Yellowstone Winter Naturalist Certification

Yellowstone Winter Naturalist Certification

$2,857.50
Dates:
January 29 - February 4
Location:
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Meals Included?:
Yes (all meals included)
Instructors:
Amanda Evans
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Professional Development

There is no better outdoor classroom than the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem – one of the largest nearly intact temperate-zone ecosystems in the world. Yellowstone’s wealth of natural and cultural diversity includes the largest concentration of hydrothermal features, 10,000+ years of vast human history, an abundance of wildlife, varied vegetation, numerous lakes, rivers, and creeks, and unique geologic wonders. Based out of the historic Lamar Buffalo Range, this certificate-level course participants will learn in-depth about this unique and amazing ecosystem. Through a variety of outings, guest speakers, activities, and lectures participants will gain the skills of a Yellowstone naturalist and will encounter a diversity of winter ecosystems. During this week-long course, learn to understand and interpret wildlife, geology, plants, cultural history, and ecological management of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. With completion of this course participants will be provided a Yellowstone Naturalist certification in addition to a Montana Master Naturalist certification, through the Montana Natural History Center.

New this winter: All meals will be catered, from dinner on the first evening to breakfast on the last morning . There is also an option to add a round trip airport shuttle for an additional $125.00.

About the instructor

Amanda Evans is a Lead Field Educator for Yellowstone Forever. Her passion for wildlife and wild places has taken her across the country for work, including guiding in Ketchikan, AK, working as an Outdoor Education Specialist for the Ocean Institute, and an Education Specialist for the Los Angeles Zoo. Amanda has an immense passion for Yellowstone, and when not working in the park spends most of her spare time exploring and learning all she can about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. She feels that it is through firsthand 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.

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.