WINTER Inspire. Educate. Preserve. 2014–15 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

WINTER
2014–15 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
YELLOWSTONE ASSOCIATION INSTITUTE
Inspire. Educate. Preserve.
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Though Yellowstone National Park is
remarkable in every season, the park in
winter is truly a magical place. A winter
visit to Yellowstone will leave you with
lasting memories of steaming geyser
basins, incredible wildlife watching,
and dramatic snowy landscapes.
Since 1933 the nonprofit Yellowstone Association has been
the official education partner of Yellowstone National Park.
Through the Yellowstone Association Institute, they have
helped connect thousands of people to Yellowstone with their
in-depth educational programs. Together, we work to provide
a range of opportunities for visitors to learn about and enjoy
all that Yellowstone has to offer.
The Institute offers a variety of courses to help you experience
Yellowstone this winter. We look forward to welcoming you
during this spectacular season.
YELLOWSTONE
ASSOCIATION
INSTITUTE STAFF
Resident Instructors
Shauna Baron
Carolyn Harwood
Danielle Oyler
Amy Renfranz
Contact Center
Lori Doss
Contact Center Manager
Debbie Fellows
Information Specialist
Management
Jessica Haas
Program Manager
Youth/College
John Harmer
Operations Manager
Terri McConnell
Volunteer Coordinator
Zack Park
Program Manager
Lodging and Learning/
Private Tours
Bonnie Quinn
Lamar Campus Manager
Jenna Vagias
Program Manager
Field Seminars
Ken Voorhis
Director of Education
Dan Wenk
SUPERINTENDENT
Yellowstone National Park
COVER JOHN NICHOLS/YA
Whether you are coming to Yellowstone for the first time with friends or family, or this is your umpteenth trip
and you want to pursue a special interest, we have a program for you. The Yellowstone Association Institute,
in partnership with the National Park Service, provides educational programming that helps connect people
to Yellowstone National Park and our natural world. Our programs fall into four categories!—!Youth and
College Programs, Lodging and Learning, Private Tours, and Field Seminars!—!all defined here.
WINTER 2014–2015 INSTITUTE PROGRAMS
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TABLE OF CONTENTS AND PROGRAM TYPES
WINTER SPECIFICS
Youth and College
Flexibility is a virtue in this winter wonderland, where
snow and temperature can change arrival and departure
times or other program details. Instructors may choose
different trails or destinations depending on snow
conditions. In the rare event of extremely cold weather,
program activities may be modified or cancelled to
protect your safety.
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college-age groups an opportunity to develop a deeper
connection to Yellowstone. Register any time.
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Lodging and Learning
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trips, in-park transportation, and optional evening
programs. Register any time.
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Private Tours
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and interests. Register any time.
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Field Seminars
Field Seminars examine specific aspects of the
park through a mix of fun field trips and classroom
presentations. Registration for members begins
July 9, 2014, at 8 a.m. Mountain Standard Time;
general registration begins one week later.
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Lodging Options
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Instructor Profiles
HOW DOES ALL THIS WORK?
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to read it thoroughly and return any requested
information as soon as possible. We want you to
be prepared so you can have the time of your life.
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$15 off field seminar tuition.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER,
PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE OR CALL US
AT 406.848.2400.
In the winter, you must come through the North Entrance
in Gardiner, Montana, because all interior park roads are
closed to wheeled vehicles.
DO YOU NEED SKIS OR SNOWSHOES?
In some of our winter programs, you will need crosscountry skis or snowshoes. Snowshoes are provided for
Lodging and Learning programs and field seminars
based at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch. For all private tours
and any field seminar based in Gardiner or Old Faithful,
you will need to provide your own snowshoes. Skis are
provided for some of our programs, but please check
our website or call us for details and local rental options.
HOW FIT DO YOU NEED TO BE?
To rate the difficulty of each course, we consider
distance, pace, elevation gain, and terrain. Many courses
involve cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Their
difficulty will vary based on your skill and experience
on skis or snowshoes, the current snow conditions, and
the parameters addressed below. For more detailed
information about each program, please refer to our
website or call us.
ACTIVITY LEVELS
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.
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Youth and College Programs provide rich learning experiences that engage young people with
the wonders of Yellowstone. The Yellowstone Association is committed to working with teachers
and leaders of youth organizations and schools to inspire students to become active stewards of
all wild places, in Yellowstone and in their home communities.
YOUTH AND COLLEGE PROGRAMS REGISTER TODAY!
“!Thanks to the staff at the Yellowstone Association
for their outstanding work with the high school
students from Star Lane Center in Casper, Wyoming.
Every year we are provided with outstanding,
knowledgeable instructors that interact
with the students in a friendly and professional
manner. In addition, we get a great view at night
from our back deck. Thanks for everything
and see you in February!”
TOMMY R ., W YOMING
2 YOUTH AND COLLEGE PROGRAMS
MY YELLOWSTONE ADVENTURE
STEWARDSHIP OF PUBLIC LANDS
For middle- and high-school-age groups
Bring your group to Yellowstone to experience a program
that provides an introduction to nature, national parks, and
conservation. Students explore the natural history, geology,
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learning about the significance of parks and wild places
to all citizens. Explore a snow-covered Yellowstone while
you track animals, watch wildlife, take photos, paint, and
snowshoe. Students will be led by instructors with extensive
experience leading and teaching youth in outdoor settings.
For college-age groups
Introduce your students to the stewardship of public lands
through the science, history, and politics of Yellowstone
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Yellowstone Association and the American Association
of State Colleges and Universities. Students will examine
resource issues in depth—how different agencies manage
resources; how land managers deal with different
viewpoints; and what role citizens, organizations, and
agencies play in the stewardship of public lands.
