shoot is $295 per session, or $495 for the full day (two
sessions). To insure a tailored and unique experience, class size will be limited.

Learn more by downloading the official event flyer HERE.

Aug 12

Wolf Camp 2016

Adventure and fun should be a part of every child’s summer. This unique outdoor experience is focused on Minnesota wildlife including wolves, black bears, coyotes, foxes, skunks, lynx and raptors. Each session is filled with opportunities to see and learn about Minnesota wildlife, wildlife activities, radio telemetry, archery, games and crafts. Spend part of your summer with our pack this June, July, and August.

Overnight Sessions (Ages 10 – 15)

June 20 – 22       Overnight Wolf Camp Session 1

June 27 – 29       Overnight Wolf Camp Session 2 (Girls Only)

July 11 – 13         Overnight Wolf Camp Session 3

July 18 – 20         Overnight Wolf Camp Session 4


Day Camp Sessions (Ages 8 – 13)

July 25 – 29         Day Camp Session 1

August 1 – 5       Day Camp Session 2

August 8 – 12     Day Camp Session 3


All Camp Sessions - $265.00 per session

Canine Carnival - Sponsored by Chuck and Don's
11:00 am11:00

Canine Carnival - Sponsored by Chuck and Don's

  • Wildlife Science Center

The Wildlife Science Center is excited to announce that this year's Canine Carnival will be sponsored by Chuck and Don's! Don't miss this opportunity to meet WSC's wolf pups!

Join us at the Canine Carnival – a tribute to canines both wild and domestic. We will honor the working and playing dogs of the community with guest speakers, presentations by the staff on the resident wolves, and by visiting canine groups!  Enjoy demonstrations from a variety of dog related activities, such as herding, agility, service dogs, search and rescue, and more. Learn about different breeds of dogs from local rescues and groups, meet dog related service providers, and visit with sellers of dog related merchandise. Dogs on leash always welcome. All proceeds benefit the Wildlife Science Center.

Adults - $10.00   Kids - $8.00

The current list of company and organization attendees includes:

  • Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue
  • Minnesota Greyhound Rescue
  • Earth & Water Wellness
  • English Springer Rescue America, Inc.
  • Mackerchiefs
  • Rescued Pets Are Wonderful
  • Hippie Dog
  • Animal Folks MN
  • Pharaohs Gyros (food truck)
  • Heading Home K9 Rescue
  • Silpada Designs Jewelry
  • Rhythm of Life Chiropractic
  • Heal Naturally
  • Siberian Husky Club of the Twin Cities
  • RawDelivery - Raw Pet Food
  • St. Francis Animal Rescue
  • Raw Bistro

Stay up to date on the latest Canine Carnival news by "liking" the official 2016 Canine Carnival Facebook page!

Have company or organization that should be represented? Sign up as a merchant, non-profit, or demonstrator HERE, or by contacting events@wildlifesciencecenter.org

Apr 26

Midwest Wolf Stewards Conference 2016

  • Sugar Lake Lodge

Join the Wildlife Science Center, USDA Wildlife Services Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and International Wolf Center as we co-host this year's Midwest Wolf Stewards Conference at Sugar Lake odge near Grand Rapids, MN. Midwest Wolf Stewards has met annually since the late 1980s to discuss wolf conservation in the Great Lakes region. The meeting includes professionals from state and federal agencies, the province of Ontario, Non-governmental Organizations, universities, tribes, and others interested in the management of wolves in the Great Lakes region.

The public is welcome to attend and learn about current wolf management and research throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario at this meeting of wolf and wildlife professionals. Check out the schedule for the conference, and then mail in the registration form below. Registrations are still being accepted, despite the deadline listed on the form. Please contact Sugar Lake Lodge directly with questions about registration. We hope to see you there!

Wine For Wolves
6:30 pm18:30

Wine For Wolves

  • Vannelli's By The Lake

Please join us for an unforgettable evening of exquisite wine, delicious hors d’oeuvres, good company and support our important mission.  MGM Wine and Spirits has selected over 200 wines to taste, with experts on hand to share their wine knowledge. Also offered are specialty beers and spirits to sample while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres.  During the evening you will have the opportunity to bid on a large array of silent auction items. You never know what treasures await you!  Take time to meet the Wildlife Science Center’s ambassador birds of prey – they always steal the show

Tickets at the Door - $45.00

Canceled - 2016 Dog and Cat Clinic
10:00 am10:00

Canceled - 2016 Dog and Cat Clinic

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Pet Vaccination Clinic scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd at the Wildlife Science Center has been canceled. We regret any inconvenience.

A Special Evening with Ann Bancroft
6:30 pm18:30

A Special Evening with Ann Bancroft

  • Stillwater KC Hall, Inc.

The Wildlife Science Center
invites you to a fundraising evening for
"Move The Pack"
featuring special guest

Ann Bancroft
who will talk on finding inspiration and outdoor adventures

Saturday, March 12, 2016
KC Hall in historic Stillwater, MN
1910 South Greeley Street

(just north of the intersection of Highway 36 and Greeley Street)
6:30 p.m.
program with Ann Bancroft at 7:30 pm

and to a reception with Ann

mashed potato bar
dessert & coffee
cash bar

please register in advance to help us plan appropriately for food, beverage and seating. food is being donated by Scheel's Catering

tickets $50 per person
Seating is limited. Get your tickets early so you don't miss this incredible event!

Questions? Contact events@wildlifesciencecenter.org

Can't attend, but still want to help the animals and Move The Pack? Please donate HERE.

Winter Festival
11:00 am11:00

Winter Festival

Discover the world of the dog sledder during a day of winter fun at the Wildlife Science Center. Mushers and their dog teams will be on-hand to meet and inform participants about this incredible winter sport. The day's activities include demonstrations by local experts on equipment and techniques, games for kids, campfires, and the opportunity to see and learn about the Wildlife Science Center's amazing animals. Feel free to bring your own dog but please bring a leash.

Dog sled rides available from 11:30 to 3:30 for an additional fee.

$10.00 for adults; $7.00 for kids

Event takes place with or without snow.


Presentation Schedule

Noon to 12:30 – Wolves of the Western Great Lakes Region – Peggy Callahan (Executive Director)

1:00 to 1:30 – Minnesota Raptors – Roberta Ryan (Animal Care/ Education Assistant)

2:00 to 2:30 – Animals Nobody Loves – Bob Ebsen (Education Director)

3:00 to 3:30 – Wolves of the Western Great Lakes Region – Peggy Callahan (Executive Director)