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Program #4937RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 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
Field excursions into the National Park will bring the group to elevations of 6,900 feet and above.

Itinerary for Aug 11 — Aug 17, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: From the highway at the base of Vogel's Hill, all you can see is a road disappearing into the contour of the land. But beyond that lies so much more: The Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools is busy servicing the educational needs of school children, teachers-in-learning and students of nature young and old, while maintaining and enhancing conservation easements on all but two percent of nearly 900 acres. Carefully integrated into the landscape are two residential lodges, five educational buildings, dining hall, maintenance building and welcome center. Built in 2004, all buildings were designed from a green perspective, using high-performance materials with low-level organic compounds and using minimal resources. Natural lighting and innovation in space design have resulted in an environment that benefits all who live, work and visit here. Ongoing ecological work at the campus specializes in field science experiences within the suburban-rural interface and human-use impacts on our natural communities. Our Jackson Campus has accommodated as many as 300 person events, including educational and wildlife conferences, teaching and professional development workshops and conferences, luncheons, board meetings, community events and weddings.

Contact info:
700 Coyote Canyon Road
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
phone: 307-733-1313
web: www.tetonscience.org

Room amenities: Rooms are located in our lodges and provide a clock radio, linens, private bathroom and small chair. Living room areas for social gathering in the same building on the first floor.

Facility amenities: The Jackson Campus has laundry facilities, phones on all floors of the lodges, wireless internet access from all buildings, coffee, tea and snacks available all day, private bathrooms and on-site dining lodge with exceptional food service from our executive chef.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.00/night
Please call for availability, 307-734-3750.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 11 - Check in and move into lodging; Orientation and i...
Check in and move into lodging; Orientation and introductions following dinner.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in our Dining Lodge by our executive chef. The menu varies greatly and is always healthy and balanced.

Evening: This evening will give us a chance to get to know each other and the facility as we prepare for our week ahead. This is also a time in which the group will be brought up to date on the developments of the schedule, changes due to opportunity, need and weather.

Lodging: Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: From the highway at the base of Vogel's Hill, all you can see is a road disappearing into the contour of the land. But beyond that lies so much more: The Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools is busy servicing the educational needs of school children, teachers-in-learning and students of nature young and old, while maintaining and enhancing conservation easements on all but two percent of nearly 900 acres. Carefully integrated into the landscape are two residential lodges, five educational buildings, dining hall, maintenance building and welcome center. Built in 2004, all buildings were designed from a green perspective, using high-performance materials with low-level organic compounds and using minimal resources. Natural lighting and innovation in space design have resulted in an environment that benefits all who live, work and visit here. Ongoing ecological work at the campus specializes in field science experiences within the suburban-rural interface and human-use impacts on our natural communities. Our Jackson Campus has accommodated as many as 300 person events, including educational and wildlife conferences, teaching and professional development workshops and conferences, luncheons, board meetings, community events and weddings.

Contact info:
700 Coyote Canyon Road
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
phone: 307-733-1313
web: www.tetonscience.org

Room amenities: Rooms are located in our lodges and provide a clock radio, linens, private bathroom and small chair. Living room areas for social gathering in the same building on the first floor.

Facility amenities: The Jackson Campus has laundry facilities, phones on all floors of the lodges, wireless internet access from all buildings, coffee, tea and snacks available all day, private bathrooms and on-site dining lodge with exceptional food service from our executive chef.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.00/night
Please call for availability, 307-734-3750.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 12 - Introduction to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem...
Introduction to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Craig Thomas Discovery Center, Hike in Grand Teton National Park. Evening Program- Bears & Wolves of the GYE.

Note: Activity today will be a 5 mile hike with elevation gains of 400-600 feet.

Breakfast: Hot Breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc.

Morning: Visit to the Craig Thomas Discovery Center in Grand Teton National Park. We will explore the visitor's center including watching the interpretive film and spending some time around the relief map exploring the valley on a small scale and get familiar with where locations are and where the program will take us throughout the week.

Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch. Each participant will get to make their own sandwich and pack what they like.

Afternoon: We will go for an approximately 5 mile hike and will bring the group through a series of habitats, exploring the wildlife and geology present at the base of the Teton Range. Views of the Tetons will be awe-inspiring and magnificent.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in our Dining Lodge by our executive chef. The menu varies greatly and is always healthy and balanced.

Evening: This evening will focus on the populations of grizzly bears and wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Topics highlighted will be the reintroduction of the wolf to Yellowstone, delisting of both species, behavior and biology of both species, bear interactions with humans and gray wolf interactions between packs. Also discussed will be the controversies surrounding the species and how current decisions will affect the animals future.

