My Yellowstone Adventure

My Yellowstone Adventure

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

Bring your group to Yellowstone to
experience an introduction to the natural
and cultural history of the park. Students
explore canyons, waterfalls, and geyser
basins, while learning about the
significance of parks and wild places.
During the day, they’ll enjoy activities
such as animal tracking, wildlife watching,
photography, painting, and hiking, and
may have the opportunity to interact with
park rangers, researchers, and artists. In
the evening, students can work on
photography and writing projects or hear
from engaging guest speakers. Designed for youth ages 12-18.

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.