As wolves began returning to Oregon after a decades-long absence, interest in the charismatic species increased. At the center of a campaign of purposeful misinformation and fear, wolves tend to only make headlines when they are at the center of controversy – often drummed up by their detractors.
The real story of wolves is different.
Most Oregonians value native wildlife. They value Oregon's big wild places and the wildlife that call them home. For most of us, hearing the silence of the Eagle Cap Wilderness or the rim of Crater Lake broken by the howl of wolves would be a dream come true.
It is for those folks – and the wolves – that Oregon Wild created the Wallowa Wolf Rendezvous in 2010 and has led them every year since. As wolves have expanded their range, we've expanded our trips. In 2015, we kicked off the Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous!
The trips - made possible by Mountain Rose Herbs - are forays into Oregon's spectacular wolf country, and have included hikes, workshops, and meetings with biologists, ranchers, photographers, Nez Perce elders, hunters, local wolf advocates, expert trackers, naturalists, photographers, and more. Trips fill almost immediately and continue to draw interest from around the world.
In a continuing effort to educate the public about the truth about wolves, demonstrate their positive impacts, and share the incomparable landscape that is Oregon's wolf country, Oregon Wild is planning to continue the effort with more Wolf Rendezvous in 2017 and beyond.
The four-day, three-night trips are led by Oregon Wild Staff who are also leading the pack in ensuring a meaningful recovery for Oregon's wolves.
In previous years, trips have filled quickly and we expect that to continue. So read more about wolves and the Wolf Rendezvous below, but be sure to be first in line for the next trip!
Learn more about wolves in Oregon:
More on previous Wolf Rendezvous adventures here:
- Photos from 2015, 2013 and 2012
- Reflections from participants
in 2013, 2011, and 2015.
- Did we see a wolf in 2014?
- 2010 Wolf Rendezvous featured on OPB Field Guide (video)
More on traveling to Wallowa County in search of wildlife:
- Going on your own?
- Wolf Tourism in Oregon (Oregon Business Magazine)
- Oregon's wolf country
- Hiking with wolves