Pennsylvania Luxury Resort

Activities: Wildlife Academy

Visit the Wildlife Habitats which feature Billy Goat Mountain, Red Sheep, Bears, Bison, Zebra, Prince, the White Lion, Kira, the Bengal Tiger, Dandy and Stewy, our Lions, Isis, the White Tiger, Wolves, a Striped Hyena and more!

The Wildlife Academy at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is dedicated to providing interactive entertainment and live animal programs with an emphasis on education. It is also all animal, all the time! You can share some Nemacolin space with lions, leopards, two-toed sloths, an alligator and snapping turtles, to name a few out of the nearly 100 species collection.



Backwoods Trail Rides

Tour the scenic beauty of the Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands the way the first settlers did... on horseback. The Backwoods Trail Ride begins at Nemacolin's Equestrian Center, where you will meet your horse. Your Trail Guide will then lead you throughout two-miles of wooded trails. It's fun for the whole family.

All riders must be 55'' or taller and wear appropriate footwear (recommend boots or tennis shoes, no open toe shoes). Trips will run in rain unless there is thunder and / or lightning. Please arrive at least 20-minutes prior to scheduled ride. Ride lasts approximately 45-minutes.


Carriage Ride Property Tours

Relax and enjoy a scenic ride throughout Nemacolin’s 2,000 acre property in a beautiful horse drawn carriage. Learn about the grounds as you go; maybe you will find out a thing or two that you never knew before – only to enhance your stay at the resort.

Each tour is approximately 90-minutes long, weather permitting.


Jamaican Dog Sledding

It screams Nemacolin summertime and is a fun twist to our winter dog sledding adventure. A wheeled cart pulled by Nemacolin's very own dog sled team will take you for a thrilling ride throughout the property. The experience lasts approximately 45-minutes and includes a kennel tour and ride.

Weather permitting, and subject to availability. Combined weight of riders cannot exceed 275 lbs. Minimum weight is 45 lbs. for children. Please wear appropriate clothing. Ride will run in the rain unless there is thunder and / or lightening.


Louie's African Train Ride

All aboard! The tour will leave from the Wildlife Academy and head out to the animal enclosures. You will see bison, hyenas, tigers, lions, red sheep and zebras! Louie's African Train Ride will get you up-close to Nemacolin's wildlife family. This is an interactive experience unlike anything else. Guests will stop to feed the sheep and goats at Billy Goat Mountain, and also feed the bears their favorite treat - marshmallows! Enjoy a story and game along the way. Each educational tour is 1-hour in length and is fun for all ages!

Tours are limited to 18 people. Please note the species of animals are subject to change.


Millioke Meadows

Millioke is an Ojibway word, meaning "a gathering place by the water." Millioke Meadows was established in 2009 as a home site for the sacred rare white buffalo and the black buffalo. Millioke Meadows serves as a spiritual and cultural place for learning and understanding. No reservations are needed, as this is an open site welcoming all visitors.


Nursery Tours

This educational program includes a guided walking tour of the Wildlife Academy Nursery, as well as the chance to interact with a few of the animals, including our kinkajou, fennec fox, badger, a 12' python, porcupine, sloth, alligator, Tortoise, and the Creepy Crawly Room.

Please note the species of animals are subject to change.


Pony Rides

Pony rides for little ones are a Wildlife Academy favorite. Rides are under the close supervision of our trained associates. Rides are available by appointment only.

Riders must be able to hold onto the horse by themselves. Adults are not allowed to walk beside and hold onto children. Riders must wear proper footwear.


Safari Tour

Get up close and personal with Nemacolin's animal family. Hop aboard our safari cart for a tour of the wildlife habitats and a chance to interact with a few, including five feeding stations! Enjoy visiting Billy Goat Mountain, to feed the sheep and goats, as well as a stop at the bear enclosure - we hear Rocky and Boo enjoy marshmallows.

Maximum seven riders per trip in the winter and twelve riders per trip in the summer.


Wild Animal Show

Join the Nemacolin Wildlife Academy team as they lead you on an adventure to explore the wild world of animals. This entertaining and educational experience will showcase reptiles, birds, mammals and much more. The show is led by the experienced associates at The Wildlife Academy on select holiday and weekend dates.


Wildlife Habitats

They are literally around every corner of the 2,000 acres that make up Nemacolin. Hop in your car, on a bike or walk the trails and visit with animals such as Rocky, Sugar and Boo Boo the black bears. You'll be surprised, we promise.


Winter Dog Sledding

Dog sledding at Nemacolin is an experience for the entire family. Our exclusive team of sled dogs call the Wildlife Academy home and are jumping at the chance to give everyone an encounter they won't ever forget.

Minimum weight for children is 45 lbs. The run will take place regardless of weather, so please dress appropriately.


For more information or to plan your next Nemacolin vacation, please contact a Resort Sales Specialist at 866.344.6957.

*Nemacolin Woodlands Resort's Wildlife Academy is in compliance with USDA Guidelines.

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