Thursday, October 6, 2011

The program is based in the heart of the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone’s quiet northeast corner and features YAI’s signature combination of classroom learning and in-field observation led by Institute naturalists and guest speakers. These programs are offered when the park hotels are not open so guests practically have the park to themselves.

“Ever since wolves were reintroduced to the park in 1995 and 1996 after an absence of 60 years, they have captured the public’s fascination,” said Jeff Brown, executive director of the Yellowstone Association. “We offer a variety of wolf-oriented programs, and these full weeks bring together people who share a common curiosity and desire to know more.”

Lamar Valley Wolf Week will be held Nov. 27 - Dec. 1 and Dec. 12-16, 2011 and March 6-10, 12-16 and 18-22, 2012. The programs are limited to 19 participants, and the minimum age is 12. Rates are $610 for members of the Yellowstone Association. Catered meals, use of snowshoes, instruction and in-park transportation are included.

Participants can rent a sleeping bag and pillow for $20. Shared cabins are $30 per person per night. Subject to availability, participants may also book the cabins privately for $75 per night for one or two people.

The program begins with dinner followed by an orientation on the first night. Participants will then begin each morning by searching for wolves in Lamar Valley – the world’s premier location for observing wolves in the wild. As the sun rises and the wolves settle down for the day, participants will switch gears with snow excursions into wolf habitat under the guidance of an Institute instructor. Afternoons will be unstructured, allowing for participants to peruse the Ranch’s library, relax in small groups or nap in preparation for the early mornings. Dinner each evening is followed by a presentation, guest speaker or the opportunity to head out into the night with the group to listen for wolf howls under the stars.

The program also features hikes on snow-packed trails, or snowshoe trips of up to three miles per day with climbs up to 250 feet. This program includes instruction, snowshoes and three catered meals a day. Meals begin with dinner on Monday and end with breakfast on Friday.

Reservations for the Lamar Valley Wolf Week and Private Tours can be made by calling 1-406-848-2400. Reservations for the Winter Wolf Discovery can be made by calling 1-866-439-7375.

Posted on Thursday, 6th October, 2011


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