Barbara Ulrich

Head ShotA Connecticut native, Barbara has been exploring and studying Yellowstone for the past 25 years. Retired from her career as an environmental geologist with the State of Colorado, she moved to Gardiner, Montana where she lives on the Yellowstone River with her dog, Jacques.

In Yellowstone, she has worked as instructor for the Yellowstone Association, a guide for Xanterra, driving snow coaches and historic yellow buses, and has conducted archival work for the National Park Service and Forest Service at the Yellowstone Heritage and Resource Center. She founded Wild Bear Adventures in 2009.

Her love of the Yellowstone ecosystem originates from her interest in wolves and the wolf reintroduction program in Yellowstone and her background in geology provides a depth of understanding of this unique ecology. She earned a second Masters Degree from Montana State University in 2020. Barbara taught Earth Science while conducting her research in paleoecology in the park. 

When she is not working in Yellowstone, Barbara enjoys traveling and has visited the Brazilian Amazon and Pantanal, the Ecuadorian Andes and Amazon, the Galapagos Islands, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zanzibar, the prehistoric caves of France and Spain, the Arctic, Greenland, and Iceland. Paris is her favorite destination.

Barbara received her B.A. in geology from Vassar College and her first M.S. in geology from Rutgers University. A writer as well, she has attended Yale University’s Summer Writers’ Institute and is working on a memoir titled “Paddle Like You Mean It.”

Barbara is a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association for Interpretation.