Yellowstone In-Depth: Bison

Yellowstone In-Depth: Bison

$503.00
Dates:
February 3-4
Location:
Gardiner, Montana
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Institute Staff
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Cultural History, Natural History, Wildlife

Bison are prominent in Yellowstone National Park and are a potent symbol—one of some controversy. This two-day program will look at the history of bison, its role with Tribal Nations and white settlement of the West, its near extinction, and the incredible tale of its recovery. Lastly, we will look at bison in America today; from buffalo ranching to the controversy of Yellowstone’s herd as it leaves the park. Participants will meet with a variety of stakeholders around the ecosystem to provide a wholistic and comprehensive understanding of bison.

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 American Bison
    7:45 a.m. Check-in at Yellowstone Forever Headquarters in the Classrooms
    8:00 a.m. The day will be interwoven between classroom discussions, guest lectures, and field trips.
    The focus of this day is to highlight the science and history of bison.Be prepared to bring food that can be eaten in the classrooms or out in the field.
    5:00 p.m. Program Wrap-Up
  • Day 2 Bison at the Border
    8:00 a.m. The day will be interwoven between classroom discussions, guest lectures, and field trips. The focus of this day is to highlight bison management and controversy. Be prepared to bring food that can be eaten in the classrooms or out in the field.
    5:00 p.m. Class Wrap-Up

Lodging is available but not included in the price of this program. If you are interested in booking lodging through Yellowstone Forever please contact institute@yellowstone.org.

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.