Yellowstone Youth Campus Facts

Yellowstone Forever, the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park, is partnering with the National Park Service to build a new Yellowstone Youth Campus that will help cultivate the next generation of park stewards.

Project Overview

  • The new Yellowstone Youth Campus will be a modern, environmentally-advanced educational facility for young people in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Embodying the conservation principles of the National Park Service, the campus will protect park resources, encourage responsible interaction with the environment, and attain a Living Building Challenge (LBC) designation.

The Need

  • The project replaces the current Youth Conservation Corps Campus in Yellowstone National Park. This campus, built in 1978, is outdated, fails accessibility requirements, and inadequately serves educational needs.

The New Yellowstone Youth Campus

  • This regenerative campus of living buildings will be the first ever in a national park.
  • It will cover 49,000 square feet, populating the previously-disturbed 15-acre site with ten buildings, utilizing natural grading and native landscaping.
  • At the heart of this project is the Living Building Challenge, a framework that is a significant step ahead of LEED. Living Building Challenge Certification recognizes only buildings that are able to perform at a net-positive energy.
  • Youth Campus visitors will enjoy a safe and universally accessible place of learning that includes classrooms, sleeping rooms, a commercial kitchen, a dining hall, and administrative space.

Educational Programming

  • The new Youth Campus will allow the National Park Service and Yellowstone Forever to provide even more students with innovative and immersive educational experiences.
  • Upon completion, the new campus will double the number of youth served by expanding overnight capacity up to 140 participants.