ACNW J-term




January Interim 2018

Wolves and Northwoods Carnivores:
Predatory Ecology

January 2-21, 2018

This 2018 program is now full with a waitlist -
we are currently taking registrations for the 2019 program
(please email or call -
or 888-404-7743)

Course Fee: $1995
Scholarships available

Check with your school on Financial Aid Eligibility and pre-approving class absences if there are potential date conflicts

The grey wolf has long excited the human imagination. Minnesota, with approximately 2200 wolves, is home to the largest and only continuous population of wolves in the lower 48 states. It is a center for wolf research. Countries around the world as well as other states look to Minnesota as an example of how wolves and humans can co-exist in relative harmony.

We will work on two wolf projects during the course: one to determine pack numbers, territories, and behavior through tracking surveys near Ely, MN. The second, to determine wolf pack size, territory, and the impacts of prey species on the historic Jonvick Deer Yard along the North Shore of Lake Superior (Lutsen, MN). This is also the 7th year we will be collecting data on Canada lynx in the area in cooperation with the Superior National Forest.

The preparation for surveys will include lectures and training sessions on :

  • Wolf ecology and observation of captive wolves
  • Lynx ecology and observation of captive lynx and bobcats
  • Deer ecology
  • Coyote and Fox ecology
  • Bobcat and Cougar ecology
  • Bear Ecology
  • Tracking
  • Research techniques
  • Aerial radio telemetry
  • Habitat analysis
  • Winter ecology
  • Winter first aid and safety
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing

This course includes visits to the Wildlife Science Center (one of the country's oldest wolf facilities dedicated to the training, research, education, and conservation surrounding this keystone predator), the North American Bear Center, the International Wolf Center, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior.

Click here to download scholarship form
or inquire at 888-404-7743 or email

Optional: Registration and credit through Carroll University

Non-Carroll University students may receive college credit for this course by completing a Non-Degree Summer/Winter Registration Form with the following course information:

Department: ANB
Course Number: 302
Section Letter: R
Course Title: Winter Ecology of Wolf and Lynx
Instructor: Wood
Course Credit: 3
Tuition: $333.00*

*All non-Carroll University students submitting the Non-Degree Summer/Winter Registration Form will automatically be billed for the $333.00 course credit fee. This fee is in addition to the $1995 program fee paid to the Audubon Center of the North Woods.

Dropping Course: All students requesting to drop a course, need to do so in writing through the Registrar’s Office at Carroll University. Refunds are based on the postmark date if sent by mail or the date of delivery if brought in person. To receive a 100% refund, students must drop the course on or before January 1, 2018. All refunds are reduced by a 5% Administrative Fee.

Transcripts: Non-degree students registering for ANB302 may request an official Carroll University transcript upon completion of the course, provided a course grade has been submitted.

If students have questions about receiving credit through Carroll University, please contact Lynn Novak, Director of Admission | | 262.524.7620.


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Click here to read feedback from our 2017 participants

“This class was the best class I have EVER taken for so many reasons…Overall I would have to say that this course has not only met but far exceeded my expectations …It’s amazing to me how nature and new experiences can bring people together…This is the best course I’ve ever taken in my life and the best decision that I’ve ever made…I feel like I am returning home a different person.”
St. Catherine University student 2015

“What can be learned in 17 days? A better question might be: what can be experienced in 17 days? After this J-term, I realize that 17 days can be the experience of a lifetime… I’m very happy that I took this course and I learned more here than I ever could learn in the classroom. The advice I’ve been given and the experiences I’ve had will stay with me throughout my life and I am very thankful that I had this opportunity.”
St. Thomas University student 2015

“This class, more than any other I have taken, encouraged my desire to explore the wild world around me…I come out of this course with new knowledge about myself and the world around me, and with new friends, insights, and questions. Words or pictures cannot summarize what I gained in this course properly, but I know that it will stay with me for the remainder of my life.” Eckerd College student 2015

