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.
Here are descriptions of the different types of programs available. Check the calendar for specific program details.
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:
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:
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:
Arts in the Park
Written and visual reflections on Yellowstone aroused the interest of the world and resulted in its designation as the world’s first national park. Have you been inspired by Yellowstone? Experience Yellowstone through art with our local artist programs.
Throughout Summer 2017, Yellowstone will celebrate Arts in the Park by conducting a series of two types of themed programs.
Pop-up Art Studio
A total of four pop-up art studios will be held 11:30 am–2:00 pm. Enjoy the splendor of Yellowstone while you create your own art inspired by your surroundings. Local artists and park staff assist you in a group written-word or coloring program to celebrate art's importance in Yellowstone.
Pop-up Photo Workshop
Join Yellowstone’s park photographer, Jim Peaco, to enhance your photography skills at one of the four Pop-up Photo Workshops taking place 10—11:00 am. Jim has nearly 30 years of experience capturing the wonder that is Yellowstone.
Contact us for more information on Arts in the Park.
Yellowstone's in-park ranger programs vary each season.
Programs are available Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Programs are available Labor Day through the end of September.
Programs area avilable December to March at Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful, and West Yellowstone. The 2017 schedule will be out in late fall. Until then, the 2016 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.
Last updated: August 24, 2017