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Off the Map: Exploring the Heart of the Tetons by Boot and Boat

Explore Grand Teton National Park through hikes, a float trip and a ferry as you learn about the park’s history and natural wonders, all while staying at the historic Murie Ranch.
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Program No. 22447RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399
Wyoming

Off the Map: Exploring the Heart of the Tetons by Boot and Boat

Explore Grand Teton National Park through hikes, a float trip and a ferry as you learn about the park’s history and natural wonders, all while staying at the historic Murie Ranch.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399
Program No. 22447 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Jul 18 - Jul 23, 2021
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1,399
Aug 1 - Aug 6, 2021
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Aug 22 - Aug 27, 2021
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Sep 5 - Sep 10, 2021
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Sep 19 - Sep 24, 2021
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DATES & starting prices
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Jul 18 - Jul 23, 2021
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1,589
Aug 1 - Aug 6, 2021
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1,589
Aug 22 - Aug 27, 2021
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1,589
Sep 5 - Sep 10, 2021
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1,589
Sep 19 - Sep 24, 2021
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1,589

At a Glance

Hike and float amidst the expansive landscapes and dramatic peaks of Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. As you explore the Tetons on picturesque trails and over glittering water, discover their remarkable wildlife and unique landscapes firsthand. Stay at the venerable and rustic Murie Ranch within the national park, the former heart and soul of the early conservation movement, to truly connect with your surroundings and appreciate the quiet beauty of nature. Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to museums and the historic Ranch as you experience these landscapes as the Muries once had.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking three to seven miles daily on varied terrain, with some options based on group interest and ability. Elevations just over 6,200 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hike iconic trails in Grand Teton National Park as you learn about the unique geology, plants, wildlife and human history of Jackson Hole.
  • Take a scenic float down Snake River with an expert to experience the natural history of the Tetons up close.
  • Stay at the historic Murie Ranch in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, where the stories of early conservationists Olaus and Mardy Murie will come to life.

General Notes

This program is part of our “Off the Map” series, exploring truly remote areas of the United States as a way to connect with local culture and landscapes, and disconnect with the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Our goal is to bring you to places that have limited access to Wi-Fi, cell service and other technology so you can enjoy authentic learning experiences without modern distractions. Due to accommodations limitations, single rooms are limited. Roommate matching available for solo travelers.
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Christen Girard
Christen Girard is the steward of the Murie Legacy at their historic ranch in Grand Teton National Park, where she also lives. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Lewis and Clark College, and a M.Ed in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. She is the author of "A Short Biography or Margaret and Olaus Murie" (2020).

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Docent Dan McIlhenny View biography
Dan McIlhenny has been living out his retirement dream as the docent at the Murie Ranch since 2014. He and his wife, Valerie, live at the ranch for six months each year to share the story of the Muries to visitors who come through. Of his retirement job, he says, "I feel like everything I did in my life before was a rehearsal for this." A gifted singer and songwriter, he can often be found singing around the campfire or at the weekly Hootenanny in Moose.
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Your Group Leader will be a Teton Science Schools Instructor who has diverse experience working with the flora and fauna of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The group leader is yet to be assigned; the assignment will be announced during Orientation on Day 1 of your program.
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Christen Girard View biography
Christen Girard is the steward of the Murie Legacy at their historic ranch in Grand Teton National Park, where she also lives. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Lewis and Clark College, and a M.Ed in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. She is the author of "A Short Biography or Margaret and Olaus Murie" (2020).
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Peaks, Politics & Passion
by Robert W. Righter
Environmental historian Robert Righter tells the story of the preservation of the Teton Mountains and the surrounding areas. In this book, Righter adds to his previous works that chronicled the creation of Grand Teton National Park, bringing us up to date with the regions challenges in the decades since, including private land inholdings, fire and wildlife management, and preservation of local history.
Common Wildflowers of Grand Teton National Park
by Charles Craighead
This small pocket guidebook includes more than 100 of the most common wildflowers in Grand Teton National Park. Photographs are by award-winning photographer Henry H. Holdsworth, and descriptions are by naturalist Charles Craighead. Small enough to carry on a hike and focused only on the areas we will be hiking, this book is a great option for participants who want to look up wildflowers while they hike!
A Short Biography of Margaret and Olaus Murie
by Christen Girard
Written by Teton Science Schools lead faculty Christen Girard, who lives at the historic Murie Ranch and stewrads their story, this short biography tells the tale of Olaus and Mardy Murie, who dedicated their lives to each other and to the conservation of wildlife and wilderness. Their story is inspirational and relevant for anyone who cares about public lands, and especially for participants whose programs visit or stay at the Murie Ranch.
Letters from Yellowstone
by Diane Smith
At the end of the 19th century, an intrepid young woman joins a scientific research team in Yellowstone National Park, to the surprise of the other members of the expedition. This historical fiction brings Yellowstone and the surrounding region at the turn of the 19th century to life.
Two in the Far North
by Margaret E. Murie
Two in the Far North chronicles the love story and adventures of Olaus and Mardy Murie, from Mardy's childhood in Washington and Alaska to the 500 mile research trip they took via dogsled for their honeymoon and the adventures that followed. This American classic is a must read for anyone staying at the Murie Ranch.
Wapiti Wilderness
by Olaus and Margaret Murie
Margaret and Olaus Murie made their home in the Tetons for over thirty-seven years. During this time, Olaus Murie conducted studies of the American elk, the wapiti, and both he and Mardy worked tirelessly for conservation efforts and the preservation of wilderness. Wapiti Wilderness tells the story of their adventurous life raising children while conducting research in the Tetons. This book is available at the Teton Science Schools gift shop.
The Creation of the Teton Landscape: The Geologic Story of Grand Teton National Park
by Love, Reed and Pierce
This book outlines the earliest history of the area and delves deep into the extensive geology of the region. *Available for purchase on Amazon.com, USED COPIES ONLY*





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