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Great Winter Outdoor Get-Together in the Tetons and Jackson Hole

Program Number: 21417RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/1/2015 - 3/8/2015;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Price starting at: $1,899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Sport; Winter Sports
Meals: 16; 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Salt; Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Join active lifelong learners from around the country in breathtaking Jackson Hole for a one-of-a-kind outdoor educational adventure. Experience the park cloaked in its white winter veil, complete with interpretation by first-class educators from the Teton Science Schools. Snowshoe hikes, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, sleigh rides and other inspiring, small-group encounters in America’s winter wonderland allow you to observe wild animals and study the adaptations that help them survive the winters. Enjoy the town of Jackson and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, delve into the fascinating science of snow, gaze out from atop Rendezvous Mountain and much more.




Highlights

• Explore Grand Teton National Park on cross-country skis and by snowshoe to witness the effects of glaciation and fire and to learn about skis as essential transportation for early Jackson Hole residents.
• Venture into the National Elk Refuge by sleigh and get up close to thousands of wintering elk.
• Be whisked away on a full-day dog sled adventure with experienced mushers, observing deer, elk and moose along the trail and relaxing in the waters of Granite Hot Springs at the halfway mark.



Activity Particulars

Activities in groups of 14 participants max. Walk two miles in windy, wet and snowy conditions; navigate snowy and icy walkways. Cross-country ski up to five miles, elevation gains of 400 feet. Snowshoe up to five miles, elevation gains of 500 feet. Jackson elevation is 6,200 feet. Program activities at elevations up to 10,450 feet.



This program has been limited to 150 participants, but the group will be divided into smaller groups for most activities.



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
Your choice between Teton Science Schools campus lodgings or rooms at a resort in the town of Jackson. Private bath for all. Healthy, balanced meals prepared by the executive chef.
Meals and Lodgings
   Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools or Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath or Snow King Resort
  Jackson Hole, WY 7 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 small table 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

 Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath
Type: Campus/Dorm
  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 basic with an alarm clock, storage shelf and reading lights. Nearby is a community room with couches, a computer and board games.
  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 and on-site dining lodge with exceptional food service from our executive chef.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Shared bath: One large bath per sex per five rooms. Each bath has 3 toilets, 3 sinks and 3 showers.
  Elevators available: Yes

 Snow King Resort
Type: Resort
  Description: Snow King Resort is located in the Town of Jackson at the base of Snow King Mountain. It is a full-service property that offers 204 spacious hotel rooms, including 15 suites, as well as over 150 condominiums varying from one to four bedrooms. The hotel has seven stories with rooms beginning on the ground floor. Complimentary wi-fi throughout is available for our guests.
  Contact info: Snow King Ave
Jackson, WY  USA
phone: 800-522-KING
web: www.snowking.com/Lodging_Hotel.aspx
  Room amenities: Cable Television, Air Conditioning with individual thermostat, Hair Dryers, Coffee Makers, Iron and Ironing Boards, Complimentary Wi-Fi, and local phone calls. All rooms have views of the surrounding mountains and are non-smoking.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers the convenience of being close to town but provides a quiet and serene atmosphere for your vacation or getaway any time of year. Each room is decorated with an eye towards comfortable western design, providing regional lodgepole furnishings, vintage photography, and cozy comforters.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00pm You will be staying at Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools or Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath or Snow King Resort that night.
  End of Program:
9:00am You will be staying at Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools or Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath or Snow King Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A Teton Science Schools supplemental medical form and signed risk/release waiver is required by all participants. A Jackson Hole Iditarod risk/release waiver is required for all to participate in the dogsledding trip.
  Parking availability:
Free parking available 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 Highway 22
  Nearest airport:  Jackson Hole (JAC)
  From End of Program
  Location: Jackson Hole, WY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Teton Science School Campus

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Teton Science School Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Included
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 mins 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

Arrival shuttle transfer from Jackson Hole Airport is included

 

Snow King Resort

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Teton Science School Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Included
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 mins 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

An arrival transfer from Jackson Hole Airport to your accommodation is included. Participants arriving before Aug 20 can arrange a complimentary airport pickup by calling 307-733-5200.

