Yellowstone Wild is a local guiding service offering custom wildlife tours in Yellowstone National Park. We specialize in crafting personalized educational experiences with Yellowstone’s iconic wildlife, natural history and geology. Our highly-experienced naturalist guides and top-of-the-line equipment produce the highest quality wildlife sightings and wilderness excursions. Deep personal knowledge of Yellowstone’s wolves, bears, bison and other treasures fuel our teachings, which appeal to all ages. Our tours consistently prove to be meaningful and memorable to our guests, and we remain the highest-ranked outdoor activity at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Montana.
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Each Yellowstone Wild guide has more than 15 years of experience in wildlife research and guiding. We specialize in educational wildlife watching, day hikes, multi-day backpacking excursions, fly fishing, photography, geology, and winter tracking programs, and we offer specialized family-oriented tours to engage your young adventurers in discovering the wonders and beauty of Nature. Our tours are often focused on viewing and learning about Yellowstone’s dynamic wildlife, most notably wolves. Wolves are our passion, and they are what draw many of our guests to Yellowstone — partly because the Park Service successfully restored the grey wolf to Yellowstone in 1995-1996 in perhaps the greatest achievement of wildlife management in history, and partly because this is the best place in the world to see wild wolves. Our guiding service is especially well-suited for viewing Yellowstone wolves because our guides have years of experience following their movements and social dynamics on a daily basis. On our tours, it is common to witness a pack of wolves galloping across Yellowstone’s vast landscapes, hunting their wild prey, or traveling to and from their dens to feed their playful puppies. In the unforgettable beauty of a Yellowstone dawn, we often hear wolves howling across the breathtaking expanses of Yellowstone’s famed Northern Range.
We custom-build each expedition into the world’s first national park around your interests and expectations, and we fill your day with our intimate knowledge and personal experiences with the magical landscapes, wildlife, and geological wonders throughout Yellowstone. Each day in Yellowstone is different and special in its own way. This place is truly wild — it is Nature at its purest extremes, without restraint or control, and within that wildness lies Yellowstone’s unique beauty. Our tours are not scripted or filled with canned jokes and rehearsed speeches. Each tour is a unique full day of authentic adventure into North America’s most prized wilderness, carefully crafted specifically for you by your highly-experienced naturalist guide and shaped by Yellowstone’s very own unprecedented wild spirit and the special surprises that Yellowstone bestows upon us each day.
Meet Our Team
Emil was raised on a remote ranch in the mountains of southern Colorado, where from a very early age he developed a deep interest in the wildlife and wild places around him. As a child growing up in a wilderness environment, he spent much of his youth exploring the natural world and taught himself to track and observe the wildlife in the mountains and forests near his home. Emil earned a Bachelor´s degree in biology with an emphasis in ecology from Colorado College. He studied carnivore ecology on campus and abroad, and in 1997 he began formal field research in Costa Rica with leading jaguar scientists. Shortly after college he studied mountain lions in Yellowstone National Park, and gained valuable first-hand experience with Yellowstone´s amazing wildlife. Emil then spent an instrumental winter snow-tracking wolves through the Northwoods of Michigan, before attending graduate school to earn a Master´s of Science degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management from Humboldt State University. His graduate studies included five years of field research on mountain lion feeding ecology. Emil has authored many scientific publications and educational articles and taught courses on traditional and modern animal tracking.
Emil´s work to study and conserve wild carnivores has taken him to many unique locations throughout North and Central America, Europe, Southern Africa and the Saharan Deserts of Morocco. Prior to returning to Yellowstone, he spent five years working for the European Union on the reintroduction and conservation of the Iberian lynx, the world´s most endangered wild cat, in the Sierra Morena Mountains of Spain and Portugal.
Evan Stout was born and raised in rural Maine, in the perfect location to bounce between the picturesque rocky coast, and the deep forests of the North Maine Woods. Growing up, his family spent the majority of their summers at their “camp”, with the pristine wilderness of Maine right out the backdoor. Swimming, fly-fishing and hiking during the day, and the old Maine tradition of a moose-ride, driving the family truck down the long dirt roads through the muggy bogs, and mosquito dominated forests at sunset, always trying to be the first to spot one of the many inevitable moose sightings. It wouldn’t be until later in life that Evan realized seeing 10-20 moose on any given night was not something most children got to experience.
It was during those formative years that a deep passion and connection to wild and pristine places was forged. After graduating high-school, Evan attended the University of Maine at Presque Isle, studying recreation and resource conservation and park management, and also completing a semester with NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) in the Yukon Territory. Before leaving Maine, Evan would go on to leading hiking trips, backpacks, and canoe trips across the forests and rivers of the state. He also taught a year of 8th grade Earth Science at a local middle school as a favor to a family friend. While a wonderful experience, and a natural fit for Evan, the West was calling.
Ashea has spent close to twenty-five years exploring and sharing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, helping people connect to a wild landscape and to themselves. After obtaining a degree in English Writing Arts and Theater, she found herself in Yellowstone, working seasonally and falling in love with one of the most dynamic landscapes on earth. She has led all ages and interests through Yellowstone including children’s programming, driving a 1968 Bomabrdier snow coach out of Old Faithful, skiing and hiking deep into the backcountry, geyser gazing and road-based wildlife watching. She is a certified Leave No Trace Trainer and is a Wilderness First Responder. She lives in Gardiner, MT with her husband, an ecologist, and young daughter. Community service and advocacy play a fundamental role in their lifestyle, but immersing in Yellowstone, the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and all the surrounding public lands on skis and foot is where they find nourishment.
