Afternoon: After you arrive at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools, come to the Welcome Center to register with the program staff and receive your welcome packet containing your name-tag, room assignment, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: At the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools (TSS) Dining Lodge, enjoy a buffet dinner featuring a variety of healthy and balanced options created by our executive chef, plus coffee, tea, lemonade, water.
Evening: Orientation: The Site Coordinator 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 or mini-buses. All activities will be led by a combination of Teton Science School staff, local experts, and experienced docents. All hikes will be on official trails in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks or the surrounding national forest land over uneven terrain with an elevation change of 500 to 1500 feet. Each day we will self-divide into three groups based on personal interest for a choice of three hikes from the same trailhead. 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
Activity note: Activity today will be a 4-6 mile hike with elevation gains of 400-600 feet.
Breakfast: At the Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge, enjoy a breakfast buffet offering rotating choices such an egg dish, breakfast meat, cereals (hot/cold), fresh fruit and beverages (juice, coffee, tea, water).
Morning: After a quick visit to the Teton Science Schools outfitting building to make sure everyone is prepared for the week ahead, we will drive to Grand Teton National Park for our first hike. Today's 4-6 mile hike will bring the group through a series of habitats at the base of the Teton mountain range. The group will have three hike options from the same trailhead. Learn about the natural forces that shape this iconic mountain range and valley, as well as the human forces that have struggled to preserve it.
Lunch: Enjoy a packed field lunch in a scenic location. Participants will get to make their own lunch in the morning with sandwich and salad options.
Afternoon: Upon completion of our hike, we will head to the Craig Thomas Discovery Center in Grand Teton National Park to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the park, as well as to orient ourselves around the large relief map.
Dinner: At Teton Science Schools.
Evening: This evening will focus on the wolves and bears that resides in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Topics highlighted will be the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone, delisting of both species, behavior and biology of both species, bear interactions with humans and gray wolf interactions between packs. Also discussed will be the controversies surrounding both species and how current decisions will affect the animals' futures.
Activity note: Hike will start at 10,400 feet, and will include elevation changes of 500-1,500 feet over the course of a 2-6 mile hike.
Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.
Morning: On a clear day, the summit of Rendezvous Mountain provides participants with a fantastic view of the valley of Jackson Hole. The Jackson Hole Aerial Tram climbs 4,139 feet about the valley floor to the final elevation of 10,450 feet. Glacial processes, historical meanderings of the mighty Snake River and human settlement patterns are all seen from a bird’s eye view. At the top, we'll break into three groups to explore the alpine environment and the unique plants and animals found there.
Lunch: Packed field lunch.
Afternoon: We’ll continued hiking one of the trails at the summit of Rendezvous Mountain, and return to the valley floor via the Aerial Tram. Back on the valley floor, enjoy some free time to explore the charming mountain village.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like from the selection of restaurants in downtown Jackson and Teton Village. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give you directions.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Activity today will including walking around the geyser basin at Old Faithful on boardwalks and paved trails. Afternoon will include a 2-4 mile hike with an elevation gain of 500 feet.
Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.
Morning: Following an early morning departure, we’ll begin our three-day exploration of Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park. As we head into the giant caldera, we will stop to see hot springs, geysers, and fumaroles at points of interest as we head to the Old Faithful Geyser Basin, home to Old Faithful as well as nearly one-quarter of all of the geysers in the world!
Lunch: Packed field lunch.
Afternoon: Hike to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the region. The group will have the option to break into three groups with three hike options. Following the hike, we will drive approximately 2 hours to the Canyon area, stopping to view wildlife in the spectacular Hayden Valley along the way.
Dinner: At the Canyon Dining Room, enjoy a plated dinner with your choice of entree, soup or salad, and non-alcoholic beverage. Other beverages are available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Today's hike will be up to 4 mostly flat miles along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone rim and surrounding area.
Breakfast: At the Canyon Dining Room, choose a juice, breakfast entree, and coffee, tea, cocoa, or milk. Additional beverages available for purchase.
Morning: Start your day in beautiful Yellowstone National Park! Today our hike will be along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, we'll walk up to 4 miles along the canyon rim and surrounding area, looking for wildlife and evidence of the caldera rim.
Lunch: Boxed lunch eaten in the field. Choose from several sandwich options.
Afternoon: We'll stop at the Canyon Visitor Center and take an in-depth look at the geologic forces that are active in Yellowstone. Then, we will drive approximately two hours through the Lamar Valley, called the "Serengeti of North America" for the abundance of large mammals present there. Observe ungulates such as elk, bison, and pronghorn engage in a variety of mating behaviors.
Dinner: At a local restaurant in Cooke City, Montana.
Evening: Head out at dusk to observe the wildlife, such as wolves and elk that are more active at dawn and dusk. Listen carefully and we may hear elk "bugling" as they call to potential mates. Hearing their ephemeral call is an experience to remember!
Activity note: Today's hike will be along the Hoodoos/Terrace Mountain loop, 2-6 miles, 500 feet elevation gain.
Breakfast: In the field, while viewing elusive wildlife at dawn, we'll eat a packed breakfast with coffee, tea, water, prepared by our Group Leader.
Morning: Before breakfast, we'll set out in search of wolves and wolf dens in the Lamar Valley with our Group Leader. We’ll learn the stories of specific wolf packs in the area, and observe firsthand how the reintroduction of wolves has shaped the landscape of our nation's first national park as we use spotting scopes to view wildlife. Then, we will continue on to Mammoth Hot Springs for our final hike, which will take us through the unusual landscape and hoodoo formations surrounding Terrace Mountain. Three hike options from the same trailhead will be offered.
Lunch: At Mammoth Cafeteria, we’ll enjoy a plated meal ordered from the counter, with choice of entree, plus non-alcoholic beverage. Other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: On our drive back to Jackson, we'll keep our eyes tuned to the large mammals that call this valley home.
Dinner: At a local restaurant on the way back to Jackson, enjoy a plated dinner with your choice of entree and celebratory beverage. Other beverages available for purchase.
Activity note: Walk approximately 1/2 mile around a museum. Participants may get taxi service directly from the museum to the airport, or they may get a ride back to town with their group leader in the Teton Science Schools mini-buses.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: After breakfast, we will draw a close to the program and reflect on the fun times we had through the week. To complete our program, we’ll head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art to explore the museum with an experienced docent. Resting upon a dramatic cliff overlooking the National Elk Refuge, the National Museum of Wildlife Art serves to enrich and inspire the relationship between man and nature. The museum contains approximately 4,000 works of art, with exhibitions and programs that focus on wildlife of the world. Constructed to fit seamlessly into the landscape, the building was inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Lunch: At the Palate restaurant at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, we will enjoy plated meals chosen from a seasonal menu selected by the executive chef. This concludes our program.
Afternoon: 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!