23112
Wyoming
Living & Learning: Discover the Tetons through the Murie Legacy
Spend four weeks at Murie Ranch, the birthplace of the conservation movement, as you live like a local, learn about wildlife and conservation and take part in service projects.
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27 days
26 nights
68 meals
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DAY
1
Check In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Moose, WY
D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Ranch check in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you arrive at the Murie Ranch of Teton Science School come to the Main Office to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check-in.

Dinner: At the Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin, we will enjoy a buffet and family-style meal featuring a variety of healthy and balanced options, plus coffee, tea (hot/iced), lemonade, water.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. All transportation is via Teton Science School mini-vans. All activities will be led by a combination of Teton Science School staff, Murie Center staff, local experts, and experienced docents. All hikes will be on official trails in Grand Teton National Park or the surrounding national forest land over uneven terrain with an elevation change of 500 to 1,500 feet. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that 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. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Following Orientation, we will have a short exploration of the property to end our day.

DAY
2
Ranch Exploration, Craig Thomas Discovery Center, Hootenanny
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Hike up to 2 miles over mostly flat but uneven terrain.

Breakfast: At the Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin, we’ll enjoy a hot breakfast buffet with granola, oatmeal, fresh fruit, and more, plus water, coffee, juice, and tea.

Morning: With our Murie Ranch docent, we’ll explore the property and learn the story behind the Murie family and their legacy of conservation.

Lunch: We’ll walk 1/2 mile to the Snake River to enjoy a packed field lunch, with a variety of salad and sandwich options.

Afternoon: We'll walk another 1/2 mile to the Craig Thomas Discovery Center in Grand Teton National Park, where displays provide a self-led introduction to the cultural and natural history of the park. The relief map will help us become familiar with the sites we will visit throughout this program. After we explore the visitor center on our own, we'll meet back up to walk 1/2 mile back to ranch.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet and family-style meal.

Evening: One mile from the Murie Ranch, in the town of Moose, the fifty-year old tradition of a "Hootenanny" continues on Monday nights. Originally a meet up under a bridge where local artists gathered and sang together, today’s hootenanny is an open-mic for everyone from the local cowboys to semi-professional artists. Past performers have included Tom Rush and the late John Denver. We'll drive to a restaurant about a mile from the ranch, in Teton Science Schools vans as a group to take part in the fun!

DAY
3
Teton Hike, Free Evening
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Hike up to 7 miles with elevation gain of up to 500 ft.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: This morning we will embark on our first hike at the base of the Teton Mountain Range. We will travel through a series of habitats, exploring the wildlife and geology present while enjoying magnificent views of this iconic mountain range.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll continue our hike, looking at how fire, ice, and geology shape the landscape.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet and family-style meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
4th of July Parade & Fireworks
Moose, WY
B,D
The Murie Ranch

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: We’ll kick off the 4th of July with a parade in Jackson Hole.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: At leisure

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet and family-style meal.

Evening: We’ll head into town to cap off the 4th of July with a firework display!

DAY
5
Ranger Discussion, Service Project, Campfire
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Service project will involve some physical labor, as well as walking up to one mile to and from the project site. Wear clothing that can get dirty.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: We’ll start the day with a ranger-led discussion about the history of the National Park Service and Grand Teton National Park. Then, we’ll depart for our first stewardship project. The project will develop as time draws closer to the program. Teton Science Schools works with a variety of non-profit and government agencies in Jackson Hole to preserve local infrastructure and wildlife. Some possible organizations we might work with are Grand Teton National Park, the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Wyoming Wetlands Society, US Forest Service and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. Projects range from restoration of historic buildings to habitat restoration to citizen science projects.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: In the afternoon we'll continue our stewardship project.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet and family-style meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Art Fair, Jackson Campus of TSS, Partner Meeting, Campfire
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Walk around downtown Jackson for approximately two hours in the morning. The art fair covers a city block about two blocks from the town square.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: We’ll head into Jackson Hole to experience the unique crafts at the Art Fair.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: At the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools, we’ll meet with local partners to create connections within the Jackson Hole community. Representatives from several local organizations will introduce themselves and the work they do, and give an overview of the volunteer projects they have available. After the presentations, we will have time to mingle with these community leaders and sign up to volunteer with them during the program.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet and family-style meal.

