Special/Seasonal Events

 

945853_471318196381255_6144908782831393628_nThroughout the year, Wolf Park puts on special programs for the enjoyment of animals and visitors alike. These are great times to come out to Wolf Park, see something new, and see the wolves enjoying something unique.

Unless otherwise stated, all normal admission prices apply to these events. Memberships and coupons are valid unless otherwise indicated. Advanced tickets are available for some events, but no reservations are necessary.

Wolf Park After Dark
Winter Wolves
Dollar Days
Easter Party
Cookout Howl Night
Animals’ Birthday Party
Walk for Wolves
Enrichment Day
Watermelon Party
Dog Day
Brew on the Bridge CANCELED
Tipping Point
STEM Day
Murder Mystery Dinner
Pumpkin Party
Turkey Toss
Santa Visits



Wolf Park After Dark

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2018 Date
May 26           June 23           July 28           August 25
September 22           October 20           November 17

7:30 – 11:00pm

Once a month, Wolf Park is open late after Howl Night so visitors can see the park after the sun sinks low. Visitors can walk the tour trail, listen to the wolves howl, and see the animals at a time of day they are frequently active. Watch out for fireflies and shooting stars! Listen to the frogs and insects sing and maybe spot a bat or other nightlife. Then, stop by the campfire, roast a marshmallow and chat with the staff.



Winter Wolves

Saturday, January 12 & February 9, 2019
1-4pm

10271562_361273777385698_4062414943276896216_nWinter Wolves is our annual seasonal events which occurs on Saturdays in January and February. Join us for a day of fun at featuring the wolves in their glorious full winter coats!  Hot drinks are available indoors so that visitors can warm up in between activities, which often include talks on how animals survive the winter, outdoor games and sometimes a demonstration of how we cut up road kill deer to feed to the wolves.

Winter is a great time to see the wolves, since they love the cold and tend to be active and howling all day long, unlike those long hot summer afternoons which they spend napping.  When the pond is frozen over, the wolves skate and play on the ice.

Winter Wolves is a great time for families to come visit us — there is something for everyone.



Dollar Day

Saturday, March 2, 2019
1-4pm

Visit Wolf Park as we preview our open season with Dollar Day! For one afternoon only, admission to Wolf Park is just one dollar! Visit Wolf Park for self-guided tours, booths promoting our upcoming season and much more!

Special events abound with crafts, drinks and give-aways. Many activities and treats are available for just one dollar. Bring your singles and visit Wolf Park today!

$1.00 admission is applied to all visitors regardless of age. Coupons and memberships are not valid on Dollar Day.



Easter Party

Saturday, April 6, 2019
1-5pm

10897801_409901809189561_2560995320303420955_nTo provide wolves and humans with enrichment, Wolf Park hosts an annual Easter Egg Hunt! With the help of the Easter Bunny, visitors can help hide treats for the wolves. Wolves enjoy marshmallow peeps, eggs, sausage, cheese and more! After the wolves have had their party, the kids will have their egg hunts (with candy treats instead of meats).

The day’s activities often include crafts and games as well. A general schedule is as follows.

2:00 – Help hide treats for the wolves in the main enclosure, then watch the wolves search for Easter eggs!
2:30 – Join us on a tour as we provide treats for all the other animals of Wolf Park
3:30 – Egg hunts for kids 0 – 15 years old!



Animals’ Birthday Party

18301336_685225248323881_4812122660238093531_nSaturday, April 20, 2019
1 – 4pm
Treat delivery at 2:00pm

All wolves, foxes, and coyotes are born in spring. Our animals’ birthdays are all within a couple of weeks of each other around late April/early May, so we like to have one big celebration! Each animal gets their own tasty, wolf-safe birthday treat to enjoy. Previous birthdays have included cakes, frittatas and piñatas!

Guests will have the chance to watch as the cakes are presented to the wolves. Each animal approaches this environmentally enriched activity with his or her own special flair.

Want to help support this event? Buy a cake for an animal here and receive a photo of them enjoying their treat!



