2012 WCC Adventures in Yellowstone
2012 WCC Adventures in Yellowstone
Join us to observe Wolves and wildlife in a spectacular setting
5-Day/4-Night Yellowstone Excursion
Spring Adventure: May 25-29, 2012
Summer Adventure: June 24-28, 2012
Join the Wolf Conservation Center and Yellowstone Wildlife Biologists and life-long residents Nathan Varley, Ph.d., and Linda Thurston, M.S., for a unique and educational adventure in Yellowstone National Park!
Yellowstone Program Overview
Learn from the experts who have spent their lives studying the endangered wildlife of Yellowstone National Park, and also enjoy comfortable accommodations in picturesque settings, great meals served outdoors, and fine dining at historic lodges – plus, enjoy a visit to many of the locations that have made Yellowstone famous, including the Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and, of course, Old Faithful Geyser. Special Yellowstone experts will join us to share their perspectives on the recent de-listing of the wolf as an endangered species and examine additional threats to the varied species that make Yellowstone home.
Appropriate for families with children 16 or older, this trip is a great learning experience in the field and promises to create memories that will be shared for many years to come.
Cost: $1995/person/double occupancy w/$175 single supplement.* Deposit of $500 per person due at time of booking.
Minimum group size: 8; Maximum group size: 16**
Minimum fitness level: Able to walk up to 2 miles over uneven terrain
Please contact Spencer Wilhelm for full itinerary and details: 914-763-2373 x2; firstname.lastname@example.org
* $500 of your trip fee is tax-deductible.
** The WCC reserves the right to cancel this expedition if there is insufficient interest. Airfare is NOT included.
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Each Yellowstone Adventure with the Wolf Conservation Center is unique, because the itinerary changes based on the season, which roads are open, and where Wolves have been sighted! You might expect your journey to go something like this...
Day One in Yellowstone
After settling in at the edge of the Park in the town of Gardiner, Montana, you join your WCC guides and fellow adventurers, and head under the Roosevelt Arch to enter Yellowstone – where you are immediately surrounded by countless Elk, a Wolf's favorite food! Just minutes into the Park you encounter an amazing variety of free-roaming wildlife, including Bison, Coyotes, Bears (in the Spring and Summer; in the Winter Grizzlies and Black Bears are hibernating!), and maybe even a Moose! But your goal is to see Wolves, so you head for The Lamar Valley, home to the famous Lamar Canyon Pack, to join some expert Wolf watchers who have radioed your guides that the pack has been sighted. You set up your high-powered scopes, and see if you can spot the Alpha female and her fully grown pups from Spring 2011. If it is Spring or Summer, you may spot some brand new pups as well!
Day Two in Yellowstone
The next morning you get up at the crack of dawn and head into the Park. You may catch sight of various species – Coyotes, Wolves, Bears and Ravens – vying for a chance to feast on a fallen Moose or Bison killed by a Wolf pack overnight. After a morning of viewing wildlife, you visit the Lamar Canyon Visitors Education Center to learn about the history and geography of the Park – excellent preparation for an afternoon trip to the Yellowstone Caldera, the super-volcano under the Park, which is responsible for the amazing waterfalls and geysers for which Yellowstone is renowned. As the sun sets, you head back for dinner and a presentation by one of Yellowstone's Wolf experts on the biology of the Yellowstone Wolves and the prospects for the future of the species in challenging times.
Day Three in Yellowstone
The group spends the morning taking in the incomparable beauty of the Park and inhabitants. Even when there are no large carnivores to be seen, the herds of Bison, Elk, Pronghorn, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, and Mule Deer can easily make up for the absence, and the creatures of the air can be equally wonderful. Golden Eagles, Osprey, Peregrine Falcons, and Mountain Bluebirds are just a few of the amazing native birds in the Park. At day's end, you take a two mile hike to one of the very first Wolf dens used during the Wolf reintroduction to the Park in the 1990s, led by expert Wolf biologists who talk about all aspects of Wolf pack life, then and now.
Day Four in Yellowstone
After a final early morning viewing of Yellowstone wildlife, you head to Mammoth Hot Springs, one of the Park's most dynamic hydro-thermal areas, where a network of fractures in the landscape allows hot water heated by the underground caldera to reach the surface. Microorganisms in the water create natural tapestries of rich color where the hot water flows in a constantly changing living sculpture. Though the Park still has much more to offer, the trip must come to an end – but you will have memories you will cherish for a lifetime, and you vow to return to experience the wonder of Yellowstone in another season.