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Welch Heritage Institute for Lifelong LearningThe Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: Through the Eyes of Faith

Explore God’s Glory in Yellowstone National Park

Join Cornerstone University’s Welch Heritage Institute for Lifelong Learning on an unforgettable weeklong trip to Yellowstone National Park in September 2021! This transformative experience will open your eyes to new dimensions of God’s creation by exploring the ecosystem of the park—from its geysers to its greenery. Join fellow alumni and lifelong learners on this trip hosted by longtime biology professor Raymond (“Gator”) Gates.

Trip Registration

The anticipated trip dates are Sept. 13-20 and 23-30; each trip is limited to the first 10 registrants. The general cost of this trip is $700 and does not include lodging, food or travel expenses. Save your space with a $100 nonrefundable deposit by March 1, 2021. Then $300 will be due on June 1, 2021, with the entire balance due Sept. 1, 2021.

Note: Both trips are currently full. Email whill@cornerstone.edu to be added to a waitlist.

Trip Benefits

Yellowstone National Park sits atop a volcanic hot spot and spans three states—a vast and thriving ecosystem that includes alpine tundra, whitebark pine forests and the geyser basin. Your trip to Yellowstone includes:

01

Guidance by Professor Gates through various ecosystems in Yellowstone National Park.

Teaching content will highlight the tundra, natural forests and stewardship.

02

Sightseeing of various locations in the park.

03

Observing wildlife such as elk, grizzly bear and moose.

We will explore areas where we have increased chances to see mountain goats, pika, big horn sheep, elk, moose, coyotes and grizzly bears.

Resources

Check here for recommended flight information, packing list and other important information.

If you have any questions regarding the trip itinerary or other details, contact Raymond Gates at 616.443.6648 or by email at raymond.gates@cornerstone.edu.

Tentative Schedule

Day One 5 p.m. Meet at U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station, Red Lodge, Mont.
Day Two 9 a.m. Guest Speaker of the U.S. Forest Service
10 a.m. Bear Tooth Highway
10:30 a.m. Rock Creek Vista Point (short hike)
11 a.m. Alpine Lakes for Devotions (overlook)
11:30 a.m. The Bear Tooth (overlook)
11:45 a.m. West Summit Bear Tooth Pass (overlook)
12:30 p.m. Pilot and Index Peak (overlook)
1 p.m. Clark’s Fork Overlook
2 p.m. Lake Creek Falls (short hike)
3 p.m. Chief Joseph Picnic Area (short hike)
4 p.m. Check in at the Grizzly Lodge
5 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Optional activity
Day Three 8 a.m. Travel to Yellowstone National Park
8:30 a.m. Barronette Peak (serach for Mountain Goats)
9 a.m. Lamar Valley (Bison and wolves)
10:30 a.m. Roosevelt Falls (Petrified Tree)
Noon Lunch (short hike to the confluence of Lamar River and Yellowstone Rivers)
2 p.m. Buffalo Ranch
3 p.m. Trout Lake (optional short hike / great fishing lake)
5 p.m. Cooke City
6:30 p.m. Optional activity
Day Four 8 a.m. Lullu Pass (trucks and ATVs); Gallatin National Forest (travel on old mining road)
2 p.m. Crazy Creek Hike (short hike)
5 p.m. Cooke City
6:30 p.m. Optional activity
Day Five 9 a.m. Depart
10:30 a.m. Undine Falls
11 a.m. Mammoth Hot Spring
Noon Lunch
12:30 p.m. Canyon Village (brink of the Upper Falls/Artist Point)
3 p.m. Gibbon Falls
4 p.m. Bakers Hole Campground
Day Six 8 a.m. Travel to Saw Tail Peak (short hike)
3 p.m. Wolf Discovery Center, Messa Falls
5 p.m. Driftwater Resort
6:30 p.m. Optional activitiy
Day Seven 8 a.m. Travel to Old Faithful
9:15 a.m. Firehole Falls (overlook)
9:30 a.m. Mystic Falls (4 mile hike)
1 p.m. Old Faithful Geyser Basin
4 p.m. Firehole Lake Drive
6 p.m. Driftwater Resort

Transportation

Participants will be required to find their own transportation to Red Lodge, Mont. From there, participants will carpool to the different sites.

In order to plan accordingly for flights, we recommend flying into Billings Logan International Airport in Billings, Mont., to be closer to the Red Lodge, Mont., lodging. We also recommend flying out via the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Bozeman, Mont.

If you decide to stay to see Teton National Park, it is closer to fly out of Jackson Hole International Airport in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Food

Each participant is responsible to provide their own food and drinks for the trip.

Breakfast and Lunch

Two stops at local grocery stores to buy food. The hotel rooms are equipped with a microwave and a refrigerator.

  • Red Lodge, Mont.: Buy food for the first three days.
  • Cameron, Mont.: Buy food for the latter three days.

Dinner

There are several restaurants that participants will be able to eat at the meeting place.

Hotel / Lodging

The estimated cost for lodging is approximately $110 to $150 per night. Participants will need to call and reserve their own room(s) at each location with their credit card. A number of rooms are held at each location under Professor Gates’ name. Rooms range from twin-size to double and queen beds. Nicer lodging is also available near each location if needed.

Trip I Lodging Locations | Sept. 13-20, 2021 (FULL)

Date Lodging Recommendation Phone Number
Sept. 13 Chateau Rouge, Red Lodge, Mont. 406.446.1601
Sept. 14 Grizzly Lodge, Silver Gate, Mont. 406.838.2219
Sept. 15 Grizzly Lodge, Silver Gate, Mont.
Sept. 16 Grizzly Lodge, Silver Gate, Mont.
Sept. 17 Driftwaters Resort, Cameron, Mont. 406.682.3088
Sept. 18 Driftwaters Resort, Cameron, Mont.
Sept. 19 Driftwaters Resort, Cameron, Mont.
Sept. 20 Head home

Trip II Lodging Locations | Sept. 23-30, 2021

Date Lodging Recommendation Phone Number
Sept. 23 Chateau Rouge, Red Lodge, Mont. 406.446.1601
Sept. 24 Grizzly Lodge, Silver Gate, Mont. 406.838.2219
Sept. 25 Grizzly Lodge, Silver Gate, Mont.
Sept. 26 Grizzly Lodge, Silver Gate, Mont.
Sept. 27 Driftwaters Resort, Cameron, Mont. 406.682.3088
Sept. 28 Driftwaters Resort, Cameron, Mont.
Sept. 29 Driftwaters Resort, Cameron, Mont.
Sept. 30 Head home

Participant Fitness

Participants must be able to walk four miles in three hours.

Mark Tremaine

Hours

MON - FRI: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SAT & SUN: Closed

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