THE WILD SIDE, LLC
Wildlife Adventure Company
Giving Back Contact
|Wildlife biologists Nathan Varley and
Linda Thurston launched THE WILD SIDE, LLC, to propagate their collective professional
endeavors. THE WILD SIDE, LLC, offer
wildlife viewing tours, university level educational programs, biological research, and
many conservation programs and services.
For more information or
to book a vacation program with us contact:
THE WILD SIDE, LLC
phone/text: (406) 223 2152
P. O. Box 769 Gardiner, Montana 59030
Our premier wildlife watching programs
(listed on the main page and in the right column) feature multiple days of extensive viewing,
excellent meals and accommodation, and expert interpretation by Nathan, Linda,
and a professional staff who combine many years of Yellowstone experience.
Our custom programs feature the flexibility to
create a program perfect for your group, dates, and budget. We arrange
programs and field courses for colleges and
universities that travel to learn about the wildlife and critical
conservation issues in Yellowstone. Read
what guests have said about their experiences with The Wild Side's
wolf-watching excursions in Yellowstone. The Wild Side, LLC, is permitted by the
National Park Service under a commercial use authorization agreement to provide tour and transportation services in
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
The Wild Side, LLC, offer a subscription web page, www.yellowstonereports.com
with sightings, updates, and daily naturalist reports to stay
informed about current events in Yellowstone. Yellowstone Reports
has the most current information about wolf and other wildlife sightings
on the web.
High quality spotting
scopes are available for rent to enhance
wildlife viewing in the park. We are also available for consulting
on wildlife research and management for small businesses and agencies.
The Wild Side, LLC,
promotes sustainable practices
in its operation. Our programs
in Yellowstone Park are authorized by the National Park Service under a
Commercial Use Authorization (CUA). The
CUA specifies the holder complies with all applicable public health and
sanitation standards and codes. The
Wild Side, LLC, teaches and practices the Leave
No Trace outdoor ethics curriculum to minimize the impact of our activities
on the environment. Our
programs feature recycling of
product waste including plastics, aluminum, paper, and glass
with the assistance of the National Park Service, a program made possible
through the Greening of the Parks Act.
We hire only local guides
and services to contribute to the local economies and thereby promote sustainable,
long-term stability to Yellowstone’s communities through ecotourism.
We contribute to and participate in local grassroots
organizations whose mission is to encourage sustainable practices in
industry, business, and recreation. A
portion of The Wild Side, LLC, proceeds is donated to local non-profit
organizations with educational and environmental stewardship as their
Primarily, we participate
on the board of directors for Yellowstone
Country Guardians (YCG) whose goal is to bring a powerful voice of
hope and inclusivity to the lands and communities of Yellowstone country.
YCG is a place-based organization that inspires people to care for the
unique resources of our local area. Also,
we actively support the Gardiner-based Bear
Creek Council whose mission is to provide members with the opportunity
to make a substantial contribution to the decision-making and monitoring
process concerning area resources, and to promote
responsible use of area resources in order to ensure quality of life
and protection and integrity of the environment.
Further, we are a Guardian
in the Yellowstone
Association’s Guardian program for promoting educational programs
for visitors to Yellowstone Park.
Stemming from our primary
work observing wild gray wolves, we have developed a code of wildlife
watching ethics for visitors to the park that emphasizes respect for
the wildlife and for fellow visitors.
We contribute to the Yellowstone
Wolf Project’s research and education initiatives through the Yellowstone
Park Foundation. This work provides for scientific endeavors to better understand the ecology
of the wolf and better protect their place in nature.
To combat the opposition to wolves in local and regional
communities we participate on the board
of advisors for Living
With Wolves, an organization dedicated to raising broad public
awareness of the truth about wolves, their social nature, their importance
to healthy ecosystems, and the threats to their survival. Programs
are designed to build tolerance that can lead to coexistence between
people and wolves sharing the same land.
The people involved with
The Wild Side, LLC, are dedicated to the long-term vision of growing a sustainable
ecotourism industry that benefits
local communities and protects
the environment and resources upon which the industry depends.