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Winter Adventures in Jackson Hole: Dogsleds, Snowshoes and Horse-drawn Sleighs

Program Number: 18292RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/19/2014 - 1/24/2014; 1/18/2015 - 1/23/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: The Tetons (Jackson), Wyoming
Price starting at: $1,115.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Winter Sports; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Experience the best of Jackson Hole, cloaked in the beauty of winter and situated on the edge of the breathtaking Grand Tetons. Spend an unforgettable week mushing a dogsled as you learn to run the team, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on scenic trails with the Tetons as your backdrop, and riding in a horse-drawn sleigh among thousands of wild elk. This is a special opportunity to experience a legendary wilderness destination in all her winter glory.




Highlights

• After an exciting morning of dogsledding, soak in a natural hot spring surrounded by towering cliffs.
• Ride the chairlift to the top of Snow King Mountain to view Jackson and the Teton Mountains from 8,000 feet.
• Venture to the National Elk Refuge and board a horse-drawn sleigh that will take you amongst 7,000 wintering elk.



Activity Particulars

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing up to four miles on groomed, well-packed trails with some moderate inclines. Elevations of 8,000 feet.




Date Specific Information

1-19-2014, 1-18-2015

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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 dorm-style rooms in a new eco-friendly facility.
Meals and Lodgings
   Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools
  Jackson Hole 6 nights
 Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools
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 Rd
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
phone: 307-734-3750
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 chair.
  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 to see if there is availability. 307-734-3750
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $80.00/night Please call to see if there is availability. 307-734-3750
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in is from 3:00-5:00pm. The program will begin at 5:30pm. You will be staying at Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools that night.
  End of Program:
1:00pm You will be staying at Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A Teton Science Schools supplemental medical form and risk/release waiver is required to be signed by all participants.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available on site a short distance from the resident lodges.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jackson Hole
  Nearest city or town:  Jackson, WY
  Nearest highway: Wy State Hwy 22
  Nearest airport:  Jackson Hole (JAC)
  From End of Program
  Location: Jackson Hole
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Old West Transportation
phone: 307-690-8898
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

 

Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)

 

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

 

Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)

 

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 Hole Airport (JAC)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$17
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

 
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: The Jackson Campus is located at 6,200 feet above sea level.

Equipment Requirements: Participants will be given equipment to use throughout the week for all activities and will not need to bring any of their own equipment.
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, January 19)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Craig Thomas Visitor's Center. Introduction to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Snowshoeing. Elk Biology & Behavior lecture.
(Monday, January 20)

Note: Snowshoe hike will be 1-3 miles with up to 400 feet elevation gain.



   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc.
 Morning: The morning will begin with a lecture and discussion of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We will then take our first field trip to the Craig Thomas Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park.
 Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch. Participants will get to make their own lunches and pack what they like.
 Afternoon: The afternoon will consist of a snowshoe hike into Grand Teton National Park. We will snowshoe at the base of the magnificent Grand Teton mountains and look for signs of wildlife.
 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 program will introduce participants to the biology and behavior of the elk of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This will prepare the group for the sights and sounds of the National Elk Refuge for the sleigh ride tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Wildlife tour. Sleigh ride into the National Elk Refuge. Astronomy evening program.
(Tuesday, January 21)

Note: Evening program will include walking outside in the dark over uneven ground up to one mile.



   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc.
 Morning: After breakfast, we will embark on a tour of the charasmatic megafauna of Jackson Hole. Most species in the valley are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. We will have a chance to see bears, wolves, elk, moose, bison, mule deer, trumpeter swans and a variety of other smaller wildlife such as beaver, otters and porcupines. We will end the tour at the Kelly Campus of Teton Science Schools. We will explore the Murie Museum which houses thousands of plant and animal specimens from historic conservationists, Olaus and Mardy Murie's personal collection.
 Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch. Participants will get to make their own lunches and pack what they like.
 Afternoon: We will venture to the National Elk Refuge and board a horse-drawn sleigh that will take us amongst 7,000 wintering elk. The sleigh will allow us to get close to the elk, observe their behavior and witness them feeding, socializing and resting. The sleigh ride will also provide participants the opportunity to see coyotes, mule deer, bald eagles, hawks and possibly even wolves.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in our Dining Lodge by our executive chef. The menu varies greatly and is always healthy, balanced and delicious.
 Evening: During the evening program, we will journey outside to witness the skies over Wyoming in winter. Wyoming's vast expanses and remoteness from large cities provides an amazing opportunity to see millions of stars along with planets, galaxies and planetary nebulae.
   
Accommodations: Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cross-country skiing. Snow King chairlift ride. Free time in Jackson.
(Wednesday, January 22)

Note: Cross-country skiing will traverse 1-4 miles over mostly flat terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast including eggs, pancakes, french toast, yogurt, cereals, oatmeal, fruit, muffins, etc.
 Morning: We will begin with a cross-country skiing lesson followed by skiing in Grand Teton National Park. The spectacular Teton Mountains will be our backdrop.
 Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch. Participants will get to make their own lunches and pack what they like.
 Afternoon: We will ride the chairlift up to the top of Snow King Mountain in the town of Jackson. From the top on a clear day, we will be able to get a bird's eye view of the town below, National Elk Refuge, Teton Mountains beyond and the entire Jackson Hole valley. Following our ride, participants will be given some free time to wander the streets of Jackson to snap a photo under the elk antler arches on the Town Square or have a drink on the saddle bar stools at the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in our Dining Lodge by our executive chef. The menu varies greatly and is always healthy, balanced and delicious.
 Evening: This will be a free evening for each individual to rest or head into town for relaxation. A shuttle will be provided to/from Jackson's Town Square and the lodging.
   
Accommodations: Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Dog Sledding. Seasonal adaptations of Jackson Hole wildlife evening program.
(Thursday, January 23)

Note: Dogsledding includes sitting still while riding the sled, standing and steering while driving the team.



   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc.
 Morning: After breakfast, participants will be whisked away to a full day dog sled adventure with Jackson Hole Iditarod. Each trip with Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours is a scenic ride in a modern sled. The musher-guides are always alert, willing and eager to point out wildlife: deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, bald eagles, and points of interest. You can relive the old days of mushing by running a team yourself.
 Lunch: Lunch will be on the dog sledding adventure today. The hearty lunch will include hot soups and beverages.
 Afternoon: Relax and soothe sore muscles in Granite Hot Springs, the turnaround point for the dogsledding adventure. Soak in the 104 degree water while gazing at the granite cliffs surrounding you. Turn the dog team around and head back toward civilization!
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in our Dining Lodge by our executive chef. The menu varies greatly and is always healthy, balanced and delicious.
 Evening: This evening we will discuss the methods that wildlife employ to survive or avoid winter. Topics covered will include hibernation, migration, torpor and adaptations for winter.
   
Accommodations: Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Closing program. Hands-to-work. National Museum of Wildlife Art.
(Friday, January 24)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jackson Hole Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce
For additional information, visit www.jacksonholechamber.com
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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