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Yellowstone’s Great Outdoor Adventures for Families

Program Number: 20977RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/22/2014 - 6/28/2014; 6/14/2015 - 6/20/2015; 7/5/2015 - 7/11/2015; 7/19/2015 - 7/25/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Gardiner, Montana
Price starting at: $1,199.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Family Programs; National Parks; Intergenerational
Family
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

From streamside habitats to forested mountains, come together as a family for a week of exploring the wild wonders of Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy adventures and hands-on explorations within the largest, nearly intact temperate ecosystem on earth, where plants, animal, bugs, fish, water, geology, habitat and weather patterns work together to make the whole.




Highlights

• Experience riparian habitat and geology while rafting the mighty Yellowstone River outside the park and then make camp for a night under star-filled skies.
• Yellowstone's volcano is revealed through thermal basin, canyon, forest and foothill hikes, and you examine mud pots, fumaroles, geysers and hot springs and search for wildlife in their native habitat.
• The creak of saddle leather and hoof beats on the trail punctuate trailside discoveries in the high country, followed by an authentic cowboy cookout and campfire.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to four miles on uneven terrain, established trails, boardwalks. Elevations from 5,200 feet to 7,200 feet. Ride horseback two hours on moderate terrain, culminating in campout in wall tents, cooking and eating outside at campsite. Raft seven miles on Class 2 and 3 whitewater.



This is a family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 9 and up.



Coordinated by University of Montana Western.




Gardiner

Founded in 1880, this town in Paradise Valley is the original northern entrance to Yellowstone Park and today is the park’s only year-round point of entry. Gardiner has the atmosphere of a quaint Western town, complete with elk meandering the streets.



Accommodations
Comfortable local hotel, some rooms up one flight of stairs. One night of camping in wall tents with no indoor bathroom.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Lee Harry

Lee Harry earned a master's degree in forestry with an emphasis in wildlands fire ecology. He enjoyed a forester's career with the U.S. Forest Service where his roles included planting, tending and harvesting trees, applying prescribed fire, and suppressing wild fires. Lee has a particular interest in bark beetles and the white pine blister rust that is impacting high mountain ecology. Now retired, Lee enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding, reading and traveling as much as possible. Lee lives on a ranch near Bozeman, Montana though he is often found - or not found - exploring the Great Beyond.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Yellowstone River Motel
  Gardiner, MT 4 nights
   Flying Pig Adventure Company
  Gardiner, MT 1 night
   Yellowstone River Motel
  Gardiner, MT 1 night
 Yellowstone River Motel
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 entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. 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 the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.
  Contact info: 14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com
  Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.
  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 in office.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Varies. Seasonal rates; call for information.
  Check in time: 4:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies. Seasonal rates; call for information.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM

 Flying Pig Adventure Company
Type: Tents
  Description: Premier outfitting ranch surrounded by forest service land
  Contact info: 511 Scott Street
Gardiner, MT 59725 USA
phone: 800-935-7301
web: www.flyingpigrafting.com
  Room amenities: Wall tents have beds and the cabins have full restroom facilities and small kitchenette
  Facility amenities: Shared wall tents and cabins with single camp beds, bedding, full bathroom facilities.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Full bathroom facilities in cabins. Tenters use full bathroom facilities located in lodge directly adjacent to tents; all bathrooms shared.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00-5:00 PM Registration You will be staying at Yellowstone River Motel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends with 11 AM grab-n-go lunch You will be staying at Yellowstone River Motel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Liability waivers required by rafting and horseback riding outfitters. Please bring Golden Age, Senior or National Park pass if you have one.
  Parking availability:
Parking at the motel is free. Airport parking is $5.50 per day.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Gardiner, MT
  Nearest city or town:  Livingston, MT is 53 miles north.
  Nearest highway: State HWY 89.
  Nearest airport:  Gallatin Field in Bozeman, MT, 89 miles
  From End of Program
  Location: Gardiner, MT
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Bozeman, MT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Greater Valley Taxi
phone: 406-388-7938
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Group rate is approximately $81.00; call for current rate.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Two hours. 

