Your primary guides for this trip will be Melissa Dowland and Megan Chesser, who have extensive experience crafting impactful trips for educator groups in Yellowstone. We will also have the opportunity to interact with and learn from local experts, including Dan and Cindy Hartman, wildlife photographers who have lived on the edge of the Park for over 25 years.

Melissa Dowland - Melissa is an experienced educator at the Museum of Natural Sciences with a BA in environmental sciences and an MS in structural geology. She has guided over 20 trips to Yellowstone National Park since 2005. She loves sharing her passion for Yellowstone with others in engaging and meaningful ways.

Megan Chesser - Megan is an experienced educator at the Museum of Natural Sciences with a BS and an MS in wildlife science. She has guided multiple trips to Yellowstone National Park since 2014. Her enthusiasm and outdoor experience make her an excellent and responsible guide.


Moderately strenuous - we will be hiking on snowshoes at elevations above 7,000 feet, and we may experience temperatures as low as negative 20 degrees so proper gear is essential (This will be discussed at orientation meeting). We will have long days full of activities including wildlife watching, hiking, and showshoeing.


This Adventure is open to Members only. To become a Member, please contact Catherine Starek, Coordinator of Membership for the Friends of the Museum, or 919-707-9296.

To indicate your interest please fill out this form: Trip Interest Survey. You will then be notified as soon as registration becomes available. Once registration is open, spaces will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis until the maximum number of 10 occupants is reached. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required upon reservation to hold a spot on this trip.

The total per person cost is $3,300, for double room occupancy ($1000 extra for single occupancy). This includes all ground transportation and guides, all accommodations, some meals, 3 day snowcoach charter to tour Yellowstone's interior, snowshoe rental, and an orientation meeting. This cost does not include airfare. Personal travel/health insurance is highly recommended.

Registration will end on August 15, 2017 and full payment is due no later than October 15, 2017. Reservations will be acknowledged in their order of receipt until the maximum of is reached, after which a wait list will be used in the event of any cancellations.

We reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically unfeasible to operate. In this event, we will refund your deposit paid. However, we are unable to refund any deposits following trip cancellation that results from factors outside our control including but not limited to terrorism, natural disaster, or other major global events and therefore recommend you purchase travel insurance. We are not responsible for costs incurred by a participant in preparing for a program that is altered or canceled.

For any questions about this Adventure, including cancellation policy and liability coverage details, please contact Jerry Reynolds, Head of Outreach at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, at or 919-707-9884.