Yellowstone Alumni Trip

June 14 - 20, 2015 | June 21 - 27, 2015 

Experience the beauty and awe of Yellowstone National Park:

  • Exploring Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley for signs of wolves and grizzly bears
  • Hiking the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mystic Falls, and Ferry Falls
  • Looking for our favorite wildflowers: Elephant's Head, Shooting Stars, and Dwarf Monkey Flower
  • On the lookout for the elusive Harlequin Duck at LeHardy Rapids
  • For those really in shape, hiking Mount Washburn and Avalanche Peak

The experience will include a day trip to the Tetons and a day trip to the 1959 Yellowstone Earthquake area. You can choose between two levels of physical challenge for each day hike. Sleep well each night at Canyon Lodge & Cabins and Old Faithful Lodge Cabins, with breakfast and dinner at restaurants in the park. 

The total cost of the trip largely depends upon travel expenses and your lodging choices. Each participant should arrange a flight to Billings, Montana or meet in Red Lodge, Montana. Lodging choices range from $69 to $250 or more per night for up to 2 adults. The estimated cost for "standard" single occupancy lodging, meals, and park fees is $850 (just add transportation and optional expenses).

Please complete the Interest Form to receive more information and/or a trip application. 


Yellowstone: A CU Tradition

Students from Cornerstone University have been traveling to Yellowstone National Park nearly every year since the early 1980's as a part of the course Ecology and Management of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.



The 2015 Yellowstone alumni trip is your chance to experience one of the richest displays of God's glorious creation with a diverse group of people who are deeply committed to reflecting his glory.



Trip Leaders

Professor Ray "Gator" Gates

Gator has been a professor of biology at Cornerstone University since 1978. He has been leading student trips to Yellowstone National Park since 1979. In addition to being honored at Cornerstone as the Professor of the Year (1989, 2002, 2011), Gator was inducted into the Faculty Hall of Honor in 2013. He and his wife of over thirty years are proud parents of three "Gatoraids."

Bill Lee

Bill is a 1988 graduate of Cornerstone University. While at CU, he was a biology major and served as a lab instructor for the General Biology and Botany labs. He has been a part of four Ecology of Yellowstone trips and one Ecology of the Grand Canyon class. Bill currently serves as the Vice President of Market Development for RESCOM Environmental Corp. He resides in Newark, Ohio and is the father of two children.

Yellowstone Alumni Trip