 

Distance:

 

89 miles.

   

Reservations must be made at least three days in advance; call (406) 388-7938 for reservations. Group shuttle departs airport at 1:30 pm. In order to take advantage of the group shuttle rate, your flight must arrive before 1 pm on Sunday and depart after 2:30 pm on Saturday. Arriving in Bozeman a day early or staying an extra day may be more economical than booking individual transportation. Family groups of three or more may consider renting a car. See additional info pg. 31

 

Bozeman, MT

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Greater Valley Taxi
phone: 406-388-7938
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Group rate is approximately $81; call for current rate.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Two hours. 

 

Distance:

 

89 miles.

   

Return shuttle must be arranged at least three days in advance; call (406) 388-7938. Group shuttle departs site at 8:00 am. Outside of the above scheduled time, individual transportation (not at group rate) can be reserved through Greater Valley Taxi (406) 388-7938 or Karst Stage (406) 556-3540 (72 hours notice required). Car rental and drop-off are available at the Bozeman airport; drop-off is not available in Gardiner or Yellowstone National Park.

 
Driving Directions
  Billings, MT Drive west 116 miles on I-90 to Livingston; turn south here onto US HWY 89 and travel south 53 miles to Gardiner. Proceed into town, cross the Yellowstone River bridge and straight ahead to Park Street. Turn left; Yellowstone River Motel is one block down at end of street on left.
  Bozeman, MT Travel east on I-90 for 26 miles to Livingston; turn south here onto US HWY 89 and travel south 53 miles to Gardiner. Proceed into town, cross the Yellowstone River bridge and straight ahead to Park Street. Turn left; Yellowstone River Motel is one block down at end of street on left.
  From the East (Cody, WY) Call (307) 344-2117 for road conditions, closures, etc. in Yellowstone. Travel east 80 miles on HWYs 20 and 14/16 past Fishing Bridge area to junction. Turn north here to Canyon (16 miles). Travel 12 miles west from Canyon to Norris Junction. Travel north 21 miles to Mammoth. Continue north five miles to Gardiner. Drive under Roosevelt Arch onto Park Street. Proceed to end of Park Street; Yellowstone River Motel is on left side of street. (Note, travel in the Park is slow as speed limit averages 15-40 miles per hour.)
  from the South (Jackson, WY) Travel north 86 miles on HWY 89/287 (slow miles as most of travel is through two national parks with speed limit averaging from 15-40 miles per hour) to West Thumb, then west and north 33 miles to Madison Junction. Drive east then north 14 miles to Norris Junction; carry on northward 21 miles to Mammoth; bear north five more miles to Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Gardiner. Drive under Roosevelt Arch onto Park Street, continue to end; Yellowstone River Motel is at end of street on left side.
  from the Southwest (West Yellowstone, MT) Drive east on Hwy 20 into Yellowstone National Park 14 miles to Madison Junction. Continue northwest 14 miles toward Norris, then north 21 miles toward Mammoth Hot Springs. From Mammoth, drive 5 miles north on Hwy 89 to Gardiner. Drive under Roosevelt Arch onto Park Street, continue to end; Yellowstone River Motel is at end of street on left side.
Elevation Note: Site elevation 5,260'. Activities take place at elevations ranging from 5,260' to 7,700'.

Equipment Requirements: Hiking boots or shoes, snug fitting & moisture wicking socks to avoid blisters, 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 a day pack. Bring a "Croakies" if you wear eyeglasses.
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: Orientation, Introductions, Get Acquainted Activities
(Sunday, June 22)
   
 Afternoon: Registration and motel check-in between 4 and 5 PM.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at nearby restaurant
 Evening: Welcome to Yellowstone. Orientation, introductions then a short walk to Roosevelt Arch with grandparents and grandchildren. Parents explore Gardiner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Discover the Mammoth area/Fort Yellowstone and the Albright Visitor Center
(Monday, June 23)

Note: Walk 2 1/2 to 3 miles around the Mammoth Terraces and Fort Yellowstone.