Lodging: Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: From the highway at the base of Vogel's Hill, all you can see is a road disappearing into the contour of the land. But beyond that lies so much more: The Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools is busy servicing the educational needs of school children, teachers-in-learning and students of nature young and old, while maintaining and enhancing conservation easements on all but two percent of nearly 900 acres. Carefully integrated into the landscape are two residential lodges, five educational buildings, dining hall, maintenance building and welcome center. Built in 2004, all buildings were designed from a green perspective, using high-performance materials with low-level organic compounds and using minimal resources. Natural lighting and innovation in space design have resulted in an environment that benefits all who live, work and visit here. Ongoing ecological work at the campus specializes in field science experiences within the suburban-rural interface and human-use impacts on our natural communities. Our Jackson Campus has accommodated as many as 300 person events, including educational and wildlife conferences, teaching and professional development workshops and conferences, luncheons, board meetings, community events and weddings.

Contact info:
700 Coyote Canyon Road
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
phone: 307-733-1313
web: www.tetonscience.org

Room amenities: Rooms are located in our lodges and provide a clock radio, linens, private bathroom and small chair. Living room areas for social gathering in the same building on the first floor.

Facility amenities: The Jackson Campus has laundry facilities, phones on all floors of the lodges, wireless internet access from all buildings, coffee, tea and snacks available all day, private bathrooms and on-site dining lodge with exceptional food service from our executive chef.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.00/night
Please call for availability, 307-734-3750.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 13 - Aerial tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain at ...
Aerial tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain at Teton Village. Hike at 10,400 feet. Bears and Wolves of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem evening program.

Note: Activity will include a 2-4 mile hike with elevation losses of 500-1500ft.

Breakfast: Hot Breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc.

Morning: Ride the aerial tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Then spend the morning hiking at high elevations and exploring the alpine ecosystem that is found above 8,000 feet. Unique plants and animals are found in alpine regions that cannot be found anywhere else. See wildflowers, done blooming at lower elevations in August, in a riotous display of color and texture above 8,000 feet.

Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch. Each participant will get to make their own sandwich and pack what they like.

Afternoon: Continued hiking from the summit of Rendezvous Mountain. Afterwards, enjoy a little bit of free time in Teton Village to browse the shops or have a drink in this charming alpine village.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in our Dining Lodge by our executive chef. The menu varies greatly and is always healthy and balanced.

Evening: This evening will present a lecture/discussion on the natural history of the American bison, as well as its’ place in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Lodging: Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Grant Village, named after president Ulysses S. Grant who signed the law which established Yellowstone as the world's first national park, was completed in 1984. The village is situated on the southwestern shore of Yellowstone Lake, approximately 20 miles from Old Faithful, and is the nearest location to Grand Teton National Park.

Contact info:
1 Grand Loop Rd.
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-7311
web: http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/grant-village-92.html

Room amenities: Attractively furnished rooms with telephones and private bathroom equipped with shower or tub/shower, toilet and sink.

Facility amenities: The lodging complex includes 6 two-story buildings each containing 50 rooms. All rooms have private bathrooms. Also located in the area are two restaurants with lake views (one full menu and one specializing in a pub-style menu including a selection of burgers; beef, bison, chicken and black bean), a lounge and a small gift store.

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


Day Four: Wednesday, August 14 - Two night trip to Yellowstone National Park. West...
Two night trip to Yellowstone National Park. West Thumb and Old Faithful Geyser Basins

Note: Activity today will including walking around the geyser basin at Old Faithful and West Thumb on boardwalks and paved trails. Afternoon will include a 2-3 mile hike with an elevation gain of 500 feet.

Breakfast: Hot Breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc.

Morning: Journey to the Old Faithful Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. There the group will explore the geysers and other thermal features, focusing on the unique geologic aspects of Yellowstone and the caldera.

Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch. Each participant will get to make their own sandwich and pack what they like.

Afternoon: After visiting the Old Faithful Geyser Basin, we will venture on a hike to Mystic Falls.

Dinner: Dinner at the Grant Village Lake House Restaurant.

Evening: Evening exploration of West Thumb Geyser basin geothermal features. West Thumb lies on the shore of Yellowstone Lake and may be the most scenic geyser basin in Yellowstone National Park.

Lodging: Grant Village

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Lake Yellowstone Pioneer Cabins were built in the 1920's but completely remodeled in 2003/04. These simple, comfortable duplex units are a short walk from the spectacular Yellowstone Lake, the largest high altitude lake in the North America.

Contact info:
Lake Village Rd
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-7901
web: http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/lake-yellowstone-hotel-cabins-94.html

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


Day Five: Thursday, August 15 - Fountain Paint Pots, Terrace Mountain Hike, Overn...
Note: Terrace Mountain Loop: 7 miles, 500 feet elevation gain.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Grant Village Dining Room.

