Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools

Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools

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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools is Jackson Hole's original and oldest wildlife tour provider. Wildlife Expeditions is just one of many program areas of Teton Science Schools, a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization based around place-based education. We have a well-earned reputation of locating wildlife and educating both locals and visitors on all aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We provide fascinating educational experiences in a fun and relaxed environment. Animals that may be observed during our expeditions include elk, moose, bison, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, mule deer, fox, coyote, wolves and bears. All trips are led by our staff biologists in custom safari-style vehicles. High quality optics and amenities are provided for all participants.
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Fishytourist
Houston, TX257 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
A fantastic wInter excursion into Yellowstone, going all the way up to Fountain Paint Pots. Our guide, Rhiannan, was cheerful knowledgeable and helpful. She was also very prompt and attentive throughout a long roundtrip day that began in Jackson. When we reached Flagg Ranch and boarded our modern snow coach, the temperature was 16 below zero. Nonetheless, it was a sunny beautiful day and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It was beautiful, with plenty of wildlife and the fascinating surroundings of Yellowstone national park. Our guide's knowledge and engaging personality elevated the experience. The tour is not cheap, but considering the quality of the entire operation from start to finish, including the booking process, our transportation to our transfer point and the Snowcoach vehicle, it was not unreasonable. It was one of those trip of a lifetime days, but those memories will last forever and we highly recommend it to anyone who loves this incredible part of the country.
Written February 26, 2022
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Thank you for inviting us with you to explore Yellowstone National Park in winter. We are so fortunate to be able to accompany our guests on a memorable journey that for many is a once in a life time experience. Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science School is proud to share our knowledge, expertise, passion and wonder of the parks with you. We are so fortunate to have exceptional guides like Rhiannon, who share our vision. I do hope you will have the opportunity to return and make more memories with us! Warm regards, Jean
Written March 9, 2022
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Sean A
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Aug 2022 • Family
We had a fantastic time on this sunrise wilderness trip - which is a tall order for 18-27yr olds having to leave the house by 5:15 AM. Our tour guide, Bobby Pfeiffer, was charismatic, extremely knowledgeable, knew where to take us to have the best chances of seeing wildlife, and entertained all of our collective questions like a pro. Coffee and snacks were also provided which always helps.

We saw two black bears, two sets of mother moose + calf, another lone Moose, pronghorns, bison, and exotic species of birds including a beautiful blue heron and two Bald Eagles.

Can’t recommend this trip with Bobby enough. It is 100% worth waking up for.

