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THE TETONS (JACKSON), WYOMING

Mountains, Magma and Ice: Geology of the Tetons and Yellowstone Region

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Program #14180RJ
7 Days | 6 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.
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Elevation Note
Site elevation is 6,200 feet above sea level.

Itinerary for Sep 15 — Sep 21, 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 new motel-style lodges and provide a clock radio, private bathroom, separate sink, toilet and shower area and small chair. Living room areas for social gathering in same building.

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
Please call for availability, 307-734-3703.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 15 - 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 and 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 new motel-style lodges and provide a clock radio, private bathroom, separate sink, toilet and shower area and small chair. Living room areas for social gathering in same building.

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
Please call for availability, 307-734-3703.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 16 - Introduction to the Geology of the Teton Range, Y...
Introduction to the Geology of the Teton Range, Yellowstone Hot Spot and Jackson Hole Field trip the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve and Phelps Lake Evening Program: Geology of the Tetons and Yellowstone with Ann Mattson, GTNP Geologist

Note: Activity today will be a hike of approximately 3 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 300 feet. Participants will have the opportunity to go into one of two groups of hikers or stay back and enjoy nature at the preserve visitor's center.

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

Morning: This morning we will journey into Grand Teton National Park to the Craig Thomas Discovery Center. Your instructor will highlight the geologic forces that are at work in Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone. There is a large map in the visitor center that will give you a chance to see from a bird's eye view how glaciers and volcanoes have shaped this landscape. The remainder of the morning will include a visit to the Laurance S. Rockefeller preserve and visitor's center. This center is the first environmentally sustainable and LEED Platinum Certified structure in a National Park. The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve is a reflection of Rockefeller’s life-long commitment to making areas of natural scenic beauty accessible to the public. He strongly believed that nature has the power to restore and sustain the human spirit. It was his hope that, by experiencing this spiritual and emotional renewal, visitors to the Preserve would become aware of the importance of nature in their own lives and acknowledge their roles in acting as good stewards of the land.

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

Afternoon: This afternoon will take us to Phelps Lake in the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve in the south end of Grand Teton National Park. Until recently, these lands were off limits to visitors as they were part of the Rockefeller family's private ranch. However, in 2007, the Rockefeller family donated the ranch and all of the surrounding lands. All visitors to Grand Teton National Park are now allowed to enjoy and explore this amazing piece of property. We will hike to and around Phelps Lake, a glacially carved gem at the base of Prospectors Mountain.

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

Evening: Grand Teton National Park Ranger Dr. Ann Mattson will speak to the group this evening about the geology of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. In depth geology information will be covered so as to give participants a background knowledge of geologic terms and processes.

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 new motel-style lodges and provide a clock radio, private bathroom, separate sink, toilet and shower area and small chair. Living room areas for social gathering in same building.

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
Please call for availability, 307-734-3703.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 17 - The Gros Ventre Slide and Kelly Warm Springs Stri...
The Gros Ventre Slide and Kelly Warm Springs String Lake hike Evening program - Wildlife Issues and Success Stories of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Note: The hike at Gros Ventre Slide will be 1 mile round trip with an elevation gain of 200 feet. The hike at String Lake will be 3 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 300 feet.

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

Morning: This morning will include a field trip to the Gros Ventre Slide, the largest landslide in U.S. history. The Gros Ventre Slide is a perfect location to discuss and explore the effects of geology on the cultural history of an area. We will go on a short nature hike in the terminus of the slide to see the impacts of the slide as well as have the chance to see pika and golden-mantled ground squirrels. After the Gros Ventre Slide we will also stop by the Kelly Warm Spring which remains a constant 80 degrees year-round.

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

Afternoon: This afternoon we will go on a hike on the eastern shore of String Lake and get an up close view of Mt. Moran that was named for Thomas Moran, the painter that accompanied the Hayden Expedition. Mt. Moran has many geologic features that are displayed in plain view and tell a story about the creation of the Tetons. Participants will have the option of going on a longer hike to Leigh Lake or going on a shorter hike along the gentle shores of String Lake.

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 be an introduction to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Participants will become familiar with the various challenges that face land and wildlife managers in and around the Jackson Hole area as well as learn facts about wildlife and how difficult it can be to manage populations across government borders.

Lodging: Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

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: 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 Four: Wednesday, September 18 - Yellowstone National Park. Old Faithful Geyser Ba...
Yellowstone National Park. Old Faithful Geyser Basin. Yellowstone Lake.