   
 Breakfast: Walk four blocks to classroom for continental breakfast.
 Morning: Morning presentation introduces the greater Yellowstone area. Discuss the scientific aspects of its geology, diverse wildlife and the grand ecosystem that supports these populations. Board a motorcoach and travel into Yellowstone National Park to the Mammoth area and enjoy a trek through ancient limestone formations to Mammoth's beautiful travertine terraces. About two tons of travertine are deposited daily as hot, mineral-laden water wells up from beneath the earth’s crust to add to terraces that began building thousands of years ago. Experience the area wildlife and the unique geology and flora that occur here.
 Lunch: Sack lunch in the field
 Afternoon: Contine exlporation of the Mammoth area, Fort Yellowstone and the Albright Visitor Center with an optional, short walking tour of Fort Yellowstone. Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 and immediately came under threat of exploitation by poachers, souvenir hunters and developers. Civilian superintendents suffered from inexperience, lack of funds and manpower. After fourteen years, the US Army was called on for help and the Cavalry was sent in to protect Yellowstone's resources and visitors. The year was 1886. The National Park Service was established in 1916 and the Cavalry gave control of Yellowstone back to the civilians; their duty concluded completely in 1918. Fort Yellowstone became the administrative center for the Park.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant
 Evening: Free Evening
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Explore the geo-thermal wonders of Yellowstone; visit Old Faithful, the Upper and Lower Geyser Basins
(Tuesday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant
 Morning: Begin the morning visiting the Fountain Paint Pot in the Lower Geyser Basin, which offers all four thermal features - hissing fumaroles, steaming geysers, sulfurous mudpots and bubbling hot springs. Continue on to Old Faithful area with walking investigation will reveal one fourth of the world's geysers that are found here. See them, feel clouds of steam, smell sulfur, hear growling fumaroles and bubbling, plopping mudpots. Enjoy a wonderland of unique features, beautiful colors and spouting geysers. Find out about life forms in boiling water. Possible addition hike includes a moderately steep and rocky trail to Observation Point for an overlook of the Old Faithful area. Explore Geyser Hill and along the Firehole River among thermal features with names like Beehive, Grand, Giant, Lion and Plume. Appreciate Old Faithful Inn's historic ambiance. Become acquainted with or renew your acquaintance with beloved Old Faithful Geyser. *Optional free time for parents.
 Lunch: Sack lunches in the field
 Afternoon: The adventure will continue with a late afternoon 3 mile hike on moderate terrain to Mystic Falls and Biscuit Basin Overlook. Hikers will encounter varied river, forest and plateau scenery. The Mystic Falls are a spectacular cascade formed at a steep, narrow place in the canyon of the Little Firehole River, while the overlook has a fine view not only of the basin but also of several miles of the Firehole River valley, with Upper Geyser Basin in the distance. *Optional free time for grandparents.
 Dinner: Dinner at Old Faithful Cafeteria
 Evening: Evening return to Gardiner; Keep your eyes open as evening time in prime wildlife habitat offers optimum opportunity for spotting critters
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Another field day in the heart of Yellowstone National Park: visit Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone & Tower Fall
(Wednesday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant
 Morning: Generations travel to Tower Fall. Located in the northeastern region of Yellowstone National Park this waterfall on Tower Creek is approximately 1,000 yards upstream from the creek's confluence with the Yellowstone River. The fall plunges 132 feet as it shoots through tall pinnacles of rock that stand like sentinels at the brink of the fall. It is these rock pinnacles that inspired its name "Tower Fall".
 Lunch: Sack lunches in the field
 Afternoon: Families will travel to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Generations explore a world of thundering noise, churning waters, and unique life zones during their visit to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. They will experience grand perspectives from Lookout and Artist’s Point, revealing roaring water; beautiful, pastel tinted canyon walls and a sense of the great canyon’s immensity. Take a three mile hike along the canyon rim, upriver to the magnificent Upper Falls, watching for waterfowl, osprey and water ouzel. Listen to the rushing water, while viewing the yawning depths, riverside habitat, wildflowers, birds, evidence of geologic forces, forest, waterfall mist and rainbows.
 Dinner: Dinner at Canyon Cafeteria
 Evening: Travel back to the motel keeping watch for any wildlife along the way.
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Raft a portion of Yellowstone River's class II-III whitewater then saddle up for a horseback ride, enjoy a Cowboy Cookout, an evening around the campfire, and then cozy up in wall tents or cabins out in Montana's fresh mountain air.
(Thursday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant
 Morning: Raft a portion of Yellowstone River's II-III class whitewater outside the park. Guides and naturalist discuss riparian habitat; identify birds including waterfowl, ospreys and shore birds; hear human history of the area. Revel in the joy and excitement and freedom of being on the water.
 Lunch: Sack lunch by the river
 Afternoon: Surrounded by national forest, families will visit a premier outfitting ranch outside of Gardiner, MT. With 2 cabins and 3 cozy canvas wall tents, guests will get settled into before a delightful 2 hour guided horse ride with dramatic views overlooking Yellowstone.
 Dinner: Steak on the grill and all the fixins' Cowboy Cookout
 Evening: The pace of a the week slows down and families gather to enjoy singing around a campfire as a Montana sunset eases into a star filled night. Eyes grow heavy from the days adventures and all will retire with hearts content from all the high mountain fresh air!
   
