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Hiking Jackson Hole: Grand Teton Ecosystem Studies

Program Number: 15399RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2013 - 9/13/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Price starting at: $793.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking; National Parks Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

“Only from trails can one come to know mountains intimately… where await scenes and adventures scarcely suggested by what can be viewed from below,” wrote Grand Teton National Park’s first naturalist, Fritiof Fryxell. Follow in the footsteps of Fryxell through some of the most spectacular scenery in the West with an experienced naturalist serving as your leader.




Highlights

• Enjoy expert-led hikes along the base of the magnificent Teton Range and continue your informative conversations into the evening.
• Learn about the botany, geology, and ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the last remaining large, nearly intact ecosystems in the northern temperate zone.
• Be on the lookout for wildlife including moose, mule deer, elk, bison, pronghorn, bears, wolves, coyotes, eagles and owls.



Activity Particulars

Five or six hikes between two and eight miles on uneven, rocky terrain with elevation gains of 200-1,500 feet. Unpredictable weather. Elevations of 10,400 feet.




Date Specific Information

9-8-2013

Fall weather brings chilly evenings and vibrant colors to the hillsides. Enjoy aspen groves of yellow and canyon walls with a mixture of reds and yellows. The eerie sound of elk bugling filtering through the trees may be in full swing.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Teton Science Schools.




Jackson (Wyoming)

Jackson is a major gateway for visitors to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks as well as a world-class ski resort. Located in Jackson Hole Valley, near the Idaho state line, the town has a strong western character and is surrounded by scenic beauty. Big game such as elk, moose and bison are a common sight beyond the town limits.



Accommodations
Comfortable dorm-style rooms in a new eco-friendly facility.
Meals and Lodgings
   Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus
  Jackson, WY 5 nights
 Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus
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, private bathroom and small chair. Living room areas for social gathering are 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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $80.00/night Please call for availability, 307-734-3750
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $80.00/night Please call for availability, 307-734-3750
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in begins if from 3:00-5:00 pm. You will be staying at Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch at 1 pm. You will be staying at Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Each participant must sign Teton Science Schools' risk/release liability waiver, supplemental health form and community living agreement.
  Parking availability:
Ample parking is available on-site a short distance from the residence lodges.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jackson, WY
  Nearest city or town:  Jackson
  Nearest highway: WY State Hwy 22
  Nearest airport:  Jackson Hole (JAC)
  From End of Program
  Location: Jackson, WY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jackson Campus

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Alltrans, Inc.
phone: 307-733-3135
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$16
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

 

Jackson Campus

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Teton Taxi
phone: 307-733-1506
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

 

Jackson Campus

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi Tim
phone: 307-690-4141
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

 

Jackson Campus

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Cowboy Cab
phone: 307-413-1000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Jackson Campus

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Old Faithful Taxi
phone: 307-699-4020
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Teton Science Schools' preferred Road Scholar provider

 
Driving Directions
  From the North, South or West FROM THE NORTH: Follow HWY 89/191 south to the Jackson Town Square. Turn right at the square onto Broadway. Continue 1.5 miles on Broadway to the US 89/191 and HWY 22 intersection (Albertsons & Jackson State Bank on your left). Turn right onto HWY 22. Head west on HWY 22 for approx. 1.7 miles. Watch for the Teton Science Schools sign on the right at Coyote Canyon Road. Turn right onto Coyote Canyon Road. Follow Coyote Canyon Road .6 miles to the Jackson Campus. FROM THE SOUTH: Follow HWY 89/191 north to the US 89/191 and HWY 22 intersection (Albertsons on your right side). Turn left at the light onto HWY 22. Proceed on HWY 22 for approx. 1.7 miles. Watch for the Teton Science Schools sign on the right at Coyote Canyon Road. Turn right on Coyote Canyon Road and follow it .6 miles to the Jackson Campus. FROM THE WEST: Follow HWY 22 (from Teton Pass) east to the town of Wilson. Stay on HWY 22. You will reach the HWY 390 junction after approx. 1.5 miles. Continue on HWY 22. Travel approx. 2.4 miles past the HWY 390 junction. Watch for the Teton Science Schools sign on the left at Coyote Canyon Road. Turn left onto Coyote Canyon Road and follow it 0.6 miles to the Jackson Campus.
Elevation Note: Site is located at 6,200 feet. Hikes will take the group up to 8,000 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Trekking poles are recommended for hiking on rocky trails.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in and move into lodging; orientation and introductions following dinner
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: String Lake Hike; Craig Thomas Discovery Center; Evening Program- Vogel's Hill Hike
(Monday, September 9)

Note: Activity today will be a 4 mile hike with an elevation gain of 300 feet. An additional evening hike will be 2 miles with an elevation gain of 500 feet.



   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc.
 Morning: This morning we will visit the Craig Thomas Discovery Center in Grand Teton National Park. We will explore the visitor center including watching the interpretive film and spending time around the relief map, investigating the valley on a small scale and familiarizing ourselves with other locations that we will visit throughout the week.
 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 be spent hiking at String Lake. A hike around the lake will take us through a recent burn area, as well as mature spruce and fir forests. Possible exploration toward Leigh Lake will give us an excellent view of Mount Moran.
 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 participants a chance to venture up and out of Coyote Canyon for a view of the Teton Mountains and a bird’s-eye view of the Jackson Campus.
   
Accommodations: Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hike at Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve; Evening Program- Wildlife Issues and Success Stories of the GYE
(Tuesday, September 10)

Note: Today will be an 7 mile hike with a 400 foot elevation gain.



