21417
Jackson (Wyoming)
Great Winter Outdoor Get-Together in the Tetons and Jackson Hole
Explore Jackson Hole and the Tetons alongside experts, learning about the region’s unique wildlife and geology as you snowshoe, dogsled and sleigh ride across this winter wonderland.
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Program No. 21417RJ
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8 days
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8 days
7 nights
16 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Jackson Hole, WY
D
The Lexington at Jackson Hole

Activity note: 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: Arrival and check in: Come to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last minute changes, room number, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your welcome packet when you check in.

Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style in the Dining Lodge at Teton Science Schools. The menu varies greatly and is always healthy and balanced. Water, coffee, and tea are available at no extra cost. Shuttles will be provided from The Lexington to the Teton Science Schools Campus.

Evening: Orientation: The Site Coordinator will greet everyone and lead an orientation. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and roles and responsibilities. Following the large group orientation, you will be broken into small groups, where your group leader will lead introductions and answer any questions you might 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. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own. Shuttles will be provided from Teton Science Schools' Jackson Campus to The Lexington following orientation.

DAY
2
Wildlife Issues and Controversies Lecture, Snowshoe Hike
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L,D
The Lexington at Jackson Hole

Activity note: Activity today will be a 1-4 mile snowshoe hike (depending on the desires of each group) with elevation gains of up to 500 feet. No restroom facilities on the trail. Participants will also navigate snow and ice covered parking lots and walkways.

Breakfast: At your accommodation, enjoy a breakfast buffet with choices such as an egg dish, bacon or sausage, hot and cold cereals, and fresh fruit, plus coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: We’ll head to Grand Teton National Park to explore the landscape on snowshoes. Following a brief lesson on how to use snowshoes, participants will hike 1 to 4 miles at the base of the Teton mountains, exploring firsthand the effects of glaciation, fire and more recent human influences.

Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch eaten in a scenic location. Participants staying at Teton Science Schools will pack their own lunch; participants staying at The Lexington will have a lunch packed for them based on their dietary preferences.

Afternoon: Participants may continue their scenic snowshoe hike after lunch, or may opt to visit a historical site or visitor center.

Dinner: At the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools.

Evening: Jackson, Wyoming is located in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48 states. However, balancing the needs of wildlife and the livelihoods of local residents isn't easy! In tonight's lecture on Wildlife Issues and Controversies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, 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
Elk Lecture, Sleigh Ride, National Museum of Wildlife Art
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L
The Lexington at Jackson Hole

Activity note: Participants will need to navigate snow and ice covered parking lots and walkways.

Breakfast: At your accommodation.

Morning: The morning will feature a lecture and discussion about elk behavior and biology. We will then venture to the National Elk Refuge and will board a sleigh that will take us among thousands of wintering elk. The sleigh brings you close to the elk, where you can observe their behavior and witness them feeding, socializing and resting as the sleigh driver shares details about the herd. The sleigh ride will also provides the potential to see other wildlife such as coyotes, mule deer, bald eagles, hawks and big horn sheep.

Lunch: Enjoy hot soup, salad, bread and sides in a private room at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Afternoon: The National Museum of Wildlife Art is 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. Participants will be treated to a docent-led exploration of the museum, and will then be given time to explore the museum on their own.

Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Shuttles will be provided between Teton Science Schools and downtown Jackson.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Cross-country Skiing & Group Dinner
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L,D
The Lexington at Jackson Hole

Activity note: Activity today will be a 1-4 mile cross-country ski (depending on the desires of each group) with elevation gains of up to 400 feet. Trails may not be groomed for skiing. No restroom facilities on the trail. Participants will also navigate snow and ice covered parking lots and walkways.

Breakfast: At your accommodation.

Morning: We will explore local trails on cross-country skis. The morning will include a tutorial on the fundamentals of cross-country skiing. All levels of skiing will be accommodated.

Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch.

Afternoon: Participants can continue exploring the valley landscape on skis after lunch, stopping to learn about local wildlife and their adaptations to the harsh winter environment along the way. Groups who prefer a shorter ski may visit a local museum or historical site in the afternoon.

Dinner: The entire group will come together for a buffet-style dinner including several options of main dishes and sides, plus coffee and tea, at a venue in the town of Jackson.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Dog Sledding & Hot Spring Soak in Granite Hot Springs
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L
The Lexington at Jackson Hole

Activity note: Dog sledding is a 20-mile trip that includes sitting still while riding in the sled, or standing on a narrow runner and steering while driving the team.

Breakfast: At your accommodation.

Morning: After breakfast, participants will be whisked away to a full day dog sled 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. You can relive the old days of mushing by running a team yourself.

Lunch: A hearty, warm lunch will be prepared by your dog sledding guides at the mid-way point of the journey.

Afternoon: Relax and soothe sore muscles in Granite Hot Springs, the turnaround point for the dog sledding adventure, ten miles down the scenic canyon. Soak in the 104 degree water while gazing at the granite cliffs surrounding you. Turn the dog team around and head back toward civilization!

Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Shuttles will be provided between Teton Science Schools and downtown Jackson.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Aerial Tram, Snow Science
Jackson Hole, WY
B,L
The Lexington at Jackson Hole

Activity note: Participants will walk up to 1 mile (depending on the desires of the group). The top of Rendezvous Mountain can be very windy with deep snow after storms.

Breakfast: At your accommodation.

Morning: When people think of Jackson Hole, they usually think of the Teton Mountain Range, but it is snow that defines this place more than any other factor. Begin the day with a short lecture on the science of snow. Learn how the snowpack affects wildlife, the local culture, and the economy, and how the changing climate impacts those things. Groups will then head outside to examine the local snowpack firsthand.

Lunch: Lunch will be a packed field lunch.

Afternoon: Ride the Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort over 4,000 feet to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain (10,450 feet). Experience the alpine environment in winter, and glimpse the world of winter recreation at one of the most famous ski resorts in the country. On a clear day, take in the surrounding peaks, the town of Jackson, and the Snake River Plain from a birds eye view. After your alpine excursion, warm up in the shops and cafes at Teton Village at the base of the tram.

Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Shuttles will be provided between Teton Science Schools and downtown Jackson.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Explore Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole, WY
B,D
The Lexington at Jackson Hole

Breakfast: At your accommodation.

Morning: Enjoy an unstructured free day to explore Jackson Hole at your leisure or join in on an optional half-day or full-day cross country ski or snowshoe with Teton Science Schools' instructors. Visit art galleries, shops, or hit the slopes at Snow King Mountain or Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own, with the chance to choose from one of the many restaurants in Jackson Hole.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Jackson Hole at your leisure.

Dinner: Enjoy a celebratory dinner at the Dining Lodge of Teton Science Schools. An alcoholic beverage (beer or wine) is included in this meal.

Evening: The evening will conclude with a celebration including a live local musician and a slideshow with photos of the week.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
Jackson Hole, WY
B

Breakfast: At your accommodation.

Morning: Shuttles will depart for the airport from the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools and from The Lexington.






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