Transportation, Lodging and Participation

Transportation, Lodging and Participation

Transportation to and from Yellowstone

For all Yellowstone Forever Institute programs (except backpacking), students must arrange their own transportation to and from the location where the program begins. For those arriving by air, we recommend renting a car or contacting our Information Specialists for information on public transportation.

Transportation during Institute Programs

The Institute’s 14-passenger vehicles will be used for group transportation once a program begins.

Letter of Certification

For Field Seminar participants, the Yellowstone Forever Institute will gladly provide a letter of program completion, which includes the program title, description, and hours of instruction.

Program Locations

All Lodging & Learning programs are held at park hotels.

Field Seminars may be based at either the Lamar Buffalo Ranch, the Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus, or at a park hotel.

Backcountry programs take place in the wilderness in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Private Tours and Youth and College programs take place in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Program locations are included in each program description.


Most of Yellowstone National Park is above 6,000 feet. If you are coming from a much lower elevation, it is wise to allow yourself at least one “easy” day to adjust to this altitude before beginning strenuous activity. It is also important to drink plenty of fluids while you’re here to prevent dehydration.


Children who meet stated minimum age requirements are very welcome in family programs. All other programs are designed for adults only. However, children 16 years and older may participate if accompanied by a participating adult (18 and older).

Pets, RVs, and Camping

To avoid disturbing other students and resident wildlife, pets are not allowed at the Buffalo Ranch field campus or on any Institute programs. Park Service regulations prohibit camping and recreational vehicle use at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus.