Animal Families: Lessons on Growing Up Wild

Animal Families: Lessons on Growing Up Wild

Shared Cabin Triple: $500 per person
Private Cabin Double: $1,150 for two people
Private Cabin Single: $800 per person
Dates:
May 22 at 7 PM - May 25 at 9 AM
Location:
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Kira Cassidy, M.S.
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Seminar Type:
Traditional
Program Subject:
Conservation, Natural History, Wildlife

Whether it’s part of a wolf pack, elk herd, swan flock, or human family, every creature is continually learning throughout their lifetime. In this class we will explore the northern range of Yellowstone learning about the value of teachers and life experience in the animal kingdom. We will focus on wolf families and the strategies the older adults use to teach their young how to stay healthy and safe in the wild. We will spend time in the field looking for wolves with four-week-old pups just starting to incorporate into the pack. We will also discuss other species whose elders teach the family members valuable lessons gained through years of experience, including many ungulates and birds living in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Lodging Options:

  • Private Cabin Single: A private cabin for yourself
  • Private Cabin Double: A private cabin for yourself and one other participant of your choice
  • Shared Cabin Triple: A bed in a shared cabin with up to two other participants

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SUMMER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Be prepared to hike up to 1 mile per day, comfortably, through relatively flat terrain on maintained trails.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles per day, comfortably, with elevation gains up to 600 feet. Some off-trail hiking possible.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles per day, comfortably, with occasional elevation gains up to 1000 feet in undulating terrain.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 8 miles per day, at a brisk pace, comfortably, with climbs up to 1500 feet on dirt trails. Loose rocks, uneven footing, and off-trail hiking are possible. Good coordination is recommended.
  • Be prepared for brisk aerobic, destination-oriented hiking up to 12 miles a day. You should be physically conditioned to do these hikes comfortably. Elevation changes up to 2000 feet on dirt trails or off-trail. Loose rock, uneven footing, steep hillside traverses, and stream crossings are possible. Good coordination is required.

WINTER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Leisurely hikes up to 1 mile per day through relatively flat terrain on maintained or snow-packed trails.
  • Hikes on snow-packed trails, or snowshoe or ski trips, up to 3 miles per day with climbs up to 250 feet.
  • Brisk hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing up to 5 miles per day with climbs up to 500 feet, including some trail-breaking in snow.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 8 miles per day with climbs up to 1000 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 12 miles per day with climbs up to 1500 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.