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WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA

National Smokejumper Center Service Project at West Yellowstone

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Program #19543RJ
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
Lodgings and activities at altitudes ranging from 6,666' to 7800'

Equipment Requirements
Bring 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. Bring binoculars for field day in Yellowstone.

Itinerary for Jun 8 — Jun 13, 2014

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Type: Motel

Description: A modern, comfortable motel in Yellowstone National Park's West Gateway Community, the lodge is within walking distance of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, IMAX Theatre and downtown. 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 can be accommodated at this site. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? call University of Montana Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
251 South Electric Street
West Yellowstone, MT 59758 USA
phone: 877-239-9298
web: www.yellowstonelodge.com

Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air-conditioning, Cable TV, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, Wi-Fi, hair dryer, clock radio, telephone with data port and voice mail, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, coin-operated guest laundry, deluxe complimentary breakfast, free wireless Internet available in lobby/laptop available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information (877) 239-9298.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 08 - Check-in, welcome dinner, orientation and introdu...
Check-in, welcome dinner, orientation and introductions. Forester introduces work project goals and two possible work sites-the National Smokejumper Center and Forest Service outstation in Hebgen Lake Ranger District

Afternoon: Check-in between 4 and 5 PM.

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

Evening: Orientation and introductions followed by preview of work project goals for two work sites - The National Smokejumper Center in West Yellowstone and a Forest Service outstation located in Hebgen Lake Ranger District. The first work site is the Smokejumper Center housed in the historic Madison Ranger Station buildings in Yellowstone National Park's west gateway community of West Yellowstone, Montana. It honors the proud tradition and history of "smokejumper" wilderness firefighters and is committed to preserving smokejumper history and creating a unique educational experience for visitors of all ages, including providing inspiration to American youth to enable them to enjoy and be inspired to provide stewardship for America's wild lands. The second work site is in the Gallatin National Forest and will involve restoration of historic buildings at a Forest Service outstation.

Lodging: Yellowstone Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: A modern, comfortable motel in Yellowstone National Park's West Gateway Community, the lodge is within walking distance of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, IMAX Theatre and downtown. 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 can be accommodated at this site. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? call University of Montana Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
251 South Electric Street
West Yellowstone, MT 59758 USA
phone: 877-239-9298
web: www.yellowstonelodge.com

Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air-conditioning, Cable TV, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, Wi-Fi, hair dryer, clock radio, telephone with data port and voice mail, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, coin-operated guest laundry, deluxe complimentary breakfast, free wireless Internet available in lobby/laptop available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information (877) 239-9298.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 09 - Project orientation, walk through and safety meet...
Project orientation, walk through and safety meeting. Work projects begin. Tour the Yellowstone Historic Center, created to protect, preserve and display the rich travel history of Yellowstone National Park.

Breakfast: Expanded continental breakfast on site.

Morning: A ranger-led walk at Montana's historic Madison Ranger Station site puts things into perspective as you hear ranger station and National Smokejumper Center history. The site included a ranger station office, barn, garage/shop and small house. The buildings supported administration of the area forest lands which were established as the Madison Forest Reserve in 1902. The area became the Madison National Forest in 1907; later, in 1931, the forest was divided among Montana's Beaverhead, Deerlodge and Gallatin National Forests. The buildings are are now located at the new site of the National Smokejumper Center which is directly adjacent to Yellowstone National Park's west entrance. Group will divide, working in two work sites. The first group will remain and the Smokejumper Center to help with facility maintenance and the second group will shuttle to the Forest Service outstation. Project orientation for both sites, walk through of projects at each site, safety meeting and begin work projects.

Lunch: Sack lunches on site.

