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Expedition: Yellowstone!

A ranger leads a group of children across a bridge in Yellowstone.

A National Park Ranger leading Expedition Yellowstone.

Through Expedition: Yellowstone! the National Park Service offers a 4-5 day curriculum-based residential program for students in grades 4-8. This long-standing program operates September through mid December and mid February through May. The program has two campuses. The historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch is used during the spring and fall. The Youth Conservation Corps facilities are used during winter months.

Expedition: Yellowstone! teaches students about the natural and cultural history of Yellowstone National Park, investigates current issues affecting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and promotes stewardship and preservation in the park and in home communities. Emphasis is on learning through direct experience in the outdoors. Students participate with teachers and parent chaperones in hikes, field investigations, discussions, creative dramatics, and journal writing. The program coordinator works with teachers to tailor an itinerary for the group that best meets their educational needs.

Expedition: Yellowstone! operates on a fee basis to cover faculty salaries and instructional supplies used by students. A staff of rangers with diverse education backgrounds instruct these expeditions to the park.

Teachers, if you'd like more information, please write:

Expedition: Yellowstone! Coordinator
PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Teachers can check out the Expedition: Yellowstone! Curriculum Sampler (1.5 MB pdf)

Click here for Curriculum Supplements and Curriculum Alignment with Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho Education Standards.

Don't miss Inside Yellowstone's exciting new video on Expedition: Yellowstone!

Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.