Student travel to Yellowstone National Park is the perfect way to teach your students about this abundant ecosystem and it’s beautiful, mystical, and growing population of wildlife.
by Paul Belanger, Director of Gtrek: Science and Adventure
It is hard to believe for those of us who live in the Rocky Mountain West that it was twenty years ago this week that the first 12 wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park. Since that time and amongst great fanfare and controversy, the wolves have repopulated Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Washington. While many ranchers and hunters lament the success of the return of wolves to the northern Rocky Mountains, it is without question that the return of the keystone predator has been a benefit to the ecosystem and Yellowstone National Park. Today, wolves remain one of the top draws for people coming to Yellowstone and when they get there, they see a healthier ecosystem.
“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
So, on this day of celebration, let’s experience the “tonic of wildness”. It can easily be found right outside your door or in a magical place like Yellowstone National Park.
For more information on the success of the Yellowstone Wolf Reintroduction program, view the video at this link: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140128-how-wolves-saved-a-famous-park