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Winter Ventures in Yellowstone Country

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Program #16839RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Lodgings and activities at altitudes ranging from 6,666' to 7800'.

Equipment Requirements
Warm clothing and snow boots required. Snowmobile clothing provided (includes helmets and boots); cross-country skis/boots/poles and snowshoes provided.

Itinerary for Feb 2 — Feb 7, 2014

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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 accommodated 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, 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, February 02 - Welcome!
Afternoon: Check in at lodgings between 4 and 5 pm.

Dinner: Catered dinner on site.

Evening: Orientation, Introductions and preview of the week's activities

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 accommodated 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, 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, February 03 - Introduction to the Yellowstone area includes its...
Introduction to the Yellowstone area includes its ecosystem, the volcano and an afternoon snowshoe walk on nearby trail for winter ecology.

Note: Three hour snowshoe walk on moderate terrain at 6,666'.

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast on site.

Morning: Morning overview introduces the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem and history of the Yellowstone volcano.

Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurant; walk up to four blocks.

Afternoon: Experience winter ecology via interpreted snowshoe walk on moderate terrain at the edge of town on Riverside Trail. Discuss animal tracks, scat and sign; what do they tell us about critters' winter behavior? Consider habits and habitat. Snowshoes provided; no experience necessary. Less active option is exploration at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

Dinner: Catered dinner on site.

Evening: Natural history topics include, but are not limited to, caldera geology, human history, wildlife, habitat, effects of fire, predator/prey relationships, birds, current issues, wolf reintroduction, etc.

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 accommodated 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, 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, February 04 - Discuss wildlife of Yellowstone then an afternoon...
Discuss wildlife of Yellowstone then an afternoon of a cross country ski exploration on Rendezvous Trail

Note: Three hour cross country ski trek on moderate terrain at 6,666'.

Breakfast: Catered breakfast on site.

Morning: Morning visit to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery center give participants the opportunity to consider Yellowstone's wildlife - predator and prey, habitat requirements, winter range, populations and more. The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is dedicated to providing visitors to the Yellowstone area the unique opportunity to learn about, view and ultimately appreciate the grizzly bear and gray wolf and to empower visitors with knowledge about grizzlies and wolves through educational programs.

Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurant; walk up to four blocks.

Afternoon: Beginner cross country ski trek on nearby Rendezvous Trail System which encompasses 30 kilometers of groomed trails on gently rolling terrain in and out of lodgepole pine forest and open meadows. Discuss winter ecology; tracks and scat. Cross country skis provided; no experience necessary. Less active option is natural history film at the Yellowstone Imax Theatre.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant; walk up to four blocks.

Evening: Wolves of Yellowstone.

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 accommodated 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, 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, February 05 - A snowcoach journey into the Grand Canyon of the ...
Note: Full-day, 80 mile round trip snowcoach journey in heated, over-the-snow vehicles at elevations from 6,666' to 7,734'; several moderate walks on slippery, snow-packed trails, boardwalks and stairs.

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast on site.

Morning: Full day, naturalist-led snowcoach adventure into Yellowstone Park to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone area via heated, over-the-snow vehicles. Thread among the park's breathtaking winter beauty along Madison and Gibbon Rivers to Norris Junction, then eastward toward Canyon. Several moderate walks to scenic overlooks on slippery, snow-packed trails, boardwalks and stairs.

Lunch: Sack lunches at Old Faithful.

Afternoon: Appreciate time at Canyon where winter's white and iron grip only adds to the magnificence - Upper Fall's roaring, 109' plunge and Lower Fall's classically spectacular 308' sweep into ice-swathed depths. Here, beautifully tinted walls result from hot water's action on volcanic rock. Consider an expanse of space and beauty that one can only begin to imagine. Enjoy photo opportunities and trailside interpretation.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant; walk up to four blocks.

Evening: Free evening.

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 accommodated 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, 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, February 06 - A snowmobile venture into Yellowstone to Old Fait...
Note: Full-day, 60 mile round trip snowmobile adventure on two-passenger, cleaner, quieter, four-stroke machines at elevations from 6,666' to 7,365'; several moderate walks on slippery, snow-packed trails, boardwalks and stairs.

Breakfast: Catered breakfast on site.

Morning: Guided, full day snowmobile field adventure (60 miles round trip) into Yellowstone National Park to Old Faithful via Firehole Canyon, Lower and Midway Geyser Basins. Enjoy riding as driver or passenger on two-person snowmobile, exhilarating among breathtaking wonders of the Great Caldera! Several walks among steamy, sulfur-scented Old Faithful and Lower Geyser Basins. Beehive, Grand, Lion, Fountain Paint Pot, Clepsydra - a poetry of seething, pluming steam and spray and mud. Moderate walking on slippery, snow-packed trails, boardwalks and stairs among colors, scents and sounds of pale chocolate, yellow, orange, green and blue, sulfur, bubble, hiss and steam. Imagine! Being here to explore a land like no other, a land that holds one half of the world's geothermal features - geysers, hot springs, mudpots and fumaroles! Imagine.

Lunch: Sack lunches at Canyon.

Afternoon: Adventure continues through Yellowstone's winter whiteness; expect to see bison, elk and waterfowl, perhaps coyote and bald eagle. Swan sighting possible along the Madison River. What next! Discovery beckons and awaits around each bend of the road! Snowmobiling is a very strenuous activity. Snowmobiling clothing provided.

Dinner: Catered dinner on site.

Evening: Natural history topics include, but are not limited to, caldera geology, human history, wildlife, habitat, effects of fire, predator/prey relationships, birds, current issues, wolf reintroduction, etc.

Lodging: Yellowstone Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 07 - Winter Ventures in Yellowstone Country: Finale
Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast on site.

Morning: Week review; Q & A Winter ventures in the Yellowstone area - learning, seeing, discussing, experiencing! The mind spins and reels with new knowledge: predator-prey dynamics, winter range, geology of the Great Caldera, wolf reintroduction, life in seething hot pools. The mind spins and reels with new visions and scents: steamy-breathed elk and black-wooled bison, coyote tracks and moose scat in snow, vivid skies, waterfowl on frigid water, sulfur-scented fumaroles, of soaring geysers, ice-columned waterfalls. The mind spins and reels with winter sounds: crunch of snowshoe, swish of ski, creak of snow boots, roar of thundering water, stillness of winter, pop of brittle branches, grunt of bison, call of raven, the great silence of wild country. One has explored national forest land on Yellowstone's western border and ventured into Yellowstone National Park to be introduced to the greatest predator of all - winter. Morning wrap-up ties up loose ends, answers questions and brings the learning adventure to a gratifying conclusion. Group photo; bring your camera.

Brunch: 11 am grab and go brunch. Airport group shuttle departs 11:30 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch


Free Time Opportunities


West Yellowstone, MT
West Yellowstone Chamber of CommerceProvides local, area, Yellowstone National Park and statewide tourist and travel information.
For additional information, visit: www.westyellowstonechamber.com
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery CenterWildlife park and educational facility.
For additional information, visit: www.grizzlydiscoveryctr.com/
Yellowstone National ParkPlease see the official web site for Yellowstone National Park.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/yell/home.htm

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

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4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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