Note: Activity today includes walking around the geyser basin at Old Faithful on boardwalks and paved trails.

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: Field lunch in Yellowstone.

Afternoon: Continued exploration of the Old Faithful area. Depart Old Faithful area for Lake Village.

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

Evening: Free evening to relax and enjoy the beauty of Yellowstone Lake.

Lodging: Lake Yellowstone Hotel Frontier Cabins

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Motel

Description: Accommodations include 66 clean, comfortable rooms. There are rooms with a view, adjoining rooms, special features for the physically challenged and a large suite with a full kitchen. We have a 24-hour front desk, and color cable television. Fax service Vending machines Hairdryers, irons and ironing boards are available. Free local phone calls Restaurants, bars, shops, grocery store, post office, galleries and many outdoor activities nearby 24 hour coffee and tea; juices in the morning Indoor, heated pool

Contact info:
702 Scott St. West
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 406-848-7401
web: www.yellowstonesuper8.com/

Room amenities: Standard rooms include two queen beds ADA rooms equipped for the physically challenged Alarm clocksand Wake-up service Air-conditioning Cable television

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, September 19 - Breakfast at Lake Hotel. Hayden Valley. Mud Volca...
Breakfast at Lake Hotel. Hayden Valley. Mud Volcano. Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

Note: Activity today includes several short walks in and around Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and the Mud Volcano area.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lake Hotel

Morning: Wake up in beautiful Yellowstone National Park. We will head into Hayden Valley this morning to see what wildlife is out and about. The soil here permits little tree growth and the shrub and grassland valley plants are used by grazing animals such as elk and bison, which in turn attract coyotes, wolves and bears. We will stop to see the boiling mass of mud and rock at Mud Volcano and the steaming, roaring Dragon's Mouth Spring.

Lunch: Field lunch will be a deli box lunch.

Afternoon: We will visit the Canyon Visitor Center for an in-depth look at the geology and geologic forces that are active in Yellowstone. We will step to the edge of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone to witness the spectacular 300 foot waterfall amidst the beauty of the sulfurous rocks. We will check into our lodging before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in Gardiner, Montana

Evening: Free evening to relax or explore Gardiner.

Lodging: Yellowstone Super 8

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 new motel-style lodges and provide a clock radio, private bathroom, separate sink, toilet and shower area and small chair. Living room areas for social gathering in same building.

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
Please call for availability, 307-734-3703.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, September 20 - Mammoth Terraces. Fountain Paint Pots. West Thumb...
Mammoth Terraces. Fountain Paint Pots. West Thumb Geyser Basin. Dinner at Dornan's.

Note: Activity today includes short walks around the geyser basins on boardwalks and trails.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be a restaurant in Gardiner.

Morning: After breakfast we will depart for the travertine terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs. As we leave Mammoth, we will begin making our way back to Jackson. We'll stop at interesting geothermal features along the way, such as Fountain Paint Pots.

Lunch: Field lunch will be a deli box lunch.

Afternoon: We will visit West Thumb Geyser Basin, on the shore of Yellowstone Lake, before climbing out of the Yellowstone caldera, over the continental divide, and back to Jackson Hole.

Dinner: Dinner will be at Dornan’s in Grand Teton National Park. Dornans is a 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 serves fresh pastas, crisp salads, gourmet pizza, and hot sandwiches on 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
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 new motel-style lodges and provide a clock radio, private bathroom, separate sink, toilet and shower area and small chair. Living room areas for social gathering in same building.

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
Please call for availability, 307-734-3703.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, September 21 - National Museum of Wildlife Art. Lunch at the Ri...
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: Lunch will be at the Rising Sage Cafe at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Lodging: Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Jackson, WY
Chamber of CommerceThe Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce is a good place to start looking for activities in the area.
For additional information, visit: www.jacksonholechamber.com
Jackson Center for the ArtsThe Center for the Arts is a growing art center campus in downtown Jackson, Wyoming. This facility, often referred to as "the Center," currently consists of the 41,000 square foot Arts & Education Pavilion, as well as the recently completed Performing Arts Pavilion, which includes a 500-seat theater, a Music Center, theater rehearsal space, and additional administrative space. The Center for the Arts is located at 240 South Glenwood Street.
For additional information, visit: www.jhcenterforthearts.org
Wyoming Tourist Info
For additional information, visit: www.wyomingtourism.org

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