Afternoon: Work projects continue. The Smokejumper Center site projects include minor touch up jobs and cleaning after the site has been closed during the winter months and some facility maintenance. The Forest Service outstation projects include restoration of historic cabins, horse barn and corrals. Since 1872, folks have been fascinated by Yellowstone and have traveled from around the world to visit Wonderland. Train service to the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park was provided by Union Pacific in 1908. Appreciate a later afternoon, docent-led walking tour at the Yellowstone Historic Center which is located within the Oregon Short Line Terminus Historic District - created to protect, preserve and display the rich travel history of Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone Historic Center is situated in the 1909 Depot, a grand setting for an historic American travel museum. Other buildings on site include the imposing Dining Hall, Pylon, Baggage Building,Generator Room, Oil House, Men's Dorm, Water Tower and Pump House, all built by Union Pacific between 1908 and 1929.

Dinner: Catered dinner at lodgings.

Evening: Free evening to rest, explore West Yellowstone, check out the IMAX Theater or the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

Lodging: Yellowstone Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: A modern, comfortable motel in Yellowstone National Park's West Gateway Community, the lodge is within walking distance of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, IMAX Theatre and downtown. 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 can be accommodated at this site. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? call University of Montana Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
251 South Electric Street
West Yellowstone, MT 59758 USA
phone: 877-239-9298
web: www.yellowstonelodge.com

Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air-conditioning, Cable TV, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, Wi-Fi, hair dryer, clock radio, telephone with data port and voice mail, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, coin-operated guest laundry, deluxe complimentary breakfast, free wireless Internet available in lobby/laptop available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information (877) 239-9298.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 10 - Work projects continue. Explore the West Yellows...
Work projects continue. Explore the West Yellowstone Interagency Fire Center's Smokejumper/Air Tanker Base. Hear history and tradition of smokejumper wilderness firefighters.

Breakfast: Expanded continental breakfast on site.

Morning: Daily briefing; project work.

Lunch: Catered lunches at work sites.

Afternoon: Work projects continue. Travel to nearby West Yellowstone Interagency Fire Center's Smokejumper/Air Tanker Base, one of nine permanent smokejumper bases located throughout the western United States. Smokejumpers are wildland firefighters whose job it is to suppress fires in remote areas of our nation's forests and rang elands. Their primary mission is to get to the fires fast before the flames grow out of control. They are trained to jump out of airplanes since this is often the fastest way to the fire. However, as primary firefighters, smokejumpers may travel to fire by parachute, helicopter, vehicles, by foot; whatever mode of transportation is most efficient. Center personnel leads exploration; examine parachute loft, fire gear and more.

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

Evening: Evening presentation by Smokejumper staff.

Lodging: Yellowstone Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: A modern, comfortable motel in Yellowstone National Park's West Gateway Community, the lodge is within walking distance of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, IMAX Theatre and downtown. 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 can be accommodated at this site. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? call University of Montana Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
251 South Electric Street
West Yellowstone, MT 59758 USA
phone: 877-239-9298
web: www.yellowstonelodge.com

Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air-conditioning, Cable TV, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, Wi-Fi, hair dryer, clock radio, telephone with data port and voice mail, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, coin-operated guest laundry, deluxe complimentary breakfast, free wireless Internet available in lobby/laptop available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information (877) 239-9298.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 11 - Work projects continue then into Yellowstone Nati...
Work projects continue then into Yellowstone National Park for an afternoon/evening exploration of the Lower, Midway and Upper Geyser Basins.

Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant; walk three blocks.

Morning: Daily briefing and project work.

Lunch: Sack lunches on site.

Afternoon: Work projects continue. Mid afternoon field trip departure into Yellowstone National Park via Madison River to Madison Junction area. Naturalist provides on-board interpretation which includes geyser basin and regional geology, wildlife and habitats and human history of the area. Bring camera, binoculars for wildlife viewing and a walking stick if you use one. Travel along the Firehole River to Old Faithful via Lower and Midway Geyser Basins. Exploration may include colorful Fountain Paintpot. On to grand Old Faithful's pluming eruption and the Old Faithful Visitor Center. Peek into historic Old Faithful Inn, a massive log hotel built of local stone and logs in the winter of 1903-04 within viewing distance of Old Faithful Geyser. Centered around the 500 ton fireplace, the magnificent lobby sports raw pine ceilings 76 1/2 feet high. The Inn, a masterpiece of rustic architecture, is one of the few remaining log hotels in the U.S. and is now a National Historic Landmark. Walk Geyser Hill to experience Giantess and Beehive geysers and many more! See, hear and smell awesome thermal features - hot springs, geysers, mudpots and fumaroles - and confide their surrounding hydrothermal life zone. Prepare for splendor! On-board and on-walk interpretation.

