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Hiking in Yellowstone: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Program Number: 4874RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/17/2015 - 5/22/2015; 7/12/2015 - 7/17/2015; 8/2/2015 - 8/7/2015; 8/16/2015 - 8/21/2015; 8/23/2015 - 8/28/2015; 8/30/2015 - 9/4/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/2/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Yellowstone, Montana
Price starting at: $1,049.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Yellowstone National Park offers 1,200 miles of hiking, walking and backpacking trails that wind through the park’s 2.2 million acres of spectacular and mostly untouched terrain. Led by a naturalist, explore pathways that thread through Yellowstone’s matchless landscape of diverse flora, thermal features, landforms, canyons, cascades and waterways.




Highlights

• Discover a spectacular and mostly untouched landscape while hiking a fragment of Yellowstone's 1,200 miles of backpacking, hiking and walking trails.
• Four days in the field offer a tantalizing glimpse of the Great Caldera’s infinite wonders.
• An instructor’s interpretation and observations enhance your hiking field trips and provide an intimate portrait of the park’s wildlife, habitats and geology.



Activity Particulars

On Moderately Challenging dates, expect hikes of 3-6 miles on established hiking trails at elevations of 5,200-10,243 feet. Be prepared for sudden changes in weather.



Max of 12 participants per hiking group; participants generally divided into two groups to hike.




Date Specific Information

5-17-2015, 8-16-2015

The Activity Level is Moderately Challenging.



7-12-2015

The Activity Level is Moderately Challenging. This date coincides with Yellowstone’s wildflower season. Discover Yellowstone abloom via ecology presentations and four days of exploration among some of the region’s 1,150 native species of flowering plants. Several less active, botanist-led wildflower walks are offered each day. This program coincides with “Wild Women Exploring the Rivers and Trails of Yellowstone" (#21597), an option for a female travelling companion who would like to explore Yellowstone by water.



8-2-2015

The Activity Level is Moderately Challenging. This date runs in conjunction with "Capturing Yellowstone: Plein Air Workshop in the Wild" (#20563), an option for travel partners interested in painting in Yellowstone rather than hiking.



8-23-2015

The Activity Level is Challenging. Expect hikes of 6-8 miles on each of four field days, which may not include Old Faithful. This date follows a Moderately Challenging hiking program, and enrolling in both dates offers adventurous hikers the opportunity to hike for eight field days in Yellowstone.



8-30-2015

The Activity Level is Moderately Challenging. This date follows a Challenging hiking program Aug. 23-28, 2015. Enrolling in both dates offers adventurous hikers the opportunity to hike for eight field days in Yellowstone.



9-20-2015

The Activity Level offered is both Moderately Challenging and Challenging. Participants will be split into two small groups to hike. Challenging hikes will take experienced hikers 6-8 miles on each of four field days and may not see Old Faithful. Moderately Challenging hikes will take hikers 3-6 miles and include a visit to Old Faithful.



9-27-2015

The Activity Level is Moderately Challenging. This date runs in conjunction with "Inspired Images: Photographing the Wonders of Yellowstone" (#17947), an option for travel partners interested in photographing Yellowstone rather than hiking.



Coordinated by University of Montana Western.




Yellowstone National Park (Montana)

The world's first national park, established in 1872, is famous for its thermal features, plentiful flora and fauna, as well as its considerable human history, from early explorers to the historic park lodges. Although the park itself is in Wyoming, three of the entrances are in Montana.



Accommodations
Motel, patio overlooking Yellowstone River. Some rooms up one flight of stairs.

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

Raised along the rural Louisiana-Texas border, Gene's early outdoor experiences began a lifelong interest in wildlife, western heritage and preservation. After teaching and serving as director for the Hill Country Arts Foundation and Cowboy Artists Museum in Texas, he migrated to Wyoming to work at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. He then became director of the Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Institute in Yellowstone National Park, and now freelances as a writer and naturalist.
 
Catherine Raven

A resident of the Greater Yellowstone region for 18 years, Dr. Catherine Raven began her career as a backcountry ranger at Glacier and Mt. Rainier National Parks. She later received her Ph.D. in biology from Montana State University while working as a biological technician in North Cascades and Voyageurs National Parks. Her high school Forestry textbook was published in 2006 and she has since published natural history essays in American Scientist, American Mensa and Montana magazines.
 
Leslie Stoltz

Raised and educated in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Leslie Stoltz now lives in Big Sky, Montana, surrounded by the wild places that she loves. Her decade of work for the National Park Service in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks in the areas of research and education provided a wonderful foundation for her career as a teacher and park expert. Since the early 1990s, Leslie has worked for a variety of companies and non-profit organizations, teaching classes and leading trips in national parks and wild areas throughout the American West. Farther afield, she has led educational trips to Nepal, Bhutan, Tanzania, Botswana, Ecuador, and Mexico. Leslie also runs a non-profit with a mission to keep kids connected to the outdoors though scholarship opportunities for outdoor learning experiences.
 