Accommodations: Flying Pig Adventure Company
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning horseback venture then back to Gardiner for down time and closing presentation
(Friday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at outfitting ranch
 Morning: Saddle up again and head into the wilderness for a two hour horse ride, with photo stops in Montana's beautiful wild country.
 Lunch: Hot lunch back at the outfitting ranch
 Afternoon: Back to Gardiner for some free time
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant
 Evening: Living history presentation describes individual who contributed to the area's colorful past.
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast and independent departures
(Saturday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant
 Morning: Shuttle departs at 8 am
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Gardiner, MT Hiking
One trailhead 1/2 mile from lodgings; another 3/4 mile from lodgings.
  Horseback Riding
Trailrides provided by Rendezvous Outfitters in Gardiner, MT (406) 848-7967.
  Rafting
Scenic 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 Association
Founded 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 Park
Official 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: 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


It Happened in Yellowstone: Remarkable Events That Shaped History


Author: Erin Turner


Description: Discover true tales from Yellowstone's past that shaped its history including geologic events like the volcanic eruption that formed Yellowstone over 600,000 years ago and the massive 1959 earthquake that created Quake Lake. Read about wildlife, the historic Nez Perce flight and early tourists, Truman Everts-lost in Yellowstone and a great stagecoach robbery.



Hey Ranger? Kids Ask Questions About Yellowstone National Park


Author: Kim Justesen


Description: Here are real questions - some smart and some silly - that kids ask rangers every day. This well researched, educational guide is fun to read and filled with fascinating facts and amusing anecdotes.



Who Pooped in the Park? Yellowstone National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids


Author: Gary Robson and Elijah Brady Clark


Description: Accurate information that is fun to read. Kids will learn how to identify critter scat and tracks in a straight forward manner. Lots of extra detail is included such as how to tell the difference between similar looking tracks, why wolf scat has hair in it and much more.



Lost in Yellowstone, Truman Everts' Thirty-seven Days of Peril


Author: Lee Whittlesey, editor


Description: Read this true life adventure of the fifty-four year-old, nearsighted Truman Everts who visited the Yellowstone area with an exploration party in 1870. Although he was an inexperienced woodsman, he was determined to map and investigate the grand and mysterious Yellowstone country. After becoming separated from his party and abandoned by his horse, he wandered Yellowstone for thirty-seven days, injured, alone and with little food and shelter. Lee Whittlesey, Yellowstone National Park's historian, edited Everts' story which records one of the American frontier's most grueling survival adventures. Appreciate many early day photographs of Yellowstone National Park which illustrate the book.



Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains


Author: James Halfpenny


Description: Scats and tracks have a story to tell and the author, a nationally renowned tracker, teaches the reader how to read signs to figure out who passed by. Includes written descriptions, track and gait pattern illustrations, glossary and more.



Yellowstone Place Names, 2nd edition


Author: Lee Whittlesey


Description: Yellowstone National Park Historian's well-researched and entertaining reference source for information on many of Yellowstone's place names and their origins.



