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Winter Wildlife Escape

8 Hour Trip

About this Experience

Winter Wildlife Escape Cost: $265 per person, $175 per child (12 & under) Dates: Offered weekly. Departure time 9:00 AM. This full-day excursion (Approximately 8 hours) includes a “Wildlife Safari”, Sleigh Ride on the National Elk Refuge, entrance into the National Museum of Wildlife Art and Lunch. After being picked up at your room your guide will take you on a Dawn Safari (explained above) for incredible wildlife viewing throughout Jackson Hole, as well as enjoying and learning about this amazing place. Following the Dawn Safari your group will dine at Palate for lunch, inside the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Following lunch we take some time to walk through the exhibits at the museum. Finally, to end the day you will embark on a unique opportunity to ride out into the herds of elk (between 4,000 and 8,000 elk) on the National Elk Refuge via horse drawn sleigh. This trip is a wonderful introduction to the best Jackson Hole has to offer during its favorite season. (approx. 8 hours)

About your host, Dawson

Dawson Smith ‐ Program Director As Naturalist Program Director at Spring Creek Ranch, Dawson Smith designs and leads science-based interprative tours in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and on-property at Spring Creek Ranch. Dawson is a skilled naturalist, great communicator and charismatic educator who loves to share the wonders of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with his guests through an authentic experience. He grew up outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he enjoyed exploring the forests and nearby mountains of the Southern Appalachians. From a young age he was drawn to mountains, and that attraction to mountains brought him to Wyoming and the Tetons. Dawson is well versed in the ecology, geology, wildlife biology and public lands management issues of the Greater Yellowstone region through a strong background in the hard sciences. He received a B.S. in forestry from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, and is working toward an M.S. in Natural Science Education and Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming. He has worked on numerous wildlife monitoring research projects involving endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and gopher tortoise in South Georgia, and pika in Wyoming. He moved to Wyoming eleven years ago and since then has worked as a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and Teton Science Schools, has attended graduate school at Teton Science Schools and the University of Wyoming, as well as guided wildlife based eco-tourism trips throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, throughout the western U.S. and in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Smith has made contributions to the area’s wildlife community as an educator, researcher, volunteer and board member. In his free time he enjoys skiing, hiking, fishing, rafting, climbing, hunting and cheering on the Atlanta Braves with his wife Adele, son Ward and dog Max.