Walking about 1 mile; leisurely pace with long periods of standing at Museum of the Rockies. Getting on/off the bus; diving approximately 45 miles; about 1.5 hours.
At the hotel restaurant, enjoy a buffet with a variety of choices, plus coffee, tea, juices, water.
We will have an early check-out from the hotel and board the motorcoach, beginning our Road Scholar adventure with a ride to the Museum of the Rockies. Here, we will enjoy time to explore on our own and learn about the museum’s many and diverse collections. The Museum of the Rockies was founded in 1957 and then officially incorporated in 1965. The museum began with extraordinary collection of Montana historical objects and has expanded into a world-class paleontology research facility with an expanded focus to include one of the most important dinosaur fossil collections in the world. Focusing on Paleontology, Native American History, and Montana History, with a number of rotating exhibits from around the world, the Museum of the Rockies is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a federal repository for fossils. At the end of our field trip, we will have a short ride to a local bakery.
At a local farm-to-table bakery, we will enjoy sandwiches freshly prepared from homemade bread, plus coffee, tea, soft drinks, water. As we eat, we’ll meet the owner of the bakery and learn about their long, traditional methods of bread making, which allows their bread to naturally develop its exquisite flavor and texture, without the use of additives. Through the generations, our world has turned to cheaper, easier, less time-consuming methods of food preparation, losing the benefits of handmade, healthy baking and cooking.
Next, we’ll set out for our transfer to Big Sky with a scenic drive along the beautiful Gallatin River, offering endless views under the big, wide-open skies. The gateway to Yellowstone is Gallatin County and it is one of the fastest growing economic areas in the northern Rocky Mountains. Known as the high-tech capital of the Northern Rockies, Gallatin County combines the best of the natural world by offering numerous year-round recreational activities and amenities while also supporting an educated work force that is working in a thriving technology and manufacturing sector. Montana State University, a major research university, is also located here. Check into the hotel upon our arrival in Big Sky.
At the hotel restaurant, enjoy a buffet meal featuring a unique combination of traditional local ingredients and classic culinary techniques, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Our expert naturalist and Big Sky resident will offer a presentation and discussion on the Greater Yellowstone area and the issues that affect the integrity of these 34,375 square miles of land. Greater Yellowstone is one of the largest nearly intact temperate-zone ecosystems on Earth, with all its diversity, natural wealth and wonders.