Yellowstone Explorer

Yellowstone Explorer

Explorer Adventure - Grades 7-9

This incredible program, especially designed for students completing the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades, is a perfect introduction to backpacking, whitewater rafting, and sea kayaking in the wondrous Yellowstone and Teton wilderness areas.

14 Days

$3,795

  • June 22nd - July 5th
  • July 8th - July 21st
  • July 24th - August 6th
  • Jackson Hole, WY

Day 1

Your group will first meet in the Jackson Hole Airport in the heart of Grand Teton National Park. Flying over the amazing Teton Range, you will get your first breathtaking view of the area that will become your home over the next two weeks. Once everyone has arrived, you’ll travel the short distance to your first campsite. There, you’ll spend time getting acquainted with your new environment, your gear, and of course your new friends. The first night is always a pretty entertaining one -you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and play games that will help you get to know your new trip mates. Finally, as the sun slowly sinks behind the Tetons, you’ll crawl into your tent with dreams of your adventure ahead.

Day 2-3

After an introductory day hike in Grand Teton National Park and sufficient prep time for your upcoming backcountry adventure, you will head north to what was once called “Wonderland” – Yellowstone National Park. You’ll take a day to explore the sites and wonders of Yellowstone. What trip to Yellowstone would be complete without a visit to Old Faithful or the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone? You will take a day to explore some of these incredible thermal features, going on short day hikes to stretch your legs and to see the world-class sights of the park. You will also be sure to stop into visitor centers and learn as much as you can from the knowledgeable rangers. From here, you’ll be off to your first backcountry experience – a sea kayaking voyage in Yellowstone.

Days 4-6

Home to the second largest high alpine lake in the world, Yellowstone is an ideal location to explore the natural beauty via kayak. Once you’re in your sea kayak, you’ll put your arms to use and rest your legs as you and your group glide across the clear waters of this vast lake. From your boats you may even be able to see steaming geysers and bubbles coming from the bottom of the lake! You second morning on the water will be spent paddling with high hopes of seeing wildlife. You’re likely to see elk, mule deer, bison, moose and possibly wolves! This is an incredibly unique experience to kayak in waters where no motorized boat traffic is allowed.  You’ll take off the water, take showers and do laundry, and then head over to the Gallatin Canyon of Montana for your next adventure!

Day 7-8

Setting your sites north to Montana, your first goal will be to hit the whitewater! You and your trip mates will hop into rafts and take to the Gallatin River. Before you start however, your professional river guides will show you the proper paddling techniques so that you’re well-prepared to encounter the splashy, big waves. Luckily enough, not only does this section of the river have top notch rafting waters, but it also winds through an impressive steep-walled canyon. As if rafting wasn’t enough fun, you will then zip-line high above the Yellowstone River rapids in an exciting conclusion to your day in Montana. Afterwards, you’ll take a shower, do some laundry and prepare for your backpacking excursion!

Day 9-12

Your backpacking adventure will take you high into the alpine wilderness! The Spanish Peaks Wilderness is filled with crystal clear glassy lakes, snow-capped peaks, and wildflower filled meadows. Initially, you’ll begin hiking low mileage so as to allow your body to adjust to carrying your backpack. Each day of hiking will have two team members acting as “Leader of the Day.” These individuals will carry the maps, as well as helping coordinate rest breaks and setting up camp. On one particular afternoon, you’ll take a short day hike leading to the summit of a nearby peak. There are few words that can come close to describing the immense sense of accomplishment that you’ll feel standing tall on top of the world.

Day 13-14

Your final day together is spent celebrating the end of your quest by rafting the wild Snake River in Jackson Hole! By now, you are truly seasoned whitewater rafters and are sure to conquer rapids such as “Big Kahuna” and “Lunch Counter.” Following the rapids you’ll explore the historic town of Jackson before gathering for the traditional WA end-of-summer banquet. At your banquet, awards will be given and final pictures taken of your summer family. Tonight you’ll sleep out under the stars one last time and in the morning head to the airport.

Day 1

Your group will first meet in the Jackson Hole Airport in the heart of Grand Teton National Park. Flying over the amazing Teton Range, you will get your first breathtaking view of the area that will become your home over the next two weeks. Once everyone has arrived, you’ll travel the short distance to your first campsite. There, you’ll spend time getting acquainted with your new environment, your gear, and of course your new friends. The first night is always a pretty entertaining one -you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and play games that will help you get to know your new trip mates. Finally, as the sun slowly sinks behind the Tetons, you’ll crawl into your tent with dreams of your adventure ahead.

Day 2-3

After an introductory day hike in Grand Teton National Park and sufficient prep time for your upcoming backcountry adventure, you will head north to what was once called “Wonderland” – Yellowstone National Park. You’ll take a day to explore the sites and wonders of Yellowstone. What trip to Yellowstone would be complete without a visit to Old Faithful or the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone? You will take a day to explore some of these incredible thermal features, going on short day hikes to stretch your legs and to see the world-class sights of the park. You will also be sure to stop into visitor centers and learn as much as you can from the knowledgeable rangers. From here, you’ll be off to your first backcountry experience – a sea kayaking voyage in Yellowstone.

Days 4-6

Home to the second largest high alpine lake in the world, Yellowstone is an ideal location to explore the natural beauty via kayak. Once you’re in your sea kayak, you’ll put your arms to use and rest your legs as you and your group glide across the clear waters of this vast lake. From your boats you may even be able to see steaming geysers and bubbles coming from the bottom of the lake! You second morning on the water will be spent paddling with high hopes of seeing wildlife. You’re likely to see elk, mule deer, bison, moose and possibly wolves! This is an incredibly unique experience to kayak in waters where no motorized boat traffic is allowed.  You’ll take off the water, take showers and do laundry, and then head over to the Gallatin Canyon of Montana for your next adventure!

Day 7-8

Setting your sites north to Montana, your first goal will be to hit the whitewater! You and your trip mates will hop into rafts and take to the Gallatin River. Before you start however, your professional river guides will show you the proper paddling techniques so that you’re well-prepared to encounter the splashy, big waves. Luckily enough, not only does this section of the river have top notch rafting waters, but it also winds through an impressive steep-walled canyon. As if rafting wasn’t enough fun, you will then zip-line high above the Yellowstone River rapids in an exciting conclusion to your day in Montana. Afterwards, you’ll take a shower, do some laundry and prepare for your backpacking excursion!

Day 9-12

Your backpacking adventure will take you high into the alpine wilderness! The Spanish Peaks Wilderness is filled with crystal clear glassy lakes, snow-capped peaks, and wildflower filled meadows. Initially, you’ll begin hiking low mileage so as to allow your body to adjust to carrying your backpack. Each day of hiking will have two team members acting as “Leader of the Day.” These individuals will carry the maps, as well as helping coordinate rest breaks and setting up camp. On one particular afternoon, you’ll take a short day hike leading to the summit of a nearby peak. There are few words that can come close to describing the immense sense of accomplishment that you’ll feel standing tall on top of the world.

Day 13-14

Your final day together is spent celebrating the end of your quest by rafting the wild Snake River in Jackson Hole! By now, you are truly seasoned whitewater rafters and are sure to conquer rapids such as “Big Kahuna” and “Lunch Counter.” Following the rapids you’ll explore the historic town of Jackson before gathering for the traditional WA end-of-summer banquet. At your banquet, awards will be given and final pictures taken of your summer family. Tonight you’ll sleep out under the stars one last time and in the morning head to the airport.