-Sean
Written August 19, 2022
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We love the early morning opportunity to see the wildlife as they begin their day of exploration along with us! Bears, moose, pronghorns, bison, birds, blue heron and bald eagles? Wow! What a wonderful start to a perfect day! Our rooftop hatches, binoculars for every guest and spotting scopes make watching the wildlife up close and personal safe for everyone, including the wildlife! Come back again and see the winter wonderland! Warm regards, Jean
Written August 30, 2022
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Ledbury5
Ledbury, UK120 contributions
May 2022
What a wonderful evening. The sunset tour far exceeded our expectations. Communication was outstanding throughout the process of booking the tour, arranging the tour and the tour itself. David was an exceptionally good guide from start to finish. He made contact with us the day before the tour which enabled him to tailor the tour to the four of us. He managed to find us so many opportunities for wildlife viewing - he clearly knew where to look! We were very favourably impressed with all aspects of the tour and the company. Highly recommend this tour and company as they are very professional and obviously care deeply about the environment and the natural resources. And ask for David as a guide. He went above and beyond, even dropping off a water bottle at our hotel after the tour as my complimentary one had a leak.
Written May 23, 2022
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Thank you very much for your kind words about your experience with our helpful staff in assisting with the tour choice that would be best for you. It is our pleasure to ensure your time with us is first class from the moment you inquire about a tour until you are returned back to your home or accommodations and beyond. David is an excellent tour guide and his enthusiasm for these wonderful parks and wildlife is contagious. We are so fortunate to have David and a full team of amazing tour guides. I hope you will have the opportunity to visit again soon. Every season is breathtaking! Warm regards, Jean
Written May 26, 2022
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Kelly Allers
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Family
Bobby was our guide for a family wildlife tour. We LOVED it. He was so great with our kids (7 and 10) that they wanted him to come home with us! Lol! We learned so much about the area, the wildlife and the plants. Bobby was very knowledgeable and a great teacher. He kept the kids engaged and interested, which is no easy task for a 6 hour trip, and we always felt safe while viewing wildlife. Seeing a bear (and cub) and bison were definitely highlights. We also hit major highlights in the park, which was a bonus. The food and snacks were good, and I appreciated their sustainability practices. This was an incredible experience to start off our trip and gave us a good idea of where to spend time throughout the rest of our visit. Other local guides we met in the area also said TSS is the best, and I cannot recommend them (and Bobby) enough!
Written July 7, 2022
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Thank you for your kind words about Bobby! He is well loved, for sure and we are grateful he is part of our amazing team! I hope your travels bring you back to this area to experience more wonders and thrills of the park. Each season has a unique magnificence! Warm regards, Jean
Written July 7, 2022
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Amanda M
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Dec 2021 • Family
Bucket list check✅
#Yellowstone lived up to all it’s hype! We got to see the world famous ‘Old Faithful Geyser’ as a family and it was so special. Millions of people from all over the world come to see her erupt every 90 min for the past 300 years. Yellowstone National Park is closed during the winter from Jackson Hole, however you can rent a snow coach or snowmobile up there with a guided tour. We opted for the snow coach & they provide breakfast, lunch and snacks as well as hot chocolate, coffee and beverages. We also got to see a weasel capture a squirrel for it’s meal and some wild bison 🦬 on the way. As we were leaving to look at a few more geysers, one lone bison came to visit us to make a perfect picture memory! Today was epic and my ohana are so grateful there was a lot of snow that came in last night and all day today❄️. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 🎄. I always said one day I’d come back and bring my children after my parents took me. 🥰Day 2 down in the books. It keeps getting better each day!
Mahalo @tetonscience @wildlifeexpeditions and Annalisa for a wonderful and memorable experience. Annalisa was very accommodating and had a wealth of knowledge explaining the plants and trees along the way as well the Ermine we saw and different animals. She had some sample of the bison horn/fur and beaver fur so my kids could feel it too.
She took many photos of us and made sure to communicate about the bathroom stops. The hot chocolate was perfect for my 4 children and coffee for us parents. If you want to see old faithful in the winter, it was worth every dollar…this snow coach tour is the way to go!
Written December 27, 2021
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Thank you for sharing your first hand experience of a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Yellowstone National Park in winter on a Snowcoach tour with us! Our guides extensive education in the Sciences, including Geology, Environmental, Botany, and Animal habitats and behaviors ensure an enthusiastic, invigorating educational opportunity that we like to refer to as "place based" education. I am sure your children will remember forever the very special time in Yellowstone that we were invited to share along with you. We will be here waiting for you to return and discover some new corners of the park along with your family. Thank you for choosing Wildlife Expedition of Teton Science School.
Written January 5, 2022
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Leigh J
Fullerton, CA575 contributions
Mar 2022
My experience was nothing short of epic. I took their Winter day tour of Yellowstone. We were provided with transportation from our hotel with a 6:30am pickup in a van. (They are only able to accommodate 9 people.)

Breakfast was provided which included a breakfast burrito picked up at a local eatery. Hot coffee, mocha, and water were also provided. From the hotel in Jackson it took about an hour to reach Yellowstone. The route included passing through Grand Teton National Park.

At the Flagg Ranch just outside the Yellowstone entrance we transferred to their Snowcoach, a modified van with treads instead of wheels for driving over the snow covered roads which were closed to regular traffic.

Our tour guide, Samantha Krause, was nothing less than stellar. She was enthusiastic, very accommodating to the group, and a wealth of information. She was well versed in the geography, geology, and biology of the area.

We visited a number of sites in Yellowstone including Old Faithful, Biscuit Basin, and West Thumb, a section of Yellowstone lake. There was also a photo op at the Continental Divide, which we crossed 6 times. Because it was Winter, there were no crowds, however a number of other tours were seen throughout the park. (There were also snowmobile tours which might be an option for some.)

This was a 12 hour event which included multiple stops for bathrooms and sightseeing. Lunch (sandwiches) were provided. (We had lunch at Biscuit basin which was an active area of hot springs and vents.) Snack are also provided well as hand warmers, if needed. Teton Science Schools also provided each of us with binoculars for observing wildlife. We encountered moose and coyotes on the way to and from Yellowstone. Bison were present at Old Faithful. Stops were made in an effort to photo notable wildlife as they were encountered. We also made a special stop to watch the sunset over the Grand Tetons; a memorable sight.