“If I had the chance to take this class again I would do it in a heartbeat.”
Hollins University student 2015

“The amount I have gained from the class is truly unfathomable… I couldn’t be happier with the way this course has treated me, and would recommend this class to anyone who wanted to hear about it… Whether you want to be an outdoor educator, an environmental protector, or an ecological researcher, this course helps to provide the tools that will help to push you onto a successful career on the path you are choosing.”
Oberlin College student 2015

“Coming into this course at the start of January, I had high hopes for the lessons and activities we would be doing for the intensive January Term course. Looking back however, I can honestly say that every expectation of this class, in academics and activities, was met and even surpassed. The amount of material covered over the last few weeks alone would have been enough for a J-Term class. However, we went far beyond and met with experts, did extensive field work, and had the opportunity to interact with living wolves on multiple occasions.”
Hampshire College student 2015

“This J-term course is the highest rated two weeks in my life.”
Macalester College student 2015

“I feel awed by this discipline that I had never looked into before. I'm profoundly impressed by the students and teachers who were with me through this course. Having only studied a little of the physical sciences before this course, I was stunned by the breadth of topics that I did not know anything or much about…This course, above all, has proven to me how much in the world there is to learn and master. It has increased my respect for the other disciplines, and my desire to work hard within my own disciplines.”
Guilford College student 2015

“Throughout the past sixteen days, I have found myself surrounded by a new light, a new purpose. The education I have received since I arrived on the first day has awoken a new direction in me, one that is both educational and philosophical. That which I have gained here has been the most multi-faceted, and most valuable experience of my scholastic life. Not only have I learned more relevant information to my passion than ever before, but the experiences here, both in and out of the structured environment, have taught me more about life than any other semester before… This course has had an immeasurable effect on my present, and future.”
Carroll University student 2015

“I learned to take risks and to be afraid. I was afraid of going down the hill while skiing, but ended up loving every second of it. I was nervous before getting on the plane, but as soon as we took off, I was in a state of exhilaration, and flying low to the ground searching for wolves and moose was one of the coolest things I have ever experienced. I think what Sigurd Olsen had written just before he died resonated with the most and that is: “A new adventure is coming and I am sure it will be a good one.” I am resolved to take more risks in my life and life my whole life now as an adventure. I think it will be a good one.”
Guilford College student 2014

“This trip has been one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences I have had. I have been to Hawaii and Italy for my past J-terms but nothing comes close to tracking wolves in Minnesota. From the in-class learning to outside tracking, this class has provided me with a wide variety of experiences that I may have never had the opportunity to experience before. I have been struggling to figure out if ecology and the outdoors is something I want to pursue in a career and this trip has solidified that and given me the opportunity to expand my horizons by making connections, learning new material, and having these new experiences. I really appreciate you all for providing this program and can’t wait to convince others to be a part of this experience as well!”
DePauw University student 2014

“The past eighteen days has taught me more than I thought I ever could experience within such a short time frame. I came into this class not knowing what to expect and, as my last day here winds down, I know I am going to leave with knowledge and connections that will last me a lifetime. Being here has rekindled my desire to get out there and expand my horizons.”
DePauw University student 2014

“I am so grateful to have spent my January the way I did. The classmates I met were some of the most genuine, hysterical, talented people I have ever been able to spend time with. The instructors knew more than I had ever even imagined someone could know about the field, but they were always completely humble. The Audubon Center of the North Woods opened so many doors for me and allowed me to make priceless connections.”
Carroll University student 2014

“When I originally found this course, I thought it seemed so interesting that it couldn't actually be real. I can't believe how much I learned on this trip. I'm very sad to leave, but I can't wait to share my stories with my friends back at school.”
Oberlin College student 2014

