Wisconsin’s Wolf Awareness Week Takes Place Starting on the 15th through the 21st of October, 2023

In 1990, Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson signed the proclamation of Wisconsin Wolf Awareness Week, a time to celebrate these important animals by highlighting the threats to their survival, spreading the word about what you can do to help wolves stay protected, and helping humans learn to live alongside them. The Timber Wolf Alliance is proud to carry on this tradition each year.

Wolf Awareness Week Poster. 2023 Poster by Artist Guy Hobbs

In 2023, our Wolf Awareness Week program will focus on the Endangered Species Act, adopted 50 years ago to protect critically imperiled species from extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and development untampered by adequate concern for conservation.”

There will be activities and speakers for Wolf Awareness Week relating to this theme. Scheduling updates and activities will be posted here and on the Timber Wolf Alliance Facebook page.

Schedule of Events
Celebrate Wolf Awareness Week at the Lake Superior Zoo
Duluth, Minnesota • October 18 • 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Join wolf biologists to learn about their work on wolf recovery and depredation mitigation in Minnesota. https://www.facebook.com/events/3460857420822706
Wolf Awareness Week Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Vucetich
Northland College Campus (Ashland, Wisconsin) • October 20 • 7:00–8:15 p.m.
Join us for a discussion on the importance of the Endangered Species Act on wolf recovery and a look toward the future of wolf management in the Great Lakes region. https://www.facebook.com/events/6918648704821967
Wolf Awareness Week Family Fun
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (Ashland, Wisconsin) • October 21
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Join TWA educators to learn about wolves at several interactive stations. https://www.facebook.com/events/221226390632641
Timber Wolf Alliance

In 1987, only eighteen wolves were estimated to live in Wisconsin and fewer in Upper Michigan. That year, the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute began the Timber Wolf Alliance to assist twenty-one organizations and many private individuals in promoting wolf recovery in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through public education, citizen science, and volunteer activities.

The Timber Wolf Alliance is committed to investigating the facts and relies on research to dispel myths and unfounded fears associated with wolves. TWA provides training in wolf biology and ecology, develops and disseminates educational materials on wolves, and supports volunteers to help with wolf monitoring efforts.


To use science-based information to promote an ecologically-functional wolf population within areas of suitable habitat and promote human coexistence with emphasis on Michigan and Wisconsin.

Timber Wolf Programs

Schedule a program to attend your library, fair, club, or event. Virtual programs are available to meet COVID-19 guidelines. Learn more about program topics:

  • Wolves of Wisconsin
  • Wolves of Michigan
  • Wolf Folklore
  • Wolf Communication and Pup Development
  • Wolf Ecology & Management
  • Canids of Wisconsin

More Wolf Awareness Week Activities in the State

Join Sierra Club Wisconsin. It’s here! Our #WolfAwarenessWeek 2023 schedule is packed with wolf appreciation and education opportunities. Sign up here: https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details…


Sierra Club Wisconsin Wolf Awareness Week Activities

The Wildlife team is hosting Wolf Awareness Week again from October 15-21 this year. It will be an exciting week of themed activities each day. These opt-in activities are open to all members and will highlight wolf behavior, Wisconsin’s wolf policy, options to take action, and wolf-themed fun for everyone! Download the Wolf Awareness Week poster here.

More Wolf Awareness information Timber Wolf Alliance Speaker.

John Vucetich is the speaker for Timber Wolf Alliance this year. He was filmed at the International Wolf Symposium on October 13, 2018, by Rachel Tilseth. The wolf introduction plan comes at a critical time. The 2018 winter study, led by researchers from Michigan Technological University, confirmed that just two wolves remain on the island, and there is no hope that this pair will successfully breed. The nearly 1,500 moose at Isle Royale may double in population over the next several years, throwing the health of the park out of balance and devastating the island’s vegetation. Now is the time to restore this top predator and bring balance back to Isle Royale National Park, NPS—a Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin Films, LLC.

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