4da22da3-3a11-4c8a-94ab-a0f684e11afaMinneapolis – The International Wolf Center presented its  250th Wolves at Our Door classroom program on April 30 to the fifth grade class of Kate Weidenbach at Lake Harriet Upper Community School in Minneapolis.
The Wolves at Our Door program is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust fund. This new program is aimed at helping children understand the complex issues and public attitudes that surround wolves and their fluctuating protective status.
“Chasms divide people on all sides of the wolf issue – rural, urban and suburban communities, hunters and non-hunters, trappers and non-trappers, and residents and non-residents in the state’s wolf range,” said Center Executive Director Rob Schultz. “Our children, in particular, have become confused by the polarizing debates they hear about wolves and the misinformation that often surrounds them.”
Over 460 live classroom presentations throughout the nine-county Twin Cities metro area between October 2014 and June 2016 are expected. Tara Morrison, the International Wolf Center outreach director, delivers the free 60-minute in-person programs. Wolf experts at the Center developed the science-based curriculum which includes lecture, discussion, photographs, videos, artifacts, and a take-home booklet. Students are surveyed before and after the presentation to measure their knowledge and understanding of basic wolf biology and behavior.
“This program brings to our students a greater awareness of the difficult decisions we make in helping to keep ecosystems in balance. It aligns with a unit of study in science, and is also connected to a literature unit, which looks at the image of the wolf in traditional literature” said a fifth grade teacher.
“Thanks for coming to our classroom to teach us about wolves. I now know way more about wolves than I did before,” said 11-year-old Megan of Rosemount, Minn.
“Thank you a thousand times for coming to our school and teaching me about wolves. I learned so much,” said 10-year-old Greta of North Minneapolis.
Educators looking to schedule a presentation for their class can contact Tara Morrison directly at 763-560-7374.
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL WOLF CENTER – Learn about the International Wolf Center at wolf.org. The Center, founded in 1985, is known worldwide as the nation’s premier source for wolf education. The mission of the Center is to advance the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future. The Center educates through its Web site, wolf.org, its ambassador wolves, museum exhibits, on-site adventure and outreach programs and “International Wolf” magazine. The Educational facility is located at 1396 Highway 169, Ely, Minnesota, 55731, 218-365-4695. The Center’s Administrative and Outreach office is at 3410 Winnetka Ave. North, Minneapolis, MN 55427.