LATE UPDATE: we are under the 40 person count, 1 guest is now allowed until we hit 40 persons again.
Let's get together and photograph wolves up close. The OVCC last visited the habitat in 2010 and by all appearance it appeared to be a fascinating visit (photos are still in the OVCC Photos section if you want to peek). In fact, for a $20 donation you are allowed to actually go into the wolf enclosures (there are 2) and physically interact with the wolves. There is an elevated 6 ft x 80 ft deck outside of the enclosures that can accommodate many photographers using tripods and DSLRs. Since 2010 the rules have been changed so that now small only point & shoot cameras or cell phone cameras are allowed in the enclosures in order to protect your equipment, and the wolves from swallowing chewed up bits of plastic and metal. There is a funny "Rules of Wolf Property" section about this on their web-site located here:
You can learn more about the habitat and see lots of photos at their on-line web-site here:
You don't have to enter the enclosure if that is not your cup of tea. Visiting the Habitat is free outside of the enclosures, although I told Kathy I am sure most of you would love to make a small donation to help with the operating expenses there.
I am scheduling this visit for early June so that whatever plants are visible will have leaves again to help provide some contrasting color, and before hot weather makes them hide and be less active.
Owing to the potential club interest I am limiting this for now to OVCC Members only. If space permits as we get closer to the event I will consider opening it up (I doubt that will happen).
To allow for better photography we will limit the number of persons inside the enclosures to 10 at a time, and then swap out if there is enough interest. That way you can get photos of wolves without always having people in the shot.
Inside the Enclosures: indicate below if you are going to pay the $20 to enter the enclosures to touch the wolves, or vice versa. You will need to sign a waiver to enter, and there are strong clothing recommendations. Wear long pants and a tight-fitting jacket that can get paw muddy, use closed toe shoes or boots, and bring a change of clean clothes for your ride home. Remove jewelry, cell phones, or any items you do not need to avoid their loss. Denim jackets or sweat shirts work well. Do not wear strong perfumes or cologne (preferably none), and finally, do not bring pets (they won't enjoy it). CAMERAS INSIDE THE ENCLOSURE - IF IT CAN'T FIT IN YOUR PANT POCKET IT CAN'T GO INTO THE ENCLOSURES.
Carpooling: The Habitat is about 32 miles (40 min) from the I-275/I-74 split so some may want to consider carpooling. Use the comments area to show your interest in carpooling.
Lunch: Brookville is only 7+ miles from the habitat. Indicate here if you want to do lunch afterwards so I can get a headcount. Join us at the Goldfinch Restaurant (11161 US. Rt. 52) next to the IGA store.
Got it? go back and reread the above so you are fully versed in the details. Look for late updates as we get closer to the event (I will send out an email to you with any significant changes).
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