By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: One of my sons whose 14 has expressed a strong interest in wolves. He is on the Internet all the time. We were planning on visiting some relatives in northern Wyoming and wanted to know what might be nearby for wildlife viewing and wolf watching in particular. Our travel plans are to coordinate this during the holidays or in the new year. Look forward to any feedback you might have.

A: Not only will you be nearby but you’ll be in the heart of wolf country. In fact, it has never been easier to take advantage of the world's best opportunity to observe wolves in the wild. The world’s first national park, Yellowstone, recently re-introduced wolves into the region from Canada of all places.

The park will open for winter activities on December 19 and this year The Yellowstone Association Institute, Yellowstone National Park's official educational partner, is offering a special four-night Winter Wolf Discovery package which includes accommodations at the Mammoth Hotel, some meals, expert instruction, snowshoe rental and more.

Winter Wolf Discovery is offered Wednesday to Saturday beginning Dec. 26, 2007 to Feb. 23, 2008 and Sunday to Wednesday beginning Dec. 29, 2007 to Feb. 27, 2008. Instructors provide expertise on the reintroduction of wolves to the park and lead wildlife viewing excursions through the Lamar Valley.

Rates start at $545US per person, plus tax, based on double occupancy and $695US for single occupancy. Lodging & Learning programs can be booked by calling 1-307-344-5566.

For more package details, visit


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