Spring Wildlife Watching

Spring Wildlife Watching

$643.75
Dates:
May 11-14
Location:
Gardiner, Montana
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Amanda Evans
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Natural History, Wildlife

Yellowstone’s northern range is known worldwide for its charismatic megafauna, such as grizzly bears, bison, wolves, and elk. You’ll spend three full days looking for these and other wild animals and learning how they fit into the park’s ecosystem. Enjoy early morning and afternoon searches for wolves, bears, and songbirds, in addition to falcons and other birds of prey as they migrate back to the area. Keep a watchful eye on the ground, too, where you might spot small animals.

About the instructor

Amanda Evans is a Yellowstone Forever lead field educator. Her passion for wildlife and wild places has taken her to working in California, Texas, Wyoming, Alaska, and Montana. She feels that it is through first hand experience with the natural world that people build the strongest connections to it. Her goal is to use education to foster the same appreciation she feels and to inspire others to preserve and protect nature in all spaces.

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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.