Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
- Type: Museums, Zoos and Aquariums
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Those who want to learn about Yellowstone wildlife in a more controlled environment should take a break from the park and head to the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. Located in West Yellowstone, Mont., this nonprofit center offers a detailed history of bears and wolves in the Yellowstone area and insight into conservation tactics. The GWDC offers a diverse selection of hands-on activities and programs, such as the "Keeper Kids" program, which allows children ages 5 to 12 to learn about grizzly bear behavior while a naturalist and animal keeper usher them into a bear habitat to observe how bears hunt for food. But most recent visitors agree it's the center's surrounding area that's the best part: there you'll find several habitats housing live bears and wolves, plus large viewing areas for you to get a good look.
The GWDC is located just a block from the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. There is a $10.50 adult admission fee to enter (children ages 5 to 12 can enter for $5.50 and kids 4 and younger can enter for free). The GWDC visiting hours change according to season. In September, the center stays open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; from October 1 to 28 and April 18 through May 8, the center closes an hour earlier. Meanwhile, from October 28 through April 17, the center welcomes visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the summer months, from May through August, the center stays open until 8:30 p.m. For more information, check out the center's website.