Evening: After dinner, we’ll relive a simpler time with an evening around a campfire at the ranch fire pit. We’ll enjoy hearing local stories or share our own, reminiscing about the week with friends, new and old.

DAY
7
Free Day
Moose, WY
B,L
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: At leisure.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet

Morning: At leisure.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Free Day
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: At leisure.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: At leisure.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Morning Lecture, Stewardship Project
Moose, WY
B,L
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Service project may include using hand tools, shovels, drills, and lifting objects weighing up to 10 lbs; walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: We’ll start the morning off with a guest lecturer. Departing from campus around mid-morning, we'll head out to start our volunteer projects for the month. Projects may include volunteering at the park visitor center, a half-mile from the ranch, participating in a wildflower mapping citizen science project, studying comparing current trends with historic records to track the impact of climate change on plant communities, or working on one of the projects outlined by our community partners.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our service work.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve Hike & Visitor Center
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Hike 3-4 miles on uneven ground with 700 feet elevation gain.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: Today, we will hike at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. Opened to the public in 2008, the preserve is the most recent addition to Grand Teton National Park. It sits at the base of Phelps Lake at the southern end of the Teton Range. Laurance S. Rockefeller donated this parcel to the National Park with the requirement that it be preserved as a contemplative place where visitors can develop a connection with the beauty of the lake and the Tetons. During the hike, we will arrive at the stunning, glacially-carved Phelps Lake at the base of Death Canyon.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll continue hiking this afternoon.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Evening: We’ll head back to town to enjoy bluegrass performed by local musicians at the Wort Hotel.

DAY
11
Morning Lecture, Stewardship Project
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Service project may include standing for 1-2 hours, walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: We’ll start the day with a guest lecturer focusing on the new economy of the west. Then we’ll depart to begin our service projects.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our service work.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Mormon Row, Coyote Rock Hike, Murie Film
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Hike up to 5 miles, slight elevation, with 500 feet elevation gain to reach a lookout point.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: We’ll depart for Mormon Row, a historic Mormon settlement from the early 1900s, to learn about the historical importance of the first settlers. We’ll then continue to the Kelly Campus of Teton Science Schools where we will look at the collection of sketches and specimens that were donated to Teton Science Schools by Mardy and Olaus Murie.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll explore the less visited aspect of Grand Teton National Park up to Coyote Rock where the views won't disappoint.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Evening: Back at the ranch, we’ll enjoy a screening of a film about the life of conservationist Mardy Murie.

DAY
13
Town Visit, Sustainability Exploration
Moose, WY
B
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Getting on/off shuttle to Jackson Hole, walk up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: We’ll depart town to meet with Jackson Hole partner organizations that are working to make life more sustainable in this remote western town. Getting fresh food to the rural west is a challenge. Today, we'll visit Vertical Harvest, a vertical greenhouse in downtown Jackson that provides fresh greens for the community year-round, employing people with developmental disabilities in the process. This visionary model is changing the way the west feeds itself!

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure, with shuttle service back to ranch.

DAY
14
Free Day
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: At leisure.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: At leisure.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: At a local restaurant we will enjoy a group dinner, with a choice of entrée from the menu. A beverage of your choice is included. Additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll enjoy an evening at the Grand Teton Music Festival Symphony.

DAY
15
Free Day
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: At leisure.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: At leisure.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
16
Morning Lecture, Stewardship Projects, Hootenanny
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Service project may include standing for 1-2 hours, walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: We’ll enjoy a lecture on wildlife issues and controversies in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. By mid-morning we’ll depart for our service projects.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our service work.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Evening: We’ll enjoy an evening of local entertainment at the Hootenanny at a restaurant in Moose. Shuttle provided.

DAY
17
Sunrise Safari, Snake River Float Trip
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Safari drive time approximately 3 hours, getting on/off vans; float trip involves getting on/off rubber rafts.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: We’ll get an early start to take a wildlife safari drive through Grand Teton National Park. On the drive, we will keep our eyes out for captivating wildlife such as moose, bison, elk, and black bears, as well as small wildlife including beavers, eagles, and hawks.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Evening: After dinner, we’ll enjoy a relaxing and scenic evening float trip on a portion of the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. Chances abound to see moose, eagles, osprey and beavers. A local expert will steer the boat and interpret the sights along this most beautiful stretch of the Snake River.

