Hindsight

Now that I have been home for a couple weeks, I have been able to truly realize how this trip influenced me. I learned more than I can explain from this trip and am beyond grateful for my opportunity to be part of this experience. I got to see beautiful landscape unlike anything I ever have, I saw wildlife in its natural habitat, learned of many controversial issues within Yellowstone, got to explore different communities, talk to various stakeholders and residents, and I made a group of friends I continue to keep in touch with now. I am a nursing major and this course is so different than any other courses I take for my degree. With this course, I feel more motivated than ever to want to learn and become involved in my school and community. I also learned how...

Pack 7: Yellowstone Trout Controversy 2014-05-29 13:09:27

Pack 7: Yellowstone Trout Controversy  2014-05-29 13:09:27

Wildlife behind our hotel in Gardiner Hiking in the Grand Teton National Park Elk Refuge...

Pack 7: Yellowstone Trout Controversy 2014-05-29 03:12:43

Pack 7: Yellowstone Trout Controversy  2014-05-29 03:12:43

Trout painting like this were often found in stores of both Jackson and Gardiner Town of Gardiner, Montana Fish within concrete outside of Park’s Fly shop in Gardiner, where we completed an interview Historical displays of Cook...

Pack 7: Yellowstone Trout Controversy 2014-05-29 02:57:31

Pack 7: Yellowstone Trout Controversy  2014-05-29 02:57:31

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone Jenny Lake View hiking Black Bear Stream while hiking Grand Tetons Bison family Elk...

Thoughts on Gardiner and Jackson

Both Gardiner and Jackson maintained aspects of a small town with residents and people who were employed there, even whilst both their economies were driven by the tourism generated by Yellowstone (an entrance to the northern area located on Gardiner’s edge) and the Grand Teton mountain range also known as the “Tetons,” which contained numerous skiing resorts open during winter (one would pass through them after going through the town Jackson on route to the southern portion of Yellowstone National Park).  Thus both experienced a certain amount of interaction with wildlife; we determined that Gardiner, being enclosed to a greater extent than Jackson and less spread out, made it more impacted in interactions with wildlife such as Elk and Mule...

Reflection of our Time in Jackson, WY

Reflection of our Time in Jackson, WY

First arriving to Jackson at the foot of the Tetons was absolutely amazing. Jackson airport was small; however, it fit right into the community. Thanks to the pre-departure demographic assignment as well as the in class lectures in Farmville I had a good sense of what to expect when arriving to Jackson. The town was pretty small as I knew there were only about 10,000 residents, but I did not expect to see such a developed and thriving little town. I was very curious not only how this town generated so much revenue but rather what stakeholders actually populated the Jackson community. The view was absolutely beautiful as it was surrounded by the great grassy plains of the National Elk Refuge and awe inspiring mountains along its perimeter. Inside all these great...

Rhetoric of Public Display: A Supplemental Experience

Rhetoric of Public Display: A Supplemental Experience

Black Bear vs. Grizzly Bear The first visitor center we went to was the Moose Visitor Center located in Grand Teton National Park. The structure of the building was purposefully designed to mimic the great features of the Grand Tetons themselves. The museum was also carefully placed in a secluded area away from the highway and close to the mountains. The surrounding sage bushes and rocks also gave the center that “wilderness” feel. Once inside the center the first thing that any individual saw was the statue of a grizzly bear and her two grizzly cubs. The message that the statue portrays is that grizzlies are friendly creatures that possess the same family characteristics as humans do. However, grizzlies are not a force to be reckoned with. They can be very...