COVID-19 Update

As our region slowly begins to reopen, we have begun to offer tours by reservation only. We are still unable to offer weekend public tours at this time. We have also instituted health and safety practices to ensure the well-being of our visitors, volunteers, and staff. We will continue to provide updates via our website and social media. 

As a 501c3 nonprofit, our tours program has served to be the major funding source that enabled us to continue in our important mission. We have experienced a severe decrease in tour income since the onset of the pandemic. With limited income from our tours, we ask that you consider making a donation to help the wolves through this difficult time. 

Thank you, as always, for your generous support.

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Interested in visiting?

All tours require a reservation. Tours and events are held outside and the walking trails are natural rocks, grass, and dirt. There is one moderately steep hill halfway through the tour. 

Items from the sanctuary Gift Shop can now be ordered online or by phone.  All proceeds from gift shop sales also directly benefit the wolves.

Important Guidelines

  • Per Covid19 safety regulations, all visitors must wear a mask at all times and maintain 6 feet of social distance while on the property
  • Please wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. The tour is held rain, snow, or shine. Check our facebook page for extreme weather cancellations.
  • 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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Guided Public Tour (Advanced Booking Required)

More information about Weekend Guided Tours coming soon. Weekend Guided Tours also require advanced booking.

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. If online booking is full, please contact us to ask about our waiting list

  • WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10AM Year round
  • COST: $15 adults; $13 children age 11 and younger; $14 seniors age 63 and older
  • DURATION: Tours last approximately 1-1.5 hours
  • TOUR SIZE: Public tours are capped at 10 visitors or fewer for each tour guide, per our Covid19 Safety Protocols. 
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Private Tours (Advanced Booking Required)

The Private Tour schedule for October 2020 is not yet available, but will be released very soon.   

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.

Advanced Booking Required. If online booking is full, please contact us to ask about our waiting list

  • WHEN: Through September 2020, Private Tours will be scheduled Saturdays and Sundays at 7AM or 10AM and Mondays and Fridays at 10AM. 
  • COST: $45 per person
  • DURATION: Lasts approximately 2 hours
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Full Moon Fundraiser (Advanced Booking Required)

Our Full Moon Fundraisers are a bit different. This is our only age-restricted event – visitors must be 16 or older with proof of age to attend. The event features a roaring bonfire (weather permitting), live entertainment and guided tours. Guides 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 something warm to drink (non-alcoholic beverages only). Reservations required. Plan to arrive between 7:30 and 8:30PM. We hope you will come. We always have fun, and it’s always about the wolves.

  • WHEN: see below for 2020 Full Moon schedule
  • COST: $35 per person
  • DURATION: Approx 1.5 – 2.5 hours

We recommend visitors bring the following:

  • Masks will be required for the tour per COVID19 guidelines
  • The tour is held rain, snow, or shine, so dress accordingly. Check our facebook page for extreme weather cancellations. PLEASE wear good walking shoes.
  • Please bring water or non-alcoholic beverages to stay hydrated, especially on warm days. Alcohol is not permitted.
  • During Full Moon Fundraisers, you may bring chairs, blankets, non-alcoholic refreshments and snacks
  • 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 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.

2020 Full Moon Dates

  • March 7, 2020 – Worm Moon
  • April 4, 2020 – Pink Moon – CANCELLED
  • May 9, 2020 – Flower Moon –CANCELLED
  • June 6, 2020 – Strawberry Moon
  • July 11, 2020 — Buck Moon
  • August 1, 2020 – Sturgeon Moon
  • September 5, 2020 – Corn Moon
  • October 3, 2020 – Hunter’s Moon
  • November 7, 2020 – Beaver Moon
  • December 5, 2020 – Cold Moon
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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?

At this time, all tours require advanced booking. You can book online, or contact us to place the reservation. If the tour is booked full online, contact us about our waiting list. Please also contact us to place the booking if you are a Speedwell Forge B&B guest or if you have a gift certificate or are unable to pay in advance with a credit card.

Is there an age limit for the tours?

The only tour with an age restriction is our Full Moon Fundraiser since it is in the evening. For the Full Moon Fundraiser, children under age 16 are not permitted to attend. All other tours are open to visitors of all ages.

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. The only age-restricted tour is our Full Moon Fundraiser – visitors must be 16 or older to attend this tour. All other tours do not have an age restriction.

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!) though lenses must be less than 5 inches in length for all tours except Professional Photography Sessions. Tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks are not permitted.

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 is typically required at the time of booking. Payment can be made through our online booking system or by booking over the phone. If you are a guest of the Speedwell Forge B&B, or if you are paying with a gift certificate or other alternative payment, please contact us to book your tour. All tour proceeds help the wolves.

Where do the tour funds go?

All tour funds directly benefit the wolves.

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