This winter, head 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.” Program Highlights: * 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.
Day 1: Arrive in Jackson, WY Day 2: Jackson / Old Faithful Day 3: Old Faithful / Mammoth Hot Springs / Gardiner, MT Day 4: Lamar Valley / Gardiner Day 5: Lamar Valley / Gardiner Day 6: Gardiner / Lamar Valley / Bozeman Day 7: Depart Bozeman, MT Optional pre-tour: Jackson, WY **Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Moderate Most activities will take place outdoors. Guests should be able to manage cold temperatures; walk on uneven, frozen, or snow-covered terrain; get in and out of all-terrain vehicles and manage stairs without assistance.
Barbara Will is a professor of English at Dartmouth College, where she has taught since 1994, and is currently the Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities. Additionally, Professor Will led the Moving Dartmouth Forward initiative in 2014-2015. She received her B.A. from Yale, her M.A. from Bryn Mawr, and her PhD. in literature from Duke. Her primary field is modernist literature and culture, and she is a specialist on the work of Gertrude Stein. Her research also includes work on the early writers of the American West. She is the author of two books, the first of which, “Gertrude Stein, Modernism, and the Problem of ‘Genius,’” won a Choice Outstanding Academic Title award in 2001. She has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Camargo Foundation, and several internal fellowships and teaching awards from Dartmouth. Professor Will looks forward to lecturing on the history of Teton writers and the naturalists who first explored Yellowstone.