Off Trail Adventures
July 23 - 25
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Sam Archibald, M.E.M.
Hiking, Outdoor Recreation
Welcome to Off-Trail Adventures, where you'll experience three days of discovery beyond the asphalt, boardwalk, and even the trail. You will take advantage of the open landscape along the northern range to explore seldom-visited areas, hiking up to 8 miles a day through sagebrush and aspen groves, past rushing streams and wildflowers, and up to new vistas of iconic areas. Along the way, you will look for tracks, scat, bones, and general wildlife signs; evidence of Yellowstone's early human residents; and other unique features of this living landscape. You'll also engage in discussions about wildlife ecology, geology, park history, and more.
About the instructor
Sam Archibald is a Lead Field Educator for Yellowstone Forever. Sam first started with outdoor education as a US Peace Corps volunteer, working with an Ecuadorian nonprofit organization to develop outdoor leadership programs for youth. After earning his master’s degree in Environmental Management through Western Colorado University (Gunnison, CO), Sam joined the National Park Service, working as a Crew Leader for the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps. What was supposed to be a single season in YNP turned into many as Sam fell in love the vivacity of this ecosystem. Sam first joined Yellowstone Forever's team as a winter seasonal educator and has been a permeant instructor since 2022. Sam is grateful for every day he gets to spend out in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and looks forward to the continual discoveries offered by this wild and wonderful landscape.
"I can't say enough good things about Sam. He is knowledgeable and patient and a wonderful hiking guide. This is my 4th and favorite YF seminar." - Cynthia, MT
"Sam was an awesome guide. He is very knowledgeable about all aspects of the park. He is very polite and did a fantastic job. I have participated in the fall hiking twice prior and each time I have a greater appreciation of the beauty and splendor of the park. I Thank Sam and the volunteers, who were so enjoyable, for helping us have a exceptional hiking trip." - Rochelle, FL
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