This winter, spend a holiday to remember relaxing with kindred spirits amid the inspiring landscape of Yellowstone National Park. You are invited to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the New Year in the park as a participant in a Yellowstone Forever Institute Field Seminar. You’ll spend your days watching wildlife and taking snowshoe rambles through a snowy wonderland, and your evenings relaxing at the cozy Lamar Buffalo Ranch.
Spend a classic American holiday in the heart of Lamar Valley, where Thanksgiving is more than football, turkey, and shopping the day after! It is a time to reflect on our good fortune and to immerse ourselves in the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Spend your days in the spectacular valley wildlife watching and snowshoeing, then learn to capture your experiences in a creative field journal, or spend time doing your own thing. Relax in the bunkhouse in the evenings to sip a hot beverage and enjoy engaging evening programs. We’ll provide the main dish for a group potluck dinner to celebrate on Thanksgiving Day.
Christmas is a magical time of year, but can be filled with a lot of rushing around to different activities and celebrations. So plan to slow down, relax, and enjoy this special holiday in a most special place. Each morning, we will search for wildlife along the roadway. Returning to the Lamar Buffalo Ranch, we’ll take our time with breakfast and then head out to explore the Lamar Valley on snowshoes, with many stops to reflect, journal, soak in the scenery, and discuss wildlife, natural history, and geology of the area. In the evening, settle in with existing and newfound friends to recount the day’s adventures and enjoy engaging evening programs. We’ll provide the main dish for a group potluck dinner to celebrate on Christmas Day.
Close the old year and start the new one at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch, where the wildlife can be spotted right outside your front door. Bring your friends to enjoy the daily outings to look for wolves, bison, elk, and bighorn sheep. Engage in lively discussions about these animals and discuss how valley inhabitants survive Yellowstone’s long harsh winters. You’ll learn about wildlife adaptations to live in the cold and find food, interactions of predators and scavengers, how to read tracks in the snow, and more. The class ends early on New Year’s Eve, but all are welcome to stay and ring in the New Year here in the heart of Yellowstone.