This was an educational adventure beyond my expectations. I would highly recommend this tour because of the educational value, as well as the spectacular experience of Yellowstone itself. I would not recommend this tour for small children or people with mobility problems. As it is a long day I would recommend getting a good night's sleep beforehand.
Written March 27, 2022
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Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed review of your tour with Samantha to Yellowstone National Park. Your descriptions bring to vivid life the experience we strive to provide to all of our guests. Winter in the park on a Snowcoach tour while surrounded by the brisk winter air, snow covered landscape, active wildlife and soaring geysers is a memory that will last forever. Our guides passion and knowledge through their education, experience and love of the natural beauty of the environment compliments our goal to provide place- based education to all of our visitors. The wilderness is our classroom and our guides are the best teachers. Please come back and visit again and experience Spring and Summer too as the parks awaken from their winter slumber. The vegetation, views, flowers, creeks, lakes and the wildlife look completely different , yet as beautiful. Warm regards, Jean
Written March 29, 2022
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Mandi J
1 contribution
Feb 2022 • Family
Even though my 6 and 3yo daughters enjoyed the tour (which is ultimately all that matters), the tour wasn’t what I was expecting.
Based off of their website, I thought we would be exploring Teton Park by a “snowcat” and/or “BV” and actually getting up closer to the animals. Instead we were in a van and could only see the animals from the road we were on. Most of the animals were so far away that you could only see them with the binoculars/scope that the tour supplied you with. The scope wasn’t “clear”, I really don’t know another term I could use. It was like it wasn’t strong enough to see the animals as clearly as we should have been able to see them.
There were some areas/roads that we couldn’t access. Our guide stated that during certain times these roads are only accessible by the residence in that area.
The guide was knowledgeable and polite. I only got to experience the first half of the trip because I got motion sickness, so it was only my 6yo daughter and husband who got to eat lunch, visit the museum, and go on the sleigh ride. We still got charged for all 4 of us attending these events even though only two of us were able to go. Snacks were offered once throughout the 8 hour day and were only accessible if we were parked because they were stored in the back of the vehicle. We were to get 4 souvenir cups included, but only received 1 cup. My husband was unaware that the cups were paid for so he only took the cup my 6yo daughter drank from. I was a little upset that the guide didn’t bother to mention to him that the cups were paid for already and ours to take. He did not book the trip, I did. So he had no knowledge of what was included and what wasn’t. I didn’t think to communicate this with him since the guide already knew what was paid for and what was ours to take with us when the tour was finished.
I definitely feel as though the tour is overpriced. Everything the guide did with us were things anyone could have done on their own. I feel like we paid just for the knowledge of the tour guide and her being able to navigate Jackson Hole better because she’s familiar with the territory.
Maybe I went into this tour with too high expectations, but when you’re paying $1250 for a tour, I expect that tour to be worth $1250. Any previous tours or excursions we have been on, they’ve been worth their weight and gold and truly enjoyable. This is the first tour I ever paid this much for and it just did not meet my expectations. The price point is too high in my opinion.
I do want to mention that the sleigh ride did allow you to get up close to the Elk. I’m not sure what this would have cost individually (meaning separate from paying for a tour), but I would say that it by far was the best part of the entire tour for my daughter. I wish we all would have gotten to experience it, but unfortunately we did not.
Written February 9, 2022
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Thank you for choosing Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science School for your family visit to Grand Teton National Park. The tour package you chose included Grand Teton National Park tour, Wildlife Museum visit as well as the Sleigh Ride into the Elk Refuge. This tour is a family favorite and I am so glad to see the children enjoyed it immensely! We do also offer a Snowcoach Tour into Yellowstone National Park which I hope that you may have the opportunity to experience next time. Yellowstone roads are snow-covered all winter but our Snowcoaches can navigate right through the snow. This is a unique experience also and as the focus is on the geothermal features there such as Old Faithful and the day is much longer- 12 hours- you are completely immersed in the winter wonderland of Yellowstone. Grand Teton winter tours provide much better options to see wildlife and for the safety of our guests and also the wildlife, we do not walk out to the animals, nor are we permitted by the National Parks to do so. We travel safely on the cleared roads and make frequent stops at pullouts and utilize the binoculars and spotting scopes to bring the animals closer for viewing. I am so sorry that you experienced motion sickness and did not enjoy the ride. Our Mercedes Sprinter Vans are the most comfortable ride available but we do understand motion sickness can occur to guests traveling at times and it must really be difficult for you. The souvenir cups are a nice memento to enjoy while you have beverages while you are traveling through the parks. Some guests do not take them home as they are often times limited with luggage space. If you would like, we can mail the cups that you left behind. I would be happy to send them to you so you can enjoy and recall the memories you made with your family. Please call our office with the address that you would like me to send them to and I will ensure they are on the way promptly. I hope that you enjoyed the remaining week of your visit to this magical corner of the world. Warm regards, Jean
Written February 11, 2022
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Peter K
Hurricane, UT723 contributions
Jul 2020
We did a sunset wildlife tour with Kevin Taylor on 7/22/20. It was our second tour (last in 2017) with the Science School.
The tour and Kevin were awesome.
We really wanted to see a male moose, so Kevin suggested we start the tour at 5:30 since the animals come out at dusk. We were picked up at our hotel (which they do for hotels in Jackson)and after finalizing some paperwork off we went. We ending up seeing pronghorn, several hawks, elk and a female moose and her calf. It was great and we had plenty of photo opportunities.
In addition to seeing the wildlife, Kevin provided a wealth of information on Jackson Hole, the ecology, geology and the animals.
The tour provides great (Marvin) binoculars, spotting scopes, water and Kate bars.
It was about 4 hours long.

