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The Magnificent Moose: Habitat Improvement in Jackson Hole

Program Number: 15948RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/29/2013 - 10/4/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: The Tetons (Jackson), Wyoming
Price starting at: $756.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

The Shiras or Wyoming moose is a fascinating mammal of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Help these creatures survive myriad ecological threats by improving their habitat. Spend half the week in Jackson Hole and the other half of the week on a journey to Daniel, Wyo., where an authentic, 80,000-acre cattle ranch has become a haven for moose and other wildlife displaced by drilling for natural gas. Learn about moose from a wildlife biologist and observe their behaviors in Grand Teton National Park. Take part in many projects that will make a better home for moose and the animals that share their habitat.




Highlights

• Provide much-needed help to areas around Jackson Hole and on an authentic Wyoming ranch not accessible to the public.
• Learn from experienced naturalists about the science behind all you see and from a docent at the National Museum of Wildlife Art about the collections housed there.
• Stay at the Lakeside Lodge in Pinedale on Fremont Lake and enjoy a dinner in the Wild West town of Pinedale, Wyo.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to three miles on uneven terrain. Sustained physical work outdoors. Elevation above 6,200 feet.



Coordinated by Teton Science Schools.




The Tetons (Jackson)

Awe-inspiring Grand Teton National Park reflects the ecological diversity of the Teton Range. Towering peaks rise 7000 feet from the valley floor, reflecting the majestic beauty of the Teton Ecosystem that includes wildlife such as elk, grizzly bear and moose. The historic town of Jackson is home to the National Museum of Wildlife Art.



Accommodations
Comfortable, motel-style rooms, with private baths in a new environmentally intelligent facility. Accommodations in Pinedale will be at Lakeside Lodge cabins with private bath on beautiful Fremont Lake.
Meals and Lodgings
   Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus
  Jackson Hole, WY 2 nights
   Lakeside Lodge Resort
  Pinedale, Wyoming 1 night
   Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus
  Jackson Hole, WY 2 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 new motel-style lodges and provide a clock radio, private bathroom, separate sink, toilet and shower area and small table and 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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $80.00 Please call for availability, 307-734-3703.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $80.00 Please call for availability, 307-734-3703.
  Check out time: 1:00 PM

 Lakeside Lodge Resort
Type: Cabin
  Description: Lakeside Lodge Resort and Marina is located on the shore of beautiful Fremont Lake four miles north of Pinedale, Wyoming in the Bridger Teton National Forest. Fremont Lake is the largest and deepest glacially formed lake in the Green River Basin (approximately eight miles long and over 700 feet deep) offering over eight square miles of recreation and enjoyment on one of the cleanest lakes in the United States. Lakeside Lodge offers Western hospitality, privacy, and informal comfort on fifteen acres surrounded by pristine wilderness. The resort is open year round and includes a main lodge and restaurant, deluxe log cabins, rustic cabins and a marina. Area activities include boating, snowmobiling, skiing (water, downhill and cross country), horseback riding, biking, golf, hiking, lake fishing and fly-fishing on the nearby Green and New Fork Rivers.
  Contact info: P.O. Box 1819
Pinedale, WY 82941 USA
phone: 307-367-2221
web: www.lakesidelodge.com/index.html
  Room amenities: Each spacious unit has two comfortable queen beds, fireplace, an armoire with satellite television, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and private bathroom with tub and shower. Free Wireless Internet on site.
  Facility amenities: The resort is open year round and includes a main lodge and restaurant, deluxe log cabins, rustic cabins and a marina. Area activities include boating, snowmobiling, skiing (water, downhill and cross country), horseback riding, biking, golf, hiking, lake fishing and fly-fishing on the nearby Green and New Fork Rivers.
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in 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. Participants must sign Teton Science Schools risk/release liability waiver, supplemental health form and community living agreement.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site a short distance from the lodges.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jackson Hole, WY
  Nearest city or town:  Jackson, WY
  Nearest highway: WY State Hwy 22
  Nearest airport:  Jackson Hole, WY
  From End of Program
  Location: Jackson Hole, WY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

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
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
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

 
Driving Directions
  From State Highway 89 Travel to Jackson, Wyoming. Take Highway 22 out of Jackson (to the west), travel one mile to campus.
  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 elevation is 6,200 feet above sea level.

Equipment Requirements: No special equipment required. All necessary materials and tools will be provided.
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 orientation.
(Sunday, September 29)
   
 Arrive To: Check-in begins at 3 PM.
 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. Though this schedule is complete and well-designed in advance, Daily excursions and project plans may have to be adjusted due to weather forecasts, project needs, animal sightings and trail conditions. The essence of the program will remain the same despite potential changes.
   
