School Year, Monday-Friday or Friday-Monday
Mammoth Hot Springs
Youth & College
Conservation, Cultural History, Geology, Wildlife
Explore the geology, ecology, and human history of Yellowstone with National Park Service rangers. This curriculum-based, residential school program teaches students about the natural and cultural history of Yellowstone while promoting stewardship and preservation in the park and in home communities. Students, teachers, and parent chaperones participate in active, interdisciplinary, learning experiences during the day, such as hikes, field investigations, discussions, creative dramatics, and journal writing. Evening classroom activities enhance the daytime lessons and allow students to investigate current issues affecting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Designed for students in grades 4-8.
This program is offered by our friends at the National Park Service. To learn more, visit the National Park Service website.
SUMMER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE
- Be prepared to hike up to 1 mile per day, comfortably, through relatively flat terrain on maintained trails.
- Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles per day, comfortably, with elevation gains up to 600 feet. Some off-trail hiking possible.
- Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles per day, comfortably, with occasional elevation gains up to 1000 feet in undulating terrain.
- Be prepared to hike up to 8 miles per day, at a brisk pace, comfortably, with climbs up to 1500 feet on dirt trails. Loose rocks, uneven footing, and off-trail hiking are possible. Good coordination is recommended.
- Be prepared for brisk aerobic, destination-oriented hiking up to 12 miles a day. You should be physically conditioned to do these hikes comfortably. Elevation changes up to 2000 feet on dirt trails or off-trail. Loose rock, uneven footing, steep hillside traverses, and stream crossings are possible. Good coordination is required.
WINTER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE
- Leisurely hikes up to 1 mile per day through relatively flat terrain on maintained or snow-packed trails.
- Hikes on snow-packed trails, or snowshoe or ski trips, up to 3 miles per day with climbs up to 250 feet.
- Brisk hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing up to 5 miles per day with climbs up to 500 feet, including some trail-breaking in snow.
- Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 8 miles per day with climbs up to 1000 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.
- Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 12 miles per day with climbs up to 1500 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.