This winter marks the 15th anniversary of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone after an absence of 60 years. Since the wolves were reintroduced in two phases in 1995 and 1996 they have flourished and represent a true conservation success story.
The program also marks the introduction of new services at the campus – catered meals in the main “Bunkhouse” and bedding in the facility’s cabins. If space is available, participants may also book the cabins privately instead of sharing with other participants.
Lamar Valley Wolf Week will be held Dec. 13-17 and 20-24, 2010 and March 7-11 and 14-18, 2011. The programs will be limited to 19 participants, and the minimum age will be 12. Rates are $570 for members of the Yellowstone Association. Participants can rent a sleeping bag and pillow for $20. Cabins are $30 per person per night for persons willing to share. Private cabins are $75 for one or two people or $90 for three 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 the 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 or ski 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 can be made by calling 1/406-848-2400.
The Institute also offers Private Tours, Field Seminars and Lodging & Learning programs. Private Tours are eight-hour programs available for groups of any size and individuals of any age. Beginning earlier this year, Private Tour participants may stay in the Yellowstone Association’s new Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus featuring two three-bedroom, two-bathroom modern log cabins for up to 12 people and a two-bedroom, one-bathroom cabin for up to five people. Field seminars are multi-day courses taught by experts focusing on topics such as wildlife, geology, history and more. Lodging & Learning programs combine field experiences with a YAI naturalist/guide during the day and comfortable lodging in park hotels at night.