The Ohio State University Alumni Association

The Wolves and Wildlife of Yellowstone

Feb. 8 – Feb. 14, 2019

Details

This winter, journey to Yellowstone National Park for a very special 7-day wildlife expedition.

Amidst crisp air, bare trees, frosted earth, and brilliant thermal features of Yellowstone National Park, the wildlife viewing in winter is better than any other time of year. The elements of nature are in full sway and its wild inhabitants, close-knit family groups of wolves, are on the move: hunting, searching for warmth, and surviving. Search for the elusive predators while traveling in safari vehicles and interpreting tell-tale signs with the help of an Orbridge Expedition Leader. Learn historic and ecological aspects of the successful reintroduction of the gray wolf to the Yellowstone region. Enjoy a private after-hours museum visit along with other exclusive experiences, and overnight in atmospheric hotels and authentic park lodges. Don’t miss this extraordinary experience in the “Serengeti of North America.”

Tour highlights and included features

  • Immerse yourself in the unspoiled natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and dramatic tales of this unique ecosystem during this exclusive small group expedition to Yellowstone in winter.
  • Scout for wolves from the warmth of a heated vehicle—Yellowstone is considered one of the best wolf-watching habitats in the country.
  • Joined by an expert Orbridge Expedition Leader and professional naturalist guides, learn informed perspectives and first-person accounts of the wolves’ setbacks, survival, and victories.
  • Keep binoculars close at hand: this is the “Serengeti of North America,” ranged by resident bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, moose, and other wildlife.
  • Experience Yellowstone in its winter incarnation: a world with frozen “geyser rain,” ghost trees with a frosty glaze, surprising winter wildflowers, and dynamic geothermal features set in snow and ice.
  • Enjoy a private, after-hours visit at the Museum of the Rockies, where the area’s natural history is highlighted by one of the most important collections of dinosaur fossils in the world.
  • 6 nights accommodations with luggage porterage: 1 night at Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside Resort & Spa in Jackson, WY; 1 night at Old Faithful Snow Lodge in West Thumb, WY; 3 nights at Yellowstone Gateway Inn in Gardiner, MT; and 1 night at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Bozeman, MT (subject to change).
  • Meals include a welcome reception in Jackson, 6 breakfasts, 5 deli, boxed or picnic-style lunches while outdoors on safari, and 5 dinners including a special farewell dinner in Bozeman.
  • In-field lectures and presentations including an overview of the wolf packs and family trees led by a local researcher, a naturalist's summary of the science and research on the biological impact of the repopulation of the wolves in the Yellowstone ecosystem, and a discussion of the political history of the wolves' reintroduction.
  • Admission to Yellowstone National Park and all activities as described in program itinerary.
  • Airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times.
  • Gratuities to Orbridge Expedition Leader, local guides, hotel housekeeping staff, drivers, porters, and wait staff for included meals.

Dates Feb. 8 – Feb. 14, 2019

Cost $3,995* (Airfare is not included. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Land

Region North America

Activity level

Operator

Contact Laura DeRose
derose.25@osu.edu
614-292-2372 or
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 2

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Experiences

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Itinerary

Welcome to Jackson! This evening, during a welcome reception, get to know your traveling companions and Orbridge Expedition Leader as you discuss and anticipate the upcoming adventure.

Overnight: Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside Resort & Spa (R)

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Today, depart for Old Faithful, traveling through the Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone's South Entrance before changing vehicles for a specially equipped snow coach. This afternoon, watch Old Faithful erupt, then enjoy a nature walk to the Castle Geyser and Upper Geyser Basin.

Overnight: Old Faithful Snow Lodge (B,L,D)

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Head to Mammoth Hot Springs, a unique area of the park where colorful travertine terraces create mesmerizing, intricate landscapes. During a stop at the Lower Geyser Basin, discover the four geothermal features of the park: hot springs, mud pots, geysers, and fumaroles. This afternoon, talk a walk through historic Fort Yellowstone or along the boardwalk of the nearby hot springs for an introduction to this section of the park.

Overnight: Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)

After breakfast, set out for Lamar Valley—a prime wolf habitat. Aboard a heated van, venture into a winter wonderland where wolves and other wildlife play, hunt, and survive. Dusted with snow, bison stand majestically within this protected area, and elk gather in the river valleys. Wolves stay in range of the movements of their prey, and with the season's bare trees and frosty backdrops, conditions are better than any other time of year to spot the elusive predators. During this full-day safari, your driver and guides will share a wealth of knowledge, stories, and a trained eye to spot wildlife.

Overnight: Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)

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Another full-day safari in Lamar Valley provides the opportunity to reach viewing points where wolf sightings have been reported. Learn about the wolves' evolving family tree, the packs currently roaming the park, and the dynamics between individuals and families. Dramatic stories and perspectives about the saga of the wolves' demise and comeback over the last several decades add to this second day of scouting.

Overnight: Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)

This morning, make a final excursion to Lamar Valley. After lunch, say goodbye to Yellowstone National Park, passing the iconic Roosevelt Arch at the North Entrance on the way to Bozeman for a special evening. At the Museum of the Rockies, this grand adventure concludes with a festive farewell dinner amidst one of the most important collections of dinosaur fossils in the world. Learn about the discoveries made in this area from a knowledgeable guide during an exclusive after-hours tour that will set the scene for a fond farewell to the magnificent Yellowstone wildlife, the park, and your traveling companions.

Overnight: Homewood Suites by Hilton Bozeman (B,L,D)

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After breakfast, depart for the airport. Complimentary transfers are available for flights departing during the suggested times. (B)

*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.

Contact

Contact Laura DeRose at Ohio State Alumni Tours:
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 2
Email: derose.25@osu.edu

Space is limited. Book your tour now!