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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming and Montana
Winter in Yellowstone National Park: the crowds are gone, the bison gather around the geysers, and Old Faithful erupts over snow-covered landscape. New this season, Xanterra Parks and Resorts and the Yellowstone Association Institute offer theFamily Winter Holiday geared for parents and kids eight to 12 years old. Observe wolves, bison, elk, and possibly eagles, then cross-country ski and snowshoe through the icicle-laced woods. A naturalist provides pointers on tracking wildlife, taking photographs, and the park's ecology. The group, no more than 14 participants, also travels by snowcoach to Yellowstone's Grand Canyon, deep in the park and blanketed in the quiet hush of the winter freeze.

This learning-vacation package includes four nights lodging at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in a room with a private bath, breakfasts and box lunches, in-park transportation, snowshoe rentals, and ice skating at Mammoth. Rates for adults start at $575 per person, double occupancy, and $405 per child plus tax. The trip is available December 26, 2006, and January 19 and February 16, 2007.

Families with teens or adult children can take advantage of the Yellowstone Association Institute and Xanterra's additional adventures, too. With the Winter Wolf Discovery program, learn about the wolves' reintroduction to the park and go on naturalist-led excursions to view these wonderful creatures on the prowl in the Lamar Valley. The package includes four nights' accommodation at Mammoth Hotel, breakfast and lunches, in-park transportation, snowshoe rental, ice skating, and evening programs (rates start at $515). The program is offered from December 27, 2006 to February 25, 2007. (307-344-5566)

In addition, book your own lodging and create your own learning adventure by taking advantage of Personal Ed-Ventures. With this program [[CHK: is this a day or multi-day option]], a Yellowstone Association guide tells your family about the park as you explore on a wildlife-watching safari. Rates start at $395 for up to seven people, and $50 for each additional person up to 14 people. (307-344-2294;

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