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Wolf Education and Research Center

1721 Forest Road

Mission :

The Wolf Education and Research Center (WERC) is a unique educational facility on the Nez Perce Reservation in northern Idaho. One of the largest of its kind in North America, this site encompasses twenty acres of rolling timberland with meadows and streams. A fitting home for the Sawtooth Pack: Wolves of the Nez Perce. These wolves serve as ambassadors for their wild cousins by educating the public .

WERC is dedicated to providing public education concerning the gray wolf and its habitat in the Northern Rocky Mountains. It is our goal to provide the public with the rare opportunity to observe and learn about wolves in their natural habitat. The Visitor Center is increasing public awareness of wolves and related issues with programs that educate, awaken and motivate local as well as national residents, which may be the key for preserving wolves and their habitats in perpetuity.


Leanne Robertson

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
I went there for my birthday 3 years ago! Even though it was in the summertime, it was still quite cold being up in the mountains. Winchester is a tiny little town of a population at 350. You'll get a kick out of driving into town and seeing the Winchester Gun hanging from the two wood posts that greet you as you driving to town. Sanctuary was beautiful! Easy walkable trails but, I suggest you have a good pair of hiking boots and wear your denim pants. They have Decks that you can stand on and look down at the wolves if they're out and about. They asked you to be quiet and not to howl they have signs everywhere for that. The lodge itself was handmade by the researchers that live up there and rotate shifts I should say every few months. They have their campers in their tents apparently that they stay in during the touring months. If you like to get out in nature, and respect it, this is a nice place to go. Oh and pack a picnic lunch!

Catherine Edwards

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
I spent several days visiting the center and had a thrilling and enjoyable experiences. While it is true that a wolf siting is not guaranteed, with a little time and patience you can increase your chances. By talking with staff and interns you can tilt the odds in your favor of seeing one or more of the wolves. If the the wolves were tame and domesticated the experience would be more like a zoo. It is not. The wolves are free in their enclosure.

Kayla Creekpaum

Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
They are there to educate and treat the animals to the best of their ability. They are a non profit, with great education and amazing staff. They truly care and I am excited to see what they plan to do in the future when the last of the pack passes away. I'm hoping for rescuing more animals from horrible situations, your stories were very interesting. Thanks for everything you do!!!!

Peter Murphy

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007
We travelled out of our way to see this place, but left not seeing any wolves. If you can imagine a zoo where your chances of seeing the wolves is somewhat low, then this is how this place is as an attraction. The three remaining wolves they have (the rest have died) are not wild (they were raised for a movie and here they are fenced in), but the fence is a ways from the lookout platform and they may not (likely are not) in the area of view anyway. So it could be neat to see them in this natural setting, but bewared that this seems might not happen and you'll have to pay anyway.

Daniel Grossmann

Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016

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