Young Scientist Program

A young scientist explores Yellowstone with a magnifying glass.

Kids ages 5 and up—you can become a Young Scientist when you visit Yellowstone National Park. Start by purchasing your self-guiding booklet at the Canyon Visitor Education Center or Old Faithful Visitor Center.

Designed to serve three different age groups, the program coaches the young (and young at heart) to solve science mysteries by combining investigation in both visitor center and field settings. The program for 5-9 year olds is offered only at Old Faithful.

Stop by the Old Faithful Visitor Center to check out a Young Scientist toolkit for use in the Upper Geyser Basin. Once your investigation is complete, you will be awarded an official Young Scientist patch (ages 5–13) or key chain (ages 14 and up).

Development of this program was funded by the National Science Foundation through a generous grant to Yellowstone Forever.


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Last updated: August 16, 2018

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