Keith Vandervort

ELY – Residents of the Ely area are invited to the International Wolf Center on Thursday, May 23rd to attend the new interpretation center exhibition "Discover the Wolves" on a special community day. All residents whose postal code begins with 557 will receive half-price entry during the one-day event. Proof of residency will be required.

The discounted rate for admission on Thursday, May 23rd is $ 7 for adults, $ 6 for seniors and $ 4 for children 12 and under.

"We are looking forward to showing our neighbors what we have done here," said Krista Harrington, Head of the Interpretation Center. "We appreciate all the support the Ely community has given us over the years. Events like this community day are a way to show this appreciation. "

Among the special events of the day, you will find a slide show depicting the 30 years of presence of live wolves in the center at Ely. The slideshow will be presented by Lori Schmidt, curator of Wolf.

The center is open from 10:00 to 17:00. May 23rd.

The new exhibition was installed this spring and opened in May. "Behind the scenes, we've been working in this area for 16 months," Harrington said. "Seeing all this work as it was installed, piece by piece, was thrilling for all of us."

While science about wolves has changed and new technologies have emerged, the Wolf Center has built a state-of-the-art visitor experience that takes into account these advances, according to Rob Schultz, executive director of the Wolf Center. "This new exhibit is both," he said. "All the latest information on wolves is included in the new exhibition, and we believe that visitors will really feel involved in the action using the scientific breakthroughs we have been able to incorporate. "

The new exhibition takes a very practical approach to studying wolves. There are microscopes to examine the wolf's slides, an opportunity to simulate flying a plane while following wolves, and even a screaming room that encourages people to indulge themselves with their ropes vocal. "We know that the new exhibit will be another way for us to continue to educate the world about wolves.

An opening ceremony and a ribbon cutting for the new exhibition at the center are scheduled for Friday, June 28 from 18:30 to 20:30.

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The director resigns

Schultz resigned this week as executive director of the International Wolf Center. He is taking up a new position with the National Audubon Society, where he will serve as Vice President and Executive Director of Upper Mississippi Flyway and Audubon Minnesota.

"We are all excited about the opportunity that Rob has to advance his conservation career, but we will miss his passion and enthusiasm for our work," said Nancy Jo Tubbs, Chair of the Board of Directors. Wolf Center.

During his stay at the Wolf Center, Schultz directed staff and volunteers to make significant progress in his work to educate the world about wolves. With the help of board members, Schultz secured $ 1 million in funding from LCCMR to develop the new "Discover Wolves!" Exhibit. The administrative offices of Twin Cities have been moved to new premises and six new educational exhibitions have been introduced at the Ely-based center. Schultz helped the Wolf Center strengthen its relationships with major donors and led the team in the development of the Wolves At Our Door program, which reached nearly 55,000 students. Most recently, he has worked with board members and National Park Service staff to provide financial support for the transfer of new wolves into the Isle Royale National Park.

"We have seen an important team effort under Rob's direction and we could not have done this progressive work in Wolf Education without the support of our donors, members, legislators, Natural Resources Department, Ely City Council and many partners, "Tubbs said.

The last day of Schultz with the center was May 15th. A national search to find the next executive director of the center will begin soon.