16168
Wyoming
A Family Service Adventure: Generations Restoring the Wild Lands of the Tetons
Share your love of nature and the outdoors with your family, learning about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and working alongside experts to enhance local wildlife habitats.
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Program No. 16168RJ
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Jackson, WY
D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Afternoon: After you arrive at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science School campus come to the Welcome Center to register with the program staff and receive your welcome packet containing your name-tag, room assignment, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools (TSS) Dining Lodge, enjoy a buffet dinner featuring a variety of healthy and balanced options, plus coffee, tea (iced/hot), lemonade, water.

Evening: Orientation: The site coordinator and group leader 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. 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 national forest land over uneven terrain with an elevation change of about 500 feet. This week is designed with generations in mind. Projects chosen for the week will have grandparents, parents, and children/grandchildren working together with common goals on rewarding tasks that draw upon the strengths and energies of each generation. All of these projects are designed by Teton Science Schools for our participants, servicing public and private lands and organizations such as Grand Teton National Park, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation and Jackson Hole Land Trust. 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. After the orientation, we will have a short exploration of the property to end our day.

DAY
2
Service Project, Visitor Center, Murie Ranch, Wildlife Talk
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: The hike today will be approximately 1 mile round-trip with 100 feet elevation gain. The service project may be moderately strenuous, and could include a hike of up to one mile to the project site.

Breakfast: At the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools' 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: After a brief presentation to start the day, our group will head out to work on our first service project of the week. 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 barbed wire fence removal, restoration of historic buildings, landscape and planting projects or invasive species removal. Projects may also include citizen science projects, where our group will help collect valuable data for field scientists.

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: After completion of our project, we will stop by the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park for self-guided exploration of the exhibits. As a group, we will walk 1/2 mile to the historic Murie Ranch to learn about Mardy and Olaus Murie, local naturalists and conservationists whose stewardship helped protect the lands we continue to protect through our projects this week!

Dinner: At Teton Science Schools.

Evening: With a Teton Science Schools naturalist, learn about the amazing wildlife species that live in Jackson Hole, as well as the strategies and adaptations that animals employ to survive in this often harsh environment. Especially for kids: Hold and touch antlers, fur, horns and bones of many different species during this engaging, hands-on activity.

DAY
3
Service Project, Snake River Float Trip
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Up to 1 mile walk on uneven ground to project site. Get in and out of a rubber raft.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: After a brief morning presentation related to our project for the day, we will continue working on our service projects for the week. The projects will develop as time draws closer to the program.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We will continue working on our service project after lunch, returning to the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools in the mid-afternoon to rest before our evening float trip.

Dinner: At Teton Science Schools.

Evening: After dinner enjoy a relaxing and scenic evening float trip on a portion of the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. Chances abound to see moose, eagles, osprey and beavers. A local expert will steer the boat and interpret the sights along this most beautiful stretch of the Snake River.

DAY
4
Service Project, National Park Hike, Free Night
Jackson, WY
B,L
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: The hike today will be approximately 3 miles round-trip with 300 feet elevation gain.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: After a brief morning presentation related to our project for the day, we will continue working on our service projects for the week. The projects will develop as time draws closer to the program.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We will venture to Grand Teton National Park to explore a trail at the base of the mountains. Look for signs of animals along the trails, and enjoy stunning vistas of one of the most visually stunning mountain ranges in North American.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like from the selection of restaurants in downtown Jackson. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give you directions.

Evening: At leisure. A shuttle to and from downtown Jackson will be provided by Teton Science Schools.

DAY
5
Service Project, Stream Exploration, Celebration
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Up to 1 mile walk on uneven ground to project site. Walking on uneven, potentially wet or muddy ground near a stream.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: After a morning presentation about stream macroinvertebrates, we will depart for our final service project. The projects will develop as time draws closer to the program.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will conduct our own scientific experiment as we investigate the waters of 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 a glimpse of the alien-like creatures that live under the rocks and a chance to get in the stream and kick up rocks and mud.

Dinner: At Teton Science Schools.

Evening: Tie together everything you have learned throughout the week with a culminating celebration and reflection!

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

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

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 among program participants throughout the campus. 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. After closing, we’ll head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art to explore the museum with an experienced docent. Resting 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. The museum contains approximately 4,000 works of art, focused on wildlife of the world. The docent led exploration will help all participants to learn more about the art that is on display; an educational program for youth will include a variety of fun and interactive activities to learn about and appreciate art on their own levels. Then, families can enjoy the art either together or at their own speeds independently.

Lunch: At Palate restaurant in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, choose from a seasonal menu selected by the executive chef. This concludes our program. 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!






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