Walk for Wolves

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 1 – 5pm

Our huge annual fundraiser! Form a pack, raise donations and compete with other packs to win prizes. Join us at Wolf Park on the big day for an event filled with music, activities, food and special guests. Something new every year.

Check out the Walk for Wolves page for details.

Memberships & coupons are not valid at Walk for Wolves. Special admission prices apply.



Enrichment Day

DX669114_previewSaturday, June 9, & July 21 2018
1-5pm
Main Event: 2pm

How do you keep a wild animal entertained? Any way you can! At Wolf Park, we are always looking for new and fun ways to enrich the lives of our wolves, coyotes and foxes. With this event, YOU can be a part of it.

Help build enrichment devices, decorate the main enclosure and watch the wolves explore, and learn ways to entertain your pets at home. Come out to learn and play at Wolf Park!

 



Watermelon Party

Saturday, June 30, 2018
1 – 5pm
Treats Delivered 2pm

19657070_712706645575741_4141952755494826136_nTo give our wolves a summer treat, and to celebrate the fourth of July, Wolf Park hosts its annual Watermelon Party. Every year we provide our animals with a fun treat in the form of a watermelon stuff with treats such as spam, sausage, cheese, pig ears and ice cream! Maybe it’s not your picnic of choice, but it’s heaven to the wolves.

Visitors are invited to watch as each animal enjoys their summery treat.  These unique treats provide environmental enrichment, giving our critters something to roll on, stuff their noses in, paw, lick, chew, scent-mark, and defend.

Want to help support this event? Buy a watermelon for an animal here and receive a photo of them enjoying their treat!

Also cool off with a shaved ice from our special guest Gibson Shaved Ice!



Dog Day

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Saturday, July 7, 2018
1-5pm

Dogs and wolves closely related and we want to celebrate our animals’ closest cousins with Dog Day!

We’ll be hosting dog groups from the area as they show off what ‘Dogs with Jobs’ can do, and demonstrate what amazing training can accomplish. Learn about your pets at home, and their wild cousins as well.

Enjoy food from L Kora!



Cookout Howl Night

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Friday, July 13, 2018
6 – 9:00pm

Enjoy a special Howl Night with a meal included! Arrive at 6pm to roast hotdogs (and veggie dogs) over a campfire. Adults can enjoy a brew. Desserts are available for purchase. Listen to the staff tell stories about Wolf Park through the years then join us for Howl Night at 7:30.

Admission
Adults: $10
Children $8

Purchase advanced tickets HERE.



Brew on the Bridge

BREW HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO BAND BREAKUP. WATCH FOR OUR 2019 DATES

Saturday, July 21, 2018
7:00pm-10:00pm

Enjoy a night of music, barbecue and brew. Local artists will serenade the park with a special outdoor concert. People’s Brewing Company will be on hand with local brews for sale (ID required) and other non-alcoholic drinks will be available for $1. Enjoy a $5 meal of BBQ, buns and chips courtesy of South Street Smokehouse.

Enjoy great food, great music and watch the stars come out. Will the wolves howl along? You’ll have to be here to find out.

Bring along your own chairs or blankets to enjoy the musical performance.
Safety is our priority so please drink responsibly!

Advanced tickets $10. Purchase them online here.
Tickets at the door $12
Memberships and coupons are not valid with this event.
All sales are final. No refunds, no rain dates.


Tipping Point: Talking Climate Change and Carnivores

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Gates open 5:30, Program begins 6:00pm

Free admission

Wolf Park is hosting an ongoing lecture series that invites the public to engage with the issue of climate change while relaxing in an easy atmosphere with a craft beer in hand. In the spirit of the local Science on Tap program, this event provides an opportunity to learn more about the research being done at Purdue’s Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC), and enter conversations with the researchers, as well as with fellow participants, about how this environmental challenge will impact the environment in Indiana, including humans and wildlife.

