17688
The Tetons (Jackson)
Water and Wildlife Adventures with your Grandchild in Grand Teton National Park
Explore a glacial lake by canoe, watch for bald eagles and moose, float down Snake River and hike the base of the Tetons as you enjoy this outdoor adventure with your grandchild.
Program No. 17688RJ
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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

Afternoon: After you arrive at the 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 created by our executive chef, plus coffee, tea (iced/hot), lemonade, water.

Evening: Orientation: The Program 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 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
Visitor Center, Tetons Hike, Animal Tracking
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Hike 3-5 miles over uneven terrain with an elevation gain of 400-600 feet to exploring different plant communities.

Breakfast: In the Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge, 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 a hike in beautiful Grand Teton National Park! Learn about animal tracking with your group leader as you meander through various plant communities; then practice your tracking skills as you look for signs of the charismatic wildlife that live here!

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 we complete our hike, we will visit the Craig Thomas Discovery Center in Grand Teton National Park. Opened in 2007, this impressive center has 22,000 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.

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. Hold and touch antlers, fur, horns and bones of many different species during this engaging, hands-on activity.

DAY
3
Raptor Encounter, Stream Exploration, Scenic Float Trip
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Approximately 1 mile walk on flat ground.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: This morning we will head out to investigate the waters of a local creek and look at the creatures living underneath the rocks. These tiny microorganisms are macroinvertebrates 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, as well as a chance to get in the stream and kick up rocks and mud.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch we will venture to the Teton Raptor Center to learn about birds of prey and see raptors up close. Falcons, eagles, hawks, and osprey are all important predators in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. You will learn why they are important and what we can do to ensure their survival.

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
Aerial Tram, Alpine Hike, Free Evening
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Hike will start at 10,400 feet, and will include elevations gains and losses of 500-1500 feet over 2 to 5 miles.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools

Morning: 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 about 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 break into groups to explore the alpine environment and learn about the unique wildlife that lives there. Use your tracking skills again, possibly in the remnants of snow, as you search for signs of animals that live and thrive in the alpine environment, such as pika, marmots, and Clark's nutcrackers.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll continued hiking at the summit of Rendezvous Mountain, and return to the valley floor via the Aerial Tram. Back on the valley floor, enjoy some free time to explore this charming mountain village.

Dinner: At Teton Science Schools

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Canoeing on String Lake, Murie Center, Celebration
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Today involves getting in and out of a canoe, canoeing 2-3 hours, and hiking 1-2 miles with up to 500 feet elevation gain.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: Learn to canoe, or improve your skills, on a beautiful lake at the base of the Tetons! Canoeing will take place at String Lake, 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 canoeing, we'll stop by the Murie Center, a National Historic Landmark located within Grand Teton National Park. Olaus and Mardy Murie were famous naturalists that lived in Jackson Hole in the early and mid 1900s. It was at their ranch that the Wilderness Act and the modern conservation movement were born. We will learn more at the ranch about who the Muries were and why they were so important to wildlife and wild lands.

Dinner: At Teton Science Schools.

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

DAY
6
Hands-to-work; National Museum of Wildlife Art; Good-byes
Jackson, 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, 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 hands-to-work, which builds a sense of community and rapport among program participants throughout the campus. To complete our program, we’ll head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. 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. Adult participants will explore the museum with an experienced docent, while a Teton Science School instructor will lead the kids through interactive activities to get them thinking about how art connects to their lives.

Lunch: At the Rising Sage Cafe at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Choose 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!