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GARDINER, MONTANA

Yellowstone's Winter Wildlife and Wolves

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Program #14338RJ
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 is 5,260'. Field trip to 7,500'.

Itinerary for Jan 27 — Feb 1, 2013

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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. 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 not all dietary requirements or restrictions can be accommodated at this site. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
905 Scott Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 406-848-7311
web: www.bestwesternmontana.com/hotels/best-western-mammoth-hot-springs/

Room amenities: In-room coffee, hairdryer, data port, iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool, whirlpool, two saunas, restaurant, lounge, casino, gift shop, free high-speed internet access, guest laundry.

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 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, January 27 - Welcome dinner, introductions and a look at the w...
Afternoon: Check-in between 4 and 5 pm.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at adjoining restaurant.

Evening: Orientation, introductions and a preview of the adventure.

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. 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 not all dietary requirements or restrictions can be accommodated at this site. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
905 Scott Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 406-848-7311
web: www.bestwesternmontana.com/hotels/best-western-mammoth-hot-springs/

Room amenities: In-room coffee, hairdryer, data port, iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool, whirlpool, two saunas, restaurant, lounge, casino, gift shop, free high-speed internet access, guest laundry.

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 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, January 28 - Introduction to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem...
Introduction to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Predator/prey Dynamics.

Breakfast: Breakfast at adjoining restaurant.

Morning: Morning presentations: Ecosystems defined; includes political area and boundaries. Herbivores of Yellowstone.

Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Afternoon presentation introduces carnivores of Yellowstone. Free time.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Evening presentation is 'Winter: The Great Predator.'

Lodging: Best Western by Mammoth Hot Springs

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. 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 not all dietary requirements or restrictions can be accommodated at this site. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
905 Scott Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 406-848-7311
web: www.bestwesternmontana.com/hotels/best-western-mammoth-hot-springs/

Room amenities: In-room coffee, hairdryer, data port, iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool, whirlpool, two saunas, restaurant, lounge, casino, gift shop, free high-speed internet access, guest laundry.

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 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, January 29 - Morning field trip to Yellowstone's northern rang...
Morning field trip to Yellowstone's northern range for wildlife habitat and viewing, natural history presentations.

Breakfast: Early breakfast.

Morning: Dawn provides the best opportunity for wildlife observation. Arrive in Lamar at first light; while en route, interpretation will focus on natural history of area wildlife and of Yellowstone National Park. Use of spotting scope and binoculars at viewing areas. Possible wildlife observations include bison, elk, waterfowl, coyotes, wolves, bald and golden eagles, bighorn sheep, mountain fox, pronghorn, otter. Mid January to mid February is wolf breeding season. Mating season is a prime time to observe wolves. Sighting possibilities include interaction between male and female wolves and predator/prey interaction. Bring binoculars; scopes provided.

Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time. Afternoon presentation is "Bison, Beaver, Elk, Wolves and Willows: What's the Connection?"

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Evening presentation is "Elk, Bison and Wolves; Predator/Prey Relations."

Lodging: Best Western by Mammoth Hot Springs

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. 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 not all dietary requirements or restrictions can be accommodated at this site. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
905 Scott Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 406-848-7311
web: www.bestwesternmontana.com/hotels/best-western-mammoth-hot-springs/

Room amenities: In-room coffee, hairdryer, data port, iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool, whirlpool, two saunas, restaurant, lounge, casino, gift shop, free high-speed internet access, guest laundry.

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 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, January 30 - Morning field trip to Yellowstone's northern rang...
Morning field trip to Yellowstone's northern range and exploration at the historic Mammoth Hot Springs area.

Breakfast: Early breakfast.

Morning: Dawn provides the best opportunity for wildlife observation. Arrive in Lamar at first light; while enroute, interpretation will focus on natural history of area wildlife and of Yellowstone National Park. Use of spotting scope and binoculars at viewing areas. Possible wildlife observations include bison, elk, waterfowl, coyotes, wolves, bald and golden eagles, bighorn sheep, mountain fox, pronghorn, otter. Mid January to mid February is wolf breeding season. Mating season is a prime time to observe wolves. Sighting possibilities include interaction between male and female wolves and predator/prey interaction. Bring binoculars; scopes provided.

