The Yellowstone AssociationInstitute reports strong availability on its Field Seminars in May.
Most of the seminars take place at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus, where simple and comfortable log cabins are available for $25 per person per night. Association members who prefer to spend their nights in a park lodge, however, may do so throughout the month at savings of as
much as 40 percent.

"People who are able to visit the park in May rave about the way both the flora and fauna wake up from their winter slumber," said Jeff Brown, director of education for the Yellowstone Association Institute. "It's also a great time to take advantage of discount rates at historic park

Among Field Seminars with availability this May are "Yellowstone's Pack of Predator Concerns," "Into the Bear's Den," "Behind the Scenes of Wolf Behavior & Ecology" and "CSI: Yellowstone Mammal Tracking." Field Seminars are taught by college professors, research scientists, park staff and other experts. Most field courses take place at the Buffalo Ranch and last from one to four days and are limited to 13 participants.

For those who prefer to stay at in-park hotels and lodges, Xanterra Parks & Resorts offers members of the Yellowstone Association up to 40 percent off regular rates during May 2007 at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Old Faithful Snow Lodge and the Lake Hotel. Rates range from $49 to $129 per room, per night and do not include taxes. Annual membership rates begin at just $30.

The Yellowstone Association Institute and Xanterra also offer Lodging & Learning programs. These package deals include lodging and meals at park hotels, plus daily field trips led by naturalist guides from the Institute. Available this May are "Old Times on the Grand Tour" and "Springtime in Wonderland."

To request a free course catalog or make reservations for the Field Seminars, call 307-344-2294; for Lodging and Learning reservations, call 307-344-5566. For information on all Institute programs and Yellowstone Association membership, go to Travelers can book lodging by calling Yellowstone reservations at (1) 307-344-7311 or toll free (1) 866-GEYSERLAND (1-866-439-7375) or by visiting
The Yellowstone Association Institute is a non-profit field school operated by the Yellowstone Association in partnership with the National Park Service. The Institute was founded in 1976 and offers a wide variety of educational programs on the natural and cultural history of Yellowstone. Courses are based at the organization's Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus, at park hotels, and in the backcountry.

The Yellowstone Association was founded in 1933 to foster the public's understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding ecosystem. In addition to operating the Institute on a break-even basis, the Association manages educational bookstores and a membership program that generate revenues for the National Park Service. Since its inception, the organization has raised more than $10 million for Yellowstone.

To receive a course catalog or for more information, go to , write to the Yellowstone Association at PO Box 117, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 or call 307-344-2294.