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 Knox, 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. Backwoods Trail Rides Location: Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure *Please check in at the Woodlands Animal Care Center next-door.
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: 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 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 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. Safari Tour 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: Monday - Thursday: 12 pm Friday - Sunday: 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 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. Pony Rides Location: Nemacolin's Wildlife Adventure *Please check in at the Woodlands Animal Care Center next-door.
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 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. Wildlife Habitats 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.
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