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PROGRAM FEATURES
đƫWelcome orientation
đƫField-based exploration of Lamar Valley and
Mammoth Hot Springs
đƫContent tailored for your age group
đƫClosing ceremonies on the last morning
đƫTransportation to and from Bozeman, MT and in-park
transportation
đƫLodging at the Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus
PROGRAM FEATURES
đƫField-based introduction to the park’s science, history,
and politics
đƫIn-depth case studies of Yellowstone resource issues such
as wolf reintroduction, bison management, climate change,
and recreation use
đƫMeetings with agency employees and private citizens
to understand various perspectives on each issue
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TUITION AND LODGING
TUITION AND LODGING
Up to 14 participants: $740 tuition per day
Up to 14 participants: $3,915 tuition plus
$1,600–2,400 lodging (depending on group size)
15–28 participants: $1,475 tuition per day
15–28 participants: $7,625 tuition plus $2,400–4,000
lodging (depending on group size)
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Guest Speakers: $125 per speaker
Lodging is available at the Yellowstone Overlook
Field Campus for an additional cost (see page 12).
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BUILD YOUR OWN EDUCATIONAL EXCURSION
MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT IN ACTION
For middle-school, high-school, and college-age groups
Scholarships and Financial Aid
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Choose from our daily options and combine them to
create a custom program. Your group will be paired with
an Institute instructor who will supplement the program
with itineraries and activities to meet the specific goals
of your educational group. Contact the Institute for
more information.
Yellowstone Association members directly fund
education by providing scholarships for teachers, who
play a critical role in connecting people to parks, and
financial aid for youth groups who otherwise might
not be able to experience the wonders of Yellowstone.
To find out more about these scholarships or to become
a Yellowstone Association member, call 406.848.2400
or visit YellowstoneAssociation.org
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Lodging and Learning programs combine just the right amount of education and recreation. You’ll be
based at park hotels and taught by our naturalist guides, who are intimately familiar with Yellowstone.
Packages are offered in partnership with Xanterra Parks & Resorts® and include daily field trips, lodging,
most meals, in-park transportation, and optional evening programs. This is our vacation package that
covers almost everything and provides fun and discovery, too. Minimum age is 12. Rates are double/single
occupancy and do not include taxes or utility fees, and are higher for holiday sessions.
LODGING AND LEARNING REGISTER TODAY!
NEW! WHY NOT WINTER
Take the plunge into winter fun while
exploring Yellowstone’s snow-covered
wonderland. Treat yourself to easy
and fun lessons in cross-country skiing
and snowshoeing around Mammoth
Hot Springs. Travel in a cozy van to
look for wildlife in Lamar Valley. And
enjoy a snowcoach trip to the Grand
Canyon of the Yellowstone for a day
of sightseeing, skiing, and snowshoeing
geared for beginners.
2-day program offered January 9, 16, 23
Includes 3 nights at Mammoth
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WINTER IN WONDERLAND
Hot springs, deep snow, and cold
temperatures combine to create
Yellowstone’s spectacular winter
environment. Spend five days exploring
wondrous landscapes such as the
Lamar Valley, the Old Faithful area,
and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Enjoy watching wildlife, skiing,
and snowshoeing.
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Hotel and 2 nights at Old Faithful
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WINTER WILDLIFE
EXPEDITION
Discover the abundant wildlife of
Yellowstone’s northern range. Travel by
foot, bus, and snowshoe to observe and
learn about winter residents such as
pronghorn, bighorn sheep, bison, elk,
and wolves.
3-day program offered December 24, 31,
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WINTER WOLF DISCOVERY
Delve into the winter world of Yellowstone’s wolves with experts who share
their knowledge about wolf ecology
and management. Search for wolves and
enjoy snowshoeing the park’s northern
range, including the winter-cloaked
Lamar Valley.
3-day program offered December 23, 30,
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OLD FAITHFUL WINTER
EXPEDITION
Travel by snowcoach from Mammoth
to Yellowstone’s winter gems, including
Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the
Yellowstone, and Yellowstone Lake.
Search for wildlife along the way and
enjoy walks and snowshoeing around
world-famous geyser basins.
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YELLOWSTONE ON SKIS
Experience winter in Yellowstone’s
interior, far from paved roads and crowds.
Ski quiet, secluded trails with grand views
of the Gallatin Range, Grand Canyon of
the Yellowstone, and the Old Faithful area.
Enjoy looking for wildlife along the way.
5-day program offered February 2, 9, 16, 23
Includes 3 nights at Mammoth Hot Springs
Hotel, 3 nights at Old Faithful Snow Lodge
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Private Tours offer daily options to best fit your itinerary and interests. Combine days for a longer stay.
We’ll make sure everything, including optional snowshoeing, hiking, or skiing, matches your activity level.
Your Institute naturalist guide will introduce you to Yellowstone, provide advice to make the most of your
visit, and lead you into the wonders of the park. Tuition includes instruction, transportation for the day, and
use of high-power spotting scopes and binoculars. We’ll also help your children work on their Junior Ranger
badges. Meals and lodging are not included. Consider staying with us at our Yellowstone Overlook Field
Campus and save 25 percent on your tuition (October 31, 2014, through March 31, 2015).
PRIVATE TOURS REGISTER TODAY!
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“"Every stop was a highlight. I felt
like we were seeing things in a way that was
completely unique from the typical.”
DIANA P., OKLAHOMA
WOLVES IN WINTER
Start: 7 OR 8 A.M.
AT GARDINER, MAMMOTH, OR LAMAR
Immerse yourself in the world of wolves.
Learn about their historic reintroduction,
their effect on park ecology, their
behavior, and management challenges.
You’ll be in the field with an Institute
naturalist guide who knows where
and when to look for wolves. Includes
a short hike, snowshoe, or ski excursion
if you choose.
WILDLIFE WATCHING
ON THE NORTHERN RANGE
Start: 7 OR 8 A.M.
