Biology 200

National Parks of the Northern Rockies , U.S. and Canadian

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (Wyoming), Glacier National Park (Montana), Waterton and Banff National Parks (Alberta, Canada), Prince Albert National Park (Saskatchewan, Canada), Badlands National Park (South Dakota)

May 5–20, 2012

 

Leaders:         Dr. Bert Allen, Dr. Richard Lura, and Dr. Gary Wallace

 

Departure:     May 5 – Plan to start loading at 10:00 P.M. (~6 hours after the graduation service) in the Science Building parking lot and leave.

 

Some high points of this year’s trip. 

 

Yellowstone National Park

 (http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm)

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Tetons National Park

(http://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glacier National Park/Waterton National Park

(http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm)

(http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/waterton/index.aspx)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banff National Park/Lake Louise  (Alberta, Canada)

(http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/index.aspx)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Badlands National Park (South Dakota)

(http://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm)

 

 

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Cost

 

Travel cost of the trip will be $400.00 per participant.  This will pay travel, camping, camp supplies, entrance fees, and laundry.  Each participant will also need to pay for his/her own food, fast-food on the road and food purchased from grocery stores once we begin camping, ~$220.  All money is refundable through April 8, 2012.  After this date $100.00 is non-refundable unless a replacement is found.  A full refund will be made at anytime if a replacement is available for the trip.   All payments should be made out to Milligan College.  If you take the course for credit, 1 or 2 credits, the College will require a tuition charge of $65.00 per credit hour.

 

Suggested payment plan:

 

          February 18      $150.00

          March 25          $150.00

          April 22             $100.00

 

 

 

U.S. and Canadian Rockies

 

Date

Work Site

Campsite

May 5

(Saturday)

Pack and Leave Milligan

          10:00P.M.

  Drive

May 6

 (Sunday)

Drive

Bemidji, MN area

May 7

(Monday)

Head waters of the Mississippi River – to Central North Dakota

Saylor, North Dakota

May 8

(Tuesday)

Saylor National Wildlife Refuge – to Brandon, Manitoba

Brandon, Manitoba

May 9

(Wednesday)

To Prince Albert National Park (Saskatchewan)

Prince Albert NP

May 10

(Thursday)

Prince Albert NP to Lower Slave Lake (Alberta)

Lower Slave Lake

May 11

(Friday)

Lower Slave Lake (Alberta)

Lower Slave Lake

May 12

(Saturday)

To Banff and Jasper

Lake Louise area

May 13

(Sunday)

To Waterton N.P.

Waterton N.P. area

May 14

(Monday)

Glacier N.P.

St. Mary’s, Montana , Johnson’s Campground

May 15

(Tuesday)

Glacier N.P.

St. Mary’s, Montana , Johnson’s Campground

May 16

(Wednesday)

To Yellowstone NP

Madison Campground, Yellowstone NP

May 17

(Thursday)

Yellowstone/Grand Tetons NP

Madison Campground, Yellowstone NP

May 18

(Friday)

Yellowstone to Denver

Drive

May 19

(Saturday)

Drive

Drive

May 20

(Sunday)

Arrive  Milligan College late afternoon (?)

 

 

 

 

CLIMATE

 

The climate will, most likely, be quite varied; hot and dry (80-90o) in the Dakotas to quite cool (30s-40s) and wet in the Rockies.  Dressing in layers is the best plan.  Be able to handle temperatures into the 30s; bring hat, gloves, warm socks, hiking shoes (heavy boots are not necessary).

 

 

 

WHAT TO BRING:

 

We will start loading the vans about 10:00, Saturday, May 5, and leave as soon as we are packed.  Space in the van is limited so it is important to pack light.  No hard luggage will be allowed.  Below is a list of personal items you might wish to consider:

 

1.     Passport !!!!!  Crossing the US/Canada border now requires a passport!!!

2.    Money for food and souvenirs, ~ $220.

3.    sleeping bag able to keep you warm into the upper 20s.

4.    pad to go under your sleeping bag (the pad is very important both for warmth and dryness)

5.      pillow

6.     windbreaker/rain gear

7.     flashlight

8.      two pair of shoes – one water resistant pair is advisable

9.      clothing for both warm and rather cold weather

10.   binoculars, if available

11.    notebook (logbook) and pencil