17688
Wyoming

Hike, Canoe & Campfire: Teton Adventures With Your Grandchild

Explore a glacial lake by canoe, float down the Snake River, experience the night sky and hike the base of the Tetons with your grandchild on this epic National Park adventure!
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Program No. 17688RJ
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Jackson, WY
D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Campus check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: After you arrive at the Teton Science Schools campus join us at the Welcome Center to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

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

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. All transportation is via Teton Science School mini-buses. All activities will be led by a combination of Teton Science Schools 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 around 500 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. This is a Road Scholar Intergenerational program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Minors are never to be left unsupervised.

DAY
2
Tetons Hike, Specimen Stations, Astronomy Program
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Getting on/off mini-buses. Driving about 45 minutes to reach trailhead. Hike 2 - 3 miles over uneven terrain with an elevation gain of 400 - 600 feet. Carry a day pack with a packed lunch and two liters of water (important for preventing altitude sickness).

Breakfast: In the Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge, we’ll enjoy a breakfast buffet, offering rotating choices such an egg dish, breakfast meat (such as bacon or sausage), cereal (hot/cold), fresh fruit and beverages (juice, coffee, tea, water).

Morning: Start the day with an exploration of the wildlife that live in this region. With a Teton Science Schools naturalist, we’ll 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. Hold and touch antlers, fur, horns, and bones of many different species during this engaging, hands-on activity. Then we’ll drive to a trailhead in Grand Teton National Park to begin our hike led by our Group Leader. We’ll hike through a variety of different plant communities, looking for signs of animals that live here.

Lunch: Along the trail in a scenic location, we’ll enjoy a field lunch we packed in the morning, with sandwich and salad options. Remember to bring your reusable water bottle with you!

Afternoon: We’ll continue our hike at the base of the Tetons, enjoying magnificent views as we learn about native wildlife. We will then return to our accommodation in our mini-buses. Especially for kids: back on campus, join local kids on our playfield for "Kids Club" while adults relax in our lodges or on a rocking chair on the porch!

Dinner: Dining lodge buffet.

Evening: Learn about the night sky from an astronomy expert in a place with some of the darkest skies in the country. After an indoor presentation, we'll see constellations for ourselves in a portable planetarium, where the stars will be visible, rain or shine!

DAY
3
Canoe, Stream Exploration, Raptor Presentation
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Getting in/out of a canoe, canoeing 2 – 3 hours. Hiking up to 1 mile, walking on uneven, potentially muddy ground. Bring close-toed shoes to protect your feet while walking. Sandals or water shoes with a heel strap may be used in the canoes.

Breakfast: Dining lodge buffet.

Morning: We’ll learn to canoe, or improve our skills, on a beautiful lake at the base of the Tetons! Canoeing will take place at String Lake, located at the base of Mount Moran, where we'll enjoy incredible views. String Lake is one of the shallowest lakes in the Tetons, with an average depth of about five feet. Canoeing techniques, strokes, safety, and boat terms will be taught prior to getting on the water.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will head to a shallow stream to investigate the water quality and observe tiny microorganisms called macroinvertebrates that live under rocks in streams and rivers. They provide a food source for many species as well as indicate the health of the stream. This activity will give grandparents and grandchildren a glimpse of these alien-like creatures, as well as a chance to get in the stream and kick up rocks and mud. We will then head back to campus for Kid's Club.

Dinner: Dining Lodge Buffet

Evening: Tonight, we will be joined by feathered friends from the Teton Raptor Center! We will see raptors up close as we learn about birds of prey their importance in the ecosystem, as well as what we can do to ensure their survival.

DAY
4
Scenic Float Trip, Murie Ranch, Visitor Center
Jackson, WY
B,L
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Getting on/off mini-buses. Getting in/out of a rubber raft. Walk up to 1.5 miles on uneven ground with minimal elevation gain.

Breakfast: Dining hall buffet.

Morning: We’ll start the morning early with a scenic 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. Then, we'll drive one mile to the historic Murie Ranch for lunch and a short walk. 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 to promote wildlife conservation and the preservation of wilderness, and Mardy became known as “the grandmother of the conservation movement.” We'll explore the ranch where they lived and worked, and have a picnic lunch near the property.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll head to the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park. Opened in 2007, this impressive center has 22,000 square feet dedicated to education. Interpretive displays focus on people, place, and protection and provide an excellent educational overview of the natural and cultural resources of Grand Teton National Park. After taking time to explore the displays on our own, we'll participate in a ranger program before returning to campus for Kid's Club.

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 Teton Science Schools will be provided.

DAY
5
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Tram, Old West Cookout
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Getting on/off mini-buses. Getting on/off tram which will take us to an elevation of 10,400 feet. 1 mile hike at the top will include elevation gains and losses of 300 feet.

Breakfast: Dining hall buffet.

Morning: This morning, we’ll head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. 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 5,000 works of art, focused on wildlife of the world. The Group Leader will provide an educational program that includes fun and interactive activities to learn about and appreciate the intersection of art and nature. Especially for kids: Use what you've learned to create your own piece of art!

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll load the mini-buses and drive to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to ride the aerial tram to the alpine ecosystem. On a clear day, the summit of Rendezvous Mountain provides a fantastic view of the valley of Jackson Hole. The Jackson Hole Aerial Tram climbs 4,139 feet above the valley floor to the final elevation of 10,450 feet. Glacial processes, historical meanderings of the mighty Snake River, and human settlement patterns are all seen from a bird’s-eye view. At the top, we’ll explore the alpine environment and learn about the unique plants and animals that live there. Back on campus, we'll enjoy our final Kids Club.

Dinner: Tonight, we will enjoy a special old west cookout, prepared by the chefs at Teton Science Schools, with meat and vegetarian options, plus coffee, tea, and lemonade.

Evening: Celebrate our final night together around a campfire. We'll tell stories, have a singalong, play campfire games, and roast s'mores!

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Jackson, WY
B

Activity note: Campus check-out by 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Dining hall buffet.

Morning: After breakfast and a brief closing, we will take part in “hands-to-work.” Hands-to-work is a part of Teton Science Schools' community philosophy. All participants of Teton Science Schools' programs take part in hands-to-work, which builds a sense of community and rapport among program participants. Families will be asked to return borrowed materials, remove the linens and towels from their rooms, and sort their trash and recycling. 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!






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