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Yellowstone Winter: Logistics

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We've thought through every detail of your Yellowstone Winter adventure - from planning to paperwork to travel - so you don't have to. Check below for available travel dates, a sample itinerary, details on lodging and food, FAQ's, and all the materials and forms you'll need for your course.

Find Your Travel Dates

View available dates for individual students and request dates for student groups.

Sample Course Itinerary

View a sample course itinerary (yours may vary) and learn more about all our course activities.

Program Overview

Check out the program details here. From site location to academic content, and most importantly, the program research projects.


Educators: Travel to Yellowstone at no cost with 6 or more students. Learn more about How It Works.


Applying on your own or as part of a group? All students welcome. Learn more about How It Works.

Yellowstone Dates for Individual Students

Safety: EPI's Top Priority

Participant safety is our number one priority. We choose our program sites because they are safe, stable environments, and we contract specialized services (like river rafting) to local operators who know the conditions best.

EPI’s extensive medical protocols are designed to keep participants safe. Though we require students to unplug while on course, we do have a 24-hour contact number to facilitate communication with groups when necessary, and our instructors participate in risk management training each year and are certified as Wilderness First Responders. 

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Where does the program take place?
Students arrive and depart from Bozeman, Montana. The entirety of the course takes place in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Students will spend most of their time in Yellowstone National Park itself.
+ What is the weather like in Montana in the winter?
The weather in winter can vary dramatically. Highs may hover between 25 and 35 degrees Fahrenheit, and snow is nearly guaranteed (at least we hope so!). Consult your EPI packing list for advice on how to prepare, and be sure to take special care of your hands and feet when packing and planning.
+ What are the accommodations like?
Your home base will be in Gardiner, MT, just outside of the park. You'll stay in a lodge with heated rooms, 2-4 beds per room, electricity, and hot showers.
+ Do I need to bring any first aid supplies?
No. EPI provides all necessary first aid supplies. Our instructors travel with comprehensive first aid kits at all times while on-course, and participants do not need to bring any additional supplies.
+ What if I've never snowshoed before?
Don't worry! The basics of snowshoeing are easy to pick up - it's essentially walking with exceptionally large feet that will keep you on top of the snow. Your instructors will get you started before you head out.

Hear From Past Yellowstone Students

"I have never gone out west. Even though I was terrified to leave home, I knew this trip would be a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I had to be strong. And I am so glad I went. Just the first day alone took my breath away. - Emily, 2014 Yellowstone Participant

Hear From Past Yellowstone Students

“I see how we affect the world. I didn’t think we affected wildlife as much as we do.” - Logan, 2014 Yellowstone Participant

In 2015, EPI participants contributed
3,798 hours
of research and service to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem