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The Magnificent Moose: Habitat Improvement in Jackson Hole

Learn about moose and other wildlife, explore the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem and make an impact as you help improve wildlife habitat in Jackson Hole and at a Wyoming Ranch.
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Program No. 15948RJ
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6 days
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Wyoming

The Magnificent Moose: Habitat Improvement in Jackson Hole

Learn about moose and other wildlife, explore the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem and make an impact as you help improve wildlife habitat in Jackson Hole and at a Wyoming Ranch.
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Program No. 15948 RJ
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The Shiras, or Wyoming moose, is a fascinating mammal of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Work to improve and restore the habitat of moose and other local wildlife species, helping them to survive and thrive. Spend half the week in Jackson Hole and the other half of the week on a journey to Daniel, Wyo., where an authentic, 80,000-acre cattle ranch has become a haven for moose and other wildlife displaced by drilling for natural gas. Observe wildlife, learn about wildlife conservation issues and play a role in habitat restoration.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Provide much-needed help to areas around Jackson Hole and on an authentic Wyoming ranch not accessible to the public.
  • Learn from Teton Science Schools experienced naturalists about the science behind all you see and from a docent at the National Museum of Wildlife Art about the collections housed there.
  • Stay at the Lakeside Lodge in Pinedale on Fremont Lake and enjoy a dinner in the Wild West town of Pinedale, Wyo.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Along the Ramparts of the Tetons: The Saga of Jackson Hole, Wyoming
by Robert E. Betts
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.
Wapiti Wilderness
by Olaus and Margaret Murie
Margaret and Olaus Murie made their home in the Tetons for over thirty-seven years. During this time, Olaus Murie conducted studies of the American elk, the wapiti, and both he and Mardy worked tirelessly for conservation efforts and the preservation of wilderness. Wapiti Wilderness tells the story of their adventurous life raising children while conducting research in the Tetons. This book is available at the Teton Science Schools gift shop.
Legacy of the Tetons: Homesteading in Jackson Hole
by Candy Vyvey Moulton
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. *Available for purchase on Amazon.com or Powells.com*
The Creation of the Teton Landscape: The Geologic Story of Grand Teton National Park
by Love, Reed and Pierce
This book outlines the earliest history of the area and delves deep into the extensive geology of the region. *Available for purchase on Amazon.com, USED COPIES ONLY*
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Jackson Hole, WY
D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Dinner: At the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools (TSS) Dining Lodge, enjoy a buffet dinner featuring a variety of healthy and balanced options created by our executive chef, plus coffee, tea, lemonade, water

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leaders will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. All transportation is via Teton Science School mini-vans or mini-buses. All activities will be led by a combination of Teton Science School staff, local experts, and experienced docents. All hikes will be on official trails in Grand Teton National Park or the surrounding public lands over uneven terrain with an elevation change of 500 to 1500 feet. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that 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

DAY
2
Moose Lecture, Service Project, Wildlife Issues Lecture
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Today's service project will involve some physical labor. Projects often require walking up to a mile to and from the work location over uneven terrain.

Breakfast: At the Teton Science Dining Lodge, enjoy a breakfast buffet offering rotating choices such an egg dish, breakfast meat, cereals (hot/cold), fresh fruit and beverages (juice, coffee, tea, water).

Morning: We will begin the day with a lecture on the natural history and biology of moose, as well as its place in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Next we will depart for our project for the day. The projects will develop as time draws closer to the program. Teton Science Schools works with a variety of non-profit and government agencies in Jackson Hole. Some possible organizations we might work with are Grand Teton National Park, The Nature Conservancy, Wyoming Untrapped, US Forest Service or the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. We might also complete projects on Teton Science Schools' 880 acre property which serves as a migration path and home to many animals both large and small. Projects often include trail work, barbed wire fence removal, landscape and planting projects or invasive species removal.

Lunch: Enjoy a packed field lunch in a scenic location. Participants will get to make their own lunch in the morning with sandwich and salad options.

Afternoon: We will continue today's project into the afternoon.

Dinner: At Teton Science Schools.

Evening: This evening's lecture will introduce you to the issues facing wildlife in Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, including development and barriers to migration.

DAY
3
Service Project, Murie Ranch, Visitor Center, Wildlife Walk
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Today's service project will involve some physical labor. Projects often require walking up to a mile to and from the work location over uneven terrain. Evening stroll may be up to 1 mile on uneven ground with an elevation change of 100 feet.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: We will tackle another service project today, likely in conjunction with another Jackson Hole nonprofit organization.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: After completing of our project, we will travel to the Murie Center of Teton Science Schools to learn about the lives of Mardy and Olaus Murie. Olaus Murie was a famous naturalist who lived and worked in Jackson Hole in the early and mid 1900s. He later went on to become the president of The Wilderness Society. He and his wife, Mardy, worked tirelessly on wildlife conservation and the preservation of wilderness, with Mardy ultimately becoming known as "the grandmother of the conservation movement". Visit the log cabin ranch where they lived and worked to hear their incredible story from the Murie Center docent. Following our visit and a short walk around the property, we will stop by the Craig Thomas Discovery Center to learn more about the lay of Jackson Hole and how the nuances of the valley affect wildlife through the seasons.

Dinner: At Teton Science Schools.

Evening: Head out after dinner for a short walk, keeping on the lookout for waterfowl and other wildlife that become more active in the evening.

DAY
4
Service Project at an Authentic Wyoming Ranch
Pinedale, Wyoming
B,L,D
Lakeside Lodge Resort

Activity note: Today's service project will involve some physical labor. Work on the ranch involves walking over uneven terrain to get to the site of the project.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: We will depart early for the two-hour drive to Daniel, Wyoming, where we will partner with local ranchers who want to make their properties more friendly to wildlife. The ranches are home to moose, elk, deer, sage grouse, pronghorn, foxes, coyotes and more as they have been displaced off of their former range due to drilling for natural gas. There is a great need for many volunteers in order to remove vast amounts of barbed wire fencing that inhibits the movement of wildlife and sometimes entangles them as well, where they hang and starve until their demise. Depending on what the ranches need, we could be removing fence, planting or removing species, installing bird boxes, or helping with various other tasks during our time here.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We will continue our project in the afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner will either be at the Lakeside Lodge dining room or in Pinedale at one of the local restaurants.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Continued Ranch Projects
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Activity will be the same as the day before with work on the ranch in the morning and early afternoon hours.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: We will continue our service projects at Ranches near Pinedale and Daniel.

Lunch: Boxed lunch eaten in the field. Choose from several sandwich options that will be picked up that morning from a restaurant in Pinedale.

Afternoon: We will finish up the ranch projects and return to Jackson. The drive to Jackson is two hours.

Dinner: At a local restaurant on the way back to Jackson, enjoy a plated dinner with your choice of entree and celebratory beverage.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Program Concludes
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L

Activity note: Participants wishing to go directly to the airport from the museum may arrange transport by taxi. Others may get a ride back to Jackson with their group leader.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: After breakfast, 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. Then, 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. After hands-to-work, we’ll head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Teton Science Schools vans to explore the museum with an experienced docent. The museum contains approximately 5,000 works of art; its exhibitions and programs focus on wildlife of the world. Constructed to fit seamlessly into the landscape, the building was inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and rests upon a dramatic cliff overlooking the National Elk Refuge. The National Museum of Wildlife Art serves to enrich and inspire the relationship between man and nature. Contemplate the connection between wildlife art and wildlife conservation as you explore the unique collections.

Lunch: At Palate Restaurant at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, choose a plated lunch from a seasonal menu selected by the executive chef.

Afternoon: Program concludes. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we 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!






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