We would recommend this tour to anyone looking to see wildlife in the Teton area.

Covid 19 info
The tours are all private for now (one family or related group to a tour) and do a good job adjusting for Covid 19.
Kevin wore a mask any time we were in close proximity (looking through the scope, pointing out animals etc) and we also wore masks throughout the tour.
The van had a ceiling to floor plexiglass barrier between the drivers area and the back area.
Overall we felt comfortable that our covid risk on the tour was acceptable.
Written July 28, 2020
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jennifer w
1 contribution
Jan 2022
Our family of 5 (2 adults, 2 seniors and 1 teenager) booked a snow coach tour of Yellowstone to Old Faithful with TSS Wildlife Expeditions the end of January, 2022. Our guide Keith began our tour with picking us up at our condo in Jackson right on time. I was pleasantly surprised to find out he is a National Park Service naturalist in the summer at Grand Teton Park. His extensive knowledge of the local area, history and especially the natural world was evident from the moment we met him. He was organized and charismatic the entire 10 hours or so we spent with him. Frankly I expected a quick ride to Old Faithful and back but was thrilled with his logistically planning to assure we experienced many stops and experiences, some of them off the beaten path. Incredible day! From the wolf tracks he spotted alongside the road at 25 mph to a bison endeavor on a walk around the thermal areas we constantly had our experience elevated by his interpretations. Considering I am a retired National Park Service Chief Ranger (including 10 years in Grand Teton National Park), Keith could not have had a tougher audience. Well done TSS.
Written January 30, 2022
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Thank you for your kind words about your guide Keith! We know when a retired National Park Service Chief Ranger such as yourself, is impressed by the quality, value of our service, expertise and enthusiasm we have met our goals! We strive everyday to ensure that our guests' visit to these beautiful parks will leave an indelible mark on their mind and hearts. As natural stewards of these beautiful lands, we at Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Schools are eager to share our love and education of the area. As you know, from your own park experience, we all protect and cherish what we understand and we hope that we are helping to build an army of new students of all ages to embrace the knowledge and magnificence of our National Parks, as you have also in your career as a Chief Park Ranger. Warm regards, Jean
Written February 3, 2022
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Diana M
9 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
This is by far the best thing we’ve done in Jackson Hole/Grand Tetons...and we’ve had the greatest adventure. Sign up for an all day trip, begin at 6 am, and request Kevin Taylor. I promise it’s worth every penny. Teton Science Schools thinks of everything: a van with a pop out roof for observing wildlife, snacks and beverages, and great cleanliness. Due to COVID, we all wore masks, had access to a hand sanitizer pump, and Kevin wipes the scope after each use.

Speaking of scopes, Kevin set these up and positioned them so that we could see wildlife up close. We got to know and see the advantages of a pronghorn’s eyelashes. Seriously. We also each had binoculars to use all day long.

By beginning our day before sunrise, it enabled us to plot our day seeing the wildlife in their prime habitat at the right time frames. Kevin knows all the backroads and radios with colleagues to make sure you get to take advantage of everything. We saw: moose, elk crossing the street, mule deer, bear cubs playing, a bison herd stroll in front of us, pronghorn, hawks, pelicans, herons.

Better yet than all of the wildlife is Kevin’s vast knowledge. We learned about migration, hibernation, conservation, mating. He answered our questions and posed questions to make us think. He used his botany expertise and introduced us to service berries and choke cherries. We chewed on mint as we went from a lake to our picnic lunch.

My husband and I have already decided that WHEN we come back we are requesting Kevin and the Teton Science Schools.
Written August 27, 2020
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Thank you for the wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear you had such a fantastic experience with Kevin--he is truly one of the best! Our mission is to offer authentic, educational experiences for all learners, and it sounds like your tour was exactly that! We look forward to your return visit to Jackson Hole. Thank you for supporting Teton Science Schools!
Written August 31, 2020
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