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all animal, all the time!

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort's commitment to the care and welfare of our Wildlife Academy is a top priority. The Resort and its' programs are in compliance with USDA Guidelines. With the assistance of Dr. Jonathan Bergmann, DVM and his skilled experience with exotic animals, along with our trained and caring zookeeper associates, Nemacolin believes in providing loving and knowledgeable care to our animals.

"One thing is certain, at Nemacolin, we have a passion for providing exceptional experiences. My father began the Wildlife Academy years ago with the inspiration to share his love for animals with others. His passion and commitment to their habitat and well-being are part of the mission we still carry out today. With many of the animals on our property being rescued by my father from failing zoos, he believed making them part of our family would leave lasting impressions on our guests, provide an educational experience and foster the belief in conservation."

- Maggie Hardy Magerko, President & Owner of Nemacolin


The Wildlife Academy at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort was established in 2006, bringing together animals from all corners of the world. Our mission is dedicated to providing interactive entertainment and live animal programs with an emphasis on education and experience. It is also all animal, all the time! 

Visit the Wildlife Habitats which feature Billy Goat Mountain, red sheep, bears, bison, zebra, a bengal tiger, lions, wolves and more! Down the road, Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure offers a nursery of smaller exotic and domestic animals such as a kinkajou, fennec foxes, a two toed sloth, rabbits and reptiles, to name a few of the over 40 species.

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Backwoods Trail Rides

A group of five riding horses on a trail through the woods.

Location: Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure

Tour the scenic beauty of the Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands the way the first settlers did... on horseback. Backwoods Trail Rides begin at Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure, home to the Equestrian Center. Your guide will lead you throughout two-miles of wooded trails. It's fun for the whole family.

Rate:  $75 Per Person
Hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Sunday: 11:00 am & 1:00 pm

Important Details: 24-Hour Advanced Reservations required. 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 your scheduled ride. Ride lasts approximately 45-minutes. Maximum weight for rider is 250 lbs. Ask a Wildlife Academy Associate for details.

Enrichment Tours

Zookeeper smiling, holding a fennec fox.

Location: Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure

Make toys, treats and puzzles with a zookeeper to give to some inquisitive animals at Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure. Watch and learn as they play with, and then eat your treat!

Rate:  $35 Per Person (Ages 4 & Up)
Hours:  Closed for the season. Returns May 2018.

Important Details: Animals included are located at Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure. Tour does not include larger animals in habitats across property. Maximum of 14 people.


Nursery Tours

A black binturong sitting on a tree branch.

Location: Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure

Guided Nursery Tour
This educational program includes a guided walking tour of the Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure , as well as the chance to interact with a few of the animals, including our kinkajou, fennec foxes, porcupine, sloth, alligator, tortoise and more.

Rate:  $20 Per Person (Ages 4 & Up)
Hours: Daily: 9:00 am & 1:00 pm

Open Nursery Tour, Self-Guided
Walk through Nemacolin’s Wildlife Adventure and see our collection of exotic and domestic animals yourself. Learn fun facts about each animal with Keeper Talks, available on the hour, included in your tour.

Rate: $5 Per Person (Ages 2 & Up)
Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Important Details: Reservations Required for the Guided Tour. Please note the species of animals are subject to change.

Jamaican Dog Sledding

Sled dogs pulling a cart on grass in the summer.

Location: Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure

It screams Nemacolin summertime and is a fun twist to our winter dog sledding experience. 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.

Rates:  $50 1st Rider | $25 2nd Rider
Hours:  Closed for the season. Reopens April 2018. Please see Winter Dog Sledding below.

Important Details: Reservations Required. Includes a 30-minute Kennel Tour and 15-minute ride. Weather permitting, and subject to availability. Two person maximum with combined weight of riders not to 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. An ATV is used for dogs to pull.


Pony Rides

A child being led by an adult on a grey pony.

Location: Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure

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

Rate:  $10 Per Person
Hours: Closed for the season. Reopens April 2018.

