Getting on/off vans/mini-buses. Total drive time over 1 hour. 1-2 mile snowshoe hike with elevation gains of up to 400 feet.
At the Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge, we’ll enjoy a breakfast buffet with rotating choices such as an egg dish, breakfast meat, cereals (hot/cold), fresh fruit and beverages (juice, coffee, tea, water).
We will begin with a lecture and discussion of winter wildlife adaptations. Learn about wildlife that migrates or hibernates to escape winter, as well as how the others survive harsh winter conditions. We will then drive to Grand Teton National Park to begin our snowshoe adventure and search for signs of some of the wildlife we learned about during the morning lecture! Rustic restroom facilities are available at the trailhead.
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!
We will continue our snowshoe hike at the base of the magnificent Grand Teton mountain range and look for signs of wildlife. At the end of our hike, we’ll ride back to campus for dinner.
Dining lodge buffet.
We will receive an introduction to the biology and behavior of the elk of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This will prepare us for the sights and sounds during our sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge tomorrow.