The Endangered Wolf Center, a global leader in breeding and protecting endangered wolves, has announced plans to build a new Education and Nature Center at its Eureka facility.
Target audiences for the new center will include children ages 4-13, families and underserved areas of the community. According to the Endangered Wolf Center, the new facility will support programs designed to connect visitors with nature and create a renewed sense of responsibility toward the health of our planet.
“While the essential role they play in the health of entire ecosystems is undisputed scientifically, fear, misconception and indifference continue to threaten this keystone species, keeping wolves in the crosshairs in many states and in countries around the world,” Executive Director Virginia Busch said in a recent statement. “Old narratives about big, bad wolves take effort and persistence to shift. Lots of it. Unfortunately for wolves, time has never been more of the essence.”
The new Education and Nature Center would also help the center’s Education Department keep pace with a growing demand for educational programming. According to officials at the Endangered Wolf Center, the department provided programs to almost 45,000 people in 2017, an increase of more than 20,000 since 2013. The Endangered Wolf Center offers STEM-aligned, curriculum-based programs for grades K-12, as well as tours, camps, field trips, overnight campouts, birthday parties and Campfire Wolf Howls.
Plans for the new center include a camp classroom for future leaders, an outdoor nature classroom, a nature playground, a boardwalk, a portable home for ambassador animals, a rain garden and more. To date, the Endangered Wolf Center has raised approximately half of the funds necessary for the new facility, secured lands and completed architectural drawings and bids for the project.
For more information about the new Education and Nature Center or to support the capital campaign, call Rachel Broom at 636-938-9306 or e-mail [email protected]. For information about current programming offered by the Endangered Wolf Center, visit endangeredwolfcenter.org.
The Endangered Wolf Center is located at 6750 Tyson Valley Rd., Eureka, MO.