June 25, 2014 - July 7, 2014 // 13 Days
July 10, 2014 - July 22, 2014 // 13 Days
August 1, 2014 - August 13, 2014 // 13 Days
*Tentative Dates For 2014
Welcome to Wyoming—home to some of the most remote and beautiful wilderness in the United States. Our Great Divide program is a 13-day summer adventure and community service program designed especially for middle school aged students that finds us hiking through the Bridger-Teton National Forest, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, sea kayaking on Yellowstone Lake, whitewater rafting the Snake River, and rock climbing in the Tetons!
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16-20, Teton Village Habitat for Humanity
$3,050 - Airfare not included
Jackson Hole, WY
Session 1: June 26, 2013 - July 8, 2013
Session 2: July 11, 2013 - July 23, 2013
Session 3: August 1, 2013 - August 13, 2013
We meet in the Wild West town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and head for Grand Teton National Park, full of beautiful clear blue mountain lakes formed by 60,000-year old melting glaciers. With no foothills to obstruct the view, we see how nature’s elements have sculpted the sharply notched peaks. Truly a sight to behold, we gather and camp beneath the stars and realize that nothing can top this view.
As we navigate the beautiful Snake River by raft, we see elk scattered throughout the valley floor and eagles soaring high above. Day one takes us on a scenic float past the towering snow-capped peaks followed by a rapid, exciting run through the canyon on day two. We learn how to sit, paddle, and stroke as we laugh our way down river along side moose, bison, and pronghorn antelopes.
We break from our adventure to spend some time giving back to the community. We will be breaking ground on four new Habitat for Humanity homes in the Teton Village area helping strengthen the community by building simple, decent homes in partnership with hardworking families in need and people from all walks of life.
We take to sea kayaks on Yellowstone Lake, perched on the Continental Divide and ringed with geyser basins framed by the Absaroka Mountains. We look for evidence of Yellowstone's elusive timber wolf and stop to take in some of the park's landmarks, including the breathtaking waterfalls of Yellowstone River's Grand Canyon, Old Faithful, and the enormous bison herds.
Next, we day hike trails that wind around and above the valley and wander along flowing streams, discovering hidden lakes and canyons, stopping to relax and enjoy the hot springs. You can learn rock climbing from on the rock, or by watching the experts, it's your choice! Taught by the world renowned Exum Mountain Guides, our introduction to rock climbing has been carefully designed to be challenging and fun, but not too difficult for our age and abilities. We'll learn basic climbing skills such as knots, signals, belays, and short rappels, then try our luck on the rock.
On our final night, we share a traditional campfire complete with s’mores and stare in wonder at the bold Teton peaks set against the amber sky.
Arrival in Jackson Hole, WY; transfer to campground; program orientation; day hikes in Jackson.
2-day service project with the Teton Village habitat for humanity; basic home construction; painting.
Hiking in Bridger-Teton National Forest; sea kayaking on Yellowstone Lake; two days whitewater rafting on the Snake River; rock climbing in Teton National Park with the renowned Exum Mountain Guides.
Final banquet; transfer to Jackson Hole airport; homeward bound!