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The only way to see Wolf Sanctuary of PA is by a guided tour.

Wolf Sanctuary of PA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with no government funding. We rely on our tours and events, fundraisers, and private donations to continue to provide the highest level of quality care and enrichment for all of the wolves in our care. All proceeds from our tours and events go directly towards helping the wolves.

The sanctuary Gift Shop is open during tour hours or by appointment. All proceeds from gift shop sales also directly benefit the wolves.

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Important Guidelines

  • Pets are not permitted on the property
  • Smoking is only permitted in designated areas
  • Alcohol is not permitted on the property
  • Running is not permitted on the property
  • Photographs are permitted but lenses must be no longer than 5 inches in length. *Longer lenses are permitted on the photography tour only
  • Tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks are prohibited
  • Video recording is prohibited.

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Saturday and Sunday Public Tour

Public Tours during the weekend are only held once per day on Saturdays and Sundays.

During the Saturday and Sunday public tour, guides lead guests around to several of the packs, providing information about the wolves here as well as information about their biology and conservation. The pace of the tour is set by the guide, and all visitors must stay with their group at all times.

Guests must arrive 15-20 minutes before the start of the tour since the entrance gate will close promptly when the tour begins and no additional guests will be admitted after that time.

  • 10AM June through September
  • 12PM October through May
  • Tours last approximately 1-1.5 hours
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Tuesday and Thursday Public Tour

Public Tours during the week are only held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
During the Tuesday and Thursday public tours, guides lead guests around to several of the packs, providing information about the wolves here as well as information about their biology and conservation.

The pace of the tour is set by the guide, and all visitors must stay with their group at all times.

*Advanced booking required. **Guests of Speedwell Forge B&B, please reserve your Weekday Public Tour through your Innkeeper.

  • 10AM Year round
  • Tours last approximately 1-1.5 hours
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Full Moon Fundraiser Event

Our Full Moon Fundraiser Events are a bit different. The event features a roaring bonfire (weather permitting), live entertainment and self-guided tours. Guides are stationed at each pack throughout the event to provide information on the wolves at the sanctuary as well as facts and information about wolf conservation and biology. Bring a blanket, a flashlight, a chair, maybe some hot dogs and marshmallows. Plan to arrive between 7:30 and 8:30PM – no guests admitted after 8:30PM. We hope you will come. We always have fun, and it’s always about the wolves.

We reccomend vistors bring the following:

  • The tour is held rain, snow, or shine, so dress accordingly. PLEASE wear good walking shoes.
  • Water is provided in the gift shop through the generosity of our volunteer staff. On warm days please bring extra water just in case.
  • During Full Moon Tours, you may bring chairs, blankets, non-alcoholic refreshments and hot dogs or marshmallows for roasting (please bring your own sticks).
  • Bring a flashlight as the tour will take place in the evening with limited light availability and you will be walking on uneven ground. Please be mindful to avoid shining lights directly towards the wolves.
  • For teens and young adults visiting for the Full Moon Event, please bring proof of age – guests must be 16 or older for admission.

What Not to Bring:

  • No pets allowed on the property. Please leave your pets at home.
  • Alcohol is NOT permitted.
  • Photography lenses must less than 5 inches in length and triopods, monopods, and selfie sticks are not permitted.

2019 Full Moon Dates

  • January 19 – Wolf Moon
  • February 16 – Snow Moon
  • March 23 – Worm Moon
  • April 20 – Pink Moon
  • May 18 – Flower Moon
  • June 15 – Strawberry Moon
  • July 13 – Buck Moon
  • August 17 – Sturgeon Moon
  • September 14 – Corn Moon
  • October 12 – Hunter’s Moon
  • November 9 – Beaver Moon
  • December 14 – Cold Moon
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Private Tours

Private Tours offer an opportunity to view all of the wolves at the sanctuary.

Your guide will lead you and whoever you choose to bring with you around the entire sanctuary to view all of the wolves. They will stop for a few moments at each pack to introduce them and provide information on conservation and biology.

  • New Pricing this summer: Starting June 1, 2019, Private Tours will cost $35 per person
  • Lasts approximately 2 hours
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Photography Tours

These sessions offer an opportunity for professional photographers to spend additional time photographing the wolves using longer lenses and professional equipment.

During the session you will have access to the same trails as the private tour. The session is not informational, but rather a guide will accompany you through the facility and may provide suggestions for the best angles or viewpoints.

For these sessions, all photography equipment is permitted, including tripods and long lenses, though video is still prohibited. Props and other staging materials are not permitted and models are not permitted.

All guests and visitors, during all tours and events, view and may photograph the wolves from behind/through 1 to 2 sets of fencing, with 3×3 to 3×6 inch wide gaps.

  • $50 per photographer per 30 minutes (up to 2 hours)
  • *No more than 5 photographers will be scheduled per session
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a reservation to visit?

Private Tours and Weekday Public Tours require advanced booking. Weekend public tours and Full Moon Tours do not require advanced booking, though optional booking is available for the Full Moon Tour. Professional Photography Sessions must also be arranged in advance.

Is the tour appropriate for children?

It typically depends on the age group. The tour may not be appropriate for children under age 5 due to the length and nature of the tour.

Note also that there is no playground at the facility and children are not allowed to run, wander or behave loudly while visiting. To maintain a peaceful and serene environment for our animals and other guests, we require children to be monitored at ALL TIMES. It is imperative that parents keep their children close by and on the trails. Any parent or child not respecting our policies will be asked to leave immediately.

How many wolves are on the tour?

During the Public Tour guests have an opportunity to view a little over half of the wolves. During the Private Tour guests tour the entire facility and have an opportunity to view all of the packs.

How close can I get to the wolves?

All guests and visitors view the wolves from behind/through 1 to 2 sets of fencing, with 3×3 to 3×6 inch wide gaps. Guests are not permitted to reach over or through any fencing in accordance state laws, insurance requirements, and our mission and goals.

Can I pet/feed the wolves?

There is no direct interaction between visitors and the wolves in according with state laws, insurance requirements, and our mission and goals.

Can I bring my pet?

Pets are not permitted on the property at any time.

Can I take photos/videos?

Video is prohibited. Photos are permitted (and encouraged!)

Is there an age limit for the tours?

The only tour with an age restriction is our Full Moon Tour since it is in the evening. For the Full Moon Tour, children under age 16 are not permitted to attend.

Are the tours handicap accessible?

The trails are natural grass, rocks, and dirt and the majority of the public tour is on a relatively flat surface. There is an optional portion towards the end of the public tour that involves a steep hill, but there are only a few wolves at the top, the majority are below.

The length of the tour is approximately 1/8 of a mile (1/4 mile including the steep portion) and the pace is leisurely. Guides will stop at each pack for 10 minutes or so to provide information about the wolves here and about wolf conservation and biology.

There are plenty of benches and chairs around the sanctuary and in front of most of the packs on the tour.

Can I bring alcohol to the property?

Guests are not permitted to bring alcohol to the property at any time.

Is smoking permitted?

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. Smoking is not permitted near the wolf enclosures or bonfire area.

Is there a picnic area or campground on the property?

There is no picnic area or campground on the property. Guests are only permitted on the property during guided tours.

Where do I pay for the tour?

Payment for the Weekend Public Tour, the Full Moon Tour, and Special Events can be made in the Information Center before the tour. Payment for the Private Tour and Weekday Public Tour can be processed through our online tour reservation system.

Where do the tour funds go?

All tour funds directly benefit the wolves.

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