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1 Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Adventure Hiking to waterfalls with Teton Science School naturalists, rafting the wild Snake River, horseback riding in the Teton Range, spotting endangered wolves and grizzly on a wildlife safari in Yellowstone, going behind the scenes at Old Faithful and Yellowstone Falls.

2 Earth Explore Tetons and Yellowstone Quick Facts 8 day program Active and Educational Hosted by Teton Science School 3 meals a day 2 expert naturalist guides On-site resource experts Group size 20-30 1 adult to 5-6 students Students 2-3 to a room Academic Credit Opptys

3 Tetons and Yellowstone Itinerary Our route takes through the heart of the Rockies. Our journey takes us behind the scenes at Old Faithful in Yellowstone, and on wildlife safaris with experts in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. We raft the wild and beautiful Snake River, canoe on a high mountain lake, camp out in Yellowstone, and take to mountain trails on horseback to explore Grand Teton National Park.

4 Brief Highlights of Program The Grand Tetons - Hikes to mountain lakes and waterfalls with Teton Science School Rafting the Snake River and spotting wildlife Canoeing high in Grand Teton National Park and studying the Yellowstone Ecosystem

5 Brief Highlights page 2 Yellowstone Wildlife Safari in Lamar Valley Behind the scenes at Old Faithful; geysers and volcanology Horseback ride in Grand Teton National Park Soar over Jackson Hole on aerial tram ride to 10,450 feet

6 Brief Highlights page 3 Exploration of Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Yellowstone Lake, and Mammoth Hot Springs Camping under the stars at Madison in Yellowstone Naturalist led discussions, hikes, and teambuilding activities throughout the trip

7 The Earth Explore Foundation Your Planet. Discover it. Protect it. EEF has sponsored Teacher-led educational programs since 1995 Founded by teachers and outdoor educators Mission is to encourage learning in the outdoor classroom - science and cultures More than 5 thousand students from 35 states have participated The EE Foundation is a not for profit, mission-based educational organization All programs can offer credit at HS and College levels

8 Adventures to Planet Earth Fun and Learning in Inspiring Places

9 Just the Facts-Earth Explore Parents, students and teacher know one another Low adult/student ratio Credit opportunities- always hands-on World’s finest partner organizations An ideal mix of learning and fun adventure Preparation Meetings get students ready for the trip

10 Programs are mission based, emphasizing real world learning and student-nature and cultural connections Not just a Student “Tour” Study the Earth; its environments, history, people and cultures, through fun hands-on exploration Create enduring connections with the natural world Encourage young people to develop skills and self confidence

11 What happens when? Groups form/students enroll August through January All Adventures usually full by late January Teacher conducts preparation sessions in late winter through the spring Usually 3-4 two hour get-togethers Student receives the Naturalist newsletter quarterly, and program Adventure Guide

12 What happens when? Travel Packet arrives in May –Detailed day to day itinerary customized for each group –Official program cap, field journal, photo credentials, luggage tags, and T-shirt –Quarterly program newsletters and Adventure Guide provide packing lists and credit information

13 Earth Explore Online PDFs available Academic Credit Outline Fundraising Packet Program Flyers and Brochures Program Newsletters Student Application Health Form (spring)

14 Earth Explore Adventures Student application process Applications accepted until local group is full, then waitlist is begun If student is not known to teacher, interview is required Students can invite friends or siblings, subject to space available and interview Application requires deposit of $400

15 Earth Explore Adventures Student application process - continued Limited number of spaces for each Adventure each season Space is allotted on a first come, first served basis Application can be mailed, faxed, or submitted online - most now apply online Lead teacher will have materials or they can be requested from the National Office, or downloaded online

16 Tetons and Yellowstone Adventure What’s Included - What’s Not All program activities/instruction All meals (3 per day) All accommodations 2 Travel Manager/Naturalist Guides per group On site resource experts Chaperoning by students’ own teachers Program accident insurance Travel items including cap, t-shirt, journal, luggage tags Academic credit tuition - HS Option for college credit Included Program airfare - Earth Explore arranges this for the group Items of a strictly personal nature (for example souvenirs) Not Included

17 Yellowstone and Tetons - Travel Details Groups are met at Jackson Hole airport and stay on campus of the Teton Science School in Jackson Groups are accompanied at all times by 1-2 naturalist guides and travel managers Two days of camping (all equipment provided) in spectacular setting in Yellowstone National Park Students wear program credentials during official activities, and when directed by Leaders

18 Accommodations at Jackson Campus of Teton Science School Canoeing in the Tetons - Learn about how the Tetons were formed, glacial sculpting, and the biomes of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Grizzly and elk spotting with scopes in Jackson Hole Valley Yellowstone and Tetons - In Pictures

19 Tetons - Views

20 Snake River Adventure Rafting of wild and historic Snake River in Jackson Hole Viewing of elk, beaver, moose and other wildlife

21 Tetons by Horseback Scenic trail ride in Grand Teton National Park, at foot of Teton Range Expert guides discuss mountain ecology, glaciation and Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest intact ecosystem in the continental U.S. Incredible views and scenery

22 Tetons to Yellowstone Aerial tram to 10,450 ft for views of Jackson Hole and Teton Range Transfer to Yellowstone Lake and Old Faithful Geyser Programs on Volcanics, Geysers and other geothermal features of Yellowstone

23 Yellowstone Expedition Spotting endangered bison, wolves and grizzly in Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley Use of scopes for close-up observation Topics include wolf reintroduction program and bison and grizzly biomes Bison viewing-Lamar Valley

24 Mammoth Hot Springs Exploration of Mammoth Terraces with expert guides Camping at nearby Madison, along the Madison River Visit to Wolf and Grizzly Discovery Center

25 Old Faithful and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River Expert led program on park geysers including Old Faithful Discussions of Parks history, geology, unique wildlife, and geothermal features Highlights include Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone Falls, Fishing Bridge At Old Faithful

26 Old Faithful The heart of Yellowstone Behind the scenes guided program at Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin Learn about geothermal features including geysers, mudpots, hot springs, and fumaroles from the experts Use infared instruments to test temperature of hot springs Upper Geyser Basin

27 Yellowstone called the “Sarengetti” of North America due to similarities with African region noted for wildlife. Largest intact ecosystem in the continental United States, and most important. Yellowstone’s Wildlife The Sarengetti of North America

28 Adventures in Learning Bonding, friendship, experiential discovery Earth Explore Foundation programs emphasize learning while providing opportunities for enhanced personal skills and confidence building

29 Science, History and Adventure Earth Explore Grand Tetons and Yellowstone

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