 
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.
  From the North, South or West to SNOW KING HOTEL FROM THE NORTH: Follow HWY 89/191 south to the Jackson Town Square. Continue straight at the square on Cache St. .5 mi. Turn left on Snow King Avenue. Travel .2 mi to Snow King Hotel. FROM THE SOUTH: Follow US HWY 26/89/191 north to the Jackson Town Square. Turn right on Cache St. Follow .5 mi. Turn left on Snow King Ave and follow .2 mi to Snow King Hotel. FROM THE WEST: Follow HWY 22 (from Teton Pass) east to the US HWY 26/89/194 intersection. Turn left on US HWY 26/89/191. Continue .5 mi. Turn right on Virginian Lane. Continue .3 mi. Turn Left on Snow King Avenue. Continue 1.1 mi to Snow King Hotel.
Elevation Note: The town of Jackson sits at 6,200 feet. Program activities will visit up to 10,450 feet

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: Arrival in Jackson, shuttle transfers from airport, registration with program’s group leaders, orientation meeting and dinner.
(Sunday, March 1)

Note: The large group will be split into field groups with a maximum of 14 participants. The order of the daily schedule will vary per group.



   
 Afternoon: Arrival and check in
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools by our executive chef. The menu varies greatly and is always healthy and balanced. Shuttles will be provided from Snow King Hotel to the TSS Jackson Campus.
 Evening: The evening will give us a chance to get to know each other 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. Shuttles will be provided from TSS Jackson Campus to Snow King Hotel.
   
Accommodations: Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools or Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath or Snow King Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Craig Thomas Discovery Center, Snowshoe Hike in Grand Teton National Park, Introduction to Wildlife Issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
(Monday, March 2)

Note: Activity today will be a 2-5 mile snowshoe hike (depending on the desires of each group) with elevation gains of up to 500 feet. Participants will also navigate snow and ice covered parking lots and walkways.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc. Breakfast buffets at TSS Jackson Campus and at Snow King Hotel.
 Morning: We’ll start our day at the Craig Thomas Discovery Center at the southern end of Grand Teton National Park. Opened in 2007, this impressive center has 22,000 feet dedicated to education. Interpretive displays focus on people, place, and protection and provide an excellent educational overview of the natural and cultural resource of Grand Teton National Park. Upon leaving the visitor center, we will begin a snowshoe hike in the Park, exploring firsthand the effects of glaciation, fire and more recent human influences.
 Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch.
 Afternoon: Participants can decide on an all-day snowshoe hike or a shorter tour of Menor's Ferry Historic District on the banks of the Snake River.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools 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 Jackson Hole as well as learn facts about wildlife and how difficult it can be to manage populations across government borders.
   
Accommodations: Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools or Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath or Snow King Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Elk lecture and discussion. Sleigh ride on the National Elk Refuge. National Museum of Wildlife Art.
(Tuesday, March 3)

Note: Participants will need to navigate snow and ice covered parking lots and walkways.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc. Breakfast buffets at TSS Jackson Campus and at Snow King Hotel.
 Morning: The morning will feature a lecture and discussion about elk behavior and biology. We will then venture to the National Elk Refuge and will board a sleigh that will take us among hundreds of wintering elk. Get close to the elk, observe their behavior and witness them feeding, socializing and resting. The sleigh ride will also provides the potential to see wolves, coyotes, mule deer, bald eagles, hawks and big horn sheep.
 Lunch: Today we will eat lunch at the Rising Sage Cafe at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
 Afternoon: The National Museum of Wildlife Art is home to the largest collection of wildlife art in the country. The collection chronicles much of the history of wildlife in art, focusing primarily on European and American painting and sculpture. Participants will be treated to a docent tour and then be given time to explore the museum on their own.
 Dinner: Dinner will be on your own, with the chance to choose from one of the many restaurants in downtown Jackson.
 Evening: Free evening to explore the town of Jackson or relax and spend time with new friends. Shuttles will be provided to/from lodging.
   