AT GARDINER, MAMMOTH, OR LAMAR
Discover the diverse and abundant
wildlife of Yellowstone’s northern range.
Learn how to search for wildlife and
interpret their behavior. You’ll also
explore the vital role each species plays
in the Yellowstone ecosystem. Includes
a short hike, snowshoe, or ski excursion
if you choose.
YELLOWSTONE
BY SKI OR SNOWSHOE
Start: 8 A.M.
AT GARDINER, MAMMOTH, OR LAMAR
Enjoy all-day cross-country skiing or
snowshoeing in Yellowstone’s winter
wilderness. We will be both active
participants and quiet observers while
learning about wildlife, history, ecology,
and geology on carefully chosen trails.
TOUR LENGTH
Approximately 8 hours per day.
DAILY TUITION
1–5 participants: $530
6–14 participants: $740
15–28 participants: $1,475
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Field Seminars examine specific aspects of the park ecosystem through just the right combination
of fun field excursions and classroom presentations. Our seminar leaders are experts in their fields and
include professors, naturalists, scientists, and acclaimed photographers, writers, historians, and artists.
Most courses are based at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch Field Campus in the park’s northeast corner or at
our Gardiner, Montana Headquarters. See page 12 for rates and more information about lodging options
while learning with us. Unless otherwise noted, minimum age for field seminars is 18, or 16 if accompanied
by an adult. Please visit our website for additional details about each course. Rates do not include taxes.
FIELD SEMINARS
Member registration begins July 9, 2014, at 8 a.m. Mountain Standard Time.
General registration begins one week later.
NEW! OLD FAITHFUL
FALL PHOTOGRAPHY
OCT 5 AT 7 P.M.!!—"OCT 8 AT 4 P.M.
Old Faithful
MacNeil Lyons
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Crisp days, steaming geysers, bugling elk,
spectacular colors—enjoy these magnificent seasonal highlights as you explore the
Old Faithful area with a camera. You will
find exciting ways of photographing with
the eyes and mind of a naturalist. Learn
how to recognize natural clues and use
new technical skills to create memorable
photographs. Practice these new skills on
easy-to-moderate excursions to geological
treasures that abound in this area.
Beginning and experienced photographers
welcomed. Rooms will be held until 30
days prior to the course. Call 866.439.7375
for hotel rates and reservations.
WILDERNESS FIRST
RESPONDER RECERTIFICATION
OCT 6 AT 8 A.M.!!—"OCT 8 AT 5 P.M.
Continuing Education Credit
Our field seminars are recognized
by universities across the country. We are
happy to provide a letter of completion
and supporting documentation that you
can submit for university credit or CEUs
through the institution of your choice.
Teacher Scholarships
The Yellowstone Association offers
scholarships for teachers to attend
field seminars. To find out more about
these scholarships and to apply,
call 406.848.2400 or visit
YellowstoneAssociation.org.
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Gardiner, Montana
Wilderness Medicine Institute Staff
Limit: 30# #$300 #141002
Are your wilderness medicine skills a bit
rusty? Review and practice evacuation
and decision-making guidelines in this
scenario-based course. You’ll also receive
current updates in the wilderness medicine
field. Upon successful completion,
you will be recertified in Wilderness
First Responder and Wilderness EMT
(wilderness portion only) for the following
organizations: WMI, NOLS, SOLO,
OPEPA, WMA, and WPT. CPR is included.
Current Wilderness First Responder
Certification required.
BECOME A CERTIFIED
INTERPRETIVE GUIDE
NEW! YELLOWSTONE’S
RESIDENT BIRDS
OCT 13 AT 9 A.M.!!—"OCT 16 AT 4 P.M.
NOV 19 AT 9 A.M.!!—"NOV 20 AT 5 P.M.
Gardiner, Montana
Jessica Haas, M.S., and Danielle Oyler
Limit: 30# #$380# #141003
Hone your interpretive skills in this
professional certification course
presented in partnership with the National
Association for Interpretation (NAI). You’ll
receive coaching to make your programs
enjoyable, relevant, and organized.
You’ll explore using tangible objects to
connect audiences to intangible ideas
and universal concepts while practicing
your presentation and communication
skills. To earn certification, you’ll prepare a
written outline of a 10-minute presentation,
deliver the presentation, and complete
an open-book literature review. Tuition
includes certification and NAI fees. Shared
lodging is available at the Yellowstone
Overlook Field Campus.
NEW! PLEIN AIR PAINTING
WINTER LANDSCAPES
NOV 4 AT 9 A.M.!!—"NOV 6 AT 5 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Daniel Hidalgo
Limit: 13# #$350# #141101
Discover the pleasures and challenges
of plein air (open air) painting in winter.
Begin with an indoor session about tools
and techniques for painting at this time
of year, plus the basics of beginning
a painting. With the Lamar Valley as your
subject, you will learn to capture the
crisp chill of a scene and subtle beauty
of snow—both nearly impossible to convey
when painting in a studio. You’ll paint
with oil because it withstands cold well,
and sketch with charcoal and pastels.
Your instructor will work with you each
session and lead a group critique on the
last afternoon.
WILDERNESS FIRST
RESPONDER
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Dan Hartman
Limit: 13# #$235# #141103
LAMAR VALLEY WOLF
WEEK
Gray jays, Steller’s jays, Clark’s nutcrackers—
these are hardy year-round residents of
Yellowstone. How do these and other birds
survive the long winters? Find out as you
search for them in and around northern
Yellowstone. Without venturing too far
from the road, you’ll likely see mountain
chickadees, red-breasted nuthatches,
and the gregarious jay family mentioned
above. Perhaps a colorful pine grosbeak
will appear. But to find more elusive
birds, like the brown creeper, you’ll have
to snowshoe into the wintertime woods.