Lunch: Lunch in Yellowstone at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Afternoon: Snowshoe walk on the Upper Terraces with naturalist/photographer for interpretation; expect breathtaking vistas and learn to read the snow - identify tracks, scat and other signs. Bring your camera. Visit the Albright Visitor Center and Museum, built by the US cavalry during "Fort Yellowstone" times, includes history-themed exhibits-Native Americans, mountain men, early exploration, Army days and early National Park Service. Also included: predator-prey themed exhibit, Moran Gallery (reproductions of Thomas Moran watercolors), Jackson Gallery (original William Henry Jackson photographs and 1871 Hayden Survey photographs), theater, information desk and Yellowstone Association sales area (good selection of Yellowstone-related books, also prints, notecards, games, films, photographs, maps, etc.)

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Free evening or optional wolf video with discussion

Lodging: Best Western by Mammoth Hot Springs

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. 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 not all dietary requirements or restrictions can be accommodated at this site. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
905 Scott Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 406-848-7311
web: www.bestwesternmontana.com/hotels/best-western-mammoth-hot-springs/

Room amenities: In-room coffee, hairdryer, data port, iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool, whirlpool, two saunas, restaurant, lounge, casino, gift shop, free high-speed internet access, guest laundry.

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 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, January 31 - Morning field trip to Yellowstone's northern rang...
Morning field trip to Yellowstone's northern range; afternoon in historic Cooke City.

Breakfast: Early breakfast.

Morning: Dawn provides the best opportunity for wildlife observation. Arrive in Lamar at first light; while en route, interpretation will focus on natural history of area wildlife and of Yellowstone National Park. Use of spotting scope and binoculars at viewing areas. Possible wildlife observations include bison, elk, waterfowl, coyotes, wolves, bald and golden eagles, bighorn sheep, mountain fox, pronghorn, otter. Mid January to mid February is wolf breeding season. Mating season is a prime time to observe wolves. Sighting possibilities include interaction between male and female wolves and predator/prey interaction.

Lunch: Continue up the Lamar River and Soda Butte Creek to Cooke City for an early lunch.

Afternoon: Travels offers additional opportunity for wildlife and habitat viewing. The road from Gardiner, Montana (Yellowstone's NW entrance) to Cooke City, Montana, (Yellowstone's NE entrance which is closed in winter) is 52 miles and is the only road open to wheeled vehicles during the winter. Until 1882, the town and the land around it were within the Crow Reservation. Following numerous skirmishes between the Crow and gold miners the reservation boundary was moved east. Prospectors often accompanied soldiers through Indian lands looking for gold. Gold was found nearby in the early 1870's and the area became known as the New World Mining district. The town was called Shoo-fly until 1880 when it became known as Cooke City, named after a mining investor named Jay Cooke Jr. Cooke promised to use his considerable influence to bring the railroad through the top of Yellowstone Park from Gardiner. This single move would have made the mining much more profitable in the Cooke area. Congress soon put an end to the possibility; Cooke ran into financial difficulty and lost his bonded mining claims. Back in Gardiner for free time. Later afternoon presentation is Wolf Reintroduction in Yellowstone.

Dinner: Dinner at adjoining restaurant.

Evening: Evening presentation is "Winter in Yellowstone."

Lodging: Best Western by Mammoth Hot Springs

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 01 - Wolves: Past & Future - a wrap-up...and brunch: a...
Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant.

Morning: Morning presentation and discussion considers wolf 'management' in the Greater Yellowstone Area: Present and Future. Wrap-up; Q and A Group photo; bring your camera.

Brunch: 11:00 am brunch at adjoining restaurant. Shuttle departs at 11:30.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch


Free Time Opportunities


Gardiner, MT
Guided toursGuided van tours into Yellowstone Park.
For additional information, visit: www.yellowstoneyearround.com
HikingTrailhead 1/2 mile from lodgings.
Horseback RidingSummer season trailrides provided by Rendezvous Outfitters in Gardiner, MT (406) 848-7967.
RaftingSummer season scenic float or whitewater rafting on Yellowstone River.
For additional information, visit: www.yellowstoneraft.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 Park informationFor a closer look at Yellowstone and to find out what's available in the Park- horseback riding, ranger-led activities, wildlife excursions and any other park activities. 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. During winter season rent cross-country skis or snowshoes at Ski Shops in Mammoth or at Old Faithful.
For additional information, visit: www.TravelYellowstone.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
8 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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