This is a genuinely wild and awe inspiring itinerary that brings National Geographic-style wildlife encounters with some of the world’s most rugged and beautiful scenery. Few people get to see Yellowstone covered under a blanket of dramatic white snow during winter, when the animals are on the move looking for food and all around thermal geysers explode into ice crystals in an unbelievable spectacle of the planet’s power and diversity. Taking in the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, this trip could include husky dog sledging, wolf tracking, snow shoeing, bathing in hot springs, trekking, wildlife watching and much more. We hope you are inspired by this itinerary and we would be delighted to organise it for you and your students next year.
THIS ITINERARY CAN BE AMENDED TO SUIT THE BUDGET/GOALS/DATES OF YOUR INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL GROUP.
Upon arrival at Jackson Hole (or similar local airport) you will be greeted by our friendly local team and driven directly to the comfortable group hotel. After checking in and a chance to freshen up we will have an introduction meeting with the guides which will be our opportunity to learn more about this exciting trip, local customs and ask any questions that we might have about the itinerary. Then it is on to a local restaurant to enjoy some hearty American food before an early night, ready for tomorrow’s activities.
Jackson Hole is the gateway to the stunning Grand Teton National Park which is where we will get out first glimpse of the raw beauty of the mountains and nature in this part of the U.S. There are a variety of options and fantastic activities for us to get involved in. Jackson is home to several wildlife trusts where we can see up close some of the animals we will likely see later on in Yellowstone such as wolves, lynxes, bison, raptors and deer. We may also have an opportunity to see a husky dog team in action, owned by a local man we have known for a long time who can teach us about this ancient and special skill, and to see him in action with his dogs is fun and very inspiring. In
the afternoon we can take a sleigh ride to a local Elk sanctuary to watch the 20,000 elk being fed. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to see so many thousands of animals together, and feel right in the middle of them. In the evening we will head back to our hotel for some hot dinner in a local restaurant.
After breakfast we will head out into the beautiful Grand Teton National Park for our first experience of snow shoeing through the forests. The park is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna, although this time of year most of the land will be covered in snow, creating a hopefully pristine and magical environment few people get to see. We will have an instruction lesson on how to use the snow shoes, but usually people get the hang of them quickly. Then it’s time to head into the park to follow animal trails, take in the mountain scenery and enjoy the raw beauty of nature. Our expert
guides will be on the look out for birds and tracks, and will stop regularly to teach us about the history of the park, and the abundant wildlife that can be found here.
Today we will drive along the western perimeter of Yellowstone to access the only gate that is open in winter, close to Gardener town. We will stay in eco lodges, specialised for educational and school groups, at the entrance to the park in beautiful rolling hills. Depending on the depth of the snow and the state of the road, we hope to arrive around mid afternoon to check into our rooms. We will then be able to visit the Mammoth Hot Springs to appreciate the extraordinary geothermal activity that is happening below our feet. The vents spew steam from underneath the earth into the
freezing air, sometimes turning to ice as it cascades down again. This time of year it is a genuine marvel to behold, but to add to the experience we can take a warming dip in the nearby Boiling River hot springs; A very fun and memorable experience! Our guides will explain what geothermal energy is and how it has affected the geography of the local region. Afterwards we will return to our cabins where we will work as a team to prepare and cook dinner, using the kitchen facilities and the supplies that our guides have brought for us. It’s a great chance to learn new skills in the kitchen and prepare food for your team mates.
Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the world and arguably one of the most diverse, geographically interesting and beautiful natural areas in existence. Its abundance of mega fauna such as elk, moose, bison, wolf, bear and lynx, combined with the forests, mountains, lakes and bubbling geothermal hot spots make it a natural spectacle like no other. However, in winter, the experience is truly breathtaking, as much of the wildlife become more active in looking for food, the trees are coated in thick white snow, and the whole park takes on a wild yet magical feeling. We will spend the next two days enjoying these phenomena in various adventurous and exciting ways like snow shoeing, wildlife tracking/watching and following the trails around the mountains and thermal springs.
We will head into a different section of the park to continue our exploration by snow coach and snow shoe. Be on the look out for wolves, elk and bison as they travel through the park searching for food. By travelling on snow-shoe we will be able to head deeper into the park to catch glimpses of these animals and appreciate the ecosystem that they live in. We will return to our lodges again for another cooked dinner which we will prepare ourselves, followed by some further educational and/or fun games organised by our guides.
Depending on the time of your flight, we may have time for another walk/trek/activity this morning before driving you to Bozeman airport which is the closest access point to the park, for your international flight home.
Per Person, Twin Share