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Program #14910RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Elevation Note
Classes, activities and field trips take place at elevations ranging from 6,666' to 7,800'.

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy hiking boots or shoes, water bottle and fanny or day pack to carry possibles. Grandparents may wish to bring a walking stick. Closed-toed shoes for horseback ride; no sandals.

Itinerary for Jul 21 — Jul 26, 2013

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Type: Motel

Description: A modern, comfortable motel in Yellowstone National Park's West Gateway Community, the lodge is within walking distance of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, IMAX Theatre and downtown. Remember, you are experiencing the atmosphere of a small, rural community and meal options are naturally limited. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodate at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
251 South Electric Street
West Yellowstone, MT 59758 USA
phone: 877-239-9298
web: www.yellowstonelodge.com

Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air-conditioning, Cable TV, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, Wi-Fi, hair dryer, clock radio, telephone with data port and voice mail, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, coin-operated guest laundry, deluxe complimentary breakfast, free wireless Internet available in lobby/laptop available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information (877) 239-9298.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 21 - Welcome dinner, orientation and get acquainted ac...
Afternoon: check-in between 4 and 5 pm

Dinner: Catered welcome dinner on site.

Evening: orientation, introductions, get acquainted activity

Lodging: Yellowstone Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: A modern, comfortable motel in Yellowstone National Park's West Gateway Community, the lodge is within walking distance of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, IMAX Theatre and downtown. Remember, you are experiencing the atmosphere of a small, rural community and meal options are naturally limited. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodate at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
251 South Electric Street
West Yellowstone, MT 59758 USA
phone: 877-239-9298
web: www.yellowstonelodge.com

Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air-conditioning, Cable TV, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, Wi-Fi, hair dryer, clock radio, telephone with data port and voice mail, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, coin-operated guest laundry, deluxe complimentary breakfast, free wireless Internet available in lobby/laptop available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information (877) 239-9298.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 22 - The Wonder of Yellowstone: When, where, how, what...
The Wonder of Yellowstone: When, where, how, what, who, why? Fire's role in the ecosystem and the National Smoke Jumper Center/Junior Smokejumper Program. Yellowstone's great mammals: grizzlies and wolves. Mountain Men.

Breakfast: Breakfast on site.

Morning: Intro to geology of the Yellowstone Caldera: molten rock, explosions, crater, hot spot, dome, steam vent, sulfide gas, mudpot, cone, earthquake! What's it all about? Pictures, kid friendly graphs, displays, hands-on. Mid morning break is structured large motor activity at city park. Overview continues with intro to Yellowstone's inhabitants from well known critters like mule deer, elk, bison, bears, bighorn sheep and wolves to lesser known, but equally wonderful, critters including golden mantled ground squirrels, ravens, pikas, pronghorn, marmots, otters and more. Who is predator; who is prey? Who lives out in the open? Who lives in the shelter of the forest and why? Who lives above tree line? Who lives next to the water or in it? Who lives on the cliff face? Fur, feathers, hair, scales; why? They eat that!!! What's scat? Owl pellets? What's in 'em? Grose! Discuss ethical behavior while in wildlife country. Find out how tracks tell a story. Begin working on your plaster cast of a paw print.

Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Walk to nearby, historic Madison Ranger Station which houses the National Smoke Jumper Center. Generations will separate for age appropriate learning activities. Grandchildren will be involved with the Junior Smokejumper Program; learn about the history of smokejumpers, fire's role in the ecosystem, fire behavior and suppression. Handle tools and a parachute and try out some physical fitness activities. Grandparents will head another direction to consider fire's natural role in the ecosystem, the history of smokejumpers, fire behavior and fire suppression. Walk to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center for naturalist-led tour to see grizzly bears and a wolf pack, up close. The Center's primary mission is to provide the opportunity to Yellowstone visitors to appreciate these creatures who have been removed from the wild due to their dangerous behavior. Finding out about their natural history and why they are in the Center teach an important lesson of how man needs to shoulder the responsibility of helping bears stay wild. Seeing and learning about wolves helps show how important wolves are in the Yellowstone ecosystem.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Evening presentation: "Mountain Men and the Fur Trade Era." Mountain men were the first white visitors to the Yellowstone area; hear of great discoveries and tall tales.

