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Yellowstone Safari: A Seasonal Journey Through a Dramatic Landscape

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While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Take an unforgettable journey into Yellowstone National Park’s dramatic and changing landscape. Explore the seasonal changes and the dramatic composition that unfolds on the stage of Yellowstone’s magnificent scenery. Discover how the seasonal activity of indigenous wildlife plays together with the natural history and the unique geothermal features in this ongoing symphony. An experienced naturalist will lead the safari, which will investigate the specific natural activity of the season and how it plays into the overall rhythm of what defines the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.


• Safari through Yellowstone and watch the unfolding drama of the season that showcases the park’s grand and wild nature.
• Enjoy four field days in the park to learn about natural history and observe native wildlife during seasonal activity with plenty of actual viewing time.
• Experience Yellowstone's spectacular Northern Range and other prominent areas to learn about animal behaviors and adaptations. An expert naturalist provides lessons on how to view wildlife unobtrusively and how to behave in their environment.

Program Notes

Elevations of 5,000-7,700 feet.

Activity Notes

Walk up to two miles per field day; several walks each day on established trails, boardwalks, stairs and rocky paths.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Mammoth Hot Springs, 1 nights; coach to Yellowstone Lake, 2 nights; coach to Old Faithful, 1 night; coach to Mammoth Hot Springs, 1 nights; departure.

Date Notes
This date offers all In-Park Accommodations. The focus in September will be the activity of the elk as they move from summer pastures to lower elevations for the rut/breeding season. It is one of the most amazing spectacles in North American Wildlife. The "bugle" of a bull elk is the call meant to attract female elk, which is so strange and yet maddeningly attractive to the ears. The cows and calves respond with their own chorus of mews and barks. Soon, with several males trying to assemble their cow/calf harems, you have a mixture of complex calls and responses with a variety of voices that can only be described as "Opera". All of this and more can be experienced as the Bull Elk gather and defend their harems. You will have a front row seat to this drama - like a soap opera in real time in Yellowstone. Visit important areas of the Parks geologic history. Aspen grove fall colors can be beautiful depending on the weather. The ecology of the wildlife and plants will be connected with the life cycle of the elk herds, ending in the viewing of the Rut Opera. 5/1/2016
This date will spend all 5 nights just outside Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Montana, and drive into the park daily for all scheduled programming.6/5/2016
This date offers all accommodations inside Yellowstone National Park. 9/18/2016
This date offers all accommodations inside Yellowstone National Park. The focus in September will be the activity of the elk for the rut/breeding season. Come hear the bull elk "bugle" attracting female elk.9/25/2016
This date offers all accommodations inside Yellowstone National Park. The focus in September will be the activity of the elk for the rut/breeding season. Come hear the bull elk "bugle" attracting female elk.

Coordinated by University of Montana Western.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences


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