Students engage in hands-on research and conservation service activities that increase their understanding of management and ecological issues challenging the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
The largest intact ecosystem in the contiguous United States awes visitors and residents alike.
There is no other place where herds of wild bison roam free alongside elk, wolf packs, pronghorn antelope, and grizzly bears under the sweep of majestic mountains and an inspiring big sky. This stunning ecosystem is intact only because of the determination of citizens and scientists who have reintroduced, protected, and managed critical species and habitat. Citizen engagement and conservation efforts, led by the next generation will allow Yellowstone to remain a stronghold for species that once roamed far and wide.
Alongside researchers from Yellowstone National Park, U.S. Forest Service, B Bar Ranch, and National Parks Conservation Association, youth participate in science that informs management decisions, and conservation service work to improve wildlife habitat. Teens from nearby states and across the U.S. are empowered by the opportunity to gather data on bison, mountain lion, moose, and bear. Participants explore the complexities of land management and the process of collaborative decision making. They arrive as inquisitive youth and leave as empowered, inspired conservation leaders.
"I now have different perspectives on some of the matters that we talked about, especially the wolves. There were lots of good debates and disagreements. I liked the different perspectives, and I think it changed some of my perspectives on the matter."
Landon was born and raised right outside of Yellowstone National Park, in a small rural farming community with strong ties to ranching. More than once on the trip, Landon expressed his shock that there were so many things about Yellowstone National Park that he was just now learning, despite the fact he’d lived next to it his whole life.
Landon’s brother participated in a local Ecology Project International (EPI) Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology course two years previous. “He made it sound fun,” Landon said when asked why he signed up for the... Learn More
2019 Fall Newsletter: Learning from the Next Generation