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Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming

Plan Now for Summer Fun & Learning

ynp-wolf-viewingAdd an element of discovery and learning to your summer vacation plans in America’s oldest national park. Even if you’ve been a tourist in Yellowstone, going back for a field seminar will provide amazing experiences. The Yellowstone Association Institute, the park’s official educational partner, offers summer field seminars, backpacking courses, lodging & learning programs and private tours.

Creative, historic or scientific, there’s a course sure to peak curious minds. “Whether you are ruled by your ‘right brain’ or your ‘left brain,’ we have a class for you,” said Jeff Brown, director of education for the Yellowstone Association Institute. A sampling of the more than 1oo courses offered during the 2009 summer season:

CREATIVEynp-guide1

  • Nature Photography in Yellowstone: The Digital Image
  • Poetry + Ecology =Creative Fusion
  • Writing the Natural History Essay

WILDLIFE BIOLOGY

  • Wolves – Reality and Myth
  • Birding for Beginnersynp-hikers
  • Wildlife Watching in Grizzle Country

PHYSICAL

  • Day Hiking the Beartooths
  • Fly Fishing for Novices
  • Day Hiking the Wild Yellowstone: Northern Range Area

HISTORY

  • Yellowstone’s Northern Roadside Historyynp-hot-pot1
  • Hiking the History of Yellowstone
  • Ghost Hotels of Yellowstone – Northern Loop

GEOLOGY

  • Mammoth: 320 Million Years in the Making
  • Exploring the Lower Geyser Basin
  • Tracking the Heat: Yellowstone’s Hot Spots and Calderas 

Taught by college professors, research scientists, park staff and other experts most courses last one to four days. Participant numbers are limited. Many courses are held at the Institute’s Lamar Buffalo Ranch field office campus, others are based at park lodges.

ynp-old-faithfulADDITIONAL INSTITUTE 2009 FEATURES

  • Backpacking Courses– Wilderness experiences that allow participants to visit remote areas of the park under the guidance of professional outdoor leaders and Yellowstone experts.
  • Lodging & Learning Packages – Mix education and recreation for visitors wanting to learn more about the park, returning to park lodges at the end of each day.
  • Private Tours – Ideal for families and small groups desiring an introduction to Yellowstone wildlife, geology or a guided hike. Eight-hour trips focus on Yellowstone’s Northern Range, Lake Yellowstone and Canyon area or the Old Faithful area.

ynp-bisonWhen You Go: Complete information available from the Yellowstone Association. Reservations for field seminars, backpacking courses and private tours can be made at 307-344-2294, Lodging and Learning reservations at 866-439-7375. Lodging and visitor services in Yellowstone National Park provided by Xanterra.

*Deals* – Grand Canyon Nt. Park – Arizona

Spring Breakaway at Grand Canyon National Park

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A Spring Breakaway Package at two South Rim lodges has been announced by Xanterra, the operator of lodges, resturants and activities in Grand Canyon National Park.

For $139 per night, guests receive accommodations in a Maswik Lodge North room or a Yavapai Lodge East room, one breakfast for two and a Harvey Car motorcoach tour to Hermits Rest or a Sunrise tour for two. The package is available Feb. 9 – March 5, 2009 at Maswik Lodge and March 6 – 26, 2009 at Yavapai Lodge. Room rates for overnight accommodations only are normally priced $153 -$170 per night. Rates do not include taxes.

In addition the package also includes a coupon for 10 percent off purchases between $50 and $150 and 20 percent off purchases of more than $150 in Xanterra gift shops. A welcome stimulus to souvenir shoppers.

Visitors can book their Spring Breakaway online by entering the promotional code SPRING or by calling toll-free 1-888-297-2757 or 1-303-297-2757 from outside the United States.

Note from Nancy: Spring is our favorite time to visit Grand Canyon National Park. One may encounter snow on the rim but hike just a few hundred feet below the rim and you’ll want to be in shirt sleeves. It can be quite warm at the bottom even in March. Easter sunrise over the canyon inspires. Plan your “Breakaway” now.