High-School Field Experience
Year-round, Monday-Friday or Friday-Monday
Gardiner, Montana, Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Youth & College
Conservation, Cultural History, Geology, Wildlife
Let Yellowstone be your high-school classroom in this curriculum-based experiential learning program. Your students will participate in multidisciplinary activities, including geology, wilderness ethics, and wildlife management, and meet with park natural resource professionals when possible. Hands-on citizen science projects will develop critical thinking skills, collect needed data, and foster a sense of stewardship for public lands. This high-school program is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core standards. Early college credit is available through the University of Montana Western. Designed for students in grades 9-12.
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.