Morning: Wake up in beautiful Yellowstone National Park. We will drive from Grant Village to Mammoth today and stop along the way to check out the boiling mud at Fountain Paint Pots. We will then begin the Terrace Mountain hike.

Lunch: Lunch will be a box lunches eaten as a field lunch.

Afternoon: We will enjoy unusual rock formations and scenic views along the Terrace Mountain Hike. At the conclusion of the hike we will spend some time exploring the Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces. Finally, we'll depart for Lake Village on the shores of Yellowstone Lake.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own at Lake Village.

Evening: Free evening to relax after a big day! Enjoy a sunset walk along the shores of sip a drink and soak in the view from the Yellowstone Lake Hotel lobby.

Lodging: Lake Yellowstone Hotel Frontier Cabins

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Lodge

Description: From the highway at the base of Vogel's Hill, all you can see is a road disappearing into the contour of the land. But beyond that lies so much more: The Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools is busy servicing the educational needs of school children, teachers-in-learning and students of nature young and old, while maintaining and enhancing conservation easements on all but two percent of nearly 900 acres. Carefully integrated into the landscape are two residential lodges, five educational buildings, dining hall, maintenance building and welcome center. Built in 2004, all buildings were designed from a green perspective, using high-performance materials with low-level organic compounds and using minimal resources. Natural lighting and innovation in space design have resulted in an environment that benefits all who live, work and visit here. Ongoing ecological work at the campus specializes in field science experiences within the suburban-rural interface and human-use impacts on our natural communities. Our Jackson Campus has accommodated as many as 300 person events, including educational and wildlife conferences, teaching and professional development workshops and conferences, luncheons, board meetings, community events and weddings.

Contact info:
700 Coyote Canyon Road
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
phone: 307-733-1313
web: www.tetonscience.org

Room amenities: Rooms are located in our lodges and provide a clock radio, linens, private bathroom and small chair. Living room areas for social gathering in the same building on the first floor.

Facility amenities: The Jackson Campus has laundry facilities, phones on all floors of the lodges, wireless internet access from all buildings, coffee, tea and snacks available all day, private bathrooms and on-site dining lodge with exceptional food service from our executive chef.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.00/night
Please call for availability, 307-734-3750.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, August 16 - Hayden Valley wildlife viewing, Grand Canyon of t...
Hayden Valley wildlife viewing, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Dinner at Dornan's.

Note: Today's hike will be to the bottom of the lower falls. 300 steps take you to the breathtaking views of the lower falls. A half mile descent and ascent back to the parking lot (500 feet elevaiton change). Additionally, walk 3.5 mostly flat miles along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone rim.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lake Village Cafeteria.

Morning: We'll drive through the spectacular Hayden Valley this morning with our eyes tuned to the large mammals that call this valley home. We may see bison, bears, elk and all kinds of birds. We'll stop at the Canyon visitor center and take an in-depth look at the geology and geologic forces that are active in Yellowstone. We'll witness the spectacular upper and lower falls amidst the beauty of the sulfurous rocks.

Lunch: Lunch at Canyon Cafeteria

Afternoon: Hike at Uncle Tom's Trail at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. 300 steps will take you to a breathtaking view of the 305 foot lower falls. Take a walk along the rim of the Canyon and gaze into the depths of the colorful rock at the churning river below. We will head back to Grand Teton National Park after the Canyon walks.

Dinner: Dinner will be at Dornan’s in Grand Teton National Park. Dornans is a third, fourth, and fifth generation, family-owned/operated resort located in the heart of the Jackson Hole valley on the banks of the Snake River. The Pizza Pasta Company at Dornan’s reflects more modern tastes -serving fresh pastas, crisp salads, gourmet pizza, and hot sandwiches on our bakery-fresh breads. The Spur Bar serves an assortment of microbrewed beers and fine wines.

Lodging: Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, August 17 - Closing activities. Hands to Work. National Museu...
Closing activities. Hands to Work. National Museum of Wildlife Art. Good-Byes.

Breakfast: Hot breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc.

Morning: After breakfast, all participants will take part in "hands-to-work." Hands-to-work is a part of Teton Science Schools' community philosophy. Participants along with staff will address and clean the spaces they have used throughout the week. All participants of Teton Science Schools' programs take part in this which builds a sense of community and rapport amongst program participants throughout the campus. A group that eats, sleeps and cleans up after itself together is stronger and closer. After hands-to-work, there will be a closing ceremony which will draw a close to the program and give us a chance to look back at the fun times we had through the week. The remainder of the morning will be spent at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Participants will be treated to a docent tour and then be given time to explore the museum on their own.

Lunch: Program will end after lunch at the Rising Sage Cafe at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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