August 16 Topic: “Can Climate Action Happen in Indiana?  Some Promising Pathways for Progress” by Jesse Kharbanda

Jesse Kharbanda is the Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana’s largest environmental policy organization.  Jesse has spearheaded focusing HEC’s efforts on four core initiatives: clean energy, sustainable agriculture, 21st century transportation systems, and environmental justice.  Jesse has made it a priority of HEC to build bridges with groups that may not have been as engaged with the organization in the past, such as public health organizations, the business community, and faith-based groups.  Jesse’s leadership honors include being named to the “Forty Under 40″ list by the Indianapolis Business Journal and winning the 2015 Hulman Health Achievement Award for Public Policy Advocacy.  Jesse has graduate degrees from Oxford University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Chicago.


STEM Day

 

Saturday, August 18, 2018
1-5pm

Children 13 & under are FREE. Discounts for 14 & up with Student ID.

Science is cool, and we want everyone to know it! We’re show-casing organizations including the Bricks for Kidz, Chicago Field Museum, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Imagination Station, Indiana Network of Genetic Counselors, Indiana State Museum, ‘You Be the Chemist’ Chemical Education Foundation, West Lafayette Public Library, and more all proving how fun Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics can be. Tours, exhibitors, guest speakers, and activities for all ages!

Special Guests Include…

Imagination Station
Indiana Network of Genetic Councilors
“You be the Chemist” Chemical Education Foundation
West Lafayette Public Library
Bricks 4 Kidz
Indiana State Museum
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Chicago Field Museum
First Robotics Team of Lafayette
Purdue Extension



Murder Mystery Dinner Party

Friday, August 24, 2018
Doors Open 4:00pm, Party Begins 4:30

A murder most foul… An audience most inquisitive…

Join Wolf Park for the first-ever Murder Mystery Dinner Party. Enjoy an Italian-style dinner, a real live auction, photo booth, costume contest, and an immersive theater experience as you put clues together to find our murderer! All proceeds will benefit the non-profit Wolf Park. Admission includes Friday Howl Night.

Costume Contest:
Winners for the most popular individual costume and group costumes will win a prize. As this is a family function, any inappropriate or culturally insensitive costumes will automatically be disqualified. (Masks cannot be worn during Howl Night. Some of the animals are distressed by them.)

Dinner:
Dinner will feature drinks, appetizers, a pasta main course, and dessert. When purchasing tickets, please leave any comments on dietary accommodations you may have.

Advanced tickets $30. Purchase them online here.
Tickets at the door $35 – Tickets are limited!
Memberships and coupons are not valid with this event.



Pumpkin Party

Saturday, October 27, 2018
1 – 5pm
Treat delivery 2:00pm

12188903_456451394534602_4817506513217700300_nCelebrate Halloween with the wolves! Help stuff jack-o-lanterns for the animals to enjoy, and then watch as each animal find their own special way to tear open the pumpkin to find the treats inside. This is a great time of year to come out and see the wolves in their thick winter coats and enjoying the cooler temperatures.

Other activities include a costume contest! Come dressed in your finest and compete to win prizes. What other activities will there be? Come and find out!

Want to help support this event? Buy a pumpkin for an animal here and receive a photo of them enjoying their treat!



Turkey Toss

15170770_608120496034357_4201036027327873605_nSaturday, November 24, 2018
1 – 5pm
Treat delivery 2:00pm

Happy Thanksgiving from Wolf Park! What are our animals thankful for? How about an entire turkey apiece? At this event, every canid receives their favorite ‘fowl’ treat! Can you throw a turkey over the fence? Do you want to see the wolves tear into their Thanksgiving dinner? Join us and help feed the packs.



Santa Visits Wolf Park

Saturday, December 15, 2018
1 – 4pm
Santa arrives at 1:30

10868178_347479698765106_7047947205112650109_nBetter watch out and better not cry cause Santa Claus is on his way! Every year, Santa stops by Wolf Park to deliver treats to all the good little canids here. Join the fun and help decorate a tree with edible ornaments for the wolves. Then, join us in the conference center to enjoy drinks and crafts, and to tell Santa what you want for Christmas.

In the past, Santa has arrived by dog sled, on horseback, by convertible, and in a helicopter! Be sure to visit and see how Santa will come to Wolf Park this year!

Every year, Wolf Park collects donations for the Lafayette Women’s Shelter. Bring new toys, clothes or monetary donations with you and we’ll bring them to the YMCA for their Christmas Event.