21211
The Tetons (Jackson)
Great Outdoor Get-Together in the Tetons and Yellowstone
Explore the natural wonders of Jackson Hole and the world's first national park as you walk in Yellowstone and the Tetons, witness Old Faithful erupt and observe unique wildlife.
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Program No. 21211RJ
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8 days
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8 days
7 nights
18 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Jackson Hole, WY
D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath

Activity note: The large group will be split into field groups with a maximum of 14 participants. The order of the daily schedule will vary per group.

Afternoon: After you arrive at your accommodation, come to the Road Scholar table 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. Shuttles to and from Teton Science Schools will be provided for participants staying in hotel accommodations.

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 you may have. Indicated times are approximate. 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. Great American Get Together programs involve large numbers of participants from all over the country who choose from a wide variety of topics and themes and learn from some of Road Scholar's most acclaimed instructors. The total enrollment 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. In the event of changes, we will alert you as soon as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. All transportation will be via commercial vans provided by Teton Science Schools. On free evenings, 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.

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

Activity note: Activity today will be a 3-6 mile hike (depending on the desires of each group) with elevation gains of up to 600 feet.

Breakfast: Participants staying at Teton Science Schools will 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) in the Dining Lodge. Participants staying at Snow King Hotel will eat a breakfast buffet in Hayden's Post Restaurant that includes eggs, potatoes, breakfast meat, breads and pastries with juice, coffee, and tea.

Morning: Start your day at the Craig Thomas Discovery Center at the southern end of 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 resource of Grand Teton National Park. Following our time at the Discovery Center, we'll ride further into the park where we will set out for a hike. As we hike near the bases of some of the most visually stunning mountains in the country, enjoy witnessing firsthand the effects of glaciation, fire, and more recent human influences.

Lunch: Enjoy a packed field lunch in a scenic location. Participants staying at the Jackson Campus will make their own lunch in the morning with sandwich and salad options. Meanwhile, participants staying at Snow King Resort will have their lunch prepared for them.

Afternoon: Today's 3-6 mile hike will bring the group through a series of habitats, exploring the wildlife and geology present at the base of the Teton Range. Views of the Tetons will be awe-inspiring and magnificent.

Dinner: At Teton Science Schools.

Evening: This evening, a local expert will come to the Jackson Campus to give a presentation on Wildlife Issue and Controversies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Participants will learn about the wildlife inhabiting the region, such as bears and wolves, and become familiar with the various challenges that face land and wildlife managers in and around Jackson Hole.

DAY
3
Canoeing in Grand Teton National Park.
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath

Activity note: Canoeing will involve paddling and stepping in and out of canoes. Participants can expect to canoe for an hour before lunch and an hour after lunch, with the option of an on shore activity after lunch.

Breakfast: At your lodging.

Morning: Today, you will be treated to one of the most beautiful canoeing experiences of your life on String Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Instructions on canoeing techniques and safety procedures will be provided as well as all equipment needed. String Lake is a pristine glacial body of water that sits at the base of Teewinot Mountain and Mount Moraine. With an average depth of five feet, String Lake provides shallow, flat water for learning the basics of canoeing. Float along while enjoying spectacular scenery and fun on the water!

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: Canoeing on beautiful String Lake will continue. Participants can take advantage of further instruction of canoe techniques or you can relax on the water while admiring the scenery. At the conclusion of our field trip, we will return to our accommodations.

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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Service project, Murie Center, Old West Cookout Dinner.
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath

Activity note: Service project will involve some physical labor, as well as walking up to one mile to and from the project site. Wear clothing that can get dirty.

Breakfast: At your lodging.

Morning: Departing from campus, we'll head out to work on a service project. The project will develop as time draws closer to the program. Teton Science Schools works with a variety of non-profit and government agencies in Jackson Hole to preserve local infrastructure and wildlife. Some possible organizations we might work with are Grand Teton National Park, the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Wyoming Wetlands Society, US Forest Service and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. We might also complete projects on Teton Science Schools' 880 acre property which serves as a migration path and home to many animals both large and small. Projects range from restoration of historic buildings to landscape and planting projects.

Lunch: A packed field lunch.

Afternoon: After completing a service project that helps connect us to the Jackson Hole landscape and culture, we will travel to the Murie Center 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". Visit the log cabin ranch where they lived and worked to hear their incredible story from the Murie Center docent. Following our visit and a short walk around the property and surrounding trails, we will return to our accommodations.

Dinner: Enjoy a special old west cookout at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools.You can choose from meat or vegetarian options.

Evening: Choose your own adventure! Take an evening stroll with a naturalist, roast s'mores by the campfire, or attend a lecture presented by one of the Teton Science Schools faculty.

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

Activity note: Today's 1/2 to 5.5 mile hike will begin at an elevation of 10,450 feet and involve elevation gains and losses of 500-1500 ft.

Breakfast: At your lodging.

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 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, your Group Leaders will offer choices for hikes at the summit that explore of the alpine environment and the unique flora and fauna found there. Participants can choose a hike ranging from as little as 1/2 mile to as much as 5.5 miles, and make a stop a Corbet's Cabin for their delicious made-to-order waffles.

Lunch: A 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. Once there, enjoy some free time to explore the charming mountain village.

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 at Teton Village or downtown Jackson. The group leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Yellowstone National Park
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath

Activity note: Walking on boardwalks and other trails for up to two miles with minimal elevation gain/loss.

Breakfast: At your lodging.

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 largest geyser basin in Yellowstone, West Thumb Geyser Basin. 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: A packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We'll continue exploring the vast beauty of Yellowstone. Expect color, pungent sulfur, hissing, bubbling, and spouting as we take the afternoon to explore Old Faithful Geyser Basin, which is home to the world's best known and most beloved hydrothermal feature, Old Faithful. We will time our visit to Old Faithful to witness it erupting thousands of gallons of water and billowing steam.

Dinner: At a restaurant in Grand Teton National Park, enjoy a plated dinner with your choice of entree and non-alcoholic beverage.

Evening: We will arrive back in Jackson after dinner. Enjoy some time to relax after a long day!

DAY
7
Snake River Float Trip, National Museum of Wildlife Art
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools - shared bath

Activity note: Today's activity involves getting in and out of an inflatable raft.

Breakfast: At your lodging.

Morning: 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 as well as a Teton Science School naturalist. Chances abound to see moose, eagles, osprey, and beavers.

Lunch: At the Rising Sage Cafe at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, choose a plated lunch from a seasonal menu selected by the executive chef.

Afternoon: Explore the National Museum of Wildlife Art with an experienced docent. After learning about the artwork from the docent, you will have time to explore the museum on your own. The museum features more than 550 artists and 5,000 cataloged items; its exhibitions and programs focus on the history of how wildlife has been portrayed through art, including genres ranging from Romanticism to Modernism. Constructed to fit seamlessly into the landscape, the building was inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Resting upon a dramatic cliff overlooking the National Elk Refuge, NMWA serves to enrich and inspire the relationship between man and nature.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the Jackson Campus Dining Lodge.

Evening: On campus, enjoy a performance by a local musician.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
Jackson Hole, WY
B

Breakfast: At your lodging. This concludes our program.

Morning: Shuttles will depart from the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools and Snow King Resort to the airport throughout the day. 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!