Last winter I took part in a four-night Winter Wolf Discovery Program, and had an amazing time watching wolves and other wildlife on Yellowstone's Northern Range. Few things in life compare to listening to the hypnotic chorus of wolf howls or seeing a wolf pack scampering across a snowy valley.
The park's native Northern Rocky Mountain wolves were believed to be dangerous and mostly killed off during the late 1800s and through the 1920s. Wolves were reintroduced into the park in 1995, and Yellowstone is proud that 2010 will mark the 15th year of the wolf's successful return.
A great way to access the park during the winter, as well as other seasons, is through Yellowstone's Lodging & Learning Programs. During the Lodge & Learning programs seasoned naturalists take small groups out for themed observation of flora, fauna and geologic features. The four- to six-night programs are relatively low cost and provide exceptional experiences and a deeper understanding of how the park's ecosystems work together.
Our institute guides educated us about wolf history, habitat and social order within the park's much-studied packs. The program included wolf-watching excursions, an interpretive snowshoe tour and sunrise wildlife watching in Lamar Valley.