And you just might see a northern
pygmy-owl, who survives by eating all
these other birds.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Institute Staff
Limit: 19# #$723# 141202
Minimum age: 12
All meals included
DEC 8 AT 5:45 P.M.!!—"DEC 12 AT 9 A.M.
Please see page 11 for the description
of this program.
NEW! HOLIDAYS AT LAMAR
DEC 13 AT 7 P.M.!!—"DEC 17 AT 9 A.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Institute Staff
Limit: 19# #$4,770# #141203
No minimum age
Please see page 11 for the description
of this program.
WILDLIFE WEEKEND
ESCAPE
NOV 21 AT 7 P.M.!!—"NOV 23 AT 5 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Institute Staff
Limit: 13# #$264# 141104
Minimum age: 12
Please see page 11 for the description
of this program.
NEW! HOLIDAYS AT LAMAR
NEW! HOLIDAYS AT LAMAR
DEC 18 AT 7 P.M.!!—"DEC 22 AT 9 A.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Institute Staff
Limit: 19# #$4,770# #141204
No minimum age
Please see page 11 for the description
of this program.
NOV 26 AT 7 P.M.!!—"NOV 30 AT 9 A.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Institute Staff
Limit: 19# #$4,770# #141105
No minimum age
Please see page 11 for the description
of this program.
WATCHING WILDLIFE
WITH A SCIENTIST’S EYE
NEW YEAR’S WILDLIFE
WATCHING
DEC 2 AT 9 A.M.!!—"DEC 6 AT 5 P.M.
DEC 28 AT 7 P.M.!!—"DEC 31 AT 4 P.M.
NOV 8 AT 8 A.M.!!—"NOV 17 AT 5 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Brad Bulin, M.S.
Limit: 13# #$585# #141201
Required by many outdoor employers and
recommended for all outdoor enthusiasts,
this course teaches you through classroom
sessions and field exercises to prevent and
respond to incidents in the backcountry.
Upon successful completion of this
80-hour course, you will receive certifications in Wilderness First Responder and
CPR. No previous certification is required.
This season is the perfect time of the year
to be a scientist in Yellowstone. You’ll
be gathering information as you observe
wolves, bison, and other animals with a
trained wildlife biologist. Learn how each
species fits in the ecosystem, identify
behaviors, and examine more closely how
and what the animals are eating. You’ll
also meet other scientists working in
Yellowstone and will have the opportunity
to discuss their methods and findings.
Like any seasoned wildlife scientist,
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Wilderness Medicine Institute Staff
Limit: 24 #$700# #141102
you are likely to be up early and out late
watching animals and gaining experience
in basic wildlife research.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Julianne Baker, M.A., and
George Bumann, M.S.
Limit: 19# #$444# #141205
Close the old year and start the new one
at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch, where wildlife
can be spotted right outside your front
door. Bring your friends to enjoy daily
outings to look for wolves, bison, elk, and
bighorn sheep. Engage in lively discussions
about these animals and other valley
inhabitants. Class ends early on New
Year’s Eve, but all are welcome to stay
and ring in the New Year here in the
heart of Yellowstone.
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FIELD SEMINARS
WILDERNESS FIRST AID
JAN 4 AT 8 A.M.!!—"JAN 5 AT 5 P.M.
Gardiner, Montana
Wilderness Medicine Institute Staff
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Do you spend a lot of time in the outdoors?
Have you ever wondered how you would
respond to a backcountry emergency?
This 16-hour certification course is ideal for
hikers, skiers, and outdoor professionals
who want to learn the basics of emergency
care in remote settings. You’ll learn patient
assessment, shock, wilderness wounds,
fractures and dislocations, hypothermia,
heat illness, altitude illness, and bites and
stings. May be used to recertify WMI
Wilderness First Responder. No previous
certification is required. Shared lodging is
available for this course for a reduced rate
at the Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus.
DIGITAL WORKFLOW
AND PHOTOGRAPHY
JAN 4 AT 5 P.M.!!—"JAN 9 AT 4 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Cindy Goeddel
Limit: 13# #$609# #150102
Explore Yellowstone’s winter landscapes
and wildlife while taking your intermediate
or advanced photography skills to the next
level. In the field, you’ll practice advanced
composition and digital techniques to
create the best digital negative. Indoors,
you’ll learn a fail-safe workflow to keep
every image in your library organized.
Learn to manage, optimize, and share
your photographs, and put metadata,
key words, and custom templates to work.
This class requires specific camera and
computer equipment; please read the
program details on the website before
you register.
NEW! MAMMOTH MICROBES
AND GLOBAL CONNECTIONS
JAN 7 AT 7 P.M.!!—"JAN 9 AT 5 P.M.
Gardiner, Montana
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Examine Yellowstone in its tiniest details—
the world of thermophilic (heat-loving)
microbes that inhabit Mammoth Hot
Springs—and how they link to environments around the globe. On short treks
and in classroom presentations, you’ll
investigate enormous terrace formations,
steaming pools, and communities of
microbes. Examine how a new integration
of geology and microbiology is changing
how scientists view life on Earth and
throughout the universe. Snowshoes
may be required.
8 FIELD SEMINARS
THE ARTISTIC JOURNAL
IN DEEP WINTER
JAN 10 AT 9 A.M.!!—"JAN 13 AT 4 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Eleanor Williams Clark, M.L.A.
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Leave texting and tweets behind for four
days of artistic field journal exploration.
In the heart of Yellowstone’s spectacular
winter wildland, you’ll enjoy abundant
opportunities to observe wildlife and
explore landscapes. You’ll learn to make
a hand-bound book that can be used
during the class. You’ll work with
binoculars, cameras, spotting scopes,
and reference specimens to enhance your
observations. Experiment with calligraphy
and drawing using pencils, pens, charcoal,
watercolor, and other media; experience
different results on different papers.
Treat yourself to this connection to the
land and its beauty during a winter break
from daily hyperdrive.
