Naturalist Guide Certification Program

Naturalist Guide Certification Program

$2,398.50
Dates:
March 6-18
Location:
Gardiner, Montana
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Institute Staff
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Natural History, Professional Development

The Naturalist Guide Certificate Program teaches professional skills for those interested in leading, guiding, and teaching groups in a natural environment. And what better place to earn your certification than in Yellowstone National Park! Students will receive training and certification related to developing and delivering interpretive programs. leave no trace ethics, and naturalist guide skills through Yellowstone Forever, the official educational partner of Yellowstone National Park. Led and facilitated by Yellowstone Forever Institute staff, students will also interact and learn from local area experts and a variety of National Park Service staff.

Lodging is available but not included in the price of this program. If you are interested in booking lodging through Yellowstone Forever please contact institute@yellowstone.org.

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Course Letter

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We are continually updating and refining our COVID-19 mitigation measures to ensure the health and safety our guests, staff and volunteers. Read our COVID-19 guidelines for program participants.

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.