Yellowstone Association Institute Unveils 2011 Summer Programs

Friday, January 28 2011 11:33   Adventure Seekers
The nonprofit Yellowstone Association Institute (YAI) has announced its 2011 summer lineup of Field Seminars, and the 75 programs, including 21 new offerings, range from wildlife behavior and hiking to history, geology, and the wolves of Yellowstone.

"We have many visitors who are fascinated by specific Yellowstone topics, and we developed many of these new programs to address those interests," said Jeff Brown, director of education for YAI. "Our summer courses cover a wide range of topics and help to achieve our goal of generating a stronger appreciation of Yellowstone. They are also some the best values in the region."

dayhikingyellowstoneThe nonprofit Yellowstone Association Institute (YAI) is now accepting registration for the summer programs that run from early April through mid-October.

New this year is the three-week Naturalist Guide Certificate Program offered April 3-22. This program is longer and more intense than the typical YAI program and is geared for those people who wish to be professional or volunteer guides.

Field seminars are multi-day courses taught by experts focusing on topics such as wildlife, geology, history and more. Most courses last from one to four days and are limited to 13 participants.

Many courses are held at the Institute's Lamar Buffalo Ranch Field Campus, where simple and comfortable log cabins are available for $30 per person per night. New in 2010, the Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus in Gardiner, Montana offers participants two three-bedroom, two-bathroom modern log cabins for up to 12 persons and a two-bedroom, one-bathroom cabin for up to five persons.

Field Seminar topics are regularly updated to reflect participants' changing interests. Several, for example, cover Yellowstone's fascinating wolf population and the species' reintroduction to the park some 15 years ago. Multiple courses cover various angles, including the new Wolf Research Updates July 28-30.

Other Field Seminars among the 25 new offerings include "Spring Wildlife Watching," April 29-May 1, "Putting Some Punch in Your Prose," June 16-19 and "Protecting Yellowstone's Hydrothermal System," Sept. 2-4.

Scheduled throughout the summer are courses covering topics such as wildlife behavior, photography, history, geology, hiking, writing, plant life and Native Americans. Seminar titles include "Forces of Nature: Wolves and Fire," "Beginning Fly Fishing for Women," "The Art of Wildflower Identification" and more. The season concludes Oct. 12-14 with "The Wolves of Yellowstone."

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YAI is the non-profit education partner with the National Park Service in Yellowstone. In addition to its Field Seminars, YAI offers private tours and lodging and learning programs.

Private tours are tailored for families and small groups and tours typically focus on wildlife watching, natural history and geology, thermal features and hiking. Lodging and learning programs combine daily field trips with comfortable lodging in park hotels at night.

Reservations for Field Seminars, private tours and other YAI programs and cabins at the Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus and Lamar Buffalo Ranch can be made by calling (406) 848-2400. For Lodging and learning program reservations call (866) 439-7375. For more information about any YAI program visit .


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