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 5 nights
 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


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration at motel between 4 and 5 p.m. You will be staying at Yellowstone River Motel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends with 11 a.m. grab and go brunch. You will be staying at Yellowstone River Motel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Bring your Golden Age, Senior or National Parks pass.
  Parking availability:
Free.
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 group rate.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Two hours. 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles.

   

Reservations must be made at least three days in advance; call (406) 388-7938 for rates and reservations. You may be asked to leave a message. 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 Friday. Arriving in Bozeman a day early or staying an extra day may be more economical than booking individual transportation.

 

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 $81.00; call for current group rate.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Two hours. 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles.

   

Return shuttle must be arranged at least three days in advance; call (406) 388-7938. Group shuttle departs site at 11:30 am. Outside of the above scheduled times, 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
  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. OR Travel south 89 miles on US HWY 191 to West Yellowstone. Enter Yellowstone National Park and drive east 14 miles to Madison Junction. Drive east then north 14 miles to Norris Junction; carry on northward 21 miles to Mammoth; bear 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.) Be sure to check road conditions/closures by calling Yellowstone National Park (307) 344-2117.
  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.
  from the North (Livingston, MT) Exit I-19 onto US HWY 89. Drive 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 South (Jackson, WY) Call (307) 739-3682 for road conditions, closures, etc. in Teton National Park; then (307) 344-2117 for road conditions, closures, etc. in Yellowstone National Park. 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; proceed to end of Park Street; Yellowstone River Motel is on left side of street.
Elevation Note: Site elevation 5,260'. Hikes take place at elevations ranging from 5,800' to 10,243'.

Equipment Requirements: Sturdy hiking boots or hiking shoes, water bottle and fanny or day pack are a must. Bring a walking stick if you use one.
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 and Check-In / Program Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation
(Sunday, August 16)

Note: Note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m.



   
 Afternoon: Program Registration 4:00-5:00 p.m.: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant with a tasty plated featuring a salad, entrée, and dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
 Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

This program will be led by both the Group Leader and an Instructor, who is an expert naturalist and will lead the educational portion of the program. All transportation will be provided via private motor coach unless specified otherwise.

Remember, at higher altitudes you are more susceptible to dehydration and altitude sickness. Drinking water is important to avoid unpleasant and sometimes dangerous problems. Due to high elevation in the Greater Yellowstone area, water will be on the bus at all times. Each participant needs to bring a reusable water bottle to carry on their person because of altitude.

The schedules, routes, and activities for each day will be determined by factors including weather, wildlife activity, and road conditions. Both our Instructor and Group Leader will consult prior to each outing and give particulars as soon as possible. Yellowstone is a natural and untamed environment that we must adapt to, and therefore circumstances can change at the last minute. You will visit Old Faithful and the Canyon areas during this program, but it is dependent on the conditions previously explained.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: “Wonderland” Learning Session / Afternoon Hike
(Monday, August 17)

Note: Note: Hike up to 6 miles at elevations ranging from 5,260' to 10,243'; Uneven and rocky terrain; Expect muddy areas due to spring snowmelt and runoff.



   
 Breakfast: In our meeting room located in the church’s basement a short walk from the hotel, enjoy a hot box breakfast with a hot entrée and sides, plus water, coffee, tea and juice.
 Morning: We’ll enjoy a presentation from our instructor on the unique nature of Yellowstone National Park. Established in 1872, Yellowstone was the first National Park in the world, created by President Ulysses S. Grant. Known for its geothermal activity and diverse ecosystems, Yellowstone spans almost 3,500 square miles of lakes, valleys, canyons, rivers, and mountain ranges often called “Wonderland”. Home of the highest concentration of wildlife in the lower 48 states, the park is the center of one of the last undisturbed ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.
 Lunch: In our meeting room in the church basement, enjoy a buffet including soup, salad, and sandwiches, plus water, coffee, tea; other beverages may be purchased at local stores in town.
 Afternoon: Departing via private motor coach, our field trip into the Yellowstone ecosystem is an opportunity to become familiar with various life zones. Exploratory hikes with commentary from our instructor are hands-on discovery of marshland, high desert, forest, hydrothermal and grasslands communities. You'll understand how their geologic bones, together with elevation and weather, evolved into vibrant habitats populated by the flora and fauna that is present today.
 Dinner: We’ll ride to a nearby restaurant, enjoy a plentiful buffet featuring salad, entrées, and dessert, plus water, coffee, and tea; other beverages can be purchased in town and brought into the restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy a naturalist led walk near our lodgings for wildlife watching. Keep your eyes peeled because you never know what you may see.
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Full Day Field Trip
(Tuesday, August 18)

Note: Note: Hike up to 6 miles at elevations ranging from 5,260' to 10,243'; Uneven and rocky terrain; Expect muddy areas due to spring snowmelt and runoff.



