18292
The Tetons (Jackson)
Winter Adventures in Jackson Hole: Dog Sleds, Snowshoes and Sleighs
Discover the beauty of Jackson Hole in winter by ski, snowshoe and sleigh as you learn the story of this unique region. Plus, explore thermal hot springs and other geological wonders!
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Program No. 18292RJ
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 5 L 5 D
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Jackson Hole
D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Afternoon: Upon arrival, please come to the main office to register with the program staff, get your room assignment, and receive your welcome packet containing your name-tag, 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 Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge, enjoy a buffet featuring a variety of healthy and balanced options, plus coffee, tea, lemonade, water.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader 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. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing will take place on official trails in Grand Teton National park or the surrounding national forest land over uneven terrain with an elevation change of up to 500 feet. We will self-divide into two groups based on personal interest for a choice of two routes from the same trailhead. 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
Winter Wildlife Adaptations, Snowshoeing, Elk Lecture
Jackson Hole
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Snowshoe hike will be 1-2 miles with up to 400 feet elevation gain.

Breakfast: At the Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge, enjoy a hot breakfast buffet with granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, and more, plus water, coffee, juice, and tea.

Morning: The morning will begin with a lecture and discussion of winter wildlife adaptations. We will then head 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 trail head.

Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch eaten in a scenic location. Participants will get to make their own lunches and pack what they like.

Afternoon: We will continue our snowshoe hike at the base of the magnificent Grand Teton mountains and look for signs of wildlife.

Dinner: At the Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge.

Evening: The evening program will introduce participants to the biology and behavior of the elk of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This will prepare the group for the sights and sounds of the National Elk Refuge for the sleigh ride tomorrow.

DAY
3
Wildlife Observation, Sleigh Ride into the National Elk Refuge
Jackson Hole
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Breakfast: At the Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge.

Morning: After breakfast, we will head out to search for the charismatic megafauna of Jackson Hole. In a Teton Science Schools mini-bus, we will search for bighorn sheep, moose, bison, mule deer, trumpeter swans and a variety of other smaller wildlife.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: Visit the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center where you can watch birds, shop for gifts and speak with representatives from several government, private and non-profit agencies.Then venture to the National Elk Refuge and board a horse-drawn sleigh that will take us amongst thousands of wintering elk. The sleigh will allow us to get close to the elk, observe their behavior and witness them feeding, socializing and resting. The sleigh ride will also provide participants the opportunity to see coyotes, mule deer, bald eagles, hawks and possibly even wolves. Following our ride, participants will be given some free time to wander the streets of Jackson to snap a photo under the elk antler arches on the Town Square or peruse the shops and art galleries.

Dinner: At the Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge.

Evening: This evening we will learn about current issues and controversies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, focusing on the conservation of public lands in the region as well as issues and controversies surrounding the wildlife that live here.

DAY
4
Cross-Country Skiing, Snow King Chairlift Ride
Jackson Hole
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Cross-country skiing will traverse 1-2 miles over mostly flat terrain.

Breakfast: At the Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge.

Morning: We will begin with a cross-country skiing lesson followed by a morning of skiing. The spectacular Teton Mountains will be our backdrop. Rustic restroom facilities are available at the trail head.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: After we complete our cross-country ski adventure, we will head back to the town of Jackson to ride the chairlift up to the top of Snow King Mountain. From the top on a clear day, we will be able to get a bird's eye view of the town below, National Elk Refuge, Teton Mountains beyond and the entire Jackson Hole valley.

Dinner: At the Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge.

Evening: At leisure. A shuttle will be provided to/from Jackson's Town Square and the TSS campus.

DAY
5
Dogsledding Adventure, Arctic Dance Viewing
Jackson Hole
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Dogsledding includes sitting still while riding the sled, or standing on a narrow runner and steering while driving the team. Participants will take turns riding in the sled and driving the team.

Breakfast: At the Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge.

Morning: After breakfast, participants will be whisked away to a full day dogsled adventure with Jackson Hole Iditarod. Each trip with Jackson Hole Iditarod Sled Dog Tours is a scenic ride in a modern sled. The musher-guides are always alert, willing and eager to point out wildlife: deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, bald eagles, and points of interest. Take turns reliving the old days of mushing by running a team yourself!

Lunch: A hearty lunch will be prepared for you by your dogsledding guides while you soak in Granite Hot Springs.

Afternoon: Relax and soothe sore muscles in Granite Hot Springs, the turnaround point for the 20-mile dogsledding adventure. Soak in the 104 degree water while gazing at the granite cliffs surrounding you. Then, turn the dog team around and head back toward civilization!

Dinner: At the Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge.

Evening: View the film "Arctic Dance," the story of Mardy Murie. After her Yukon wedding to naturalist Olaus Murie and dogsledding honeymoon, Mardy joined her husband for years of wilderness adventure, becoming his partner in a lifetime of conservation efforts. For more than seventy years, Mardy Murie tirelessly championed the environment. Her work led to the founding of The Wilderness Society and the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She is known as "the mother of the conservation movement," and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A brief discussion will follow the screening of the film.

DAY
6
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Program Concludes
Jackson Hole
B,L

Breakfast: At the Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge.

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 amongst program participants throughout the campus. A group that eats, sleeps and cleans up after itself together is stronger and closer. After hands-to-work, 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 building was inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. More than 4,000 pieces of art serve to enrich and inspire the relationship between man and nature.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch from a select menu at the museum cafe.

Afternoon: Program will end after lunch. Participants can get transportation to the airport directly from the museum, or they can get a ride back to the town of Jackson with their group leader.