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!

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project and the creator of The Wildlife News.

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

  1. avatar be says:

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

  2. avatar catbestland says:

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

  3. avatar Jon Way says:

    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. avatar Denise Johnson says:

    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. avatar Jon Way says:

    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. avatar steve c says:

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

  7. avatar Bob Caesar says:

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

  8. avatar Monty says:

    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. avatar Denise Johnson says:

    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. avatar Jon Way says:

    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.


November 2007


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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