National Parks / Natural World

Wolf Haven International Tenino

Where is it at?

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Wolf Haven International
3111 Offut Lake Road
Tenino
WA
98589
Tel: 360 264 4695

Directions

From Seattle: 1. I-5 2. Take exit #99 off I-5 (93rd Ave.) 3. East (turn left) on 93rd Ave. 4. Follow the road for 3 miles, going through two four-way stop signs. 5. At end of 93rd Ave, reach the "T" junction; turn right onto Old Highway 99. 6. Follow Old Hwy 99 for 4 miles. 7. Go thru short railroad tunnel. 8. Take the left that is directly across from the Chevron station onto Offut Lake Road. 9. First right off of Offut Lake Road. A Wolf Haven sign will appear on your left.

Where are we going today?

Wolf Haven International is a well-respected wolf sanctuary located in South Puget Sound that has rescued and provided a lifetime home for over 170 captive-born wolves. Open for guided walking tours, visitors enjoy a rare, close-up view of wolves and may even hear them howl. Our tours are 50-minutes long, and visitors stop in front of 9 enclosures and see up to 18 of our resident animals.

There are gray wolves, rare Mexican gray wolves, endangered red wolves and coyotes for visitors to see.

Wolf Haven is located on 82 acres; guests are welcome to take a self-guided stroll through beautiful mounded prairie. During the spring it is covered with colourful, native wildflowers. There is interpretive signage along the trail which describes prairie flora and fauna.

Guests are also welcome to bring lunch and relax at picnic tables.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$7
  • Free Under: 3 years of age and younger
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

See Website for detailed hours

See Website for detailed hours

Teachers corner

Wolf Haven International welcomes 3,000-4,000 school children a year for sanctuary tours and group presentations. A variety of topics to choose from!.

I'm Hungry!

Restaurants are plentiful in nearby towns of Tenino, Tumwater and Olympia. There are picnic tables for guests who choose to bring a picnic lunch..

Any Top Tips?

Tours last 50-55 minutes. Wear comfortable shoes - it is a walking tour on level ground. Because it is Western Washington, the weather is unpredictable. During rainy seasons, please dress appropriately for unexpected showers. Overnight camping is included in "A Midsummer's Night" on the first four Saturday nights in August. Information and registration can be found on wolfhaven.org or Wolf Haven's Facebook page. .

Doing our bit

Wolf Haven is located on 80 acres, 55 of which are rare Mima Mound prairie and 25 acres of woodlands. It is home to rare Mazama pocket gopher, bluebirds, endangered golden paintbrush plants and other native wildlife. Wolf Haven's prairie has some of the highest diversity of butterflies and moths of any remnant South Sound native prairie. A gravel walking path and interpretive signage is open to the public when the sanctuary is open..

Need a little extra help?

Flat, gravelled trail is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair available.

Can I get one of those?

Wolf and animal related items; clothing, books, accessories, household goods, calendars.

What people are saying?

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    I gave my sister a wolf adoption last year - Ruby - for our Aunt who had passed and this year Jesse James - for our grandpa. So, when she came to visit - we drove down to see the wolves. What a beautiful - and beautifully kept - place! I'm sorry there is a reason to have it - but i'm so happy that these folks are the ones doing it. Our docent - Maria - was terrific, very patient, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She even walked us out to see the "Grandfather Tree" -- in the Mima Mounds .... great experience. Thank you ---- everybody adopt...Read More

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    Wolf Haven is a wonderful place. It is a sanctuary and not a zoo. The wolves come first – as it should be. The staff and volunteers are passionate and helpful.

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    My visit to Wolf Haven was the most amazing experience. The wolves clearly come first and that's the way it should be.

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    I had been wanting to go here for some time. Got a discount through Living Social and went just this past Monday. It is in a beautiful setting. It is a sanctuary, not a zoo so the wolves are there to be studied and bred and hopefully one day many of them will be able to go back to the wild. You will learn how important they are to the ecosystem. You can take photos but it also a place where it is better to be quiet and observe. Several of the wolves were very active on the day I was there. One even got into a big water trough to cool off. There...Read More

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    Called ahead because I was running late about 30 min. I asked if we could still see the wolves, the lady on the phone in the gift shop communicated "Please come."

    So I arrived and she said there is no opportunity to see the wolves.

    I just made the 1 and half hour commute for no reason.

    Whatever you do, don't arrive late, and don't believe the lady in the gift shop!

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by Moki Witt

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I gave my sister a wolf adoption last year - Ruby - for our Aunt who had passed and this year Jesse James - for our grandpa. So, when she came to visit - we drove down to see the wolves. What a beautiful - and beautifully kept - place! I'm sorry there is a reason to have it - but i'm so happy that these folks are the ones doing it. Our docent - Maria - was terrific, very patient, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She even walked us out to see the "Grandfather Tree" -- in the Mima Mounds .... great experience. Thank you ---- everybody adopt a wolf.

by kimberly barr

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I had been wanting to go here for some time. Got a discount through Living Social and went just this past Monday. It is in a beautiful setting. It is a sanctuary, not a zoo so the wolves are there to be studied and bred and hopefully one day many of them will be able to go back to the wild. You will learn how important they are to the ecosystem. You can take photos but it also a place where it is better to be quiet and observe. Several of the wolves were very active on the day I was there. One even got into a big water trough to cool off. There is a nice gift shop and a picnic area and a trail that goes out into the prairie. Young children might appreciate it as much but if you are a wolf lover or if you have any appreciation for wildlife this is a great place to visit and help support the work.

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