Select classes with the Yellowstone Forever Institute are now 30% off! Register for the classes below and use code FS3019 for your discount.
Big Hikes in Big Sky Country
6/3 — 6/7
If you long to explore remote mountain terrain, this course is for you. Stretch your legs, your lungs, and your mind exploring the far reaches of Yellowstone’s backcountry on foot. You’ll travel light and fast through some of the most spectacular territory in northern Yellowstone, learning to cover miles of remote destinations while still appreciating the ecological forces at play on the landscape. You’ll hike up to 16 miles and 4,000 feet elevation gain per day, exploring distant and challenging trails rarely covered in Institute hiking courses.
Slow Hiking and Careful Observation
6/20 — 6/22
If you like to hike with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and smell the wildflowers, then come along on these rambles down Yellowstone’s trails. You’ll take two easy short hikes each day, stopping often to observe wildlife, birds, wildflowers, and whatever comes into view. Along the way, discuss and learn about the park’s wildlife, history, and challenges—or whatever else comes to mind. You’ll hike through a variety of habitats in different parts of the park, each with its own hidden gems awaiting those who slow down and observe.
Storytelling Goes Wild!
8/6 — 8/9
How do we tell the story of wildlife conservation and sustainable development in the digital age? Join National Geographic Explorer Asher Jay for a special class on using multimedia and mixed-media outreach to build conservation campaigns. Jay, a multimedia artist and environmentalist, has created campaigns for countless conservation organizations, including a digital billboard for National Geographic displayed in Times Square. In this class, you will first choose a medium for your storytelling campaign, be it scrapbooking, mold casting, photography, or candle making. You will then take field trips in Yellowstone to collect images and information to build your campaign. With guidance from Jay, you’ll learn novel, sensorial ways to document the Yellowstone ecosystem, and build the skills needed to return home and design your own conservation campaigns.
8/22 — 8/26
Wild animals find safe haven within the borders of protected areas and in the ecosystems surrounding them, but barriers to broader movement between these landscapes can isolate distant animal populations from one another, jeopardizing diversity and overall health. The National Geographic Society’s Beyond Yellowstone program, led by Chris Johns, is using a science-based approach to support wildlife-compatible landscapes in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and beyond. Learn first-hand through field trips and meetings with local landowners how individuals, communities, and agencies can work together to address the challenges of species recovery and migration across public and private lands.