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Full Moon Tour at Wolf Sanctuary of PA

Are you looking for a unique way to spend an evening, completely different from your usual Saturday night? Try heading over to the Wolf Sanctuary of PA for a Full Moon Tour!

These tours happen once a month on the Saturday evening closest to the full moon and are open to anyone 16 years of age or older. Walk through the sanctuary at your own pace moving from pack to pack and learn loads of interesting facts about the wolfs in each family- you may even be lucky enough to hear a bark or howl from the wolves themselves (although you will learn, it is not actually the moon they howl at!). This event is perfect for anyone with a fascination in wildlife, nature, or conservation. All the volunteers at each station are very knowledgeable and will answer any question guests ask as best they can. They also know the story of each wolf and how it ended up at the sanctuary- the majority of them are rescues!

Be sure to stop by the bonfire in the center of the sanctuary to warm up, roast some hot dogs or marshmallows, and just relax taking in the awesome experience you are a part of. It is a great way to enjoy being outdoors in the presence of an awesome species!

Note: If you are interested in visiting but have children under 16 years of age you can still visit the Sanctuary for one of the daytime tours. Admission for the Full Moon Tours is $20 per person, and your payment goes towards the care of the wolves (food, vet bills, facility maintenance, etc.)

Local’s Tips:

– Order tickets in advance online, or arrive early- this event tends to draw a crowd
– Make sure everyone in your party is 16 years of age or older
– Bring a flashlight and wear sneakers or comfortable shoes, you do quite a bit of walking and the ground is uneven in spots.
– Bring your own hot dogs, s’mores, roasting sticks, and blankets or chairs for the bonfire
– Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions, you can learn a lot!

The Wolf Sanctuary of PA

There I was—face to face with one of nature’s most fierce creatures, the wolf. I stood frozen, staring down 12 sets of eyes, each of us waiting to see what the other would do next. We stood, stuck in a human-canine staring match…well, until the person that feeds them walked up to the fence and the wolves forgot about me and went, tails wagging and all, to greet him.

Not what I expected from the sly looking creatures I see on the Discovery Channel using their slashing teeth and spine-tingling snarls to bring down elk.

“They love attention just like any other dog, but food aggression is where things get dangerous.” Darren, who works with the wolves, tells me. “We’re not a petting zoo.”

The non-petting zoo Darren is referring to is the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania at Speedwell Forge in Lititz. Frankly, the Sanctuary is better than any zoo I’ve ever been to. Forget the trips where you stood for hours, staring at a pile of trees hoping just one animal would peek its head out from behind the brush. Here, the fascinating animals behind the fence are just as curious to see you as you are to see them.

100_1615The Darlington family has owned and lived on Speedwell Forge for three generations and has been rescuing and housing wolves on their land for almost 30 years. After a wolf has been exposed to human contact, for example through illegal pet ownership, the wolf can no longer be released into the wild. Thus, in swoops the Darlington family where they bring the wolf to the Sanctuary to keep both wolf and human safe. The Sanctuary now houses over 40 wolves in over 22 acres of enclosed land.

This old dairy farm is also home to the Speedwell Forge Bed and Breakfast, a beautiful stone home built in 1760 and on the National Register of Historic Places. While at the B&B I couldn’t help but imagine myself on a relaxing weekend getaway, sipping hot tea in the cozy sitting room with a fire roaring in the hearth, or having a bite to eat on the back porch enveloped by the sounds and smells of nature, or waking up early to watch the majestic wolves as they go about their daily activities. If you can’t stop by for an overnight stay, a day trip to at least see the wolves is a must.

The sanctuary is completely self funded by money brought in through daily tours and special fundraising events, such as Full Moon Tours and Music and Art with the Wolves.

For more information on how you can help the Wolf Sanctuary of PA by visiting, volunteering, or donating, visit www.wolfsancpa.com.

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