Yellowstone Insight is a continuation of personal guiding services that have been in place since March 1, 1872 when President Ulysses Grant created Yellowstone National Park as the world’s first national park.
The owner, MacNeil Lyons has 20 years of experience guiding and exploring in Yellowstone with a passion for sharing his knowledge of the natural and cultural resources found throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The focus of MacNeil and his company is rooted in the simple concept of instilling an appreciation of preserving the world’s natural resources for future generations.
MacNeil was raised with an understanding to be grateful for the biological world that surrounded him. With a nickname like “bird”, given to him by his parents when he was just a toddler, he has always had a bird’s eye for detail. Growing up in Virginia, Colorado, and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, MacNeil found a home on the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park. MacNeil is a published writer, photographer and naturalist. His images have captured remarkable moments that were published in Rolling Stone Magazine, USA Today, Budget Travel, and numerous regional magazines to name but a few. He has been featured as an on-camera Park Ranger for a Discovery Channel documentary, and an on-camera Naturalist for Yellowstone DVD’s by Finley-Holiday Films.
MacNeil has delightfully educated university & college groups, families, Elderhostel groups’, and numerous private tours through single-day and multi-day excursions in Yellowstone.
MacNeil can be found driving the roads and walking the trails and thermal basin boardwalks, educating visitors about Yellowstone’s dynamic natural and cultural resources. When not guiding, MacNeil is enjoying some “Daddy Time” with his kind-hearted daughter and lovely wife, or roaming the hills (outside the Park) at random with his faithful dog!
If you are interested in an exceptional, personal, privately guided tour of our world’s first national park, please do not hesitate to contact us! View our Guided Tour Page for more information regarding the types of tours Yellowstone Insight offers.
Meet our Seasonal Naturalist Guides
Shauna Baron holds a B.S. in Biology, and a M.S. in Science Education. Shauna has been teaching outdoor education for over 20 years, sharing her love and knowledge of the outdoor world with students of all ages. Her biology research has led her to numerous parts of the United States to study the predator-prey relationships of large and small carnivores, such as wolves, bears, fishers, and bobcats. She was a volunteer biologist with the Yellowstone Wolf Project during the earliest days of wolf recovery. She also worked as a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Red Wolf Recovery Program in North Carolina, and spent her free time working on research projects for brown pelicans, tundra swans and sea turtles. Next, she was studying scat for the University of Vermont; that’s right, she is not afraid of a little dirty work. Although her passion for the outdoors has taken her back and forth across the U.S. a few times, she always returns to Yellowstone Country. For the past 14 years, Shauna has been living on the Yellowstone park boundary, working as a naturalist-guide in Yellowstone National Park. Her multi-faceted programs provide an in-depth knowledge of the natural history, ecology, and geology, as well as the thermal biology of the “wonderland” we call Yellowstone. She is looking forward to sharing this amazing place with you.
• Education 1994-1997: West Virginia University B.S. in Recreation and Parks Management, with an emphasis in Natural Resources
• 1996 – 2002: Interpretive Park Ranger & Education Specialist for the National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Wolf Project’s Winter Study recording data and collecting field samples, National Park Service’s Formal Education Staff, Type II Wildland Firefighter
• 2002 – 2011: MacNeil worked as a Resident Instructor with the Yellowstone Association Institute
During this time, MacNeil crafted an award winning program titled “Yellowstone For Families”, winning Best Family Camp in America by Good Morning America and Family Fun Magazine
• 2011 – Present: Private Yellowstone Guided Tours
“May all your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you.”
– Edward Abbey