   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc.
 Morning: Visit to the Laurance S. Rockefeller preserve and visitor center. This center is the first environmentally sustainable and LEED Platinum Certified structure in a National Park. The 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. After visiting this we will begin hiking around Phelps Lake.
 Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch. Participants will get to make their own lunch and pack what they like.
 Afternoon: The hike around Phelps Lake will take us to the base of Death Canyon, and through a part of the Rockfeller Family's private ranch, donated to Grand Teton National Park in 2007.
 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.
   
Accommodations: Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Jenny Lake Boat Shuttle, Cascade Canyon Hike including Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls
(Wednesday, September 11)

Note: This will be an active day of hiking which will include mileage of 7-9 miles and an elevation gain of up to 1,000 feet.



   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc.
 Morning: Scenic Cascade Canyon is the home to Hidden Falls, a 200 foot cascade, and Inspiration Point, rising 500 feet over Jenny Lake. While hiking in Cascade Canyon, you may see climbers ascending the canyon walls and moose eating aquatic vegetation from one of the Cascade Creek ponds.
 Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch. Participants will get to make their own lunch and pack what they like.
 Afternoon: Continued hike.
 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 will be a free evening for participants to venture into Jackson or relax on campus.
   
Accommodations: Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bradley and Taggart Lakes Hike. Evening Wildlife Safari.
(Thursday, September 12)

Note: This hike will be 6 miles with an elevation gain of 900 feet.



   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc.
 Morning: Bradley and Taggart Lakes rest at the base of the Teton Mountains. Both lakes were carved by glaciers and offer scenic vistas behind clear, blue lakes. The loop trail connecting the lakes passes through mature lodgepole pine forest as well as hillsides regenerating from wildfire.
 Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch. Participants will get to make their own lunch and pack what they like.
 Afternoon: Continued hiking. Ecology, geology and botany will be highlighted.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in our Dining Lodge by our executive chef. The menu varies greatly and is always healthy and balanced.
 Evening: The evening will take participants out into Grand Teton National Park to view some of the local megafauna. With spotting scopes and binoculars Teton Science Schools instructors will do their best to find the wildlife that makes this the Serengeti of North America. Possible wildlife include moose, mule deer, bison, pronghorn, bears, elk, eagles, fox, coyotes, wolves and sandhill cranes.
   
Accommodations: Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Closing activities. Hands to Work. National Museum of Wildlife Art. Good-Byes.
(Friday, September 13)
   
 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 clean the spaces they have used throughout the week. All participants of Teton Science Schools' programs take part in hands-to-work, 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

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jackson, WY Jackson Hole Info
For additional information, visit www.jacksonholechamber.com/chamber/index.php
  Wyoming Tourism Info
For additional information, visit www.wyomingtourism.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Naturalist’s Guide to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks


Author: Frank C. Craighead Jr.


Description: A memoir and classic natural history of the wildlife of Jackson Hole and the Tetons by a celebrated local biologist, organized week-by-week throughout the year.



Along the Ramparts of the Tetons: The Saga of Jackson Hole, Wyoming


Author: Robert E. Betts


Description: The magnificent valley of Jackson Hole at the base of the soaring Teton Range has long been a stage on which a remarkable series of events has been acted out by an equally remarkable cast of characters. This is that story, told with a verve and excitement which brings the past alive.



Legacy of the Tetons: Homesteading in Jackson Hole


Author: Candy Vyvey Moulton


Description: This second edition of Legacy of the Tetons is a narrative of the bravery, love, heartbreak, joy, and fortitude of the early pioneers. Candy Moulton shares the struggles of those who lived and died on the land—some of whom came on foot in the Mormon Handcart Migration and established the settlement known today as Mormon Row.



Plants of the Rocky Mountains


Author: Kershaw, MacKinnon, Pojar


Description: Over 1300 species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, ferns, mosses and lichens are described and illustrated. Notes on origin of name, ecology, native uses, edibility and similar species are included, as are color-coded sections to allow for quick identification. 900 color photographs, 700+ line drawings.



Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains


Author: James Halfpenny


Description: Wonder no more about those tracks in the mud or that poop on the path. With this packable guide, identification in the field is easy. Featured are the tracks, scats, and signs of 70 different species including wolf, ferret, grizzly bear, as well as birds, frogs and salamanders. Scales for scat diameter and footprint size are included along the edge of each descriptive page. Plus, for accurate measurements, there's a ruler on the back cover.



Searching for Yellowstone, Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness


Author: Paul D. Schullery


Description: An engaging social and environmental history of Yellowstone from the Pleistocene to the present focusing on the park since its founding in 1872. Schullery has worked in Yellowstone as a ranger, a historian and the chief of cultural resources.



The Creation of the Teton Landscape: The Geologic Story of Grand Teton National Park


Author: Love, Reed and Pierce


Description: This book outlines the earliest history of the area and delves deep into the extensive geology of the region.



The Grizzly Bear


Author: Thomas McNamee


Description: A natural history of “Ursus arctos horribilis” – lyrical, well written and provocative. An appropriate introduction to the beast for anyone traveling to grizzly country. McNamee also wrote “The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone.”



The Natural World of Jackson Hole: An Ecological Primer


Author: Tim Clark


Description: An introduction to the natural world of Jackson Hole and to the principles of ecology as they operate in the valley.



Windows into the Earth, the Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks


Author: Lee J. Siegel and Robert B. Smith


Description: A geologic history and tour of the northern Rockies, particularly Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.





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