15948
The Tetons (Jackson)
The Magnificent Moose: Habitat Improvement in Jackson Hole
Learn about moose and local wildlife, explore the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and make an impact as you help preserve a haven for moose in Grand Teton and an authentic Wyoming Ranch.
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Program No. 15948RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Jackson Hole, WY
D
Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

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 Site Coordinator 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 and Yellowstone National Parks or the surrounding national forest land 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
Service Project, Craig Thomas Discovery Center, Lecture
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L,D
Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

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 and discussion about oil and gas development in Wyoming and how moose and other wildlife are affected. 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 Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Wyoming Wetlands Society, 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 early afternoon. Around mid-afternoon, we will clean up and set out for Grand Teton National Park. We will visit Craig Thomas Discovery Center to begin to learn the lay of Jackson Hole and how the nuances of the valley affect wildlife through the seasons.

Dinner: At Teton Science Schools.

Evening: This evening will focus on the natural history and biology of moose, as well as its place in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

DAY
3
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 Cottonwood Ranch, an 80,000 acre ranch near Daniel, Wyoming. This is a special place and the experience here has become one of the highlights of the week for past participants. The ranch has become a home to many 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. The rancher has 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 ranch manager needs, we could be removing fence, helping fix up the buildings, planting or removing species, installing bird boxes, or helping with various other tasks during our time here.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: Our service project will continue into 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
4
Continued Project at Cottonwood Ranch
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L,D
Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

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 a restaurant in Pinedale.

Morning: We will continue our service projects at Cottonwood Ranch.

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 project at the ranch return to Jackson. The drive from the ranch 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
5
Service Project, Wildlife Safari
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L,D
Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

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. Afternoon hike may be up to 2 miles in length with an elevation gain of 300 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. His wife, Mardy, carried on his conservation ethic after he passed, and became 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 return to Teton Science Schools.

Dinner: Enjoy a packed picnic dinner prepared by the chefs at Teton Science Schools. Dinner will be eaten at a scenic location during your wildlife safari.

Evening: Bring your camera because this evening will be full of magnificent memories on a wildlife safari in the Seregeti of North America! Keep your eye out for elk, pronghorn, moose, and other wildlife species that live in Grand Teton National Park.

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

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. A group that eats, sleeps and cleans up after itself together is stronger and closer. . 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 4,000 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.

Lunch: At the Rising Sage Cafe at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Choose a plated lunch from a seasonal menu selected by the executive chef.

Afternoon: Program concludes. 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. 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!