Our senior biologist, Paul Brown, picked us up at our hotel at 6am and greeted us with coffee, hot chocolate, and muffins! since we are a family of 6 we decided to pay a little extra to have a van to ourselves. Paul immediately brought us to a spot where we watched 2 young male grizzly bears. He told us all about these specific bears and his binoculars and scopes made them seem so close! among other places, he brought us to a beautiful pond off a long dirt road, where we watched a trumpeter swan swimming. It was fantastic being the only people there, obviously a place we would NEVER have found on our own. Paul was incredibly knowledgable. It was so great to be able to ask any question I thought of about anything I saw, and he knew the answer! He taught us so much about the wildlife, their habitats, and the landscape of GTNP. He even knew all about the trees/shrubs/ flowers that we saw, which really interested me. This was the absolute highlight of our week in Jackson Hole and worth every penny. I recommend doing this early in your stay because you will learn so much useful information about the parks and the wildlife. thanks Paul!
Thank you for the kind words regarding Paul. Paul has been a key member of the Teton Science Schools community for over 12 years. His guiding experiences are unmatched by others in the ecosystem. Paul has worked as a wolf researcher in Yellowstone and his insight into the day to day ecology of the region is exceptional. We are proud of Paul and his passion for educating others. Thank You - Jared Baecker