Lodging: Yellowstone Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: A modern, comfortable motel in Yellowstone National Park's West Gateway Community, the lodge is within walking distance of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, IMAX Theatre and downtown. Remember, you are experiencing the atmosphere of a small, rural community and meal options are naturally limited. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodate at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
251 South Electric Street
West Yellowstone, MT 59758 USA
phone: 877-239-9298
web: www.yellowstonelodge.com

Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air-conditioning, Cable TV, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, Wi-Fi, hair dryer, clock radio, telephone with data port and voice mail, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, coin-operated guest laundry, deluxe complimentary breakfast, free wireless Internet available in lobby/laptop available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information (877) 239-9298.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 23 - A Day of Discovery in Yellowstone: A kayak advent...
A Day of Discovery in Yellowstone: A kayak adventure on the great lake, hiking the Upper Geyser Basin and wildlife viewing.

Breakfast: Breakfast on site.

Morning: Field trip into Yellowstone National Park for kayaking on Yellowstone Lake, North America's largest high elevation lake at 20 miles long, 14 miles wide and more than 390 feet deep at its deepest point. During travel to the Lake area, stop where road intersects caldera rim to view and talk about the "Great Caldera". Kayak instruction and safety meeting at the lake. Interpretation during kayaking includes Yellowstone fisheries, human activity in the lake region and current volcanic activity in Yellowstone Lake. Kayak about four hours.

Lunch: Picnic lunches on the lawn.

Afternoon: Continue kayaking adventure. Mid afternoon, travel to the Old Faithful area to hike its geyser basin to experience all four thermal features - geysers, mudpots, fumaroles and hot springs. See them, walk through and feel clouds of steam, smell sulfur, hear hissing fumaroles or steam vents and bubbling, plopping mudpots. Enjoy a wonderland of unique features, beautiful colors and spouting geysers. Find out about life forms in boiling water. Geyser Hill trails offer exploration of the Old Faithful area. Several moderate hikes (altogether about 2 1/2 miles) on boardwalks, stairs, trails, asphalt paths; the trail to Old Faithful Overlook is moderately steep and rocky.

Dinner: Dinner at Old Faithful Cafeteria.

Evening: Evening return to West Yellowstone. Review ethics of wildlife watching and enjoy this optimum opportunity for wildlife spotting or.....a nap.

Lodging: Yellowstone Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: A modern, comfortable motel in Yellowstone National Park's West Gateway Community, the lodge is within walking distance of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, IMAX Theatre and downtown. Remember, you are experiencing the atmosphere of a small, rural community and meal options are naturally limited. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodate at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
251 South Electric Street
West Yellowstone, MT 59758 USA
phone: 877-239-9298
web: www.yellowstonelodge.com

Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air-conditioning, Cable TV, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, Wi-Fi, hair dryer, clock radio, telephone with data port and voice mail, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, coin-operated guest laundry, deluxe complimentary breakfast, free wireless Internet available in lobby/laptop available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information (877) 239-9298.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 24 - The Yellowstone Caldera: Hiking a hot spot, a mig...
The Yellowstone Caldera: Hiking a hot spot, a mighty canyon, thundering falls and a great valley.

Breakfast: Breakfast on site.

Morning: Field day in Yellowstone National Park begins with expedition to Norris Geyser Basin and historic Norris Museum, built in 1929. Hear about the Park's most active thermal area then walk a basin trail to explore its hottest, most exposed region. Walk 1 to 1 1/2 miles on boardwalks, stairs and asphalt or gravel paths.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Continuing eastward, and still within the caldera, exploration continues to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone where lovely pastel shades describe perpendicular canyon walls, beautifully tinted by hot water's action on volcanic rock. Learners of all ages gain a sense of the canyon's immensity at Lookout and Artist's Points. Hike down into canyon depths for a sensory "HELLO" - thundering noise, churning waters, cool mist, unique vegetation zone. At the foot of 308' Lower Falls, see and learn about the canyon's geology and flora. Hiking back to canyon rim, upriver to magnificent Upper Falls and across Chittenden Bridge includes a look at waterfowl, perhaps osprey and water ouzel. Exploration continues into Hayden Valley for wildlife viewing. Hikes at Mud Volcano and Sulphur Caldron areas offer a final, heady blast of "rotten egg" sulfur and further examination of thermal features. Hikes range from 1/2 to 1 1/2 miles on asphalt paths, trails, boardwalks and stairs.

Dinner: Catered dinner on site.

Evening: Evening presentation: the rare and seldom seen - mountain lion, fisher, mink, wolverine, lynx, bobcat and mountain fox. Look at furs, photographs and pictures; compare silhouettes and practice identification. Where do they live, what do they eat, why are they rare and seldom seen? Short video.