Dinner: Dinner at Old Faithful Cafeteria.

Evening: After dinner return to lodgings encompasses the crepuscular hour which offers prime time for wildlife viewing. Expect to see bison, elk, trumpeter swan, coyote, waterfowl, golden mantled ground squirrel, marmot, raven and more. On-board interpretation.

Lodging: Yellowstone Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: A modern, comfortable motel in Yellowstone National Park's West Gateway Community, the lodge is within walking distance of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, IMAX Theatre and downtown. 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 can be accommodated at this site. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? call University of Montana Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
251 South Electric Street
West Yellowstone, MT 59758 USA
phone: 877-239-9298
web: www.yellowstonelodge.com

Room amenities: Individually controlled heat and air-conditioning, Cable TV, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, Wi-Fi, hair dryer, clock radio, telephone with data port and voice mail, iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, coin-operated guest laundry, deluxe complimentary breakfast, free wireless Internet available in lobby/laptop available.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information (877) 239-9298.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 12 - Work projects continue. Become familiar with the ...
Work projects continue. Become familiar with the ecology of fire and how forest fires and wildfire are "managed."

Breakfast: Expanded continental breakfast on site.

Morning: Daily briefing; work projects.

Lunch: Catered lunches at work site.

Afternoon: Work projects continue. Afternoon lecture. Public lands specialist describes the ecology of fire, a natural part of the ecosystem. Consider the stewardship mission of Wildland Fire operations and the vital role that WFO plays in overall successful ecosystem management.

Dinner: Catered dinner at lodgings.

Evening: Walk to nearby West Yellowstone Visitor Center for a ranger presentation pertaining to natural history of the Yellowstone area. The natural history topic will focus on geology, wildlife, current issues, habitats, life in hot water, predator/prey dynamics and/or human history, etc.

Lodging: Yellowstone Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 13 - Work projects windup and closing.
Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant; walk three blocks.

Morning: Daily briefing; work projects windup and closing.

Brunch: Catered, sit-down brunch at lodgings.

Afternoon: Airport shuttle departs at 12 noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch


Free Time Opportunities


West Yellowstone, MT
Yellowstone National ParkOfficial web site for Yellowstone National Park.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/yell/
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 support 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 chldren. The Institute's purpose is to explore, understand and appreciate Yellowstone.
For additional information, visit: www.yellowstoneassociation.org
West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerceprovides local, area, Yellowstone National Park and statewide travel information
For additional information, visit: www.westyellowstonechamber.com
Free Heel and WheelBike and ski rentals available
For additional information, visit: www.freeheelandwheel.com/
Rendezvous Ski TrailsRendezvous Ski Trails consist of over 35 kilometers of gently rolling, beautifully groomed trails that wind through tall stands of lodgepole pine and open meadows on US Forest Service ground. West Yellowstone winters offer reliable snow for a rewarding Nordic skier's experience. For the summer visitor, the trails offer a great place to walk, hike, run or mountain bike. Be aware that you may encounter wildlife such as bear, moose or elk so stay alert and be prepared.
For additional information, visit: www.rendezvousskitrails.com
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery CenterWildlife park and educational facility.
For additional information, visit: www.grizzlydiscoveryctr.com/
IMAX TheatreMovie theatre offers educational movies including 'Yellowstone' in the IMAX film format.
For additional information, visit: www.yellowstoneimax.com/

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