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GARDINER, MONTANA

Inspired Images: Photographing the Wonders of Yellowstone

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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 elevation 5,260'. Activities take place at elevations ranging from 5,260' to 9,000'.

Equipment Requirements
Digital shooters bring digital camera including equipment to download and view photographs (your laptop) and extra batteries. Film shooters bring 8 rolls film (36 exposures each). Overnight film developing is not available in Gardiner. 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 May 10 — May 15, 2015

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Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron, ironing board available upon request.

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

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel for information 888 797-4837.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 10 - Orientation and Introductions
Afternoon: Check-in between 4 and 5 PM.

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

Evening: Orientation, Introductions and a look at the week ahead.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron, ironing board available upon request.

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

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel for information 888 797-4837.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 11 - Fundamentals of Photography, Introduction to Yell...
Breakfast: Hot breakfast sandwich, yogurt and fruit in meeting room; includes coffee and tea.

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

Lunch: Catered lunch.

Afternoon: More on photography fundamentals then "the Seasons of Yellowstone" presentation which reflects the park's seasonal rhythms. Coming up: during your field days in the park you will see wildlife - bison, elk, waterfowl, perhaps big horn sheep, coyotes and fox. The possibility of seeing wolves and grizzly bears exists; however, sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant; prepare for an evening in the park.

Evening: An evening interlude into the park to the Mammoth area may include a walk on the Mammoth Terraces and a visit to the Albright Visitor Center and Museum. Here is the park's administrative center with buildings built by the US cavalry during "Fort Yellowstone" times. The museum includes the Jackson Gallery (original William Henry Jackson photographs and 1871 Hayden Survey photographs), history-themed exhibits, predator-prey themed exhibit, Moran Gallery (reproductions of Thomas Moran watercolors), theater and information desk

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron, ironing board available upon request.

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

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel for information 888 797-4837.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 12 - Field day in Yellowstone National Park
Note: Several walks, up to two miles total. Lots of getting on and off the bus for picture taking opportunities and wildlife observation.

Breakfast: Hearty breakfast choices at nearby restaurant from fruit-topped granola to bacon and eggs; walk up to four blocks.

Morning: Enjoy the first of three full day field trips in Yellowstone with professional photographer/ naturalist who provides ongoing photography discussion and guidance, supports hands on aspects of field photography, all the while interpreting the park's natural history. Depart for the Old Faithful area within the Upper Geyser Basin which contains over a quarter of the world's geysers. Travel via Gibbon River, Gibbon Falls, Firehole River and Fountain Paint Pot. See, smell, hear, enjoy and photograph geysers, hot springs, mudpots and fumaroles in the heart of Yellowstone.

Lunch: Sack lunches while adventuring in the Park.

Afternoon: Appreciate the opportunity to photograph legendary Old Faithful Inn, an example of "parkitecture" designed by Robert Reamer and built of local stone and logs during the winter of 1903-04. This treasure is now a National Historic Landmark and one of the few remaining log hotels in the country. Expect moderate walking up to two miles and picture taking during this field day among Yellowstone's grand landscape with its spring lighting, colors, and wildlife. Consider a magnificent ecosystem and how all its aspects intersect, creating a tapestry of life not to be found anywhere else in the nation.

Dinner: Catered dinner at meeting room is the opportunity to refuel after a beautiful day in Yellowstone while reflecting on the grand adventure with fellow photographers.

Evening: Discuss the basics of the digital darkroom, downloading, saving and cataloging, with an introduction to image enhancement.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron, ironing board available upon request.

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

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel for information 888 797-4837.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 13 - Field day in Yellowstone National Park
Note: Several walks, up to two miles total. Lots of getting on and off the bus for picture taking opportunities and wildlife observation. Late evening return provides the advantage of picture taking during evening light.

Breakfast: Hearty breakfast choices at nearby restaurant from fruit-topped granola to bacon and eggs; walk up to four blocks.

Morning: This field day is picture taking and exploration in the Tower Fall, Lamar Valley and Cooke City areas.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Ongoing interpretation of the park's natural features, wildlife, etc. during this photography field day. Expect exploratory/picture-taking walks on moderate terrain - up to two miles each field day. Be sure to bring your binoculars as the possibility of wildlife observation awaits around every bend of the road or trail. Spring days in Yellowstone may be warm or chilly. Wear warm clothing - a layer of sweatshirt/sweater or fleece, a vest, warm jacket, hat and gloves.

Dinner: Delicious picnic suppers in the park allow for being in the midst of "paradise" during the crepuscular hour.

Evening: Evening return to lodgings offers evening's magic light and prime time for spotting wildlife.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron, ironing board available upon request.

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

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel for information 888 797-4837.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 14 - Field day in Yellowstone National Park
Note: Several walks, up to two miles total. Lots of getting on and off the bus for picture taking opportunities and wildlife observation. Early morning departure provides the advantage of lighting options during the magic hour of sunrise.

Breakfast: Hot, boxed breakfast to go.

Morning: Early morning field trip departure to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone area where you'll note beautifully tinted canyon walls caused by hot water acting on volcanic rock. Experience the roar of 109' Upper Falls and the classically spectacular 308' plunge of waters over Lower Falls. Enjoy a walk along the Yellowstone River among either a section of its dynamic riparian area where you will feel the great river's power and beauty and perhaps see water ouzels and waterfowl or atop the canyon rim where views of sheer magnificence, of endless, painted perpendicularity invite speechlessness. Appreciate the challenge of capturing images of the mighty river, its canyon, water falls and spring ambiance.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the park are a part of your daily immersion in Wonderland; something you'll always remember.

Afternoon: Today's exploration may include the vast, wide open spaciousness of Hayden Valley, a former lake bed, now a shrub and grasslands habitat that supports a myriad of grazing critters from small rodents to large ungulates, not to mention scavengers and predators. Enjoy moderate walking on picture taking and natural history explorations with photographer/ naturalist.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant is the opportunity to recap a wonderful day in Yellowstone with fellow explorers; walk up to four blocks.

Evening: Free evening or work on photos for tomorrow's review.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 15 - Participant slideshow with gentle critique from t...
Breakfast: Hearty breakfast choices at nearby restaurant from fruit-topped granola to bacon and eggs; walk up to four blocks.

Morning: Participant slide show to show off a week's good work; an opportunity for fun and for a final critique from the instructor. Yellowstone finale; Q & A

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.yellowstonenationalparklodges.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/index.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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15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
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