Christmas in Lamar

Christmas in Lamar

$1,082.50
Dates:
December 23-27
Location:
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Institute Staff
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Natural History, Wildlife

Spend a Christmas to remember relaxing with kindred spirits amid the inspiring winter landscape at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch. Search for wildlife such as wolves, elk, bison, and the elusive fox and take snowshoe rambles through a snowy wonderland while pondering Yellowstone’s wildlife, geology, and history. Each evening, you’ll settle in with existing and newfound friends to recount the day’s adventures and enjoy engaging evening programs. We’ll bring the main dish for a group potluck dinner to celebrate on Christmas Day.

Program Itinerary

The itinerary is designed to take advantage of the best opportunities in the park, but may be adjusted to adapt to weather conditions, wildlife activity, holidays, and road construction. The details and timing of the agenda are subject to change. For more information see the Course Letter below.

  • Day 1
    Participants are welcome to check into the Lamar Buffalo Ranch starting at 4:00 p.m.
    7:00 p.m. Meet & Greet, Introduction to Lamar Buffalo Ranch and course specifics.
  • Day 2 Wildlife
    With a focus on wildlife, this day will consist of a mixture of early morning roadside wildlife watching and early afternoon wildlife discussions and journal demonstrations. In the mid-afternoon this class will go for a hike (or snowshoe depending on snowpack) and have lunch in the field. The class will return late-afternoon for free time and dinner and be followed with an evening presentation.
  • Day 3 Christmas
    After early-morning wildlife watching, we will return to the ranch for Christmas festivity preparations. If time allows, the class will go back out into the field for an abbreviated wildlife watching or hike (or snowshoe) activity.
  • Day 4 Natural History
    With a focus on natural and cultural history, this day will consist of a mixture of early morning roadside wildlife watching and early afternoon history discussions and journaling activities. In the mid-afternoon this class will go for a hike (or snowshoe depending on snowpack) and have lunch in the field. The class will return late afternoon for dinner and free time
  • Day 5
    Check out by 9:00 a.m

Download Program Information:

Course Letter

More Information:

We are continually updating and refining our COVID-19 mitigation measures to ensure the health and safety our guests, staff and volunteers. Read our COVID-19 guidelines for program participants.

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.