Through Reconnection Ecology, we can reawaken our natural bond with all that is wild.


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Earthfire’s Mission is to reawaken our deep connection to wildlife and nature through Reconnection Ecology, expanding our sense of community to include all living beings and moving us to protect thriving habitats for all life.

Earthfire Institute has pioneered Reconnection Ecology, a practice that expands our sense of community by bringing people, animals and wildlife together in close, intimate connection.

The power of Reconnection Ecology is available to all of us. It can occur throughout our day-to-day lives, even in the most urban environments. Watching a documentary, walking a dog, visiting a park, or even caring for a houseplant on our windowsill can be powerful reminders of what we so often take for granted—that we are part of a greater whole.

Susan with Stardance, one of the original wolf pups

Meet Susan

One day, while happily working as a psychologist in a super-maximum prison, Susan was invited to help raise seven wolf puppies. That was the end of life as she knew it. She had fallen hopelessly in love. She felt compelled to share the profound insights gained through her deep and intimate connection with the pups. The depth of this experience opened her to the possibility of connection with all forms of Life, and became the driving force for the founding of Earthfire Institute.

Susan speaks to audiences around the world about Earthfire’s vision, and her subsequent experiences with other wildlife, and is frequently invited to participate in interdisciplinary conferences and think tanks.

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Saving Wildlife, Saving Ourselves

Our four growth initiatives for 2020-2023

Wildlife Sanctuary Development

Create and expand enclosures that align with the natural habitat of each resident animal. Ensure our facilities have the smallest possible impact on the land by incorporating permaculture principles.

Wildland Conservation

Purchase and preserve the land around Earthfire to help save the last wildlife corridor in the valley and connect it to the larger Yellowstone to Yukon system, giving wildlife a new chance to thrive.

Global Engagement and Inspiration

Connect with audiences around the world through digital content and speaking engagements. Serve as a thought leader in the global movement to honor and protect all life on earth.

Growing the Team

Develop succession and recruitment plans and establish an endowment to ensure our ability to protect animals and the land for decades to come.

Let’s Bring the Bear Necessities of Life to Our Sanctuary Bears

Join us as we move ahead with planting five acres of heavenly bear gardens and sheltered enclosures.

Teton Totem

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Wildlife Rehabilitation


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