2018 Fall Agenda

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Tuesday, October 9, 2918

6:00  am      Depart VCSU (meet in north parking lot by Rhoades)

          Stops Include:

Bismarck                       (Stretch, coffee, breakfast)

Painted Canyon Overlook    (Take in the fall view)

Beach, North Dakota    (Refuel)

12:00             Miles City, Montana  (Lunch)

2:00               Billings, Montana      (Refuel)

4:30                Livingston, Montana  (Grocery Shopping)

7:00 pm           Arrive in Gardiner, Montana

Have Dinner in Gardiner

Stay at the Yellowstone River Motel

Debrief and Blog

Wednesday, October 10, 2018






7 am









 4 pm


Grizzly Bear Management

The grizzly bear is one of North America’s most respected carnivores.  Expansive home ranges and a slow reproductive rate make bears vulnerable to human-caused mortality across agency boundaries.  This day will include a morning of wildlife watching to examine the great bear’s fascinating biology and ecology. Through discussions and mini-lessons, instructors will present information on historical bear management in the park, and the challenges of living with bears today. Students will also participate in discussion and debate on the current grizzly bear delisting.


Guest Speaker: Travis Wyman, NPS Bear Management. YCR Conference Room



Return to Gardiner











6 am







3 pm


4 pm





Thursday, October 11, 2018



Wolf Reintroduction & Management

During this day, students participate in early morning wildlife watching with high powered optics while learning about the behavior of wolves. Students will delve into the concept of reintroduction with a hike/snowshoe in wolf habitat, and discuss the larger repercussions of this animal on our landscape.  Potential in-field discussions with Wolf Project crew members are dependent on availability.




Guest Speaker: Nathan Varley, Yellowstone Naturalist. Cole Conference Room


Return to Gardiner

Soak in the Boiling River



7 am





2 pm


4 pm

Friday, October 12, 2018


Climate Change in  Yellowstone

Scientific research about climate change is ongoing in Yellowstone National Park.  During this day, students can view a variety of different locations where signs of climate change are apparent: elk foraging areas, pika habitat, the Yellowstone and Gardiner River, etc.


Guest Speaker: David Thoma, NPS Hydrologist. Cole Conference Room


Return to Gardiner

 Bison, Elk Pizza Night



7:30 am






6:00 pm




7:30 am







9:00 pm

Saturday, October 13, 2018


Exploring the Geothermal Areas and Spotting Mammals

Includes :

Norris Geyser Basin

Lower Geyser Basin

Midway Geyser Basin

Upper Geyser Basin  (Old Faithful Area)

Arrive back in Gardiner


Sunday, October 14, 2018


Departure for Valley City:

Stops at:

Livingston, Montana

Billings, Montana

Miles City, Montana

Beach, North Dakota

Bismarck, North Dakota

Arrival in Valley City