21211
Wyoming
Great Outdoor Get-Together in the Tetons and Yellowstone
Explore the natural wonders of the Tetons and Yellowstone as you hike trails, paddle a canoe and float down the Snake River. Search for wildlife on your way to watch Old Faithful erupt.
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Program No. 21211RJ
Length
8 days
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2,099
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8 days
7 nights
18 meals
7 B 6 L 5 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. The large group will be split into field groups with a maximum of 14 participants. To maintain a small group feel amid a large group program, the order of the daily schedule will vary per group. Small groups will each do different activities during the day, joining back together as a large group for evening programs.

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. 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. All transportation will be via mini-vans and mini-buses 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. 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
Discovery Center, Tetons Hike, Wildlife 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. Two hikes of varying distances and paces will be offered from the same trailhead; we will split into different hiking groups at the trailhead.

Lunch: 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!

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, a local expert will come to the Jackson Campus to give a presentation on wildlife issues and controversies in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. We 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: 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
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: Getting on/off vans/mini-buses. Driving time varies depending on service projects. Service project will involve some physical labor, as well as walking up to 2 miles total. Wear clothing that can get dirty.

Breakfast: Dining lodge buffet.

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 Nature Conservancy, the 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: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: After completing our service project, 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.” We’ll also 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: Back on campus, we will enjoy a special old west cookout with meat and vegetarian options, plus coffee, tea, and lemonade.

Evening: Choose your own adventure tonight, with three activities available! Take an evening stroll with a naturalist, roast s’mores by the campfire, or attend a lecture presented by a National Park Service ranger.

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: Getting on/off vans/mini-buses; total driving 1 hour 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: On your own in Jackson.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off vans/mini-buses; total driving around 5 hours. Walking on boardwalks and other trails for up to 1 mile with minimal elevation gain/loss.

Breakfast: Dining lodge buffet.

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. We’ll view these thermal features up close from the boardwalks with our Group Leader.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll continue exploring the vast beauty of Yellowstone, home to almost 60% of the world’s geysers! We can expect color, pungent sulfur, hissing, bubbling, and spouting as we take the afternoon to explore the Old Faithful Geyser Basin, which is home to the world’s best known and most beloved hydrothermal feature, Old Faithful. After we witness Old Faithful erupting thousands of gallons of water and billowing steam, we will explore the other thermal features in the area. We will then begin our trip back to campus, with a stop in Grand Teton National Park for dinner.

Dinner: At a restaurant in Grand Teton National Park, we’ll enjoy a plated dinner with 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: 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.

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 as well as a Teton Science School naturalist. Chances abound to see moose, eagles, osprey, and beavers. Afterwards, we’ll dock then ride to the National Museum of Wildlife Art for lunch.

Lunch: At Palate Restaurant at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, we’ll choose a plated lunch from a seasonal menu selected by the executive chef. Coffee, tea, water included.

Afternoon: We’ll next explore the National Museum of Wildlife Art, home to the largest collection of wildlife art in the country. The collection chronicles much of the history of wildlife in art, focusing primarily on European and American painting and sculpture. We will be treated to a docent-led exploration of the museum, and then given time to explore the museum on our own. After our visit, we will return to campus.

Dinner: We’ll enjoy a celebratory 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, water.

Evening: Our week will conclude with a celebration including a live performance by local musicians and a slideshow with photos of the week.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
Jackson Hole, WY
B

Activity note: Campus check-out by 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Dining lodge buffet. Participants on shuttles departing before breakfast will be provided breakfast and coffee to-go before their shuttle’s departure. This concludes our program.

Morning: Shuttles will depart from the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools to the airport throughout the day. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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