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GARDINER, MONTANA

Inspired Images: Photographing the Wonders of Yellowstone

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Program #17947RJ
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 and extra batteries. Film shooters bring 8 rolls film (36 exposures each). 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 (at high altitudes you are more susceptible to dehydration and altitude sickness-carrying a water bottle with you and drinking plenty of water is of utmost importance to avoid these sometimes dangerous problems) and fanny or day pack to carry photography equipment on walks. Bring your walking stick if you use one.

Itinerary for Sep 28 — Oct 3, 2014

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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, September 28 - 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, September 29 - Fundamentals of Photography, Introduction to Yell...
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at meeting room.

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

Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurant; walk up to four blocks.

Afternoon: Acclimation/photography walk near lodgings with photographer/naturalist for "the art of seeing." Free time to explore the town.

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

Evening: Evening presentation reflects the rhythm of Yellowstone's changing seasons. F.Y. I. Coming up are three 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.

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, September 30 - Field day in Yellowstone National Park
Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant; walk up to four blocks.

Morning: Enjoy the first of three field days 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. 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. Though the program's emphasis is Yellowstone's fall scenics, you may have the opportunity to photograph wildlife. Autumn 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.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Ongoing interpretation of the park's natural features, wildlife, etc. during this photography field day. If the weather is inclement we will visit the Albright Visitor Center and the Museum in Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs area. Here is the park's administrative center with buildings built by the US cavalry during "Fort Yellowstone" times. The museum includes history-themed exhibits, predator-prey themed exhibit, Moran Gallery (reproductions of Thomas Moran watercolors), Jackson Gallery (original William Henry Jackson photographs and 1871 Hayden Survey photographs), theater, and information desk.

Dinner: Picnic suppers in the park.

Evening: Evening return to lodgings offers beautiful light for picture taking and prime time for wildlife spotting.

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, October 01 - Field day in Yellowstone National Park
Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant; walk up to four blocks.

Morning: Depart for the Old Faithful area via Gibbon River, Gibbon Falls, Firehole River and Fountain Paint Pot. Enjoy geysers, hot springs, mudpots and fumaroles in the heart of Yellowstone. Opportunity to photograph historic Old Faithful Inn and geyser basin ecology. Expect moderate walking up to two miles and picture taking during this field day among Yellowstone's grand landscape with its fall lighting, colors, and wildlife.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Depending on weather and road conditions, field exploration will introduce photographers to either the Lamar or Hayden Valley; each a vast, wide-open haven for wildlife. Enjoy expanses of open space and expect to see bison, elk, waterfowl, coyotes and more. 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: Dinner at nearby restaurant; walk up to four blocks.

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 Five: Thursday, October 02 - Field day in Yellowstone National Park
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 autumn ambiance.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Field day continued. Enjoy moderate walking on picture taking and natural history explorations with professional photographer/naturalist; walk up to two miles on asphalt paths, stairs and boardwalks. Early return offers free time to enjoy Gardiner's small town/Yellowstone gateway ambiance.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant; 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, October 03 - Participant slide show with a gentle critique fro...
Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant; 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 session from the instructor. Yellowstone finale; Q & A Closing reflections on your week of learning in the Great Caldera.

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.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

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
6 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences

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