Lodging: Yellowstone Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: A modern, comfortable motel in Yellowstone National Park's West Gateway Community, the lodge is within walking distance of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, IMAX Theatre and downtown. Remember, you are experiencing the atmosphere of a small, rural community and meal options are naturally limited. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodate at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
251 South Electric Street
West Yellowstone, MT 59758 USA
phone: 877-239-9298
web: www.yellowstonelodge.com

Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air-conditioning, Cable TV, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, Wi-Fi, hair dryer, clock radio, telephone with data port and voice mail, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, coin-operated guest laundry, deluxe complimentary breakfast, free wireless Internet available in lobby/laptop available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information (877) 239-9298.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 25 - The Yellowstone Caldera: Biking a riverside trail...
The Yellowstone Caldera: Biking a riverside trail and horseback riding a forest trail

Breakfast: Breakfast on site.

Morning: Walk to biking headquarters for bike and helmet fit, instruction and safety talk. No experience necessary. Bike to trailhead. Two and 1/2 mile mountain bike ride on gently rolling trails that wind through tall stands of lodgepole pine and open meadows. Biking is on either the Rendezvous Trail system - West Yellowstone's training site for US Nordic and Biathlon Ski Teams - which encompasses 30 kilometers of trails OR, on nearby Riverside Trail which traces the original entrance into Yellowstone Park before threading along beautiful Madison River, one of the three headwaters of the Missouri River.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the lawn.

Afternoon: To trailride destination to meet your horse, find out about horse handling and tack. Together with mountain horses, beginner or experienced riders will enjoy a one-hour adventure on scenic forest trails. Riding quietly through prime wildlife habitat affords the opportunity to see deer, birds of prey, fox and other fur bearers that inhabit the Yellowstone area. PLEASE NOTE: Weight limit for horseback riding is 220 pounds. Closed-toed shoes; no sandals.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: "Talking Stick"

Lodging: Yellowstone Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 26 - Tracks tell a story; hands-on. Yellowstone has ...
Breakfast: Breakfast on site.

Morning: Your Yellowstone wrap-up brings the adventure to a meaningful conclusion. Finish discussion about how tracks and scat tell a story and put finishing touches on your plaster cast. Talk about other things that will be taken home - something that is invisible, that doesn't weigh anything; a thought, a feeling, a discovery. Time for goodbyes to new friends. Motel check-out.

Brunch: 11:00 a.m. Grab-n-go lunch to take with you.

Afternoon: Airport shuttle departs at 11:30 a.m. Best to schedule return flights after 2:30 pm.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch


Free Time Opportunities


West Yellowstone, MT
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery CenterThe Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is a "not-for-profit, AZA Accredited facility dedicated to providing visitors to the Yellowstone area an opportunity to learn about, view and ultimately appreciate the grizzly bear and gray wolf".
For additional information, visit: www.grizzlydiscoveryctr.com/
Hebgen Lake Visitor CenterCommemorates and interprets the August 17, 1959 earthquake that triggered a huge landslide, moving at 100 mph, and deposited over 80 million tons of rock across the narrow Madison River canyon, damming the river and forming Earthquake Lake. The event measured 7.5 on the Richter scale and, at that time, was the third largest earthquake to occur in the lower 48 states. Twenty-eight people were killed during the earthquake. Bring up the website, choose Recreational Activities, then choose Visitor Center.
For additional information, visit: www.fs.fed.us/r1/gallatin/
Playmill TheatreProviding live theatre in West Yellowstone since 1964.
For additional information, visit: www.playmill.com/
Yellowstone Historic CenterOrganized as a nonprofit organization to protect, preserve, and display the rich travel history of Yellowstone National Park.
For additional information, visit: www.yellowstonehistoriccenter.org/home.php
Yellowstone National ParkPlease see the official web site for Yellowstone National Park.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/yell/home.htm
West Yellowstone Visitor CenterProvides local, area, Yellowstone National Park and statewide travel information. Includes national park service desk and presentations.
For additional information, visit: destinationyellowstone.com
Free Heel and WheelBike and ski rentals available.
For additional information, visit: www.freeheelandwheel.com/
Rendezvous Ski TrailsRendezvous Ski Trails consist of over 35 kilometers of gently rolling, beautifully groomed trails that wind through tall stands of lodgepole pine and open meadows on US Forest Service ground. West Yellowstone winters offer reliable snow for a rewarding Nordic skier's experience. For the summer visitor, the trails offer a great place to walk, hike, run or mountain bike. Be aware that you may encounter wildlife such as bear, moose or elk so stay alert and be prepared.
For additional information, visit: www.rendezvousskitrails.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
8 Hands-on experiences

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