Indiana Summer Family Fun | Wolf Park

by Beth Montgomery on August 13, 2012 · 12 comments

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This post is part of the Indiana Summer Fun 2012 series. Be sure to check out all the ways to enjoy Indiana in true frugal fashion this summer!

We can see wolves at the zoo, but what about spending the night with them? Howling with them? And even pet them? You can do all this and learn more about wolves than you ever imagined in Battlegrounds, Indiana at Wolf Park.

Photo Credit: Monty Sloan

This little-known park is well loved. Their Facebook page is full of comments from visitors who loved their experience and “wolf parents” who adopted a wolf checking up on their “babies”. It’s a beautiful thing.

Photo Credit: Monty Sloan

Wolf Park is home to 14 wolves and many other animals including foxes, coyote, and bison. While in the wild wolves live to be about 8 years old, they have wolves ranging from 1-18 years old!  The wolves in their care have been raised with humans so we can understand more about them, so they are socialized, though not domesticated.

Photo Credit: Monty Sloan

I think the coolest event that happens at Wolf Park is Howl Nights where guest sing along with the wolfs. The wolf expert leading the howl will encourage you to howl several times throughout the discussion and, amazingly enough, the wolves answer.

Why We Love Wolf Park, Inc.

Why it’s great for families: Wolf Park is a unique experience for everyone, so it’s great to experience as a family. Not only will you learn so much, but you’ll experience so much that you just can’t experience any where else in Indiana.

What we love most: Howl Nights (This month’s is a Blue Moon!)

Tips for your visit:

  • Strollers are welcome, but they will probably be hard to push when taking tours or walking on paths. Since tours are at a relaxed pace, consider letting toddlers walk and bring a carrier or sling for younger children. If your toddler walks, you’ll still want to bring a carrier as a backup, since walks are up to 1 hour long or about 1/2 mile.
  • While we’re on the subject of trails – dress for weather and bring good walking shoes! You’ll be outside on gravel paths and roads.
  • Wolves can reach through the fences and railings, so make sure to keep your children back. While the wolves are friendlier than normal, they are still wolves!
  • Make sure to see the wolf pups. They are adorable.

Ways to Save

Admission to Wolf Park is $7 for every age 14 and old and $5 for children age 6-13 for most events and regular hours, but if you’re looking for ways to save on a visit, here’s a few tips:

Photo Credit: Monty Sloan

  • Children 5 and under are FREE for Howl Nights, admission, and many other events.
  • Get a group together for a group tour and get a group rate!
  • Become a Wolf Park member to get FREE admission for the year. Memberships start at only $35 a year.
  • Parking is FREE!
  • Food is not permitted, but you may bring your own drinks. In fact, I encourage it on hot days! There are designated food areas, if you plan to make a day out of it and want to stop for lunch or a snack.
  • Adopt a wolf for only $175 per person to get FREE family admission for the year, plus the opportunity to visit up close and personal with your very own wolf up to once per month throughout the year. You’ll also get a 1-hour training course on interacting with the animals.

Plan a Visit

Wolf Park, Inc.
4004 E. 800 N.
Battle Ground, Indiana 47920
Phone: (765)567-2265
Website
Walk for Wolves Fundraiser
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Three (4) lucky In Good Cents readers will win one (1) FREE Wolf Park, Inc. prize pack valued at $35 that includes:

  • (1) General Admission Pass (Good up to 5 people)

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1 Jeanne Peters August 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I have a large family and we have been called the Peters Pack for years and it all comes from the real wolf pack. They are family and stick together through everything. I feel honored to have my family’s nickname derive from such a noble and family oriented animal.

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2 Cynthia August 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I have wanted to visit for years! Thanks for the posting. It’s a great reminder.

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3 Beth August 14, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Cynthia, You’re welcome. Make sure you enter using the widget above, so you have a chance to win!

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4 Jenny August 15, 2012 at 9:46 AM

I have been wanting to visit. I find it interesting how wolves are very protective of their youngs and live in packs.

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5 Theresa B. August 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I’ve never heard of this place!! I live in southern Indiana and would LOVE to visit. I’ve always loved wolves; they’re one of my favorite subjects to read about, cross stitch and watch on TV or at the zoos!

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6 Vanessa August 15, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I’ve never heard ot that before. It looks like a great place to visit.

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7 Jody August 15, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I find the bonds within packs fascinating!

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8 Deborah Carmichael August 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM

This is some place the whole family would love!!

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9 Elizabeth August 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM

We’ve always been drawn to wolves and saw several when we worked in Alaska – not up close though. I didn’t even know about Wolf Park until recently — we had spent a week in northern Indiana camping a few years ago and this would have been an amazing place to visit … had we known earlier. We’re definitely hoping to get back up there to visit soon!

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10 Karhma August 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I think it’s interesting that for the most part, only the alpha pair produces pups.

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11 Cathy August 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM

We learned that the wolves let the hungriest wolf eat first, and only one wolf at a time. That was contrary to what we thought which was that the alpha ate first or that they all just tore into it at the same time.

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12 Wendy August 16, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I think it’s cool that their wolves are leash trained! And that they eat cupcakes and ice cream. : ) Wolf Park’s founder, Dr. Erich Klinghammer, was my professor of Animal Behavior at Purdue ~20 years ago. We took a field trip to his park. I haven’t been back since and would love to introduce my kids to it!

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