Yellowstone National Park is a popular spot and with good reason: this park is amazing. People love to see the wildlife: bison and elk for sure, and perhaps also bear and moose and wolves. Scenery is awesome; the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, with spectacular waterfalls, is just one among many magnificent areas.
And then of course there's the "geothermal features": Old Faithful geyser is just the start; you'll find mudpots, hotsprings, and unique terraces of amazing beauty.
In fact, there's so much to experience at Yellowstone that every trip is an education. And what better way to learn than with your very own naturalist?
Family travelers who want to visit Yellowstone have a wonderful option: the Lodging and Learning programs offered by the Yellowstone Association Institute especially for families.
- Price is modest, in comparison to upscale Family Adventure vacations offered by adventure tour companies. (Sample prices, $615 per adult (double occupancy), $425 for a child age 8 to 12, for 5-day programs-- check web site for updates).
- "Guided by an Institute naturalist, families will "track animals, watch wildlife, take photographs, ski and snowshoe. Enjoy a special snowcoach trip deep into the park to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone."
- parents help kids complete the requirements of the National Park Service's Junior Ranger Program, and on the last day kids receive a special Junior Range patch. (Kids enjoy this, and the "requirements" are fun and easily do-able.)
- Four nights' accommodations and some meals are at the historic Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.
Read about Yellowstone National Park, and see photos.
*Photo © Teresa Plowright.