Promoting wolf conservation since 1999

Did You Know?

Wolves are not known for their speed but they can achieve top speed around 35mph in short bursts in pursuit of prey. Wolves do have great endurance. They can travel very long distances at a lope around 5mph.

Visitor Tips

Visit the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) for a unique and educational experience! All of our education programs offer guests of all ages opportunities to not only learn about wolves but to see wolves too! Program lengths vary, but generally run approximately 1.5 hours.

The WCC's three 'ambassador wolves' reside on exhibit where they help teach the public about the importance and plight of wolves. To best prepare the critically endangered wolves who are candidates for wild-release, the center's 24 Mexican gray wolves and 21 red wolves reside off exhibit within the WCC's Endangered Species Facility. 

All visitors are required to pre-register for a program - simply click on the event of your choice on the Program Calendar for additional information and registration! The WCC reserves the right to cancel and refund any program due to a lack of registrants.

NOTE: The Wolf Conservation Center address is 7 Buck Run, South Salem, NY 10590. Drop-in visitors will not be allowed on the property. 


Hours of Operation

The WCC operates six days per week Tuesdays through Sundays. General office hours are 9:00 am - 5: 00 pm. The WCC is generally closed Mondays. The WCC reserves the right to cancel and refund any program due to a lack of registrants.


Guest Parking

For guests unable to walk up hills, or walk 100-200 yards, please email to [email protected] to request accomodations.


Lodging and Transportation

The WCC is located in South Salem, NY and can be accessed via public transportation. Visitors traveling from NYC can take the Metro-North Harlem Line to the Katonah station and then take a taxi to the WCC (approximately a 10-minute ride).  Although Uber and Lyft are found in the surrounding areas, rides are not as prevalent as in more populated cities; please plan accordingly or use a taxi service.



GUEST Hospitality

The WCC provides guests with three portable toilets and a handwashing station. 


Weather and refund Policy

WCC programs run rain or shine unless severe storms are in the forecast. In the event of severe weather, WCC staff will contact registered guests to inform of cancellations and to reschedule. You may obtain a refund up to 72 hours prior to your scheduled program by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling (914)763-2373. Individuals that wish to reschedule with less than 72 hours of notice are not guaranteed the opportunity to switch to another event.


Be Prepared

When spending time outdoors, it’s necessary to take precautions in order to prevent serious infections, especially Lyme disease. Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria and is spread by the bite of a deer tick. Not all deer ticks are infected, so not all tick bites will cause the disease. Despite this, the key thing to be aware of is prevention. Download and print prevention flyers offering great tips!  

 Dress as you would for any field trip: sturdy shoes, suntan lotion, mosquito repellent, clothing for whatever the season demands.