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2012 Yellowstone Institute Orientation

June 6, 2012

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the Yellowstone Institute participants met at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh, NC. We spent the day getting to know one another and discussing all the details of our upcoming trip to Yellowstone National Park.

The entire team seemed eager and excited not just to experience the unique natural wonders that Yellowstone has to offer, but also to be able to bring back their gained knowledge, experience, and inspirations to those they teach. A common thread amongst the group quickly showed- we all are ready to connect with nature and feel like we are a part of something so majestic and awe-inspiring.

Though we endured a fire alarm and museum evacuation during our orientation, our team showed their willingness and ability to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, and smile through it! Our slide show of the grand flora and fauna that we might experience was a great sneak peek at what our group might have the opportunity to experience. Our team spent some time going through the itinerary as well; we will be starting our trip in the northern part of the park, near Mammoth Hot Springs, followed by by a short jaunt east to Roosevelt, some time south near Yellowstone Lake, and Old Faithful. Phew, what a trip!

Our group had a great time learning about some of the large mammals we are likely to see- did you know that bison have a massive hump on their backs that helps support their large heads which they can use as a snowplow in the winter? Or that the antlers of a bull elk weigh about as much as a kindergartner (approximately 40 pounds)? We can’t wait to experience some of this first hand, and then to have the opportunity to share our newfound knowledge once we get back home. Overall, we had a great day in preparation for a great trip.

Feel free to get to know our team, on the “Meet the Team” tab, and follow along as we go on our journey.

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