Watching Yellowstone and Teton Wildlife: The Best Places to Look From Roads and Trails


Author: Todd Wilkinson and Michael L. Francis


Description: Pack this guidebook, along with your binoculars and enthusiasm, when visiting both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The authors identify numerous viewing areas for optimum wildlife watching and have included maps, color photographs, samples of animal tracks, driving tours, hikes and animal descriptions including behavioral information.



Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country


Author: William Fritz & Robert Thomas


Description: Updated, classic roadside geology book for the Yellowstone Region explains current geological theories.



Mountain Spirit: The Sheep Eater Indians of Yellowstone


Author: Lawrence Loendorf and Nancy Medaris Stone


Description: Drawing on the results of ongoing archaeological excavations and extensive ethnographic work among descendant native peoples, the authors discuss the many Indian groups, in particular the Tukudika Shoshone, who visited or lived in the Yellowstone area in prehistoric and historic times. The Tukudika or Sheep Eaters made skillful use of their environment and maintained an abundant way of life closely related to their primary source of protein, the mountain sheep of high-altitude Yellowstone.



To Save the Wild Bison: Life on the Edge in Yellowstone


Author: Mary Ann Franke


Description: The author brings clarity and revelation to one of Yellowstone's most complex struggles by tracing the history of bison and humans into the 19th century and further into the national parks era. Here's discussion of bison management and park policy - the battle over brucellosis, snowmobiles and groomed winter roads, desires of Native Americans, bison and predators.



Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone National Park


Author: George Black


Description: Consider the history of the exploration of Yellowstone National Park through this "historical account of the origins of America's majestic national landmark." The author's well-documented history is a realistic look at people and political and economic factors; his book is sectioned into Pathfinders, Civilizers, Soldiers, Explorers and Tourists. "He casts Yellowstone's creation as the culmination of three interwoven strands of history - the passion for exploration, the violence of the Indian Wars and the 'civilizing' of the frontier and charts its course through the lives of those who sought to lay bare its mysteries."



Decade of the Wolf, revised and updated edition: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone


Author: Douglas W. Smith and Gary Ferguson


Description: Research and storytelling meld to document wolf recovery in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Wolf biologist, Smith, and nature writer, Ferguson, provide an inside look at the Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Project ten years after the controversial decision was made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to reintroduce wolves into the park. Smith, wolf project leader who has worked with the Yellowstone Wolf Project since its inception, has studied wolves for 25 years. Ferguson, whose writing largely arises from intimate experiences, followed through the seasons, the first 14 wolves released into Yellowstone National Park. Their collaboration offers hard facts and 'impressionistic portraits of individual wolves that reveal their epic lives full of struggle and conquest.' Here is the history of the return of the top predator to Yellowstone.



After the Fires: The Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park


Author: Linda Wallace, Editor


Description: The ravaging fires of 1988 caused many scientists to predict long-term devastation which did not come to pass. This scientific summary by wildlife biologists, ecosystem and forest scientists and landscape ecologists discusses the many things that changed and did not change in the Yellowstone area. Realize the role of fire in the ecosystem and the resiliency of nature.



Letters from Yellowstone


Author: Diane Smith


Description: Through correspondence - detailed letters and telegrams - follow an 1898 scientific expedition whose purpose is to collect flora unique to Yellowstone National Park. Learn of the park's early history, trials of pioneer scientists and the engrossing and often funny story of Cornell medical student and amateur botanist, Alexandria Bartram, who emerges as a brave leader and serious scientist. Delightful fiction.



Super Volcano: The Ticking Time Bomb Beneath Yellowstone National Park


Author: Greg Breining


Description: Yellowstone sits atop one of the world’s five super volcanoes. The Yellowstone volcano has erupted about every 600,000 years and is now about 30,000 years overdue. The author suggests that the Yellowstone caldera is potentially the most explosive, most violent, most deadly active volcano on the planet and what will happen, in human terms, when it does erupt. Find out more as the author describes how volcanoes function and explains complicated and violent geological processes, the important field of plate tectonics and more.





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