Accommodations: Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools or Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath or Snow King Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Cross-country skiing in Grand Teton National Park. Dinner at the Snow King Hotel.
(Wednesday, March 4)

Note: Activity today will be a 1-5 mile cross-country ski (depending on the desires of each group) with elevation gains of up to 400 feet. Participants will also navigate snow and ice covered parking lots and walkways



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc. Breakfast buffets at TSS Jackson Campus and at Snow King Hotel.
 Morning: We will explore Grand Teton National Park on cross-country skis. The morning will include a quick tutorial on the fundamentals of cross-country skiing. All levels of skiing will be accommodated.
 Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch.
 Afternoon: Participants can choose either half or full day ski tours in Grand Teton National Park. Groups who ski only in the morning will also visit the Jackson Hole Historical Society Museum and learn how skiing was an essential form of transportation and recreation for early Jackson Hole residents.
 Dinner: Dinner for the whole group will be at Snow King Hotel.
 Evening: Free evening to relax or enjoy the town of Jackson. For those who feel like a night on the town, the Wort Hotel offers live music in the famous Silver Dollar Bar on most evenings.
   
Accommodations: Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools or Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath or Snow King Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Dog Sledding and hot spring soak in Granite Hot Springs.
(Thursday, March 5)

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



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc. Breakfast buffets at TSS Jackson Campus and at Snow King Hotel.
 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 dog sledding 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 on your own, with the chance to choose from one of the many restaurants in downtown Jackson. Shuttles will be provided between accommodations and downtown Jackson.
 Evening: Free evening to explore the town of Jackson or relax and spend time with new friends. Shuttles will be provided to/from lodging.
   
Accommodations: Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools or Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath or Snow King Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Snow science. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Aerial Tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain.
(Friday, March 6)

Note: Participants will walk up to 2 miles (depending on the desires of the group) to their snow pit. The top of Rendezvous Mountain can be very windy with deep snow after storms.



   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc. Breakfast buffets at TSS Jackson Campus and at Snow King Hotel.
 Morning: Participants will begin the day by delving into the fascinating field of snow science. We will start with a short lecture on the science of reading snow, how it's done in mountain regions and why it's so important to communities like Jackson Hole. Groups will then do their own snow science research and closely examine the local snowpack.
 Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, participants will have the chance to ride the Aerial Tram at Jackson hole Mountain Resort over 4,000 feet to the top of Rendezvous Mountain. Participants will get a glimpse into the world of winter recreation at of the most famous ski resorts in the country. Time will also be provided to visit the shops and cafes at Teton Village.
 Dinner: Dinner will be on your own, with the chance to choose from one of the many restaurants in downtown Jackson. Shuttles will be provided between accommodations and downtown Jackson.
 Evening: Free evening to explore the town of Jackson or relax and spend time with new friends. Shuttles will be provided to/from lodging.
   
Accommodations: Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools or Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath or Snow King Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Free day to enjoy Jackson Hole at your own pace or participate in an optional full or half day cross-country ski or snowshoe. Celebration dinner.
(Saturday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc. Breakfast buffets at TSS Jackson Campus and at Snow King Hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy an unstructured free day to explore Jackson Hole at your leisure or join in on a half day or full day cross country ski or snowshoe on our campus. Visit art galleries, shops, or hit the slopes at Snow King Mountain or Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
 Lunch: Lunch will be on your own, with the chance to choose from one of the many restaurants in Jackson Hole.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Jackson Hole at your leisure, participate in an optional afternoon cross country ski or snowshoe on campus, or catch up on some rest, relaxing at your accommodations.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools by our executive chef. The menu varies greatly and is always healthy and balanced.
 Evening: The evening will conclude with a celebration including live local musician and slideshow with photos of the week.
   
Accommodations: Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools or Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath or Snow King Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Farewell and departure. Morning shuttles to airport.
(Sunday, March 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet with cereals, granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc. Breakfast buffets at TSS Jackson Campus and at Snow King Hotel.
 Morning: Shuttles will depart for the airport from the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools and from Snow King Resort.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jackson Hole, WY Jackson Hole Info
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  Wyoming Tourist 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.



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 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.





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