High-School Field Experience

High-School Field Experience

Dates:
Year-round, Monday-Friday or Friday-Monday
Location:
Gardiner, Montana, Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Instructors:
Institute Staff
Audience Type:
School
Program Type:
Youth & College
Program Subject:
Conservation, Cultural History, Geology, Wildlife
Please call 406.848.2400 for more information

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.