Discover the wonders of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks on this perfect introduction to the outdoors, specifically designed for 5th and 6th graders. Our carefully crafted Yellowstone Teton Discovery trip offers a wide variety of introductory adventures in the finest settings of the old west.
Our programs offer a wide variety of activity options. Explore the activities specific to this program below.
When flying into Jackson Hole airport, it’s difficult not to get the feeling that an adventure is already underway. Landing at the foot of the Teton Range, you’ll be promptly greeted by your trip leaders. You will then meet your fellow adventurers who are sure to be mirroring your overwhelming excitement. Once everybody has gathered, you’ll travel to a campground inside of Grand Teton National Park where you’ll learn to set up camp for the first time, enjoy your first meal together, and play games with your group. The next day, you’ll enjoy a short introductory hike among the Tetons, followed by a visit to the Park’s visitor center in the rustic mountain town of Moose.
Next, you’ll take a break from the trails and get your feet wet while stand up paddle boarding on Slide Lake in the stunning Bridger Teton National Forest! You’ll learn about the natural history of the area such as how Slide Lake was created by the famous Gros Ventre landslide back in the 1920s. While on this flat-water section, you’ll learn about the gear used for stand up paddle boarding, the proper paddle techniques, and have a blast along the way. You’ll keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the shore, too! The next day, you and your group are on the move towards Yellowstone National Park.
Visiting Yellowstone National Park is a unique experience; you’ll watch steaming geysers erupt, waterfalls roar above your head, and herds of bison meander around the area. Here you’ll wander the forests and visit the famous geysers that have made Yellowstone one of the world’s most famous natural wonders. The most renowned geyser, appropriately named Old Faithful, will amaze you with its hourly burst of steam and water, sometimes reaching 120 feet high! You’ll then escape the crowds and hike to Lone Star Geyser Basin, which few people visiting Yellowstone ever venture to see. The Lone Star geyser erupts for 30 minutes every three hours. Witnessing this geothermal spectacle in a more isolated and untouched environment will be well worth the hike!
You’ll begin making your way farther north into the park, stopping in the cowboy town of West Yellowstone, Montana. On route, you’ll be sure to pass fields filled with bison, along with more steaming geyser basins. You’ll even take a dip in the Firehole River, one of two swimming areas in the park, with your group. Once in West Yellowstone, you’ll check out the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. At this wildlife park and educational facility, you’ll have the chance to learn about bears, wolves, birds of prey, and more. The next day will be action packed as you whitewater raft the Yellowstone River and zipline over the Yellowstone River Canyon. You’ll meet up with your guides in the town of Gardiner, where they’ll outfit you and your group with life jackets and helmets. After going over safety precautions, you’ll hit the rapids! This exhilarating adventure through class III rapids is sure to be a blast.
You’ll then travel east to the Lamar Valley, one of the best locations in the Park to see an abundance of wildlife. A naturalist will spend the day teaching you and your trip mates about this unique environment and the natural habitat it provides. With any luck, you’ll spot bison, osprey, moose, bald eagles, elk, antelope, and possibly a bear. If you’re really lucky, you may even see a wolf! You’ll stop by the Boiling River of Yellowstone, a hydrothermal feature where a hot spring flows right into cold river water!
The following day, you’ll climb to the top of Mount Washburn (10,234 feet). If it’s a clear day, you might be able to see the Teton Range. That afternoon, you’ll visit the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone where you will be amazed by the majestic Lower Falls and finally see why Yellowstone was given its name.
Next, you’ll head toward the waters of Yellowstone Lake, the largest high altitude lake in North America, where you will begin your sea kayaking voyage. First, you’ll meet your sea kayaking specialist who will introduce you to your boat and instruct you on the proper techniques of sea kayaking. Once you, your partner, and the rest of our group are all in your kayaks, you’ll put your arms to use. You will glide across this vast mountain lake, far away from civilization. From your boat you’ll be able to see steaming geysers and bubbles coming from the bottom of the lake, along with wildlife wandering along the shore. You are likely to spot elk, mule deer, bison, moose, and possibly a wolf!
After an exciting week in Yellowstone, you’ll travel back to the Jackson Hole area. On your first day back in Jackson, you’ll go to new heights with your group as you work together through a high ropes course. Then you’ll visit the Teton Raptor Center where a professional ornithologist will teach you all about the local raptor population: bald eagles, osprey, red tail hawks, golden eagles, great-horned owls, and even peregrine falcons.
Your last few days of the trip will be unforgettable. You and your group will take on the exhilarating class III rapids of the Snake River Canyon. Once off the water, you will take some time to explore the historic town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming before gathering for a magnificent feast at your final group banquet. The final banquet provides an occasion to laugh and relive all of of your fantastic adventures. The following morning, it is time to bid farewell. Although it’s always hard to say goodbye, at least you’ll never have to let go of your wonderful memories and all of the new friends you’ve made.
My counselors made the trip extra special by giving us facts about the areas and telling us about places to get the best view.
-Marinna, 2019 Yellowstone Teton Discovery Student
Trip Price Includes
- Group gear
- Personal gear and clothing
- Airfare to and from the trip start and end