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GARDINER, MONTANA

Inspired Images: Photographing the Wonders of Yellowstone

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Program #17947RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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
Site elevations are 5,260' and 7,365'. Activities take place at elevations from 5,260' to 7,365'.

Equipment Requirements
Digital shooters bring digital camera including equipment to download and view photographs and extra batteries. Film shooters bring 8 rolls film (36 exposures each). Course designed for all types of photography equipment with emphasis on digital photography. Concentrate on how to take the best picture possible under existing conditions, not on photo manipulation. A tripod is useful. Bring binoculars, durable water bottle and fanny or day pack to carry photography equipment on walks. Bring your walking stick if you use one.

Itinerary for Feb 1 — Feb 6, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Conveniently located less than one mile north of Yellowstone National Park, with a spectacular view of surrounding mountains and the Yellowstone River.

Contact info:
905 Scott Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 406-848-7311
Room amenities: In-room coffee, blow dryer, data port, iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool, whirlpool, two saunas, restaurant, lounge, casino and gift shop.

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

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call 406-848-7311 or information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 01 - Orientation and Introduction to Yellowstone in th...
Afternoon: Check-in between 3 and 4 PM. Orientation and introductions at 4 PM in hotel conference room

Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant.

Evening: Instructor/professional photographer provides an introduction to Yellowstone in winter.

Lodging: Best Western by Mammoth Hot Springs

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Conveniently located less than one mile north of Yellowstone National Park, with a spectacular view of surrounding mountains and the Yellowstone River.

Contact info:
905 Scott Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 406-848-7311
Room amenities: In-room coffee, blow dryer, data port, iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool, whirlpool, two saunas, restaurant, lounge, casino and gift shop.

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

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call 406-848-7311 or information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 02 - Fundamentals of Photography and trip to Lamar Val...
Breakfast: Deluxe hot breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Instructor presents photography fundamentals; discuss composition, lighting, proper exposure, sharpness, lens choices, and much more.

Lunch: Shuttle to nearby restaurant

Afternoon: Travel to Lamar Valley as you begin your photography adventure in Yellowstone National Park

Dinner: Shuttle to dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Evening presentation reflects the rhythm of Yellowstone's changing seasons. Coming up are three more field days in the park where you will have the opportunity to photograph Yellowstone's features, landscape and wildlife during a serene and beautiful time of year.

Lodging: Best Western by Mammoth Hot Springs

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Built in the style of classic national park lodges, Old Faithful Snow Lodge combines modern comfort with rustic timber construction. Within viewing distance of Old Faithful Geyser.

Contact info:
1 Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-545-4600
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Room amenities: Western lodge-style furnishings in the heart of Yellowstone. Telephone, coffee maker, refrigerator, hair dryer; internet service available for purchase.

Facility amenities: Lounge, bar, dining room, café, physically disabled services, guest laundry. Internet service is available for purchase in guest rooms and lobby areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, February 03 - Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful
Breakfast: Deluxe hot breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Check out of Best Western by Mammoth. Shuttle to Mammoth Hot Springs and board snow coaches for an adventure into Yellowstone's winter wonderland. Photographer/naturalist will provide ongoing photography discussion and guidance and support hands on aspects of field photography, all the while interpreting the park's natural history. Expect exploratory/picture-taking stops on your way to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Appreciate a rare glimpse into Yellowstone's quiet season while encountering snow covered expanses of unspoiled nature and wildlife while riding in and out of the park aboard snow coaches. A snow covered landscape, frozen waterfalls and frosted trees contrast with steaming geysers and other geothermal features creating a surreal winterscape and providing an amazing backdrop for the camera lens. Wear warm clothing and sturdy winter boots for snow covered and slippery areas.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Ongoing interpretation of the park's unique natural features and wildlife while continuing on to Old Faithful. Professional photographer/instructor offers continual guidance on picture taking fundamentals, composition, lighting, proper exposure, lens choices, etc... Check into Old Faithful Snow Lodge to enjoy a night's stay in the heart of Yellowstone National Park.

Dinner: Dinner at Old Faithful Snowlodge dining room.

