Choose Your Pace: Hiking in Grand Teton and Yellowstone
Hike past hot springs and geysers at your pace, learn about fumaroles and wildlife and ride a tram up Rendezvous Mountain for a whole new perspective on Yellowstone and Grand Teton.
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Program No. 4937RJ
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Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Jackson, WY
Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

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 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

Visitor Center, Teton Hike, Bears & Wolves Lecture
Jackson, WY
Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

Activity note: Activity today will be a 3-7 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 3-7 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.

Rendezous Mountain Aerial Tram, Alpine Hike, Teton Village
Jackson, WY
Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

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, choose from three hike options 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 or Bridger Gondola. 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.

Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, Waterfall Hike
Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park
Old Faithful Lodge Frontier Cabins

Activity note: Activity today will including walking around the geyser basin at Old Faithful on boardwalks and paved trails, as well as 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 thermal areas like West Thumb Geyser Basin. We will stop at several 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: Choose one of three hike options through an area of geologic wonder, including a hike to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the region. Your group leader will offer further knowledge of the geologic features in the area.

Dinner: At the Old Faithful Dining Room, enjoy a plated dinner with your choice of entree, soup or salad, and non-alcoholic beverage. Alcoholic beverages are available at an additional cost.

Evening: Take an evening walk along the boardwalks of the Old Faithful Geyser Basin to explore the geysers and hot springs after the crowds have gone home. Enjoy an outdoor lecture on the Yellowstone Hotspot during your walk.

Terrace Mountain Hike, Mammoth Terraces
Mammoth Hot Springs
Mammoth Hot Springs Frontier Cabins

Activity note: Today's hike will be along the Terrace Mountain Hoodoos, 3-5 miles, 500 feet elevation gain.

Breakfast: At the Old Faithful Dining Room, choose a juice, breakfast entree, and coffee, tea, cocoa, or milk.

Morning: Start your day in beautiful Yellowstone National Park! Today we will head north to Mammoth, where our hike today will take us through the unusual landscape and hoodoo formations surrounding Terrace Mountain. Three hike options from the same trailhead will be offered.

Lunch: Boxed lunch eaten in the field. Choose from several sandwich options.

Afternoon: Continue hiking around Terrace Mountain. Our hike will end with an exploration of the Mammoth Terraces.

Dinner: At the Mammoth Hotel Dining Room, enjoy a plated dinner with your choice of entree, soup or salad, and non-alcoholic beverage. Alcoholic beverages are available at an additional cost.

Evening: Our program this evening will explore the idea of home in our nation's first national park. As we look for the charismatic wildlife that call this park home, we will learn about the human history of the area.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Hayden Valley
Jackson, WY
Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus

Activity note: Walk 2.5 tp 5 miles along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone rim and surrounding area.

Breakfast: At the Mammoth Hotel Dining Room, choose a juice, breakfast entree, and coffee, tea, cocoa, or milk.

Morning: Choose from three hike options of up to 5 miles along the canyon rim and surrounding area. All hikes will take you past breathtaking views of the Upper Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

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 geology and geologic forces that are active in Yellowstone. On our drive back to Jackson, we'll pass through the magnificent Hayden Valley with our eyes tuned to the large mammals that call this valley home. We may see bison, bears, elk and all kinds of birds.

Dinner: At a local restaurant on the way back to Jackson, enjoy a plated dinner with your choice of entree and celebratory beverage.

Reflection, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Departure
Jackson, WY

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: After breakfast, all participants will take part in "hands-to-work." Hands-to-work is a part of Teton Science Schools' community philosophy. Participants along with staff will address and clean the spaces they have used throughout the week. All participants of Teton Science Schools' programs take part in this which builds a sense of community and rapport amongst program participants throughout the campus. A closing reflection give us a chance to look back at the fun times we had through the week. Then, 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. Reflect upon the connection between humans, art, nature, and our natural parks as you explore this world-class museum.

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

Afternoon: Program concludes. Participants wishing to go directly to the airport from the museum may arrange transport by taxi. Others may get a ride back to Jackson with their group leader. 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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