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GARDINER, MONTANA

A Native Interpretation of Yellowstone from a Blackfeet Troubadour

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Program #20801RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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'. Walks and activities take place at elevations ranging from 5,800' to 9,000'

Equipment Requirements
Bring a durable WATER BOTTLE and fanny or day pack, sturdy hiking shoes or boots, . Bring your walking stick if you use one.

Itinerary for Sep 13 — Sep 17, 2013

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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 entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. 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:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.

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 in office.

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

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day One: Friday, September 13 - Welcome to Gardiner, northwest gateway community ...
Welcome to Gardiner, northwest gateway community to Yellowstone National Park. Welcome dinner, orientation and introductions.

Afternoon: Check-in between 4 and 5 pm

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Orientation and Introductions.

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 entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. 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:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.

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 in office.

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

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Two: Saturday, September 14 - Introduction of the scientific aspects of Yellows...
Introduction of the scientific aspects of Yellowstone's ecosystems and geology. Float a portion of the Yellowstone River.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in classroom space

Morning: Morning presentation introduces the greater Yellowstone area. Discuss the scientific aspects of its geology, diverse wildlife and the grand ecosystem that supports these populations.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant

Afternoon: Float a portion of Yellowstone River's class 1-3 rapids while guides and naturalist discuss riparian habitat; identify birds including waterfowl, ospreys and shore birds; hear human history of the area.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: An optional naturalist-led acclimation walk near lodgings offers interpretation of the area and provides valuable opportunity to continue to acclimate to Gardiner's elevation (5,260'). At high altitudes you are more susceptible to dehydration and altitude sickness. Taking the time to acclimate, exercising moderately, carrying a water bottle with you and drinking plenty of water is of utmost importance to avoid these sometimes dangerous problems.

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 entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. 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:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.

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 in office.

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

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Three: Sunday, September 15 - Encounter a Native American perspective of Yellow...
Encounter a Native American perspective of Yellowstone's land and wildlife through the stories and songs of Blackfeet Troubadour.

Note: Walk 3 to 5 miles during field day exploration at altitudes ranging from 5,800 to 9,000'.

Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: Begin to encounter the trails of Yellowstone National Park and, in the words of your Blackfeet guide, "Go where no Road Scholar has gone before".

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Honored as a modern day warrior and bridge builder, Jack Gladstone will bring his revered tribal voice as he presents a Native American interpretation through walking illustration of stories and songs. This Blackfeet Troubadour will meld the natural history of Yellowstone with the Native interpretation as the walkabout in the park continues.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Free evening

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 entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. 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:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.

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 in office.

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

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Four: Monday, September 16 - Walking illustrations will continue as honored na...
Walking illustrations will continue as honored native voice and award winning artist brings Yellowstone to life through American Indian mythology and history, culminating with a live evening concert.

Note: Walk 3 to 5 miles during field day exploration at altitudes ranging from 5,800 to 9,000'.

Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: Jack Gladstone will guide the participants across the cultural bridge revealing the positive influence of the Native perspective. Hiking in the park continues taking participants along a spiritual, musical and mythological journey on trails of Yellowstone.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field

Afternoon: Mid afternoon return to lodgings for down time

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: The program will culminate in a final concert where recent winner of the Native American Music Award, Jack Gladstone will blend an enlightening narrative with his well crafted songs using a visual presentation as his backdrop. The concert will include selections from some of his critically acclaimed CDs produced in a career spanning three decades.

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 entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. 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:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.

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 in office.

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

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Five: Tuesday, September 17 - Independent departures after breakfast. Stay ove...
Independent departures after breakfast. Stay overs will have down time until 4 pm registration for linked program.

Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: Independent departures. Shuttle leaves at 8 AM after breakfast. Those staying for the linked program will keep their rooms and have a free day until 4 PM registration for the next program; lunch provided.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast


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

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