Jay’s love for the outdoors and guiding started with a 2-week horseback trip that his mother took him on in the Grand Tetons when he was 15 years old. A move from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to the Rocky Mountains solidified his desire to show people the beauty in nature that he saw. That passion for the outdoors turned into a 15-year love affair with guiding all over the United States, including many of our country’s National Parks.
Jay has been guiding in the Yellowstone area since 2004 and has worked in the Interior of Yellowstone as an R-12 Bombardier snow coach driver for 5 winters. Jay’s passion for Yellowstone starts with the park’s exciting and dynamic geology, which he often reminds us is the most important factor driving the ecology and wildlife we see in the park today. Jay’s knowledge and excitement for Yellowstone’s wildlife and cultural history leave something to be learned by everyone around him.
Jay is also a professional photographer and a member of the National Association for Interpretation. In 2018 Jay was recognized as Highly Commended by the Wanderlust World Guide Awards in Britain.
Josiah is a Montanan transplant from Houston, Texas where his childhood was filled with stories of mountain men and grizzly bears. Following the stories of Jim Bridger, he found the start of his own Rocky Mountain adventure in Yellowstone 11 years ago. Since 2009, Josiah has worked in Yellowstone guiding ski, snowcoach, and snowmobile tours for the park’s main concessioner at the Old Faithful Snowlodge and whitewater rafting for the Flying Pig Adventure Company in Gardiner, Montana. Through these experiences and his own adventures, he has earned knowledge, perspective, and countless stories from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. His passions include history, Native American storytelling, survival, biogeography, and mountain sports (rafting, hunting, biking, skiing, fishing, and hiking).
Growing up in Georgia, Garrett learned to appreciate the outdoors at an early age. He began backpacking with his father in the Great Smoky Mountains as soon as he was able to carry his own gear. By his early teenage years, he was identifying wildlife sign and wild edibles throughout the southeast.
After obtaining degrees in both biology and ecology, Garrett thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, spanning nearly 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine. While on the AT, Garrett earned the trail name “Professor”, as he was always answering questions from other hikers about flowers, tracks, and scat.
Garrett began his career out west as a wildlife biologist tracking the endangered Sonoran pronghorn in southern Arizona. He has worked extensively with pronghorn, Canada lynx, wolverines, badgers, grizzly bears, black bears, bison, and countless reptiles and amphibians. His research projects have spanned throughout the west, including Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks. His passions for wildlife conservation, environmental education, and long-distance hiking have kept him in Montana for good!
In his free time, Garrett loves hiking with his two dogs (Addie and Hank) and converting his 1996 Dodge van “Big Red” into a 4×4 camping machine.
Josh Welter, coming up from the deep south, hails from South Carolina though he made his way to Montana and Wyoming via the Mountains of southern California.
After earning a degree in Parks and Protected Area Management, focused on natural and historical resource interpretation, he worked in many different regions across the United States before landing in Yellowstone in 2012.
Finding a naturalist haven he chose to stick around and teach. In his free time he can be found (or not) delving deep into the backcountry… or lounging away reading a good book in a recliner by the fire.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Tyrene fell in love with Yellowstone and its ecological diversity during her first visit to fish in the park in 1996, while pursuing a BFA in Acting in Ashland, Oregon. It was a life changing experience, and in 2002, she made the choice to give up her dreams of Broadway to live the dream of moving to Yellowstone. Since 2007, Tyrene has worked in the park as an Interpretive guide, snowcoach driver, fly-fishing guide & instructor, Interpretive Trainer, and outdoor educator. Tyrene finds inspiration in guiding both new and seasoned park visitors to find a deep and personal connection to Yellowstone as well as encouraging them to discover what wildness means to them.
Tyrene’s greatest joy is the timeless beauty of a day on a river, and she spends as much time as possible in the backcountry of Yellowstone and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness searching for wildlife (not just fish!), wildflowers, and her next great adventure. She passionately believes that fostering education through fun, interactive, hands on experiences has the power to inspire change, increase understanding of, and develop a voice for, our wild places.
Virginia comes to Yellowstone from a long history in outdoor education and the Girl Scouts. She first worked in the park in 2012, thinking it would be just a fun one- summer job. But after falling in love with the animals, the thermals, and even the lodgepole pines, she never left! Virginia has worked for 8 years as a Yellowstone Naturalist, working with families, teachers, school groups and everyone in between. In the Girl Scouts, she has worked as a summer camp counselor and Leadership Director, and as an international volunteer and Leadership Seminar facilitator. Virginia is a Certified Interpretive Guide, a Leave No Trace Trainer, and a Wilderness First Responder. After the initial shock of her first -30° Yellowstone winter days, this California girl now thrives in the winter and lives for summer hikes and paddle trips. She uses her degree in theater to make science and the outdoors come alive for students of all ages!
Mike Rosekrans has been leading trips and environmental education programs
around the Western United States for over a decade. Growing up in the Great
Lakes Region of the Upper Midwest, Mike took a keen interest in the natural world
at a young age. He received his bachelors degree in outdoor recreation from
Winona State University in Minnesota and promptly moved west to begin his
career and pursue his passion of exploring and teaching in the mountains and
forests of the Western United States. In 2016 Mike completed his graduate
studies, earning an M.Ed from Western Washington University in Partnership with
North Cascades Institute. While in graduate school Mike began developing an
interest in the ecology and natural history of grizzly bears and upon graduation
spent a summer season in Denali National Park before permanantly moving to
Yellowstone where he was able to realize his dream of teaching programs related
to grizzly bear natural history while also developing and implementing curriculumbased youth programs within Yellowstone National Park. Mike is a passionate
guide who hopes that in providing people with a more holistic view of the
Yellowstone Ecosystem that people will be inspired to preserve, protect, and make
sound decisions in preserving our natural world.