DAY
18
Morning Lecture, Project Day
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Service project may include standing for 1-2 hours, walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: We’ll learn more about the ranch through the many wildflowers that can be found. By mid-morning we’ll head out for our service project.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll continue with our service work.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
19
Day Trip to Yellowstone
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Walk up to 2 miles on boardwalks, plus up to 4 miles on trails with uneven surfaces and elevation gains of 800 feet.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: Following an early morning departure, we'll enjoy a full-day field trip to Yellowstone, America’s first National Park. We'll travel north to arrive at the largest geyser basin on the shores of Yellowstone Lake, West Thumb Geyser Basin. From here we will have a gorgeous view of Yellowstone Lake and the Absaroka Range. Thermal features here extend under the surface of the lake as well as along the shore; several underwater geysers were discovered in the early 1990s.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We'll continue exploring the vast beauty of Yellowstone, where we can expect color, pungent sulfur, hissing, bubbling, and spouting as we take the afternoon to explore Old Faithful Geyser Basin, which is home to the world's best known and most beloved hydrothermal feature, Old Faithful. We will time our visit to Old Faithful to witness it erupting thousands of gallons of water and billowing steam.

Dinner: At a restaurant in Grand Teton National Park, we’ll enjoy pizza or pasta and non-alcoholic beverage.

Evening: We will arrive back in the Murie Ranch after dinner. Enjoy some time to relax after a long day!

DAY
20
Town Visit, Sustainability Exploration
Moose, WY
B
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Getting on/off shuttle to Jackson Hole, walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: Building on what we already learned, we’ll meet with more Jackson Hole partner organizations that are working to make life more sustainable in this remote western town to tour their facilities and learn about the issues and challenges they face. Both Grand Teton National Park and the town of Jackson are on the path to zero waste, and have waste diversion rates that rival major cities despite the low population base and rural location. Learn how the community has succeeded in creating a community that is mindful of waste, and what hurdles they still face on the road to zero waste.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: At leisure in town.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
21
Free Day
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: At leisure.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: At leisure.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
22
Free Day
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: At leisure.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: At leisure.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
23
Morning Lecture, Stewardship Project
Moose, WY
B,L
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Service project may include standing for 1-2 hours, walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: We’ll enjoy a lecture on the connection between art and conservation. By mid-morning we’ll depart for our service projects.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our service work.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
24
Nat’l Museum of Wildlife Art, Free Time, Porch Conversation
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Walking up to 1/2 mile around a museum.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: This morning, we’ll head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Teton Science Schools vans to explore the museum with an experienced docent. Constructed to fit seamlessly into the landscape, the building was inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The museum contains approximately 4,000 works of art. We’ll reflect upon the connection between humans, art, nature, and our natural parks as we explore this world-class museum.

Lunch: At Palate restaurant at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, we’ll choose a plated lunch from a seasonal menu selected by the executive chef.

Afternoon: Free time at the museum to explore on our own. We’ll also be able to try “plein air” watercoloring on the deck of the museum, which overlooks the National Elk Refuge.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Evening: Tonight, we’ll join the conversation on Mardy’s front porch at the Murie Ranch, relaxing and learning from an expert. Our lecture topic will be determined closer to the start of the program.

DAY
25
Morning Lecture, Stewardship Project
Moose, WY
B,L
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Service project may include standing for 1-2 hours, walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: We’ll enjoy a lecture on wilderness that will tie together many of the things we have learned this month. By mid-morning we’ll depart for our service projects.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our service work.

Dinner: On your own. Shuttle provided to downtown.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
26
Celebration & Reflection, Campfire
Moose, WY
B,L,D
The Murie Ranch

Activity note: Service project may include standing for 1-2 hours, walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet.

Morning: We will complete our service project work today.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll learn from our peers about the projects they have worked on this month as we share our experiences in a celebration of service at the ranch with each other and partner organizations.

Dinner: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet. Tonight's dinner will include wine or beer and a celebratory dessert!

Evening: We’ll celebrate a month of living and learning in the Tetons around the fire pit at the Murie Ranch with music, stories, and laughter.

DAY
27
Program Concludes
Moose, WY
B

Activity note: Ranch check-out by 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Murie Ranch Homestead Cabin buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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