Call of the Wild – Yellowstone Wolf Program’s “Lamar Valley Wolf Creek”

In response to a successful introduction and solid demand last year, the non-profit Yellowstone Association Institute (YAI) will offer five “Lamar Valley Wolf Creek” programs in late November and December 2011 and March 2012 at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch Field Campus.

Based in the heart of Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park’s quiet north-eastern corner, the program features YAI’s signature combination of classroom learning, guest speakers, infield observation led by Institute naturalists and miles of pristine wilderness to roam without encumbrance. Hosted during the months when Yellowstone’s lodges are closed for the season, guests enjoy the hushed stillness of the Park with only wildlife and nature as their sole company.

“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,” says 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 November 27 – December 1 and December 12-16, 2011 and March 6-10, 12-16 and 18-22, 2012. The programs are limited to 19 participants per group, and the minimum age is 12 years. Rates are priced from US$610 and the package includes catered meals, use of snowshoes, instruction and in-Park transportation are included.

Shared cabins are priced at US$30 per person per night and a sleeping bag with pillow is priced at US$20 per person per night. Subject to availability, participants may also book the cabins privately for US$75 per night for one or two people.

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The program begins with dinner followed by an orientation on the first night. Participants then commence 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 enjoy snow excursions into the wolves’ habitat under the guidance of an Institute instructor. Afternoons are 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 with a guest speaker or the opportunity to head out into the night with the group to listen for wolf howls under a canopy of winter stars.

The program also features hikes on snow-packed trails or snowshoe trips of up to five kilometres per day with climbs up to 76 metres. The program also includes instruction, snowshoes and three catered meals a day beginning with dinner on Monday and ending with breakfast on Friday.

Visitors looking for a similar experience in January and February, YAI offers a Winter Wolf Discovery package in partnership with Yellowstone National Park Lodges. This program includes daily outings with Institute instructors, as well as lodging and most meals at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. YAI also offers daily Private Tours focusing on wildlife, skiing or snowshoeing. Participants can stay in private cabins at YAI’s Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus just outside of Gardiner, Montana, or at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.
Source = Yellowstone Association Institute
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