Programs Offered at the GWDC
The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center offers a variety of fun and educational programs for all ages. Please contact us for a schedule of programs during the time you wish to visit or click here to see this week’s program schedule.
Designed for kids ages 5-12, this unique hands-on 30-minute program teaches kids about grizzly bear eating habits. Then they will accompany the naturalist into the bear habitat to hide food for the bears. After the food is hidden, they can see first-hand how bears use their sense of smell to search out the food they had hidden.
This is a first-come first-serve activity offered twice a day in the summer. Space is strictly limited to 30 kids per session. Sign up by the admissions counter no later than 15 minutes before the program starts on the day that you wish to take part. There is a $5 participation fee; all other programs are free with the price of admission. Kids can choose their favorite animal button as a souvenir.
Help the Keepers prepare the bears enrichment for the Keeper Kids program. Ages 13 – 17. Please enroll with a Naturalist, space is limited. Check for Scheduling.
Bear Pepper Spray Demonstration
Learn what it is, how to use it, and how not to use it. Watch as the Naturalist acts out a bear encounter and how to fire a can of bear pepper spray (training canisters are used). Check for Scheduling.
Learn about the resident raptors – hawks, eagles, owls, and falcons that cannot be released into the wild because of injury or abandonment. Check for Scheduling.
Wolf Pack Chat & Enrichment
Join a Naturalist as an Animal Keeper puts bones in the wolf habitats and watch the wolves socialize with their pack members. Chat about wild wolves, where the GWDC wolves came from, why they live here, and what their lives are like. Check for Scheduling.
Nakiska: Dog With A Job
Meet Nakiska, a Karelian Bear Dog, who is a special breed used to help with bear management to scare bears away from human areas and learn how to live safely in bear country. Check for Scheduling.
Join a Naturalist to learn about Trophic Cascade and the role top predators such as wolves and bears play in a balanced ecosystem Check for Scheduling.
Please Don’t Feed the Bears
Join a Naturalist as live bears help teach visitors how to make the right decisions when living and recreating in bear country. Learn what not to leave outside residential and vacation homes in bear country, and find out if grizzly bears can climb trees. Check for Scheduling.
Meet in the Warming Hut to learn where, when and how to watch bears and wolves in the wild. You’ll learn what areas of Yellowstone to target, how much space to keep between you and the animals, what gear to bring, and more. Check for Scheduling.
Yellowstone Park Ranger Presentations
Park Rangers discuss various topics on the wonders of Yellowstone. A great opportunity to learn about wolverines, bison, thermal features, and more! Check for Scheduling.
Discover all the facts about the birds residing at the Center. Check for Scheduling.