YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYO.—It has never been easier or more affordable to take advantage of the world’s best opportunity to observe wolves in the wild. The Yellowstone Association Institute, Yellowstone National Park’s official educational partner, is offering the four-night “Winter Wolf Discovery” featuring accommodations, some meals, expert instruction and more.
“Everything comes together in winter to make Yellowstone the best place
in the world to see wolves in the wild,” says Jeff Brown, director of education for the Yellowstone Assn. “Wolves are spotted every day in the Lamar Valley. They follow the elk and other prey to the lower elevations near the park road, and they are relatively easy to see against the backdrop of white snow.”
This “Lodging & Learning” program is a collaboration between concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts and the nonprofit Institute. Winter Wolf Discovery will be offered Wednesday to Saturday beginning December 26, 2007 to February 23, 2008 and Sunday to Wednesday beginning December 29, 2007 to February 27, 2008. Instructors provide expertise on the reintroduction of wolves to the park and lead wildlife viewing excursions through the Lamar Valley.
The four-night package includes accommodations at the Mammoth Hotel, breakfasts and lunches each day, welcome gift, in-park transportation, snowshoe rental, one-hour hot tub rental, unlimited ice skating and optional evening programs.
The Yellowstone Association Institute and Xanterra also offer a lineup of winter Lodging & Learning packages featuring exploration of the park, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and transportation in over-the-snow vehicles. Depending on the program, accommodations are provided by the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, the only in-park lodges open in winter.