THE WOLVES
OF YELLOWSTONE
JAN 14 AT 9 A.M.!!—"JAN 16 AT 4 P.M.
skiing Yellowstone for more than a decade
and loves sharing her knowledge of the
park’s wildlife, geology, and history.
NEW! COUGARS:
YELLOWSTONE’S SELDOMSEEN CARNIVORE
JAN 25 AT 9 A.M.!!—"JAN 27 AT 4 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
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Meet the “ghost of the Rockies.” You’ll
be introduced to these elusive cats of
Yellowstone by the wildlife biologist who
knows them best. Through illustrated
presentations and field instruction, learn
what cougars eat and how often they
kill prey; how wolves affect their hunting
success and habitat use; and what the
instructor’s research has revealed about
cougars in the Yellowstone area. You will
also learn the detective work needed to
find cougars—and go looking for them!
You must be in good shape and have
sturdy winter hiking boots that provide
ankle support, because cougars live in
steep, rocky, and rugged terrain.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
George Bumann, M.S.
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This course will satisfy even the biggest
appetite for wolf knowledge and experience. You’ll begin with a comprehensive
overview of wolf evolution, behavior,
communication, and predation. Then you’ll
learn about Yellowstone wolf restoration;
how well the wolves are doing; and how
they relate to prey species, scavengers,
and other animals. In addition to some
class time, you’ll spend plenty of time in
the field observing wolves and their prey
on the winter landscape, visiting the
carcass of an animal killed by wolves,
and exploring wolf habitat.
NEW! LEARNING TO SKI
IN WONDERLAND
JAN 17 AT 9 A.M.!!—"JAN 19 AT 4 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Julianne Baker, M.A.
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Come learn to cross-country ski in one
of the most exciting places to enjoy this
winter activity—Yellowstone’s northern
range. You’ll begin with a lesson that
teaches the basics. Then you’ll practice on
a variety of trails, learning how to manage
the flats and small hills, enjoying smooth
groomed trails, and tackling at least
one backcountry trail. You’ll have time
to stop and admire the scenery and take
photographs. Your instructor has been
NEW! THE INTELLIGENCE
OF ANIMALS
JAN 28 AT 9 A.M.!!—"JAN 30 AT 4 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
George Bumann, M.S.
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What is the raven’s word for eagle? How
does a wolf know when to give up chase?
How do animals pass on information
through time? Delve into these and other
questions of animal intelligence by directly
observing Yellowstone’s winter wildlife.
You’ll learn to decipher body language,
behavior, and vocalizations for clues about
intelligence. Watch how different species
interact with each other and their environment. Explore how they learn and pass
their knowledge to their offspring. And
consider how this information applies to
other species—including those you may
know from home.
SNOW TRACKING
JAN 31 AT 9 A.M.!!—"FEB 2 AT 4 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
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The white page of snow records stories
written by the animals. Learn to decipher
these stories from an expert tracker in
the prime wildlife habitat of Yellowstone’s
northern range. You’ll learn classic tracking
techniques, such as measuring gaits and
distinguishing species, and specialized
techniques for reading tracks in the snow.
You’ll also learn the tricks of casting tracks
in snow and how to deal with melted
out footprints.
THE LIVING HISTORY OF
YELLOWSTONE’S WOLVES
FEB 3 AT 7 P.M.!!—"FEB 5 AT 4 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
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Spend three days with a biologist who has
studied Yellowstone’s wolves since their
reintroduction in 1995. You’ll visit places
important to their history in the park.
Learn about wolf behavior through stories
of famous individuals, never-before-seen
pack behavior, and other incredible stories
amassed since the wolves’ return. You’ll
also discuss what we’ve learned about
wolf ecology and management. The Lamar
Valley is the only place in the world where
such a class can be taught—don’t miss
this opportunity.
SILENCE AND SOLITUDE:
WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY
IN YELLOWSTONE
FEB 6 AT 9 A.M.!!—"FEB 8 AT 5 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Tom Murphy
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Spend three days surrounded by the quiet,
stunning beauty of Yellowstone’s winter
while learning photography techniques
and philosophy from a pro who has
photographed here for years. You’ll focus
on landscape composition, ethics, wildlife
behavior, and the technical challenge
of photographing in a winter environment.
Bring your digital or film camera. This
course is ideal for beginning to intermediate photographers. If you use a digital
camera, you’ll have the option to work
with your images on the computer during
the evenings.
PHOTOGRAPHING WINTER
SUN, SNOW, AND STARS
FEB 9 AT 9 A.M.!!—"FEB 12 AT 4 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
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If you know your camera well, then take
this opportunity to capture the moods
of Yellowstone’s winter. You’ll learn
techniques for photographing snow, ice,
and the grand winter landscape, plus tips
to keep your body and equipment working
in cold conditions. After dark, experiment
with photographing stars and the night
sky using available light. Lively class
sessions focus on digital workflow and
compositional techniques that develop
drama and beauty in your images. You
will need a digital camera that you know
well, plus a tripod and laptop. This class
is for experienced photographers wanting
to hone their technique.
NEW! PHOTOGRAPHING
THERMAL WONDERS
IN WINTER
FEB 14 AT 9 A.M.!!—"FEB 17 AT 5 P.M.
Gardiner, Montana and Old Faithful
Terry Donnelly
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Sharpen your photographic skills during
four days among dazzling snowscapes
and steaming thermal pools. Begin at
Mammoth Hot Springs then travel by
snowcoach to Old Faithful. Along the way,
you’ll capture images of Roaring Mountain
and Norris Geyser Basin. At Old Faithful,
enjoy photographing frosted trees and
crystalline light that accompany the many
hot springs, vents, and geysers. You will
need a serious digital camera, sturdy
tripod, and laptop. This class is for
photographers with a strong understanding of photographic principles and their
equipment. Rooms will be held until 30
days prior to the course. Call 866.439.7375
for hotel rates and reservations.
