Aug 18, 2019 - Aug 24, 2019 // 7 Days
As summer winds down, seize the opportunity to spend some quality time with your family on the Road Less Traveled Family Service Adventure in Colorado.
We have the opportunity to volunteers as a family at Mission: Wolf Refuge, a longtime partner of RLT, nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Greenhorn Wilderness of Colorado. We work to improve the lives of the more than 30 wolves fortunate to call this place home.
With the work done, we head to the Arkansas River for a whitewater rafting adventure. This trip can be customized.
Keep scrolling to learn how you and your family can learn more about conservation and the environment at Mission Wolf!
Environmental Service, Wolf Conservation at Mission: Wolf Refuge
Whitewater Raft: Arkansas River
Explore: San Isabel National Forest
$2,250 per person
Colorado Springs, CO
Research shows that a disconnect from nature has enormous implications for human health and child development. If today’s children grow into adulthood without an emotional attachment to the land and its creatures, what will our future hold?
This summer, you can make a difference in preserving and protecting a rare and stunning species — the North American wolf. Nestled in the remote Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Greenhorn Wilderness of Colorado is a unique and special community, Mission: Wolf.
We convene in Colorado Springs and travel to the sanctuary to learn about the communal life of wolves and the pressing need for wolf conservation in our country. Here we find that no lectures, films, photos, and books could ever compare to a personal encounter with a live wolf.
We volunteer our time assisting the staff in the daily care of the wolves. We work deep inside the habitat under the watchful gaze of intensely yellow eyes as we repair old fences and construct new ones for incoming wolves. We clean the grounds and master the challenge of feeding the 40 resident wolves. We also assist in the observation and documentation of wolf behavior to make sure the animals are well adjusted.
Those of us working on the new staff and visitor building learn how to make our way around a construction site, while those with a knack for design might work on landscape gardening. There are also off-site projects that benefit the sanctuary. We gather firewood in the San Isabel foothills and at the Mission: Wolf farm, which provides a peaceful residence for geriatric wolves and unwanted horses. Here, we groom the horses and stack hay bales for the winter. At sunset, when our work is complete, we hike and explore the rivers and streams that dot this remote area. As night deepens, we crawl into our tents and listen to the howl of our new furry friends.
When leave Mission: Wolf, our adventure is far from over. We continue on to the Arkansas River, where we board rafts for a white water voyage. Hardly a lazy ride down the river, the white water is full of pour-overs, standing waves, sharp turns, and narrow chutes.
After having the opportunity to touch, feel, smell, hear and taste nature, it is time to say goodbye to our new pack of friends, but not before we take a moment to celebrate, laugh, and “howl” at the moon. We return home with a new perspective on protection, conservation, and the environment.