Lamar Valley Wolf Week IV

Lamar Valley Wolf Week IV

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Dates:
March 15-19
Location:
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Meals Included?:
Yes
Instructors:
Virginia Miller
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Wildlife

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Immerse yourself in the wolf's winter world! The focus of this program is an immersion into the world of Yellowstone’s wolves—searching for wolves and their prey, observing behavior, learning about wolf conservation and management, and interacting with wolf researchers, managers, and other experts in the field. Each morning, you’ll hit the road and head out to strategic viewing points to observe wolves. Some of the afternoons, you’ll go off the beaten path, venturing into wolf territory on snowshoe (weather dependent) excursions to learn about their habitat and behavior. This special week includes catered meals that begin with dinner the first evening and end with continental breakfast on the last 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. See the Course Letter below for more information.

  • Day 1 Orientation
    The program starts with an orientation where participants will be introduced to the Lamar Buffalo Ranch and go over the course itinerary. Following the general orientation participants will be served dinner.
  • Days 2-4 Wolves In-Depth
    Mornings will start with a catered breakfast. After breakfast the group will head out into the field for wolf watching. Students will then head back to the ranch for a mid-morning break and lunch. Following lunch will be snowshoe excursions (weather dependent) or wildlife watching. Evenings will consist of dinner and relaxation.
  • Day 5 Departure
    Continental breakfast served. Check-out from the ranch is 9:00 a.m.

About the instructor

Virginia Miller comes to Yellowstone from a long history in outdoor education and the Girl Scouts. She first worked in the park in 2012, thinking it would be just a fun one-summer job. But after falling in love with the animals, the thermals, and even the lodgepole pines, she never left! Over the last 10 years as a Yellowstone Naturalist, some of that time as a Lead Instructor for the Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Forever Institutes, Virginia has worked with families, teachers, school groups and everyone in between.

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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.