WINTER WILDLIFE
PHOTOGRAPHY
FEB 18 AT 9 A.M.!!—"FEB 21 AT 4 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Meg Sommers
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Calling all beginning and intermediate
photographers! Here is your chance to
photograph Yellowstone’s wildlife in winter.
You will spend most of your time outdoors,
finding and photographing many different
types of winter inhabitants. You’ll also
practice photographic fundamentals,
techniques, and the ethics of wildlife
photography. In class sessions, you’ll
focus on composition, lighting, equipment,
and computer skills. So pack your digital
camera and sturdy tripod and head for the
adventure that is winter in Yellowstone.
NEW! MOOSE, GOATS,
AND SHEEP, OH MY!
FEB 22 AT 9 A.M.!!—"FEB 23 AT 4 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Brad Bulin, M.S.
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Yellowstone is one of the few places in the
world where you might see eight species
of ungulates (hoofed animals)—moose,
bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mule deer,
white-tailed deer, pronghorn, bison, and
elk. And right now is the best time to look.
As you travel the northern range searching
for them, you’ll learn about their lives and
history in Yellowstone. Hear about the
interesting results of the latest research.
Check out tracks and other signs they
leave behind. And enjoy observing
whichever ones you find. Who knows?
Even the elusive moose might emerge
when you least expect it.
YELLOWSTONE’S
WINTER EXPLORERS
FEB 24 AT 9 A.M.!!—"FEB 26 AT 4 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Jim Garry, M.S.
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Yellowstone’s wild wintry country has long
drawn hearty souls and colorful characters.
Learn about them from a folklorist and
storyteller, who will share stories about
trappers, poachers, and explorers of the
past two centuries. He’ll also tell tales of
Native Americans who have been coming
here for thousands of years to enjoy
the warmth of Yellowstone’s thermal areas.
Bring your imagination, warm clothes,
and boots—because you’re going “out
there” too.
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FIELD SEMINARS
NEW! INTERPRETING
WILDLIFE SIGNS
LAMAR VALLEY WOLF
WEEK
LESSER KNOWN
CARNIVORES
FEB 27 AT 9 A.M.!!—"MAR 1 AT 4 P.M.
MAR 9 AT 5:45 P.M.!!—"MAR 13 AT 9 A.M.
MAR 21 AT 9 A.M.!!—"MAR 23 AT 5 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Brad Bulin, M.S.
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Yellowstone’s diverse animal population
offers a great opportunity to see an
amazing array of behaviors written in the
snow, the plants, and even the rocks. Learn
to walk with “open eyes” that help you
see the signs these animals leave behind—
evidence of their food choices, territories,
travels, and activity patterns. You will also
try to figure out what the animals were
doing and have fun answering the more
interesting question of why they were
doing it. Your new skills will reveal the
world of wildlife anywhere you walk in
the wild.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Institute Staff
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Minimum age: 12
All meals included
Please see page 11 for the description
of this program.
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Meet the lesser-known carnivores of
Yellowstone: coyotes, foxes, lynx, bobcats,
wolverines, otters, badgers, and martens.
You’ll follow their trail from a way-back
time when no carnivores existed to their
present-day diversity of shapes and
forms. In classroom sessions, you’ll explore
their biology, ecology, behavior, and
conservation. Find out why many of these
species are rare and which are in danger
of local extirpation. In the field, you’ll
explore a marten’s habitat by mapping
it with GPS (global positioning system)
and GIS (geographic information system).
You’ll visit other carnivore habitats
too, and might catch a glimpse of the
animals themselves.
WILDLIFE WEEKEND ESCAPE
MAR 13 AT 7 P.M.!!—"MAR 15 AT 5 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Institute Staff
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Minimum age: 12
LAMAR VALLEY WOLF
WEEK
MAR 2 AT 5:45 P.M.!!—"MAR 6 AT 9 A.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Institute Staff
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Minimum age: 12
All meals included
Please see page 11 for the description
of this program.
Please see page 11 for the description
of this program.
LAMAR VALLEY WOLF
WEEK
MAR 16 AT 5:45 P.M.!!—"MAR 20 AT 9 A.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Institute Staff
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Minimum age: 12
All meals included
Please see page 11 for the description
of this program.
THE BIRDS OF WINTER
MAR 20 AT 7 P.M.!!—"MAR 22 AT 5 P.M.
Gardiner, Montana
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WILDLIFE WEEKEND ESCAPE
MAR 6 AT 7 P.M.!!—"MAR 8 AT 5 P.M.
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Institute Staff
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Minimum age: 12
Please see page 11 for the description
of this program.
10 FIELD SEMINARS
Drape your binoculars around your neck
and head out to the late-winter world of
Yellowstone’s birds. You’ll visit a variety
of habitats looking for birds who spend
the winter here, early migrants passing
through, and the earliest returning summer
residents. During the evening, enjoy
armchair birding as we view images
and discuss the finer points of bird
identification, ecology, and natural history.
NATURALIST GUIDE
CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
APR 12 AT 7 P.M.!!—"MAY 1 AT 5 P.M.
Gardiner, Montana
Julianne Baker, M.A., and Danielle Oyler
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Credit offered
In this professional-level certification
course, you will gain the skills of a
naturalist and the experience for sharing
that knowledge. Learn to understand
and interpret the wildlife, geology, plants,
and climate of a landscape. Acquire the
skills for effective interpretation, including
interpretive principles and how to facilitate
and manage a group during a program
or tour. You can become a certified
interpretive guide (National Association
for Interpretation) and Leave No Trace
trainer (Leave No Trace, Inc.), and earn
four undergraduate credits through the
University of Montana Western. Most
of the class is outdoors. Shared lodging is
available for this course for a reduced rate
at the Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus.