   
 Breakfast: We’ll walk to a nearby restaurant for a hearty breakfast off of a limited menu.
 Morning: From the hotel we’ll leave for a full day hiking field trip in Yellowstone National Park with our Group Leader and Instructor. Yellowstone's spectacular and mostly untouched 2.2 million acres offer a lifetime of discovery and 1,200 miles of hiking, walking and back packing trails. Most trailheads are miles from lodgings. Here is the opportunity to appreciate splendid views, the unexpected, your naturalist’s observations and interpretation, to see more of the Great Caldera than you had imagined while voyaging to the various trailheads. Joys of hiking are well worth the getting there as memorable moments string together into golden days.
 Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park featuring a sandwich, fruit, chips, and cookies. Participants will carry their own water bottle on their person at all times because of altitude. To prevent waste water bottles can be refilled from a cooler on the bus.
 Afternoon: We’ll continue hiking through this wonderland. Hikes are not aerobic-style but rather offer interpretation of the area, an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Yellowstone, step away from the fast pace of everyday life and seize the moment.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like and is a great opportunity to check out your hiking headquarters in Gardiner. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure to enjoy camaraderie and the view from the back patio which overlooks the grand Yellowstone River which is revving up for spring runoff.
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Full Day Field Trip
(Wednesday, August 19)

Note: Note: Hike up to 6 miles at elevations ranging from 5,260' to 10,243'; Uneven and rocky terrain; Expect muddy areas due to spring snowmelt and runoff.



   
 Breakfast: We’ll walk to a nearby restaurant.
 Morning: We’ll depart for a full day hiking field trip in Yellowstone National Park with our Group Leader and Instructor. One of America’s most iconic parks, its broad expanses are home to some of the most famous geothermal features in the world. The Great Caldera served as the source for Yellowstone’s 10,000 thermal features, including the Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful, which is the source for some of the worlds most diverse and intact collection of thermal activity.
 Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.
 Afternoon: All day hiking continued. Rushing water, sandhill cranes, meadowlarks and singing, fragrant breezes provide a background serenade for hikes and wildlife viewing interludes.
 Dinner: Receive a voucher to use at the Old Faithful Cafeteria in the heart of Yellowstone. Choose from a buffet including salad, entrée, and fruit, plus water, coffee, and tea; other food and beverages are available for purchase.
 Evening: Our field trip concludes with an evening return to take advantage of prime wildlife viewing time. Appreciate the opportunity for wildlife watching through binoculars and spotting scopes.
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Full Day Field Trip
(Thursday, August 20)

Note: Note: Hike up to 6 miles at elevations ranging from 5,260' to 10,243'; Uneven and rocky terrain; Expect muddy areas due to spring snowmelt and runoff.



   
 Breakfast: We’ll walk to a nearby restaurant.
 Morning: Full day hiking field trip in Yellowstone National Park with our Group Leader and Instructor. From canyons and waterfalls to wide open valleys, more of the Great Caldera's grand landscape unfolds at every bend in the road and trail. Encompassing some of the most diverse ecosystems in North America, the park is home to animals great and small – from grizzly bears, wolves, elk, and bison to beavers, otters, and ospreys. Your naturalist's ongoing interpretation provides meaningful insight into the mysteries of Yellowstone and its springtime drama.
 Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.
 Afternoon: Continue the day on our hiking adventure. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of wildlife and thermal feature. You never know what you’ll find.
 Dinner: In our meeting room, enjoy a locally catered, plated meal plus water, coffee, and tea. Here's time to savor the adventure with new found "old" friends.
 Evening: Evening presentation by the instructor on the dark and light side of Yellowstone. With the help of humor, our instructor will reveal both the good and the bad of what makes Yellowstone one of the most dramatic environments on the planet.
   
Accommodations: Yellowstone River Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Historic Cemetery Hike / Program Concludes
(Friday, August 21)

Note: Note: Hotel check-out by 9:00 a.m. Hike approximately 3 miles round trip on moderate terrain.



   
 Breakfast: We’ll walk to a nearby restaurant.
 Morning: With our Group Leader and Instructor, we’ll enjoy a final hike to a historic cemetery near the town to wrap up our adventure.
 Lunch: Pick up grab and go meal in the hotel lobby including a sandwich, chips, and fruit. Airport shuttle departs at 11:30 a.m. This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Gardiner, MT Hiking
Yellowstone River Trailhead is 7/8 mile fom lodgings. Old Yellowstone Trail Trailhead is 1/2 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 concessionaire 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. Provides information about Yellowstone, for planning a trip to Yellowstone, history, what to do-ranger led activities, news and 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


Searching for Yellowstone: Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness


Author: Paul Schullery


Description: Eloquent, elegant, truthful and practical - an environmental history of America's best idea, Yellowstone.



Restoring a Presence: American Indians and Yellowstone National Park


Author: Peter Nabokov and Lawrence Loendorf


Description: This first comprehensive account of Indians in and around Yellowstone corrects more than a century of ignorance. Detailed here is Yellowstone's native peoples and their story of a long engagement with a remarkable landscape.



Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country


Author: William Fritz & Robert Thomas


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



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.



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.



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.



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.





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