Getting to Know the Wolf

Wolves have long been the subjects of fairytales and folklore, captivating our curiosity and stimulating our imaginations. In this seminar, students explore this fascinating mammal. The reintroduction of the wolf into Yellowstone National Part illustrates the wolf’s role in the heath of a complex ecosystem. By studying how the jaws of the wolf have specifically adapted to provide certain types of leverage, students will understand why the wolf is such a successful predator. Common misconceptions and controversies concerning wolves will also be considered and debate.

Faculty: JoAnn Cencula - Science 7

Dates Offered

December 7, 2018
January 11, 2019

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • TEDBlog: This beautiful and fascinating five-minute video describes how wolves can alter the flow of a river. A link to a full-length TED Talks is included as well.

  • Day trip: Stampede: Animals in Art brings together more than 300 objects from the Denver Art Museum’s collection to explore the presence of animals in art. Admission is free every day for children 18 years old and younger.

Day trip: The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide, Colorado, is a wolf sanctuary dedicated to educating the public about wolves.

Why Wolves?

The seminar format provides an ideal setting for a concentrated and multi-disciplinary exploration of wolves. Key scientific concepts such as adaptations, ecosystems, and predation are examined within the context of societal attitudes and impacts. Competencies in critical thinking, communication, and growth mindset are all developed.