Expedition Yellowstone Program

Students gather around a bull elk skull and examine it.

NPS/Jacob W Frank


Through Expedition Yellowstone the National Park Service offers a 4-5 day curriculum-based residential program for teachers and their 4-8th grade classes. 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 contact the Youth Programs Office.

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.

Watch Inside Yellowstone's exciting video on Expedition Yellowstone.


Yellowstone National Park is part of the Residential Environmental Learning Center national network that works with schools, youth groups, families and the National Park Service to immerse kids in the nature and culture of the National Parks. We provide multi-day education programs throughout the year, in all kinds of weather, every day and night, to inspire kids through education, experience and leadership development.


More Information

  • Yellowstone for Kids: Book produced by the Yellowstone National Park to help kids discover the world's first national park, connect with the wonders of nature, and engage in the promise of tomorrow. Get excited for an upcoming trip to Yellowtsone, discover Yellowstone on your visit, and support and protect special places like Yellowstone after your return home. Available from Yellowstone Forever bookstores (76 pages, $10.95).

Last updated: May 29, 2024

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Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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