From Woof to Wolf Family Day

Dr. Joey Hinton to Speak about the ‘Endangered Red Wolf Recovery Effort in the Carolinas’ during Museum of York County’s Opening Event

ROCK HILL, SC – “Wolves and Wild Lands,” a new exhibition at Museum of York County, spotlights one of the most endangered mammals on the planet: wolves. The exhibition opens on June 13 with a family-friendly kick-off event - “From Woof to Wolf Family Day.”  The opening event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 and will be packed with activities, crafts and educational programs for canine lovers to learn more about the world of predators and discover facts about endangered animals.

Dr. Joey Hinton, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, will speak about the Endangered Red Wolf Recovery Effort in the Carolinas. Scheduled to speak at noon and again at 1 p.m. Hinton has spent years researching and documenting the Endangered Red Wolves and their battle against extinction.  Hinton’s first discussions on the Red Wolves will be geared for a younger audience at noon following the children’s planetarium show.  An adult discussion will be at 1 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium.  Hinton will be in the museum’s Naturalist Center from 2 - 3:30 p.m. answering questions and sharing more about magnificent Red Wolf.

In addition to learning about the “Red Wolf Recovery Effort in the Carolinas” on opening day, the Museum of York County’s “From Woof to Wolf Family Day” will be packed with  activities and learning opportunities for all ages.

• Pet Therapy Dogs will be greeting visitors in the museum classroom while their owner, Maxine German, will share how these wolf relatives assist people every day in hospitals and senior homes in York County.

• The new children’s show “Max Goes to the Moon,” featuring a space-traveling dog, will be presented in the Settlemyre Planetarium at 11a.m. Other planetarium shows will run on Saturday including “Carolina Skies” at 2 p.m. and “Sunstruck” at 3:30 p.m.

• Thomas Ray, instructor in primitive technologies and a gifted woodsman, will be giving demonstrations throughout the day on the primitive technology of Stone Knapping in the museum’s Piedmont Past Gallery.  Ray will connect guests to the past, 600 years ago, where wolves once freely roamed the Carolinas and native people used skill and rocks to make spear points, arrowheads and other tools.

About “Wolves and Wild Lands:” 

“Wolves and Wild Lands” is an exhibition that presents the continental perspective on wolves today and wolves that once roamed the Carolina Piedmont. The story of wolves in North America is far-ranging, from the arctic tundra to the southwestern deserts and eastern woodlands to coastal plains. For every place wolves thrive, or struggle to survive, people shape their ways of life and their future. The exhibit features wolf mounts, skulls, skins, fossils, photos and hands-on activities.  Youngsters can play being part of the pack in a recreated wolf den.  Throughout the museum visitors will discover additional canine connections from coyotes to African wild dogs.

“Wolves and Wild Lands” is a traveling exhibit produced and toured by the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota, in cooperation with the International Wolf Center in Minnesota. Complementing the traveling exhibit’s content will be additional specimens, audio, and interactive components from the Museum of York County’s own natural history collection to highlight wolves that once roamed the Carolina Piedmont.

Accompanying the “Wolves and Wild Lands” exhibit are photographs of the resident wolves of the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota. The photographer, Don Gossett, is an IWC volunteer and a dedicated advocate of wolves and their recovery in the wild. 

“Wolves and Wild Lands” at the Museum of York County’s Springs Gallery runs from June 13 – September 27, 2015 and is sponsored in part by Harry and Becca Dalton. Additional local sponsorship includes Chappell Animal Hospital & Equine Services, Newport Veterinary Hospital, Inc., and White Rose Veterinary Hospital.


The Museum of York County highlights the natural history of the Carolina Piedmont and its connections to the rest of the world.  The Naturalist Center with over 2,000 natural history specimens provides hands-on opportunities for self-guided discovery and educational programs. The Settlemyre Planetarium features the only full-dome digital planetarium in the Charlotte Metro area.


Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Rd. Rock Hill, SC 29732

Normal hours of operation: Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.

Admission: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors, $3 Youth, FREE to CHM members & ages 3 & younger