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Hike, Paddle & Float: Outdoor Adventures in the Grand Tetons

Explore the natural wonders of the Grand Tetons with experts as you hike trails, paddle a canoe and float down the Snake River to learn about the ecology of this National Park.
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Program No. 21211RJ
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6 days
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1,379
Wyoming

Hike, Paddle & Float: Outdoor Adventures in the Grand Tetons

Explore the natural wonders of the Grand Tetons with experts as you hike trails, paddle a canoe and float down the Snake River to learn about the ecology of this National Park.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,379
Program No. 21211 RJ
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On Campus Shared Bath On Campus Private Bath
Accommodation Details

Clean, comfortable, dormitory lodgings with access to a bathroom shared with others.

Accommodation Details

Clean, comfortable, dormitory lodgings with access to a private bathroom.

Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2022
On Campus Shared Bath 1,379
On Campus Private Bath 1,579
Aug 21 - Aug 26, 2022
On Campus Shared Bath 1,379
On Campus Private Bath 1,579
Aug 28 - Sep 2, 2022
On Campus Shared Bath 1,379
On Campus Private Bath 1,579

DATES & PRICES

On Campus Shared Bath On Campus Private Bath
Accommodation Details

Clean, comfortable, dormitory lodgings with access to a bathroom shared with others.

Accommodation Details

Clean, comfortable, dormitory lodgings with access to a private bathroom.

Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2022
On Campus Shared Bath 1,529
On Campus Private Bath 1,829
Aug 21 - Aug 26, 2022
On Campus Shared Bath 1,529
On Campus Private Bath 1,829
Aug 28 - Sep 2, 2022
On Campus Shared Bath 1,529
On Campus Private Bath 1,829

At a Glance

Immerse yourself in the great outdoors on a learning adventure in picturesque Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Grand Tetons ecosystem sets the stage for hands-on learning during Teton Science Schools’ expert-led encounters in some of America’s most beautiful landscapes. Invigorating hikes, exciting canoe adventures, inspiring float excursions and observing the Milky Way with an astronomer are just a few of the memorable events in store for you and your fellow adventurers.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking up to six miles over varied terrain in groups split by desired intensity. Paddling a canoe for 1-2 hours. Elevations of 6,200-10,450 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Discover Grand Teton National Park from a new perspective as you float down the Snake River.
  • Ride the aerial tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain for high-elevation hiking.
  • Join the experts for a canoe adventure on String Lake while learning about the geologic forces that shaped this majestic mountain range.

General Notes

Smaller groups for activities. Roommate matching is unavailable for solo travelers on this program.
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Group Leader
Your Group Leader will be a Teton Science Schools Instructor who has diverse experience working with the flora and fauna of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The group leader is yet to be assigned; the assignment will be announced during Orientation on Day 1 of your program.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Your Group Leader will be a Teton Science Schools Instructor who has diverse experience working with the flora and fauna of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The group leader is yet to be assigned; the assignment will be announced during Orientation on Day 1 of your program.
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Tanya Anderson is the Director of Wildlife Expeditions at Teton Science Schools. She has a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester and an M.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She has worked in the field of outdoor and environmental education since 1996. Tanya has served as a naturalist in varied ecosystems; led backpacking, canoeing, skiing, and bicycling groups; sailed around the world twice as an educator aboard a nonprofit ship; studied sea turtles in the Galapagos Islands; and much more.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Along the Ramparts of the Tetons: The Saga of Jackson Hole, Wyoming
by Robert E. Betts
The magnificent valley of Jackson Hole at the base of the soaring Teton Range has long been a stage on which a remarkable series of events has been acted out by an equally remarkable cast of characters. This is that story, told with a verve and excitement which brings the past alive.
History of Grand Teton National Park: People in the Landscape
by Charles Craighead
For those who don't want to read a full length book on the history of the region, this 55-page pocket guide provides a brief overview of local history with a focus on Grand Teton National Park.
Wapiti Wilderness
by Olaus and Margaret Murie
Margaret and Olaus Murie made their home in the Tetons for over thirty-seven years. During this time, Olaus Murie conducted studies of the American elk, the wapiti, and both he and Mardy worked tirelessly for conservation efforts and the preservation of wilderness. Wapiti Wilderness tells the story of their adventurous life raising children while conducting research in the Tetons. This book is available at the Teton Science Schools gift shop.
Letters from Yellowstone
by Diane Smith
At the end of the 19th century, an intrepid young woman joins a scientific research team in Yellowstone National Park, to the surprise of the other members of the expedition. This historical fiction brings Yellowstone and the surrounding region at the turn of the 19th century to life.
Windows into the Earth, the Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
by Lee J. Siegel and Robert B. Smith
A geologic history and tour of the northern Rockies, particularly Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.
Common Wildflowers of Grand Teton National Park
by Charles Craighead
This small pocket guidebook includes more than 100 of the most common wildflowers in Grand Teton National Park. Photographs are by award-winning photographer Henry H. Holdsworth, and descriptions are by naturalist Charles Craighead. Small enough to carry on a hike and focused only on the areas we will be hiking, this book is a great option for participants who want to look up wildflowers while they hike!
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 5 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Jackson Hole, WY
D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath

Activity note: Campus check-in from 1:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Upon arrival at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools, join us at the Road Scholar table in 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: The Site Coordinator will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review any updates to the daily schedule, discuss safety guidelines and emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions. Participants will be subdivided into groups with a maximum of 14 participants each plus the Group Leader. What follows is a representative schedule. The order of the elements each day will vary by group, but each group will have an opportunity to experience all scheduled activities. All transportation will be via mini-vans and mini-buses provided by Teton Science Schools. On the free evening, a shuttle bus will transport participants between the Jackson Campus and downtown Jackson. Jackson's free public bus service is available for transit around town. An inexpensive public bus runs between Jackson and Teton Village. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Tetons Hike, Discovery Center, National Park Lecture
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath

Activity note: Getting on/off vans/mini-buses. Totally driving over 1 hour. 2 – 6 mile hike (depending on the desires of each group) with elevation gains of up to 800 feet.

