Dr. Jon Way reports on he and his students' trip to Yellowstone wolf country

Jon Way just got back from Yellowstone, and he has a report on some of the same events covered by Kathie Lynch. He also has photos.

It is at his web page: Update November 28, 2007: Yellowstone trip with more pictures added Nov. 29!







  1. be Avatar

    great photos of wildlife Jon – thank you !! I love the photo of the moon as well

  2. catbestland Avatar

    What a thrilling trip for those kids. I hope you get your “Eastern Yellowstone Park”.

  3. Jon Way Avatar

    Thanks be and catbestland! It is so refreshing for me to go out there once a year (on average) and see the things we do.

  4. Denise Johnson Avatar
    Denise Johnson

    I would love to be a student in your class what a great field trip. Hope you get your Nat.l Park in Mass.
    Thanks for all your great contributions.
    Keep up the great work.

  5. Jon Way Avatar

    Thanks Denise…
    Believe it or not we do have a national park in MA and close to me (20 miles East). It is Cape Cod National Seashore. However, it allows all “traditional” uses so the landscape is protected but so are all of people’s multiple uses. That disappoints me.

  6. steve c Avatar
    steve c

    Cat, hopefully we will get our Maine Woods National Park here in New England! (Go Hillary)

  7. Bob Caesar Avatar
    Bob Caesar

    Terrific report! What a trip! Man, your students are sure lucky!!! Congrats!!!

  8. Monty Avatar

    Jon, your students will gain a love of the “wild” that will be with them the rest of their lives. And they will provide much needed support for such places. I agree with your remark in the last paragraph wherein you said that national parks have a different “atmosphere” than the rest of the “world” where humans have total “right of way”.

  9. Denise Johnson Avatar
    Denise Johnson

    Cape Cod…oh yes, I have been there. Really nice area I visited relatives whom lived in Duxbury MA back in the early 80’s they even drove on the cape, loved the lighthouse too. Do they still allow that? Found the cranberry bogs interesting.
    Do your students feel decompressed or less stressed after their time in the wilds of Yellowstone?

  10. Jon Way Avatar

    Hi DJ,
    I have an interesting group of high school students with vary varied backgrounds. Barnstable also has a pretty high degree of ethnic diversity. Your question would be an intuitive yes, but I’m not sure. they come back from Yellowstone and are immediately immersed back into their normal schedule. I personally believe (and studies certainly need to document this) that it is more of a long-term thing and 2 of the students hadn’t been anywhere like this before and I think it opened up a whole new world for them that they didn’t think they would ever get to. I think they still have the everyday short-term stresses, but hopefully a better perspective over the long-term. Just my thoughts.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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