Lower Falls of the Yellowstone

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone*

Yellowstone. The very name breathes mystery, awe, and visions of some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. It is a land sculpted by great forces - the fire of thundering volcanoes, and the power of mighty rivers.

Although thousands of years have passed since the last eruptions, the landscape still vibrates with the fiery heat that lies not far below. This expedition is for those who wish to share the wonders of this high mountain plateau, the world's first national park. Discover how the great caldera was born and learn why it is home to the world's greatest concentration of geysers and hot springs. We will tour the major and less visited geyser basins, view spectacular waterfalls, and see how glaciers changed the landscape. The scenery is spectacular, and this trip allows sufficient time in these parks to take it in and appreciate the great diversity of this region.

Moose with nursing calf

Moose with nursing calf*

Yellowstone and the Tetons are also famous for wildlife, and we'll have excellent chances to see some of North America's most magnificent. June is springtime in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. At this time on our past trips, our groups have seen a plethora of wildlife like elk, moose, bison, and bighorn sheep, often with young in tow. At this time of year you can also expect an abundance of wildflowers and birds - a general exuberance of life.

Grand Teton landscape

Grand Teton landscape*

In Grand Teton National Park, we've planned a variety of hikes and activities that will bring us to pristine mountain lakes, mountain meadows full of wildflowers, rocky canyons and waterfalls. The sheer rock walls and peaks of the Grand Tetons provide a fascinating counterpoint to the Yellowstone plateau.

Our lodging for this trip highlights the spectacular natural history of the region. In Yellowstone we stay in three scenic, yet very different settings. We'll stay in the historic Old Faithful Inn, at Mammoth Hot Springs, and the new lodge at Canyon. In the Tetons are accommodations are in heated log cabins, along the shore of Jackson Lake at Colter Bay Village.

The leaders for this expedition are scheduled to be Steven Daniel and Gene Gartland.

Calypso orchid

Calypso orchid*

A trained naturalist with an MS from Cornell University, Steven has an abiding curiosity about the world of nature, and enjoys sharing his knowledge with our groups. He has a particular interest in the flora, fauna, and geology of Yellowstone and the Tetons. For over a decade, he has led popular natural history trips to Yellowstone, and other spectacular natural destinations, including the Galapagos, Alaska, Iceland, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and New Zealand. Besides doing much of the coordination for Nature Discoveries, Steven teaches at Monroe Community College, and is a former public school teacher.

Gene Gartland is a member of the faculty of SUNY Brockport, and teaches at the Educational Opportunity Center in Rochester. Gene has an MS in Geoscience from the University of Rochester. For over a decade, Gene has led groups to discover the geologic wonders of many of our western parks. You will be pleased by Gene's leadership - he is attentive to the group's needs, and will help you to understand the fascinating geologic story of this most fascinating area.

Comments from Past Participants
"Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons"

Beehive Geyser

Beehive Geyser*

"Just a quick note to thank you for an excellent trip. We can't even pick a favorite thing because the whole experience was amazing."

"The people your program attracts are the kind of people with whom we enjoy sharing our vacation."

"Excellent guides - informative, energetic, and compassionate."

"The Tetons were magnificent and the walks in them absolutely beautiful ......Yellowstone was fascinating in all its aspects, canyons, waterfalls, geysers, and animals."

"It is a delight to relax, experience, rejoice and have fun as we learn."

"For my second trip with Nature Discoveries, once again my expectations were exceeded!"

* All photographs are taken by Steven Daniel and are the property of Nature Discoveries, Inc.