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Anything about traveling and enjoying Yellowstone National Park and environs, except for details about the deep backcountry areas.

Experience in the area

A lifetime of visiting and 12 years of intensive research in and on the subject of Yellowstone


Yellowstone Association, Yellowstone Foundation, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, National Parks Conservation Association


Publishers Marketing Association "Independent" newsletter; High Country News


Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in cello performance prepared me for a career in cello performing and teaching. But that was my first career.

Awards and Honors

Guidebook "Yellowstone Treasures" won the Gold Award for Travel Guides in ForeWord Magazine's competition.

What do you like about this subject?

I find everything I love in Yellowstone: beauty, adventure, fascinating puzzles needing solving, natural places left untouched by man.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Year-round I am reading history of Yellowstone and trying to understand better what scientists are gradually learning, particularly about its geology and its microorganisms.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Microbiologists have discovered and categorized only a small percentage of the archaea, bacteria, and algae that live in the hot springs. It is a huge field that has only been opening up in the last couple of decades.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Whether the national parks should share in the profits that eventually accrue from scientific discoveries and just how this should be controlled is a subject under study right now. It's called the benefits sharing controversy, and I've researched it and written a blog entry about it on the page for "Yellowstone Treasures."

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Recent Answers from Janet Chapple

2012-10-28 Northern Loop:

Hello Robert,    Sounds like a great idea to take your family to Yellowstone! I'll give you some ideas about the northern part of the park, but first, I'd suggest you book rooms even now by calling the

2012-07-03 What to expect in yellowstone and where to stay?:

Hello, Sarah,    First, you may not be able to get reservations inside Yellowstone at this late date, but try the concessionaire, Xanterra reservations: 307-344-7311. There are always cancellations in

2011-01-23 Best Time to Visit Yellowstone:

Hello Mitch,    Your guesses are good ones about times to avoid crowds and the advantages and disadvantages of spring and fall. I'll just add a couple of things: The earlier you go the colder it will be

2010-07-21 Camping at Yellowstone:

Hello Shannon,    Seeing the Tetons as well as Yellowstone on your first trip to the area is a good idea, and I understand the campgrounds there are less crowded than those in Yellowstone. You might want

2010-07-15 Day Trip to Yellowstone:

Hello Marilyn,    You don't say when your convention takes place in Bozeman, but with only a day to visit Yellowstone from Bozeman, you will want to concentrate on either the northern or the western part


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