Ranger Programs

Ranger presenting on hydrothermal features
Ranger program at West Thumb Geyser Basin.

NPS/Janine Waller


One of the best ways to experience a national park is participating in a ranger program. Yellowstone National Park offers a variety of ranger programs throughout the park, and throughout the year. Check the calendar for specific program details.


Printable Schedules

Yellowstone's in-park ranger programs vary each season.


Programs are available Labor Day through the end of September.


Programs are available December to March at Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful, and West Yellowstone. The 2016-17 program schedule gives an idea of the types of programs likely to be offered.


The spring season is a transitional period for the park, so no ranger programs are scheduled during this time.


Programs are available Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The 2018 program schedule gives an idea of the types of programs likely to be offered.


Program Types


Experience a National Park Service tradition and join a ranger for a presentation exploring one of the many fascinating stories of Yellowstone National Park. Examples of ranger presentations include:

  • Experience Wildlife in Yellowstone: Learn where to find wildlife in the park and experience them safely.
  • Evening Program: Explore Yellowstone's natural and cultural history while enjoying a campfire outside.
  • Gazing into the Abyss: Discover the secrets of Abyss Hot Spring, West Thumb Geyser Basin.
  • Canyon Talks at Artist Point: Discover why artists continue to be drawn to this special place, Artist Point on South Rim Drive, Canyon area.


Explore a bit of Yellowstone with a ranger via a hike, walk, boat cruise, or citizen science program and gain a greater appreciation for this amazing place. Examples of ranger tours include:

  • Mud Volcano Ramble: Find out what mudpots and hot springs reveal about Yellowstone's past and future, Mud Volcano.
  • Lake SceniCruise: Join a ranger of a boat tour of Yellowstone Lake (fee program, reservations required), Bridge Bay.
  • Hot Springs Terraces Walk: Meander around Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces, Mammoth Hot Springs.
  • Geyser Hill Walk: Learn about relationships between Yellowstone's volcanic history and hydrothermal features, Old Faithful Visitor Education Center.

Junior Ranger Activities

These programs are designed for kids and are a great way to immerse yourself in Yellowstone's stories. Examples of these activities include:

  • Wildlife Olympics: Test your skills and compare your abilities to animals in Yellowstone.
  • Junior Ranger Discovery Program: Investigate the many curiosities of Yellowstone, Grant Visitor Center.
  • Junior Ranger Activity Site: Learn about Yellowstone's wonderful wildlife, geysers, history, and much more, Old Faithful Junioir Ranger Activity Site (near the Old Faithful yurts, east of the Visitor Education Center).

Arts in the Park

The National Park Service and Yellowstone Forever offer a variety of art and photography activities. These hands-on programs are designed to inspire new and creative ways of enjoying the beauty and wonder of Yellowstone.

  • Pop-up Art Studio: Create your own art inspired by your surroundings, with Yellowstone Forever artists-in-residence, a local writer, and park staff ready to assist you.
    • Adorning with Nature with Agnes Ma: June 29, 1 pm – 3 pm, Old Faithful Yellowstone Art & Photography Center
    • Writing with Heart with Jennifer Armstrong: July 17, 10 am – 12 pm, Fishing Bridge Visitor Center back porch and beach
    • Drawing Animal’s Underlying Forms with Kimberly Moss: July 31, 10 am – 12 pm, Old Faithful Yellowstone Art & Photography Center
    • Children of Yellowstone with Andrew Steiger: August 14, 10 am – 12 pm, Madison Information Station back porch
    • Yellowstone Forever Plein Air Painting Event: September 26—28, 10 am – 2 pm, Locations TBA at Yellowstone Forever.
  • Pop-up Photo Workshop: Join Yellowstone's park photographer, Jim Peaco, to enhance your photography skills.
    • Waterfalls & Wide Angles: June 26, 9:30 am – 10:30 am, Artist Point parking lot on South Rim Drive
    • Wildflowers & White Balance: July 10, 10 am – 11 am, Parking area before Pebble Creek Campground
    • Landscapes & Light: July 24, 10 am – 11 am, Madison Amphitheater
    • Extremophiles & Exposure: August 7, 10 am – 11 am, Black Sand Basin parking area
    • Arches & Angles: August 21, 10 am – 11 am, Arch Park Pavilion, Gardiner, MT
    • Paparazzi & Prime Lenses: September 18, 10 am – 11 am, Albright Visitor Center (Mammoth) south side lawn
Become a junior ranger of Yellowstone National Park.

Junior Ranger

Becoming a junior ranger is a great way to experience Yellowstone National Park for you and your family.

A young visitor learns about hot springs from a ranger.

Young Scientist

Solve science mysteries by combining investigation in both visitor center and field settings.

Visitors stopping by Fishing Bridge Visitor Center & Trailside Museum

Visitor Centers

Step inside a visitor center and explore the exhibits and interpretive offerings, or talk to a ranger.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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