YA Family Julianne Baker Yellowstone Association resident instructor Julianne Baker saw the mountains for the first time when she was 19 years old and instantly fell in love. Having always loved the outdoors, she completed an MA in outdoor education and taught in Michigan public schools from 1974–2001. During her tenure she taught hands-on science and outdoor programs that brought 4th, 5th, and 6th graders to Yellowstone from their Michigan classrooms. In 1991 Julianne took her first class with the YA Institute. One class turned into three that summer, and every summer after she took a number of courses. Though she had been coming to the park since 1974, it was during her first class at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch that she really fell in love with Yellowstone. “That’s when I learned that you could live here and learn something new every day for the rest of your life and still not know it all. That’s what really grabbed me,” she says.
places to take people in the park, and it gives a purpose to my wanderings and to so much of my life here in the park.” Later this summer Julianne will transition from a full-time resident instructor into a part-time position with the Institute. She still plans to teach a few field seminars, and in addition to training for the Birkebeiner (50K cross-country ski marathon) you’ll definitely find her at Old Faithful again this winter. “Any job we do affects who we are so much as humans and professionals,” she says. “YA has been really good to me. I’ve been mentored by many people here, and I so appreciate the experience. It’s been the highlight of my professional career.” If you ask Julianne, autumn is the best time for hiking — the mosquitoes and flies are gone, the days are cool, and water is low for fording creeks. Some of her favorite autumn hikes:
After working seasonally for the National Park Service in 2002, she planned to go home to Michigan for the winter. Then she received a call from YA’s program manager asking if she would be interested in teaching the winter program “Yellowstone on Skis” at Old Faithful. “I thought I’d died and gone to heaven,” she recalls. For the next few years she worked for the NPS during the fall and spring and with YA during the summer and winter. In 2004 she became the first full-time, year-round resident instructor for the Institute. What does she love about being an instructor? “I love sharing information and I love turning people on to this place and watching them fall in love with it too. I enjoy exploring new
sepulcher mountain A lovely but strenuous loop from the Mammoth Terraces to either Glen Creek Trailhead or back down to the terraces. bunsen peak A short but strenuous climb providing views of Swan Lake Flat, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Mount Everts. storm point A short, easy loop that takes hikers to the shore of Yellowstone Lake, then continues through golden fields and mature forest. hellroaring tr ail This can be any distance, though I enjoy a long hike from the Hellroaring Trailhead, fording low waters of Hellroaring Creek, and continuing on toward either Blacktail Trailhead, or out toward Gardiner on the new trail at Eagle Creek Campground.
Experience Lamar This Winter! Though most people have to commute an hour before sunrise to be in the Lamar Valley in time for all of the action, these Institute field seminars are based in the heart of the valley at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch. For more information about these programs, or to request a copy of our winter catalog, please visit YellowstoneAssociation.org or call us at 406.848.2400.
Holidays at Lamar
Wildlife Weekend Escape
Three programs offered
Three programs offered
November 26–30 December 13–17 December 18–22
November 21–23 March 6–8 March 13–15
Lamar Valley Wolf Week Three programs offered
December 8–12 March 2–6 March 9–13 March 16–20
Includes all meals!
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