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.
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).
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.
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’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.
Dining lodge buffet.
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.