Important Details: Reservations required. Rides depart every 5 minutes. Riders must be able to hold onto horse by themselves. Adults are not allowed to walk beside and hold onto children. Must wear proper footwear. 

Louie's African Train Ride

Lion mascot waving in front of a jungle-painted train.

Location: Wildlife Academy Check-In Station

All aboard! Meet your tour guide, our very own Louie the Lion, and head to the animal habitats to learn about Nemacolin's wildlife family. You will see bison, hyenas, tigers, lions, red sheep, zebras and more! Each educational tour is 1-hour in length.

Rate: $20 Per Person
Hours:
 Closed for the season. Reopens April 2018.

Important Details: Reservations required. Tours are limited to 18 people. Educational tour is geared toward children. Please note the species of animals are subject to change. Complimentary to guests ages 4 & under. Maximum of 18 people per train.


Wildlife Habitats

Baby zebra with sun shining down on his face.

Location: See Property Map.

Wild animals 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 the bear, Keira the Bengal tiger or our mountain lions. You'll be surprised, we promise. 

Wild Animal Show

Girl with grey African parrot on her shoulder.

Location: Lecture Hall, unless noted.

Join our 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 experienced associates on select holiday and weekend dates.

Rates:  $15 Adult | $12 Child (Ages 2-12)
Hours:  Returns select weekends. Please see our Events Calendar for details.

Important Details: Reservations required.


Safari Tour

Black bear eating a marshmallow off a stick.

Location: Wildlife Academy Check-In Station

Hop aboard our safari cart and experience a behind the scenes, interactive look at some of our exotic animals. Get up close and personal as you begin the tour at Billy Goat Mountain where you will feed and pet various breeds of sheep, cows and goats. Marvel at the wolves, tigers, lions, zebra and buffalo as you feed them their favorite treats. And don’t forget the bear enclosure, where we hear the bears enjoy eating marshmallows. This interactive tour lasts approximately 1-1/2 hours. 

Rate:  $90 Per Person  
Hours:  Daily: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm

Important Details: Reservations required. Weather permitting. The safari cart is open-air and the tour features our outdoor exhibits, containing a great deal of walking. Please wear weather-appropriate attire and proper footwear (recommend boots or tennis shoes, no open toe shoes). Maximum 7 riders per trip in the winter and 14 riders per trip in the summer. Complimentary for guests ages 3 and under.

Winter Dog Sledding

Dogs pulling sled through snow.

Location: Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure

You don’t have to go to Alaska to witness dogs pulling a sled through the snow. It’s at Nemacolin! Meet your very own set of sled dogs and their friends with a tour of our dog yard that houses 24 Alaskan huskies. There is a short briefing on the basics of dog sledding and how the musher maneuvers the sled while controlling the dogs with specific voice signals. Then, climb on in! Glide across the snow at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour, making quick turns up and down the scenic landscape of the Laurel Highlands. Get an adrenaline rush that you have never had before!

Rate:  $150 Per Person | $25 Additional Rider
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Sunday: 8:30 am, 10:00 am, 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm

Important Details: Reservations required. Includes a 30-minute Kennel Tour and 30-minute ride. Two guest maximum per sled/cart, families of 3 or more may split ride time with a 4 person maximum per time slot. Maximum combined weight of 275 lbs. Minimum weight is 45 lbs. for children. Please meet at the Barn behind the Equestrian Center. The run will take place regardless of weather, so please dress appropriately. If snowfall is not adequate, an ATV will be used in lieu of sled.


The Hours of Operation above reflect the current operating hours and are weather permitting. 24-Hour Advanced Reservations are strongly recommended for many of our activities. Please be aware that the prices below do not include taxes. Contact a Resort Reservations Specialist at 888.965.5996.

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    Sat | 02/03/18
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    Sat | 02/10/18
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    Wed | 02/14/18
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    Sat | 02/17/18
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