Our 14-day teen community service trip and wolf conservation program takes place in the mountains of Colorado. We partner with a wolf sanctuary on important conservation efforts, including activities that directly affect and improve the lives of the 30 resident wolves.
No school can teach what I learned in 17 days with RLT” - Dhruva D., Colorado: Call of the Wild
Keep scrolling to learn more about “Wolf Refuge,” which combines a love of animals and a desire to make a difference in the beautiful Wild West!
An Important Note: Due to our respect and desire to provide the best experience for both the young people who join us and the wolves we are caring for, this program is limited to 15 students. We strongly encourage you to apply early if you would like to reserve a space for this exceptional experience.
Greet wolves face to face and learn about efforts to return them to the wild.
Assist Mission: Wolf staff with projects around the sanctuary such as pen cleaning, chopping firewood, and learning about fire ecology.
Experience the most popular canyon for whitewater rafting in the country, Browns Canyon! Cover epic rapids like Pinball, Big Drop, and Seven Stairs while admiring the beautiful mountain scenery.
We climb towers of granite with exceptional views and enjoy an awesome rappelling experience in one of the best sport climbing areas in the state.
Care for unwanted horses and learn to understand and respond to their body language and experience the root of their behavior.
After a tough spring with a lot of time indoors, its time to get outside! Build new friendships, work together, and make a difference all at the same time.
Environmental community service at Mission: Wolf. Our time is spent assisting the staff in activities that directly benefit the health and wellbeing of the 30+ resident wolves.
A Certificate of Community Service indicating the total number of hours worked and a Presidential Volunteer Service Award will be issued upon successful completion of the program.
Whitewater Raft: Arkansas River
Rock Climb: San Isabel National Forest
Explore: Buena Vista, Cottonwood Pass, Garden of the Gods, Great Sand Dunes National Park
We sleep in tents, shower about every three to five days, and use latrines or flush toilets as bathrooms.
Tuition includes all activities and food while on the trip, along with a basic travel protection package. The Road Less Traveled has purchased the Group Protection plan post-departure benefits on behalf of all participants. If interested in the optional Cancel for Any Reason benefits please contact the RLT office for rates and information.
Last summer we successfully ran our Colorado Wolf Refuge program allowing students to get outside, socialize with their peers, and volunteer their time. After months of quarantine and increased exposure to technology, time in the outdoors has proven to be exactly what students needed. With an abundance of caution and well defined protocols, we were able to keep students safe, healthy, and happy. We are confident that we are able to continue offering life changing experiences in the outdoors, mitigating risk to keep students safe. We encourage you to learn more here about our policies related to COVID-19.
After we’ve all arrived at Denver International Airport we’ll depart for Mission: Wolf. Upon arrival we will get acquainted with the staff and take a tour of the property before settling in for our first night sleeping under the stars.
On day 2 we'll jump right into our volunteer projects. Projects include chopping firewood, ongoing maintenance around the sanctuary, repairing the fences and enclosures, working in the greenhouses and helping out at the farm. Greet and interact with the wolves face to face and learn about their behavior. Hear stories of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park and find out how you can contribute to helping these misunderstood creatures at home. Days off will be spent hiking around the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and exploring Great Sand Dunes National Park. On the final night we'll celebrate what we've accomplished together and share a final banquet feast with the Mission: Wolf staff.
We'll depart Mission: Wolf in the early morning and we'll share our final goodbyes before boarding our flights home.
Please note that, given the unprecedented nature of travel currently, this itinerary is subject to change.
The Road Less Traveled requires an up-to-date tetanus shot or booster (within the last nine years). In addition, we require an RLT Physician's Form to be signed by the partcipant's physician, affirming they are healthy to travel on an RLT trip.
We will use a combination of quarantining prior to arrival, receiving negative test results, distancing from other groups, utilizing outdoor spaces, masking when distancing and outdoor spacing isn't possible, and sanitizing regularly to create our isolated bubble. We have mitigation plans should a participant or staff present with symptoms of COVID-19, and have extensively researched testing sites and medical facilities in the areas we travel. We are in constant communiation with top experts in the field to stay educated so we're able to make the best decisions for RLT, our participants, and our staff. We have had to completely rethink our itineraries to create COVID-19-safe programming while still maintaining the integrity of the RLT experience.
If you’d like to receive an emailed copy of this program’s day-to-day calendar, please give our office a call anytime between 9am and 5pm CST at 773-342-5200, and we’ll happily send you one!
It is imperative that no one make any travel arrangements until RLT provides instructions for specific arrival and departure time windows. Those details are typically released in mid-spring.
Families are individually responsible for booking their own airfare to get their student from home to the starting destination on the first day of the trip, and from the ending destination back home on the last day of the trip.