16168
The Tetons (Jackson)
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
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Jackson, WY
D
Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

Afternoon: After you arrive at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science School campus come to the Main Lodge 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 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, National Park Hike, Communication Games
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

Activity note: The hike today will be approximately 3 miles round-trip with 300 feet elevation gain. The service project may be moderately strenuous; it has yet to be determined.

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: This morning our group will start the day off by working on the service projects for 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: We will venture to Phelps Lake in the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve in the south end of Grand Teton National Park. Until recently, these lands were off limits to visitors as they were part of the Rockefeller family's private ranch. However, in 2007, the Rockefeller family donated the ranch and all of the surrounding lands. Visitors to Grand Teton National Park are now allowed to enjoy and explore this amazing piece of property. We will hike to Phelps Lake, a glacially carved gem at the base of Prospectors Mountain.

Dinner: At Teton Science Schools.

Evening: Get ready for a fun-filled evening featuring games and challenges built to connect the group as a whole. Families will work together to figure out creative solutions to group initiatives.

DAY
3
Service Project, Stream Exploration, Evening Walk
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

Activity note: Approximately 1 mile walk on flat ground to project site. Walking on uneven, potentially wet and unstable earth near a creek.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: Start the morning off by continuing to work on our service projects for the week. 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: Head out in the "crepuscular" hours to learn about wildlife adaptations to dusk and dark. Enjoy taking a stroll near a pond or stream and watching for wildlife during their most active hours.

DAY
4
Service Project, Raptor Program, Free Night
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

Activity note: Approximately 1/2 mile walk on flat ground to project site.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: Start the morning off by continuing to work on our service projects for the week. The projects will develop as time draws closer to the program.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: See birds of prey up close as you learn about their biology and conservation at the Teton Raptor Center. The Raptor Encounter will take place at a historic ranch in Jackson where injured birds of prey are housed.

Dinner: At Teton Science Schools.

Evening: Tonight you will enjoy a free evening with your family. You can rest or head into town to see the sights or take part in the Jackson Hole Rodeo. A shuttle to and from downtown Jackson will be provided by Teton Science Schools.

DAY
5
Service Project, Murie Center, Canoeing
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

Activity note: Canoeing will require paddling and stepping in and out of canoes.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: We will work on our final service project this morning. The projects will develop as time draws closer to the program.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: Visit The Murie Center in Grand Teton National Park to learn about Mardy and Olaus Murie, local naturalists and conservationists whose stewardship helped protect the lands we continued to protect through our projects this week!

Dinner: Picnic dinner packed by Teton Science Schools, to be eaten in a scenic location.

Evening: Celebrate a week of rewarding work with a relaxing paddle on beautiful String Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Instructions on canoeing techniques and safety procedures will be provided as well as all equipment needed. String Lake is a pristine glacial body of water that sits at the base of Teewinot Mountain. Float along with your family while you enjoy spectacular scenery and fun on the water!

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 the Rising Sage Cafe at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, choose from a seasonal menu selected by the executive chef. This concludes our program. 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!