Yellowstone Winter Master Naturalist

Yellowstone Winter Master Naturalist

$1,285.50
Dates:
January 9-15
Location:
Gardiner, Montana
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Institute Staff
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Natural History, Professional Development, Wildlife

In this certificate-level course you will gain the skills of a naturalist. Through this intensive course, you will learn to understand and interpret the wildlife, geology, plants, and climate of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Through field outings and expert instructors, you will encounter a diversity of winter ecosystems and processes. Topics covered range from natural history, controversial topics, ecology, and cultural history.

There may be limited lodging available through Yellowstone Forever at our Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus (shared lodging). If interested in YOFC lodging please reach out to us directly at 406-848-2400. There are also several lodging facilities in Gardiner, MT. You can find more information about Gardiner based lodging here: Gardiner, MT - Lodging.

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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.