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Built in the style of classic national park lodges, Old Faithful Snow Lodge combines modern comfort with rustic timber construction. Within viewing distance of Old Faithful Geyser.

Contact info:
1 Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-545-4600
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Room amenities: Western lodge-style furnishings in the heart of Yellowstone. Telephone, coffee maker, refrigerator, hair dryer; internet service available for purchase.

Facility amenities: Lounge, bar, dining room, café, physically disabled services, guest laundry. Internet service is available for purchase in guest rooms and lobby areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, February 04 - Overnight at Old Faithful area
Breakfast: Breakfast at Old Faithful Snowlodge

Morning: Participants continue to experience unique features of Yellowstone National Park at the Old Faithful area and frozen, winterbound Yellowstone Lake's West Thumb geyser basin. Winter access into the park's interior is aboard over-the-snow vehicles only. Yellowstone receives close to 3 million visitors each year, yet only a small fraction of those who glimpse the park’s stunning vistas, geological wonders, and animal residents do so during the serenity of the winter months. Numerous photographic opportunities will be at your finger tips as you capture this amazing winter wonderland on film.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Continue to enjoy snow covered expanses of open space and expect to see bison, elk, waterfowl, coyotes and more. Consider a magnificent ecosystem and how all its aspects intersect, creating a tapestry of life not to be found anywhere else in the nation. Return to Old Faithful Snowlodge.

Dinner: Dinner at Old Faithful Cafeteria

Evening: Yellowstone National Park has an estimated 10,000 thermal features and the highest concentration of active geysers in the world. Picture taking opportunities are endless as you explore the Old Faithful area and the geothermal features that make this a very unique place.

Lodging: Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Conveniently located less than one mile north of Yellowstone National Park, with a spectacular view of surrounding mountains and the Yellowstone River.

Contact info:
905 Scott Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 406-848-7311
Room amenities: In-room coffee, blow dryer, data port, iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool, whirlpool, two saunas, restaurant, lounge, casino and gift shop.

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

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call 406-848-7311 or information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 05 - Final snow coach day through the photographer's d...
Breakfast: Breakfast at Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Morning: Check out of Snow Lodge. Board snow coaches for a final trek through the amazing snow covered landscape. Continue capturing once in a lifetime photographs of the surreal winterscape that defines Yellowstone National Park.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Afternoon return to Gardiner for some down time and check back into hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant

Evening: Final class and time to work on photos for tomorrow's review.

Lodging: Best Western by Mammoth Hot Springs

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 06 - Participant slide show with a gentle critique fro...
Breakfast: Deluxe hot breakfast at hotel

Morning: Morning class on the basics of the digital darkroom. Participant slide show to show off a week's good work; an opportunity for fun and for a final critique session from the instructor. Yellowstone finale; Q & A Closing reflections on your week of photography in the Great Caldera.

Brunch: Grab-n-go brunch to take with you.

Afternoon: Shuttle departs at 11:30 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch


Free Time Opportunities


Gardiner, MT
HikingOne trailhead 1/2 mile from lodgings; another 3/4 mile from lodgings.
Horseback RidingTrailrides provided by Rendezvous Outfitters in Gardiner, MT (406) 848-7967.
RaftingScenic float or whitewater rafting on Yellowstone River.
For additional information, visit: www.yellowstoneraft.com
Xanterra Parks and Resorts Xanterra Parks and Resorts is Yellowstone's principal concessioner and includes operations of park's lodging facilities, some campgrounds, restaurants, gift shops, interpretive tours, etc.
For additional information, visit: www.TravelYellowstone.com
Yellowstone AssociationFounded in 1933 to assist with educational, historical and scientific programs that would benefit Yellowstone National Park and its visitors. Operates book sale outlets in park visitor centers which supports expanded naturalist training and programs, finances publication of trail guides, books and pamphlets about the Park, helps with funding for museum exhibits and research equipment. The Yellowstone Association Institute sponsors outdoor courses for all age groups, some of which are especially designed for women, families and children. The Institute's purpose is to explore, understand and appreciate Yellowstone.
For additional information, visit: www.yellowstoneassociation.org
Yellowstone National ParkOfficial website for Yellowstone National Park. Information, planning a visit, history, etc.
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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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
8 Hands-on experiences

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