Call of the Wild Conference

November 13-15, 2015

The Wildlife Center of Virginia invites you to the 20th annual Call of the Wild conference on wildlife rehabilitation. Wildlife rehabilitators, veterinary professionals, wildlife biologists, environmental educators, and wildlife enthusiasts from Virginia and beyond will share ideas and knowledge that can benefit wildlife, the environment, and the continually evolving field of wildlife rehabilitation.

The conference is sponsored by The Wildlife Center of Virginia, one of the nation’s leading teaching and research hospital for native wildlife, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

We're busily planning the conference schedule and will post additional information in August.  Registration will open in early September. Concurrent classes will be offered on Saturday and Sunday; a beginner workshop will be offered on Friday. Stay tuned for more information!

From first-time conference attendees to seasoned veterans, Call of the Wild 2015 has something for you. We hope you will be able to join us for this exciting event!


Early-bird two-day conference rate is $130; one-day rate is $80. Student rates will be available for full time students with a valid ID.


The conference will be held at Best Western Inn & Suites Conference Center in Waynesboro, VA, conveniently located off of Interstate 64 at Exit 94.

The Best Western offers spacious non-smoking rooms with wireless internet access, cable satellite television, an in-room coffee maker, microwave, and refrigerator. This pet-friendly hotel features an array of amenities, including a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, an indoor heated saltwater pool, and a fitness center. Many local restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel.

Room reservations and payment must be made through the Best Western. To reserve a room, please call the hotel directly at: 540-942-1100.

Price and availability is guaranteed through October 19 at midnight, so be sure to make your reservations early! When making reservations, mention that you are attending the Wildlife Center of Virginia conference to receive the $89/night special conference rate.

Air Travel

For those traveling by air, the two closest airports to Waynesboro are Charlottesville Airport [CHO] and Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport [SHD]. Both are within 30-45 minutes of Waynesboro. Both airports have rental car agencies within the airline terminals.


In between classes, join your fellow attendees in the exhibit hall, where there will be numerous vendors on Saturday and Sunday. See what’s new, learn more about rehabilitation groups throughout the state, and pick up a gift or two!