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Wyoming/Montana

Wildlife Watching in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

Program No. 23111RJ
Learn about the diverse animals in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks as expert biologists take you to little-known spots for the best wildlife searching.
Length
7 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
3,149

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DATES & starting prices
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Apr 30 - May 6, 2023
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3,149
May 7 - May 13, 2023
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3,149
May 14 - May 20, 2023
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3,149
May 21 - May 27, 2023
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3,149
Sep 3 - Sep 9, 2023
Starting at
3,499
Sep 10 - Sep 16, 2023
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3,499
Sep 17 - Sep 23, 2023
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3,499
Sep 24 - Sep 30, 2023
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3,499
Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2023
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3,499
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 30 - May 6, 2023
Starting at
3,839
May 7 - May 13, 2023
Starting at
3,839
May 14 - May 20, 2023
Starting at
3,839
May 21 - May 27, 2023
Starting at
3,839
Sep 3 - Sep 9, 2023
Starting at
4,419
Sep 10 - Sep 16, 2023
Starting at
4,419
Sep 17 - Sep 23, 2023
Starting at
4,419
Sep 24 - Sep 30, 2023
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4,419
Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2023
Starting at
4,419

At a Glance

Explore “the Serengeti of North America” as you search for diverse wildlife in picturesque landscapes of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Venture off the beaten path with local biologists and wildlife experts who take you away from the parks’ boardwalks to the best places to search for elusive animals like bears and wolves. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park as you explore Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs to experience intimate views of your breathtaking surroundings. Discover fascinating wildlife only seen in this region and learn about the animals that call these national parks home.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walk 1 mile on boardwalks or maintained trails. Must be able to get in and out of wildlife watching vehicles. Long drive times. Early starts daily to see wildlife at dawn, when wildlife is most active.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn from local biologists and experts while venturing through the parks in vehicles designed specifically for wildlife viewing.
  • Explore the breathtaking Lamar Valley, use spotting scopes to view wildlife and learn the stories of specific wolf packs in the area.
  • Depending on the season, get an up close look at baby wildlife (spring), or observe different species’ mating behavior (fall).

General Notes

Roommate matching is unavailable for solo travelers on this program. There is no cell phone service or internet access in Cooke City, Montana.
Featured Expert
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Kevin Taylor
Kevin Taylor has been part of the Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools team since 2002. Kevin has a BS in biology and an MS in botany. His biological research experience includes several wildlife research projects, as well as mapping distribution of rare plant species and the effects of global climate change on mountain plants. He believes that it is critical to include modern humans when discussing natural history and ecology, and he studies and teaches ethnobotany and ethnozoology.

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

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Kevin Taylor has been part of the Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools team since 2002. Kevin has a BS in biology and an MS in botany. His biological research experience includes several wildlife research projects, as well as mapping distribution of rare plant species and the effects of global climate change on mountain plants. He believes that it is critical to include modern humans when discussing natural history and ecology, and he studies and teaches ethnobotany and ethnozoology.
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Hailing from Jackson, Wyoming, Miles was raised hiking, cross country skiing and soaking in the majesty of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. After a warmer escape to Southern California for environmental studies and religious studies degrees, a few years of rainy trail crews and park ranger gigs in Oregon and a summer of teaching ecology in Yellowstone, Miles returned to the Tetons. When not sharing his love of this unique place with participants, Miles is likely dancing at concerts or reading.
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Tyler Griffin grew up on the East Coast and earned a degree in environmental science from Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. Not long after, he moved to Jackson, Wyoming, to be surrounded by mountains, national parks, and wildlife. He quickly developed a passion for teaching others about the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Tyler served in the Peace Corps from 2015-2017 as an environmental volunteer in Malawi, Africa, before returning to Wyoming. During his time there, he taught sustainable agriculture, home gardening techniques, and natural resource conservation.
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Bobby grew up in New Jersey, where he grew fond of all things science related and earned a degree from Rutgers University in animal science. After graduation, Bobby joined Adventure Aquarium and spent time as a marine biologist. When the desire to educate and travel became overwhelming, Bobby headed west. He has taught for Los Angeles County Outdoor Science School and spent summer leading kayak expeditions and whale watches off the coast of Orcas Island, Washington. Bobby enjoys hiking, road tripping and wildlife photography.
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Mike Rowell grew up on his family’s farm near Buchanan, Georgia, raising livestock, corn, soybeans, and timber. Recognizing the value and importance of the natural world, he developed a strong interest in natural resource conservation. He is an alum of Louisiana Tech University with a Master of Science in Wildlife Science from Utah State University. In graduate school, Mike conducted research on mammalian carnivore communities in South Dakota’s Black Hills and Yellowstone National Park. He has worked as a professional wildlife biologist since 1994.
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Logan Edgeman grew up in southern Appalachia, which connected him to the outdoors and the natural world. While obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Leadership from Young Harris College in northeast Georgia, he immersed himself in as many outdoor experiences as possible. After working many seasons as a field instructor, Logan began working with private and public colleges in the state of Georgia, coordinating outdoor programming with an emphasis on introducing inner-city and underprivileged students to outdoor initiatives and sustainable practices while enjoying the outdoors.
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.
American Wolf
by Nate Blakeslee
One of the most recent wolf books published, American Wolf chronicles the story of O-six, an alpha female named for the year of her birth who became one of the most celebrated wolves of Yellowstone. The book tells the gripping story of a powerful wolf, while also telling the larger story of the ongoing cultural clash in the west.
Camping in Wyoming: A 1910 Wedding Trip to Yellowstone National Park
by Mariam Lawton Clayton
In 1910, newly married Marian ventured by train from Kansas to Rock Springs, WY, the starting point for a honeymoon in Yellowstone. This book was made from her handwritten journal and includes some of her photographs. Short, sweet, and honest, it is the tale of a grand adventure for the time, and provides a unique picture of the world's first national park. Available at Blue Creek Press and Amazon. http://bluecreekpress.com/books/camping-in-wyoming/.
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. Past participants have said that this should be required reading for all programs in the Tetons!
Searching for Yellowstone, Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness
by Paul D. Schullery
An engaging social and environmental history of Yellowstone from the Pleistocene to the present focusing on the park since its founding in 1872. Schullery has worked in Yellowstone as a ranger, a historian and the chief of cultural resources.
Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains
by James Halfpenny
Wonder no more about those tracks in the mud or that poop on the path. With this packable guide, identification in the field is easy. Featured are the tracks, scats, and signs of 70 different species including wolf, ferret, grizzly bear, as well as birds, frogs and salamanders. Scales for scat diameter and footprint size are included along the edge of each descriptive page. Plus, for accurate measurements, there's a ruler on the back cover. *Available for purchase on Amazon.com or Powells.com*
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.
Windows into the Earth, the Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
by Lee J. Siegel and Robert B. Smith
A geologic history and tour of the northern Rockies, particularly Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.
The Grizzly Bear
by Thomas McNamee
A natural history of “Ursus arctos horribilis” – lyrical, well written and provocative. An appropriate introduction to the beast for anyone traveling to grizzly country. McNamee also wrote “The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone.”





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