BUFFALO, N.Y. – Fly fishing for native trout on one of
America’s most scenic and untouched rivers. Up-close
in-person observations of wolves, grizzly bears and rare birds in
their native habitat. Sleeping in spacious log cabins in a town
resembling a movie set.
All this while learning firsthand how species interact and
thrive in the beauty of the country’s first national
It’s the summer trip of a lifetime, and it’s part of
an ambitious and unforgettable educational program organized by the
University at Buffalo’s College of Arts and Sciences.
“Mega Fauna and Predation in Yellowstone National
Park” will take 12 people to Silver Gate, Montana, for 11
days and 10 nights of guided tours, observations and hands-on
activities that showcase one of the country’s most famous and
beautiful natural environments, all narrated by UB experts and
special guests who have spent their lives studying nature and
“Each day we will observe wildlife, including wolves,
grizzly bears, coyotes, bison and rare birds, while visiting geyser
basins, habitat recovery areas, wolf reintroduction pens, and old
wolf dens,” says Joseph C. Allen, instructor and trip leader
who has been a lecturer at UB for 20 years in the Environmental
“My favorite part of the trip is showing fortunate people
not only the beauty of our nation's first national park, but the
interaction of predator and prey species along with the recovery of
ecosystems that have long been under siege.”
The trip, limited to 12 guests, combines pristine natural
observations with technology enhancements. Activities include
hiking, fly fishing, exploring rustic towns, historic and natural
sites such as geysers and wolf dens and lodges, and extensive
wildlife observation of native animals including wolves, bears and
“I’m excited about not only showing people the park
and it's animals,” says Allen, “but a chance to show
them how to fly fish for native trout on America's only wild and
scenic river, the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone.”
The trip starts July 28 and ends Aug. 7. Home base is Silver
Gate, a town just outside Yellowstone National Park. Those on the
Yellowstone summer workshop stay at Silver Gate Cabins, spacious
and well-appointed log cabins that accommodate two to three
guests. Each cabin includes a bathroom, kitchen and
refrigerator for comfortable living.
The cost of the trip is $2,350, which includes all lodging, park
admission, equipment rental, guest speakers, three working lunches
or dinners and transportation within and around the park. Travel
costs to Bozeman International Airport, as well as food outside of
the three working meals are not included.
This year’s special features include high-end photography
equipment that stream photos and videos directly to personal
The trip also promises to be a singular travel and educational
experience with experts who have been studying wildlife there for
many years. And previous guests of Allen’s 2012 Yellowstone
visit returned with rave reviews.
"Seeing all of this has changed my life," one said.
"I never realized nature was so complicated as well as harsh,"
"I feel as if I have witnessed nature on the National Geographic
channel,” said another.
For more information, contact Joseph C. Allen at email@example.com,
716-228-9510, or Caitlin Barone, coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
To register: https://www.ubevents.org/event/yellowstone2014.
For photographs, tour highlights and an article in the Buffalo
News about the trip, go to: http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~jcallen/.