EXPERIENCE
LAMAR
THIS WINTER!
WILDLIFE WEEKEND
ESCAPE
Three programs offered
NOVEMBER 21–23,
MARCH 6-8, MARCH 13–15
7 P.M.–5 P.M.
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Institute Staff
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Minimum age: 12
Indulge yourself with a weekend surrounded by the quiet winter beauty of the
Lamar Valley. Head out each morning
with an Institute naturalist guide to search
for the animals that thrive and survive
here on Yellowstone’s northern range.
Observe their activities, explore their home
range, and learn about their strategies
for survival. Listen and look for wolves;
learn about their history in the park and
the challenges still facing them. In the
afternoons, enjoy guided snowshoe
excursions or time on your own. Come,
be inspired and enriched by the majestic
and magical Lamar Valley.
NEW! HOLIDAYS AT LAMAR
Three programs offered
NOVEMBER 26–30, DECEMBER 13–17,
DECEMBER 18–22
7 P.M.–9 A.M.
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No minimum age
Includes four nights lodging
This holiday season, plan a once-in-alifetime opportunity at the Lamar Buffalo
Ranch for your friends or family. Choose
from private tour options, selecting the
activity level that is right for your group.
Led by Institute naturalist guides, you
will be both active participants and quiet
observers while learning about wolves,
other wildlife, history, ecology, and
geology of Yellowstone’s northern range.
The package accommodates up to 19
people and includes 2 full-day tours
with Institute naturalist guides, 4 nights
of lodging in private, comfortable cabins,
unlimited access to the Lamar Buffalo
Ranch facilities, snowshoes, and in-park
transportation on tour days.
LAMAR VALLEY
WOLF WEEK
Four programs offered
DECEMBER 8–12, MARCH 2–6,
MARCH 9-13, MARCH 16–20
5:45 P.M.–9 A.M.
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Minimum age: 12
Includes all meals
Immerse yourself in the wolf’s winter
world. Each day after a hearty breakfast,
grab a sack lunch and head out for early
morning road trips to look and listen for
wolves. Learn about their habitat, behavior,
history, and management. After the
morning wolf action winds down, stretch
your legs on a naturalist-led snowshoe
excursion or enjoy the afternoon on your
own. Dinner is followed by a presentation
from local experts or listening for wolf
howls under the stars. This special week
includes catered meals that begin with
dinner the first evening and end with
breakfast on the last day.
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Exclusively for Institute students: When you learn with us, you can stay with us! Inquire when you
register. If you are taking a private tour or youth program, stay at the Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus
and save 25 percent on your tuition (October 31, 2014, through March 31, 2015). It’s easy to book your lodging
when signing up for your course. Rates do not include taxes and are effective until March 31, 2015.
LODGING OPTIONS
Lamar Buffalo Ranch Field Campus
Far from other development, the ranch in Yellowstone’s northeast corner
offers comfortable lodging in a historic wilderness setting. You’ll enjoy
a log cabin with a propane heater, a bathhouse with private showers,
and a common building with fully equipped kitchen where you prepare
your own meals. The Lamar Buffalo Ranch is available to participants
in field seminars based out of Lamar.
WINTER CABIN RATES
Shared cabins $35 per person per night
Private cabins (space available) $85 for 1–2 people
You may also rent a sleeping bag and pillow for $20
Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus
Perfect for families and groups, the Yellowstone Overlook features
comfortable cabins on 80 acres, awe-inspiring views, and easy access
to the northern section of the park. Cabins have self-serve kitchens for
preparing meals and open floor plans perfect for group dining and evening
activities. Enjoy our educational learning libraries. Groups that need
a formal classroom setting can arrange to use the classrooms at our
headquarters just down the hill in Gardiner. The Yellowstone Overlook
is available for private tour participants, youth and college groups, and
participants in field seminars based out of Gardiner, Montana. If you are
taking a private tour or youth program, stay at the Overlook Field Campus
and save 25 percent on your tuition (October 31, 2014, through March 31, 2015).
WINTER CABIN RATES
Electric Peak or Davis Cabin $300 per night for up to 12 people
Bunsen Peak Cabin $150 per night for up to 5 people
Field Seminar Rate $75 per night for private room in shared cabin
12 OUR INSTRUCTORS
JULIANNE BAKER, M.A. , joined the Institute 12 years ago after
a career teaching environmental science in Michigan. This experience,
coupled with her certification as an interpretive trainer, makes her one
of the Institute’s most valued mentors for up-and-coming naturalists.
When she’s not teaching, she can be found hiking, skiing, or kayaking
the wilds of Yellowstone.
SHAUNA BARON is a resident instructor for the Yellowstone
Association Institute. She has studied large and small carnivores and
worked with the Colorado-based Mission Wolf captive wolf program
and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Red Wolf Project, and as a volunteer
for the Yellowstone Wolf Project.
BRAD BULIN, M.S. , is a wildlife biologist who has taught science
at the K–12 and college levels and conducted extensive field research on
carnivores, raptors, amphibians, and plants. He is a professional wildlife
cinematographer who spends considerable time capturing Yellowstone
on camera.
GEORGE BUMANN, M.S. , can draw, sculpt, and teach about all
aspects of Yellowstone. He has a degree in wildlife ecology and works
as a professional artist and educator. His art and writing have appeared
in popular and scientific publications, and his sculptures can be found
in collections throughout the United States and abroad.
ELEANOR WILLIAMS CLARK, M.L.A. , has produced close to 200
volumes of artistic field journals. Her work in field journaling and landscape
design involves ecology, sculptural aspects of landscape, and the influence
of art in shaping our connections to the land. She currently leads
comprehensive planning and design in Yellowstone National Park
TERRY DONNELLY brings more than 30 years’ experience to his
teaching. His photographic images are notable for their fusion of strong
subject matter with revealing light. Terry’s work is featured in books,
magazines, and calendars. Fine art prints of his photographs are in
private and corporate collections across the country.