Accommodations: Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Magnificent Moose Lecture. Service Project. Craig Thomas Discovery Center.
(Monday, September 30)

Note: Today's service project will involve some physical labor. Projects often require walking up to a mile to and from the work location over uneven terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc.
 Morning: We will begin the day with a lecture and discussion about the natural history and biology of moose, as well as its place in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Next we will depart for our project for the day. The projects will develop as time draws closer to the program. Teton Science Schools works with a variety of non-profit and government agencies in Jackson Hole. Some possible organizations we might work with are Grand Teton National Park, the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Wyoming Wetlands Society, US Forest Service or the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. We might also complete projects on Teton Science Schools' 880 acre property which serves as a migration path and home to many animals both large and small. Projects often include barbed wire fence removal, landscape and planting projects or invasive species removal.
 Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch. Participants will get to make their own lunch and pack what they like.
 Afternoon: The group will continue the project of the day into the early afternoon. Mid-afternoon the group will then clean up and set out for Grand Teton National Park. We will visit Craig Thomas Discovery Center to begin to learn the lay of Jackson Hole and how the nuances of the valley affect moose through the seasons.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in our Dining Lodge by our executive chef. The menu varies greatly and is always healthy and balanced.
 Evening: Engage in a lecture and discussion about oil and gas development in Wyoming and how moose and other wildlife are affected.
   
Accommodations: Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Service project at an authentic Wyoming ranch.
(Tuesday, October 1)

Note: Today's service project will involve some physical labor. Work on the ranch involves walking over uneven terrain to get to the site of the project.



   
 Breakfast: We will have a continental breakfast with fresh fruit, yogurt and granola.
 Morning: We will depart early for the two hour drive to Cottonwood Ranch, an 80,000 acre ranch near Daniel, Wyoming. This is a special place and the experience here has become one of the highlights of the week for past participants. The ranch has become a home to many moose, elk, deer, sage grouse, pronghorn, foxes, coyotes and more as they have been displaced off of their former range due to drilling for natural gas. The rancher has a great need for many volunteers in order to remove vast amounts of barbed wire fencing that inhibits the movement of wildlife and sometimes entangles them as well, where they hang and starve to until their demise. Depending on what the ranch manager needs, we could be removing fence, helping fix up the buildings, planting or removing species or various other tasks during the time there.
 Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch. Participants will get to make their own lunches and pack what they like.
 Afternoon: The service for the day will continue into the afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner will either be at the Lakeside Lodge dining room or in Pinedale at one of the local restaurants.
 Evening: The evening will be free time for the participants to enjoy the lake, relax and listen to the sounds of nature at the Lakeside Lodge Resort.
   
Accommodations: Lakeside Lodge Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Continued project at Cottonwood Ranch.
(Wednesday, October 2)

Note: Activity will be the same as the day before with work on the ranch in the morning and early afternoon hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at a restaurant in Pinedale.
 Morning: Continued projects at Cottonwood Ranch.
 Lunch: Lunch will be sandwiches from a deli in Pinedale.
 Afternoon: We will finish up the project at the ranch return to Jackson. The drive from the ranch to Jackson is two hours.
 Dinner: We will stop for dinner at a local restaurant when we return to Jackson.
 Evening: The evening is free for you to relax on campus or explore the town of Jackson.
   
Accommodations: Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Service project. Hiking in Grand Teton National Park. Wildlife Safari evening program.
(Thursday, October 3)

Note: Today's service project will involve some physical labor. Projects often require walking up to a mile to and from the work location over uneven terrain. Afternoon hike may be up to 3 miles in length with an elevation gain of 300 feet.



   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc.
 Morning: This morning we will tackle another service project, likely in conjunction with another Jackson Hole nonprofit organization.
 Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch. Participants will get to make their own lunches and pack what they like.
 Afternoon: Upon completion of our project, we will take an afternoon hike in the park near one of the glacially carved lakes that reflect the mountains and renew the spirit.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in our Dining Lodge by our executive chef. The menu varies greatly and is always healthy and balanced.
 Evening: We will venture 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 we will see include moose, mule deer, bison, pronghorn, bears, elk, eagles, fox, coyotes, wolves, ground squirrels and sandhill cranes.
   
Accommodations: Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hands-to-work. Celebratory slideshow. National Museum of Wildlife Art.
(Friday, October 4)
   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast with eggs, 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.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jackson Hole, WY Jackson Hole Info
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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


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.





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