Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Summer Research Program
Experience the power of conservation where it all began — in Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. On our Wildlife Ecology Program, you’ll walk among bison and elk; you’ll track Yellowstone wildlife, from grizzlies to pikas, across ancient volcanic plateaus. Here in the wild, howl at the moon and you may hear a wolf howl back. Our summer research programs for high school and college students engage you with meaningful science in a landscape so unique, it inspired the entire idea that places and animals deserve protection.
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Dates Available for Individual Students:
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Dates Available for School Groups:
We know that school schedules vary from school to school and year to year. No problem! Our Yellowstone courses can run any time between June and August – just let us know what start date would work best for you and your group!
h2. Conservation Impact
Yellowstone is among the few remaining intact islands of North American wilderness; conservation work helps keep it that way. This renowned destination is home to iconic American animals and landscapes — the bald eagle, American bison, grizzly bear, geysers and rocky mountain peaks. Through our Yellowstone Ecology Program, students from Montana, across the U.S., and abroad work with local institutions like The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to build on the longstanding tradition of wildlife conservation in this remarkable place.
Academics and Education
During your time in the field, you’ll work with regional conservation institutions conducting a wide variety of studies and projects. Under the leadership of our outstanding instructors, you’ll conceive, develop, analyze and present a field-based Yellowstone wildlife ecology research project and study wildlife and terrestrial ecology, biogeography, art and field journaling. You’ll discuss the conflicts caused by bison, grizzlies and wolves leaving the park and talk about solutions. We’ll help you make on-the-ground differences through habitat restoration projects, such as pulling fence to open up migratory corridors for Yellowstone wildlife.
A visit to Yellowstone is an opportunity to experience the history of two great movements — the opening up of the west and the subsequent tourist economy. You’ll come to understand how the migration west in the late 1800s nearly destroyed America’s wildest places, and how tourism to parks like Yellowstone protected those places and led to the reintroduction of Yellowstone wildlife like bison and wolves. You’ll also learn about the dynamics between park managers and the ranchers and residents who also value this land.