17688
Wyoming
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
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 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 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.

DAY
2
Visitor Center, Tetons Hike, Animal Specimens
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Hike 3-4 miles over uneven terrain with an elevation gain of 400-600 feet to explore diverse plant communities and the wildlife that lives in each community.

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 tracking lesson, where we'll learn how to identify wildlife by the signs they leave behind. Then we'll head to the Craig Thomas Discovery Center in Grand Teton National Park for a self-guided exploration. 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. After getting oriented to place at the visitor center, we will ride the mini-buses a few more miles to the trailhead to begin our hike.

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: Continue our hike at the base of the Tetons. We'll hike through a variety of different plant communities using our tracking skills to look for signs of animals that live there.

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
Yellowstone Wildlife Safari, Mud Volcano
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Approximately 1-2 mile walk on boardwalks. Getting in and out of vehicles to view wildlife.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: Following an early morning departure, we'll enjoy a full-day field trip to Yellowstone, America’s first National Park. We'll travel North to arrive at the West Thumb Geyser Basin on the shores of Yellowstone Lake. From here we will have a gorgeous view of Yellowstone Lake and the Absaroka Range. Thermal features here extend under the surface of the lake as well as along the shore; several underwater geysers were discovered in the early 1990s.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: Continuing north, we'll visit Hayden Valley, home to large herds of bison, elk, and other mammals that call Yellowstone home. We'll be on the lookout for birds of prey, water fowl, and the carnivores that roam the valley! On our drive back to Jackson, we will stop by the Mud Volcano and Dragon's Mouth, where we'll use all of our senses to experience the hissing, bubbling sulfer mudpots.

Dinner: At a restaurant in Grand Teton National Park.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Canoe, Stream Exploration, Free Evening
Jackson, WY
B,L
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Today involves getting in and out of a canoe, canoeing 2-3 hours, hiking up to 1 mile, and walking on uneven, potentially muddy ground.

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, 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 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.

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
Snake River Float Trip, Raptor Center, Tram, Celebration
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: The aerial tram will take us to an elevation of 10,400 feet. A 1/2 to 1 mile hike at the top will include elevation gains and losses of 300 feet. The float trip involved getting in and out of a rubber raft.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will stop by the Teton Raptor Center, where we will learn about birds of prey and see raptors up close. Falcons, eagles, hawks, owls, 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. Then, we'll load the mini-buses and drive seven miles down the road 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 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 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.

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

Activity note: Walking approximately 1/2 mile around a museum. 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.

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.

Afternoon: 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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