“...truly a once in a lifetime experience and something that I’ll never forget. When I first looked at this cost it made me kind of wary and made me question if I did this would it really be worth the price? The answer to that is yes! I cannot believe the opportunities that I have gotten here everything that I have learned in such a short amount of time. I can’t even think of any place that would allow a student to have this many opportunities and hands on experience at some of the most well established research areas, let alone the work that we got to do with the telemetry equipment which I don’t think I could have gotten anywhere else without more experience. With the job fields now being so competitive and how you need to have experience to get experience I feel like I am already steps ahead of a lot of people out there, which definitely wouldn’t have been possible without this program.”
Buena Vista University student 2014

“I have taken many different classes and traveled to some very interesting places but I believe this class here in Minnesota is the most prominent class/trip I have and will ever take. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime; this is the best class I have ever been a part of.” University of Dubuque student 2013

“It is difficult to reflect and summarize on the experiences I had at the J-term course, but I can say it was worth more than words can express, more than money can afford, and more significant to my future than I will ever realize. I have gained both hard and soft skills that I will use for years to come.” Black Hills State University student 2013

“This experience taught me skills and gave me personal experience that a text book could never give an individual. The experience gained from this course is unmatched by anything I have done previously.” Manchester University student 2013

“The amazing experiences that I have had since arriving at the ACNW have been numerous and have been found in both in class, and outside of the classroom. Each day here has offered so many new experiences that it is almost too difficult to choose my favorite ones. With all the experiences that I have had in the last few weeks, I finally feel like I have chosen the correct majors for my interests. Without this class, I might have continued to question what I wanted to do with my life professionally.” Cornell College student 2013

“The past three weeks have been fantastic.  There is really no other way of putting it.  I came into this course expecting amazing things, and all my expectations were exceeded.” Carthage College student 2012

“I realize just how amazing these past weeks have been. I’ve traveled the world, South America, Europe all over, but this trip has been the most memorable and truly satisfying. I have never laughed or smiled more.  I learned to trust my instinct and to trust those around me. The importance of love and lust for life are embedded in the teachings here at the Audubon Center.” Eckerd College student 2012

“In the three weeks here, I have learned so much more than I ever thought I would have. Not only that, but the time has really passed by. It seems like this course has only been a week. I have had a fabulous time in this course. I am so happy that I got to take part in it. Anyone who didn’t get to take this class really missed out.” Manchester College student 2012

“I have grown into a better person by coming here.  My experience of living with other people and learning a ton of useful skills that a normal class could never give you has brought my knowledge to another level that could not be achieved at school.  This hands-on experience really heightens the learning level and will remain with me for the rest of my life.” Carroll University student 2012

“This class gave me confidence in what I want to do for the rest of my life, and the skills that I have that help to qualify me for that. This trip has given me all the experiences I could have ever asked for, and more.  I will never forget this gift of a class for the rest of my life.” Eckerd College student 2012

“Thank you so much for everything! My experience with the Audubon Center was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life and I hope to be back sometime soon.” 2011 participant

“This class has exceeded my expectations over and over again.  I would recommend this course to any student that is interested in wildlife or just loves the outdoors. If I could, I would do this class every J-term.” 2008 participant

“This trip was an amazing experience.  I have never experienced so much in a class.” 2008 participant

“The course was a once in a lifetime experience for me.” 2008 participant 

"She is still just "lit on fire" by the experience and the things she saw and learned. She showed me pictures, work completed, etc. She is SO excited! I thought you needed to hear what a difference you, and this program, made in two BVU students lives. ...her passion is just contagious!"  --quote from Mary Gill, Associate Dean of Faculty at Buena Vista University - Storm Lake, Iowa, referring to two students returning from January Interim.

"I just wanted to thank you again for the life-changing exprience of j-term...the experience has solidified and crystilized my ambitions for the future, so thanks for that." 2006 participant

Instructors: Bryan Wood; ACNW staff
Course Fee: $1995. Tuition for credit is arranged through your own institution. (This course is intensive so you should arrange for 3-4 credits.) All room and travel costs and most meals are covered once you arrive to the Audubon Center.


To register for this exciting course, call us at 1-888-404-7743 or email us:

A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your registration; balance is due by December 12, 2017.


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