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March 05, 2009

For the Hardcore Wolf Enthusiast

Want to learn about Yellowstone wolves in a really unique and up-close way?  Well the Yellowstone Institute is offering classes in June (they actually have a lot of unique classes throughout the year) taught by Dr. Jim Halfpenny and Jim Garry called "Wolves of the past present and the future" where you will actually go out into Yellowstone with the instructors.

Here is a description of the class:

Discover a uniquely broad view of wolves from their evolutionary origins to interpretation of their sign to compelling renditions of classic wolf tales. In lectures and the field, you’ll learn about wolf evolution, ecology, and management from carnivore ecologist Dr. James Halfpenny and the rich cultural history of wolves from folklorist Jim Garry. During field trips, you’ll look for these magnificent canids and learn more about their restoration to Yellowstone.

Activity Level: Easy—Hikes up to 3 miles per day with elevation gains of up to 250 feet. Some off-trail hiking is possible.

Start: June 15 at 9 a.m.
End: June 17 at 4 p.m.

There is a Testimonial page that has a long list of people saying great things about the classes offered there. Check it out!


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Which Yellowstone campgrounds would be the starting point for these hikes? I'm interested but need more info as we are planning a visit as a family, but only I (the dad) wil be going on the tour.

Also, could you please post a link or phone number to the site offering the classes? Thx.

Erin McCallum

It looks like the closest campground (if you don't want to stay at the lodge on "campus") would be the Slough Creek, Pebble, or Tower with Slough being the closest. I found a link to the park map on their website which might make it easier to plan your trip. http://www.yellowstoneassociation.org/Institute/maps.aspx?p=yellowstone

Contact info: Yellowstone Association
Phone: 307-344-2293

Or email: (Yellowstone Association Institute Educational Programs):
[email protected]

The link to the classes or the Yellowstone Association website is

That link should take you straight to the month where they have the class listed. You can click on Wolves of the Past Present and Future to get a synopsis of the class. Hope this helps. Any other questions just post them up and I'll see what I can dig up!

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