KATY DUFFY, M.S. , identifies raptors on the wing and songbirds
by sound. She is a licensed bird bander, specializing in owls, hawks, and
songbirds, and holds an ecology degree from Rutgers University. She has
lived and worked in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for three decades
and is an education ranger in Yellowstone National Park.
BRUCE FOUKE, Ph.D. , is associate professor in the Department of
Geology, the Department of Microbiology, and the Institute for Genomics
Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign. He studies
complex interactions between Earth and its many forms of life and
conducts research at the Mammoth Hot Springs terraces.
JIM GARRY, M.S. , weaves natural history, human history, folklore,
and myth into spellbinding stories. A naturalist and folklorist, he has
spent most of the past four decades in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
His latest book is The Weapons of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
CINDY GOEDDEL is a professional photographer and naturalist whose
photographs have been published widely, have won international awards,
and are in academic and private collections. She enjoys leading tours in
the park for aspiring and professional photographers. An Adobe Certified
Expert, she provides the ultimate in digital photography training.
habitat. His photographs have been published in National Wildlife and
National Geographic.
CAROLYN HARWOOD is a resident instructor for the Yellowstone
Association Institute. She studied outdoor recreation leadership and
management at Northern Michigan University. She has hiked more than
2000 miles in Yellowstone.
DANIEL HIDALGO has been finding the inspiration for his artwork
in the quiet stillness of Yellowstone's wondrous landscapes for many years.
He lives in Teton, Idaho, and teaches painting, drawing, sculpture, and
pottery at Idaho Art Lab. He is also one of the artists behind “Dung and
Dunger”—fine art paper made from bison dung.
SUSAN KELLY, M.S. , is a doctoral candidate in geology and education
at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign where she is designing
place-based geoscience and astrobiology program.. Susan has worked as
an interpretive park ranger in Yellowstone and as outreach coordinator for
the Thermal Biology Institute at Montana State University.
TOM KIRKENDALL has been exploring the outdoors all of his life
and working as a professional photographer for half that time. Travels
have taken him around the world, and his landscape work has been widely
published in calendars, magazines, and books. He uses everything from
an 8x10 view camera to a plastic Holga and keeps a darkroom to process
and print his work.
MACNEIL LYONS is a photographer, writer, and naturalist. He has
more than 12 years of experience working in Yellowstone as a National
Park Service interpretive ranger and education specialist, Yellowstone
Association resident instructor, and private guide. His work has appeared
in Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, Montana Outdoors, and Big Sky Journal.
TOM MURPHY owns Wilderness Photography Expeditions and
conducts natural history photography seminars in Yellowstone National
Park. Tom’s work has been published in The New York Times Magazine,
Newsweek, Outside, National Geographic, and most of the major magazines
that deal with natural history. Tom has published several books, including
the series, The Seasons of Yellowstone.
DANIELLE OYLER is a resident instructor for the Yellowstone
Association Institute. She grew up in Yellowstone National Park and
has worked for the National Park Service here as an interpretive ranger,
backcountry trail crew leader, and as an intern with the Yellowstone
Center for Resources.
AMY RENFRANZ is a resident instructor for the Yellowstone
Association Institute. Before moving to the Yellowstone area, she
worked five years as a National Park Service interpretive guide
on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Her published work includes a syndicated
column, “Dear Naturalist.”
TONI RUTH, Ph.D. , has studied cougars and other large carnivores
throughout the United States, including Yellowstone, for more than
25 years. She spent many winters snowshoeing the park’s backcountry
studying how wolf reintroduction affected cougars. Living in Salmon,
Idaho, Toni is a contract biologist working with the Selway Institute,
Panthera, and Idaho Fish and Game.
JESSICA HAAS, M.S. , is a program manager and instructor for the
Yellowstone Association Institute. She landed in the Rockies while earning
her masters in environmental education and has worked for the McCall
Outdoor Science School and the Sawtooth Association.
MEG SOMMERS shares the beauty and grace of Yellowstone through
her award-winning photographs. She visits the park and its environs in
all seasons, photographing landscapes, wildlife, and wildflowers. She is
also an enthusiastic naturalist, and brings her considerable knowledge
of the area to the groups she leads.
JAMES HALFPENNY, Ph.D. , travels the world teaching about bears,
wolves, animal tracks, and cold ecosystems. He produces educational books,
computer programs, and videos. He coordinated the long-term ecological
and alpine research programs at the University of Colorado. His books
include Yellowstone Wolves in the Wild and Yellowstone Bears in the Wild.
NATHAN VARLEY, Ph.D. , is a natural and cultural historian
specializing in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, where he has lived
most of his life. He has studied many of Yellowstone’s large mammals.
For his doctorate, he studied the effects of wolf restoration on the park’s
northern range elk herd.
DAN HARTMAN lives on the northeast border of Yellowstone
National Park, where he operates his gallery in Silver Gate, Montana.
He specializes in photographing rare or elusive wildlife in their natural
WILDERNESS MEDICINE INSTITUTE , an institute of
the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), has been a leader
in wilderness medicine education since 1976.
PHOTOS Maria Bisso/YA: pgs. iii, 2–8, 11, 12; NPS: pg. iii; Matt Ludin/YA: pg. 2; MacNeil Lyons/YA: pg. 3; Dody Sheremeta/YA: pg. 4; John Nichols/YA: pgs. 5, 10; YA: pgs. 10, 12; Steve Hinch/YA: pg. 5;
Pam Cahill/YA: pg. 9; Karen Withrow/YA: pg. 9; Nick Derene/YA: pg. 10; Tom Kirkendall/YA: pgs. 10, 12; Red Lodge Hiking Club/YA: pg. 12; Ken Voorhis/YA: back cover
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