Breakfast: At the Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge, 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).

Morning: We’ll start our day with a drive into Grand Teton National Park to hike near some of the most visually stunning mountains in the country. Today’s hikes will bring our groups through a series of habitats at the base of the Teton Mountain Range, where we can explore firsthand the effects of glaciation, fire, and more recent human influences on the landscape.

Lunch: Along the trail in a scenic location, we’ll enjoy a packed field lunch. 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. At the end of our hike, we’ll ride by mini-bus back to campus, stopping at the Craig Thomas Discovery Center in Grand Teton National Park for a self-led exploration. 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.

Dinner: Dining lodge buffet.

Evening: After dinner, an interpretive ranger from Grand Teton Nation Park will come to the Jackson Campus to give a presentation on the history of the National Park Service and, specifically, Grand Teton National Park. We will also learn about some of the management challenges the park service faces and how those have changed over time.

DAY
3
Snake River Float Trip, Murie Ranch, Astronomy Program
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath

Activity note: Getting in/out of van/mini-buses, driving 1/2 hour to raft launch point. Getting in and out of an inflatable raft. Rafting for about 3 hours depending on river conditions. Walking up to 1 mile on uneven ground at the ranch.

Breakfast: Dining lodge buffet.

Morning: We’ll depart early this morning to the Snake River for a scenic float trip, offering pristine riparian habitat, exquisite views of the Teton Range, and natural history commentary from a local expert. Chances abound to see moose, eagles, osprey, and beavers. Afterwards, we’ll dock, then ride about one mile to the Murie Ranch for lunch.

Lunch: In the Homestead Cabin at the historic Murie Ranch, we'll enjoy a buffet and family-style lunch prepared by the Murie Ranch chef, plus coffee, tea, water, and lemonade.

Afternoon: We will explore the Murie Ranch, which is in the National Register of Historic Places, to learn about the lives of Mardy and Olaus Murie. 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. His wife, Mardy, carried on his conservation ethic after he passed, and became known as “the grandmother of the conservation movement.” We’ll visit the log cabin ranch where they lived and worked to hear their incredible story from the Murie Ranch docent. Following our visit and a short walk around the property and surrounding trails, we will return to our accommodations.

Dinner: Dining Lodge Buffet.

Evening: Learn about the night sky with a local astronomy expert at Wyoming Stargazing. After an indoor lecture, view the stars in their portable planetarium, where you'll be able to see the Milky Way rain or shine! Weather permitting, we may see stars emerge at the end of the evening.

DAY
4
Canoeing in Grand Teton National Park, Free Evening
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath

Activity note: Getting on/off vans/mini-buses. Total driving around 2 hours to/from canoe launch. Stepping in and out of canoes; paddling on the lake for 2 hours.

Breakfast: Dining lodge buffet.

Morning: Today, we will be treated to a beautiful canoeing experience on String Lake in Grand Teton National Park. 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: We’ll continue canoeing on beautiful String Lake, or we can take a walk with our Group Leader along the shores. At the conclusion of our field trip, we will return to campus.

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 directions. Shuttles from campus to downtown will be provided.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Aerial Tram, Rendezvous Mountain Alpine Hike, Chuckwagon
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath

Activity note: Getting on/off vans/mini-buses; total driving time 40 minutes to/from aerial tram to start the hike. 1/2 – 5.5 mile hike (depending on the desires of each group) beginning at an elevation of 10,450 feet with elevation gains and losses of 500 – 1500 feet.

Breakfast: Dining lodge buffet.

Morning: A short ride from campus, we’ll head to Jackson’s famous ski hill, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and take the aerial tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain. Climbing more than 3/4 of a mile above the valley floor to a final elevation of 10,450 feet, Rendezvous Mountain offers amazing views of the valley and the surrounding mountain range. Once we’ve reached the summit, our Group Leaders will offer choices for hikes that explore of the alpine environment and the unique flora and fauna found there. Our groups can choose a hike ranging from as little as 1/2 mile to as much as 5.5 miles. All groups will be able to make a stop a Corbet’s Cabin for their delicious made-to-order waffles.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll continue hiking one of the trails at the summit of Rendezvous Mountain, and will return to the valley floor via the aerial tram or the gondola, based on where our separate hikes will end. Once there, we will enjoy some free time to explore the charming mountain village before returning to campus.

Dinner: Celebrate the final night of your program with an Old West Cookout! We'll enjoy a chuckwagon-style dinner at the Dining Lodge of Teton Science Schools. An alcoholic beverage (beer or wine) is included in this meal, as well as coffee, tea, lemonade and water.

Evening: Relive a simpler time with an evening around a campfire. Enjoy hearing local stories, or share your own as you reminisce about the week with friends, new and old. Roasting a s'more will bring back childhood memories!

DAY
6
Closing, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Departure
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L

Activity note: Walk approximately 1/2 mile around a museum. Participants may get taxi service directly from the museum to the airport, or they may get a ride back to town with their group leader in the Teton Science Schools mini-buses.

Breakfast: Dining lodge buffet.

Morning: After breakfast, we will draw a close to the program and reflect on the fun times we had through the week. To complete our program, 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 humans and nature. The museum contains approximately 5,000 works of art, with exhibitions and programs that 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.

Lunch: At the Palate restaurant at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, we will enjoy plated meals chosen from a seasonal menu selected by the executive chef. This concludes our program.

Afternoon: 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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