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Canyons and Canoes in the Tetons: An Intergenerational Adventure

Program Number: 17688RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/13/2014 - 7/18/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: The Tetons (Jackson), Wyoming
Price starting at: $1,175.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; National Parks; Water Sports
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 15 years of age.

For those who love exploring crystal-clear mountain waters and watching wild animals in their natural surroundings, this five-day science adventure is one you don’t want to miss. You and your grandchild will investigate the shimmering lakes and streams of the Grand Teton National Park and its surrounding public lands. Learn how to master a canoe and identify aquatic creatures large and small as you float down the scenic Snake River. Take a hike to one of the gorgeous piedmont lakes at the base of the Tetons and search for moose, bison, deer, elk, beaver and bald eagles in their unspoiled habitats.




Highlights

• Journey by canoe on a pristine glacial lake in Grand Teton National Park in front of the majestic Teton Mountains.
• Enjoy a scenic float trip down the infamous Snake River where you will witness amazing scenery and scout for wildlife such as bald eagles and moose.
• View wild birds up close while learning about the bird banding program and hold a bird just before it is released.



Activity Particulars

Hiking 3-4 miles over uneven terrain with elevation gain of 500 feet. Must be able to get in and out of a canoe. Site elevation of 6,200 feet..



In keeping with the communal nature of the school, guests are asked to perform lights chores during their stay.




Date Specific Information

7-13-2014

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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 dormitory-style rooms with private baths.
Meals and Lodgings
   Teton Science Schools
  Jackson, WY 5 nights
 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: 307-733-1313
web: www.tetonscience.org
  Room amenities: Rooms are located in our lodges and provide a clock radio, linens, private bathroom and small chair. A living room area for social gathering is in the same building on 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 Call for availability, 307-734-3750.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $80.00 Call for availability, 307-734-3750.
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration 3:00-5:00 pm. Program begins with dinner at 5:30 pm. You will be staying at Teton Science Schools that night.
  End of Program:
1:00pm You will be staying at Teton Science Schools the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Participants must sign Teton Science Schools risk/release liability waiver and a supplemental health form.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site a short distance from the lodges.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jackson, WY
  Nearest city or town:  Jackson, WY
  Nearest highway: Wyoming 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:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Alltrans, Inc.
phone: 307-733-3135
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$16
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Jackson Campus

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Teton Taxi
phone: 307-733-1506

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Jackson Campus

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi Tim
phone: 307-690-4141

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

 

Jackson Campus

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Old West Transportation
phone: 307-690-8898

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

 
Driving Directions
  From the North, South or West to JACKSON CAMPUS OF TETON SCIENCE SCHOOLS FROM THE NORTH (and Jackson Hole Airport): 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: Participants may want to bring water shoes with them for the boating activities, but closed toed shoes will be needed for non-water activities. All canoeing equipment will be provided by Teton Science Schools.
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, July 13)
   
 Afternoon: Check in for the program is from 3pm to 5pm Mountain Time.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in our Dining Lodge at 5:30pm by our executive chef. The menu varies greatly and is always healthy and balanced.
 Evening: The 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, changes due to opportunity, need and weather.
   
Accommodations: Teton Science Schools
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Craig Thomas Discovery Center, Introduction to Canoeing on String Lake, Evening program - Communication Chaos
(Monday, July 14)

Note: Today involves getting in and out of a canoe, canoeing 2-3 hours, and possible hike of 2 miles with up to 200 feet elevation gain.



   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc.
 Morning: The morning will be spent introducing the participants to canoeing. Canoeing techniques, strokes, safety and boat terms will be taught. The canoeing will take place at String Lake, one of the shallowest lakes in the Tetons with an average depth of about 5 feet. Instructors will assess the group's canoeing skills and will spend ample time teaching canoeing techniques so that everyone will learn from this day and become better canoeists for the next day on the water.
 Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch. Each participant will get to make their own sandwich and pack what they like.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will either continue canoeing or take a short hike along the shore of String or Leigh Lake; both beautiful glacially formed lakes at the base of the Tetons. This afternoon will provide opportunities to discuss the geology and formation of the Tetons, as well as observe pikas, marmots and wildflowers.
 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 feature games and challenges built to connect the group as a whole. Grandparents and grandchildren will work together to figure out creative solutions to group initiatives.
   
Accommodations: Teton Science Schools
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Jenny Lake Shuttle Boat, Cascade Canyon Hike including Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, Evening Program- Scenic Snake River Float Trip
(Tuesday, July 15)

Note: Today's hike will be 2-5 miles in length with an elevation gain of 400-600 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. Each participant will get to make their own sandwich and pack what they like.
 Afternoon: Hike continues
 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 float trip down occurs on the scenic portion of the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. Chances abound to see moose, eagles, osprey and beavers. The river guide as well as a Teton Science Schools' naturalist will be along to interpret the sights along this most beautiful stretch of the Snake.
   
Accommodations: Teton Science Schools
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Macroinvertebrate Exploration; Wetland Stewardship Project
(Wednesday, July 16)

Note: Activity this day will include minimal hiking and some possibly strenuous work during the stewardship project.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: This morning we will investigate the waters of a local creek and look at the creatures living underneath the rocks. Macroinvertebrates are tiny microorganisms that live under rocks in streams and rivers and provide a food source for many species as well as indicate the health of the stream. This activity will give grandparents and their grandchildren possibly their first glimpse of the alien-like creatures and a chance to get in the stream and kick up rocks and mud.
 Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch. Each participant will get to make their own sandwich and pack what they like.
 Afternoon: The afternoon will give us a chance to participate in a wetland stewardship project. Wetlands are an important part of an ecosystem. However, many have been damaged due to development. Learn about how wetlands work and lend a hand to help restore a wetland so that animals can find food and shelter once more.
 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 rest on campus. A shuttle to and from downtown Jackson will be provided by Teton Science Schools staff.
   
Accommodations: Teton Science Schools
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Canoeing on Jackson Lake at Colter Bay, Evening Program - Wildlife of the GYE Specimen Discovery
(Thursday, July 17)

Note: Activity this day will include 3 hours of canoeing, including getting in and out of canoes.



   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc.
 Morning: Morning will be spent canoeing on Jackson Lake at Colter Bay. Perfect your canoeing skills and enjoy unspoiled views of the incredible Teton Mountains.
 Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch.
 Afternoon: Continued canoeing on beautiful Jackson Lake.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in our Dining Lodge by our executive chef. The menu varies greatly and is always healthy and balanced.
 Evening: Wildlife of Jackson Hole specimen display and interpretive talk. Learn about the amazing species that inhabit the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as well as the strategies and adaptations that they employ in order to survive in this often harsh environment. Hold and touch fur, antlers, horns and bones of many different species.
   
Accommodations: Teton Science Schools
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hands-to-work; Closing ceremony; National Museum of Wildlife Art; Good-byes
(Friday, July 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 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 final journey of the week will take us to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. This beautiful art museum is one of the most spectacular in the country. Adult participants will have a tour led by a docent, while a Teton Science School instructor will take the kids and do some interactive activities to get the kids thinking about how art connects to their lives.
 Lunch: The program ends at 1:00pm after lunch at the Rising Sage Cafe, located at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jackson, WY Rodeo
Unlike the larger gatherings in other parts of the state, Jackson Hole maintains it's local, "anyone who has the gumption can do it" attitude that makes it representative of both the community and the original intention of the sport. Noted for fine stock, young cowboys coming up through the ranks and people who just love it, it's a great choice for action-packed fun during summer nights in Jackson Hole. For additional information, visit www.jhrodeo.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


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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