Yellowstone Teton Service Trip

Yellowstone Teton Service

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12+

Earn 80 hours of community service against the backdrop of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Backpack through pristine wilderness areas, rock climb in the amazing Tetons, raft the thrilling whitewater of the Snake River and Yellowstone Rivers, and sea kayak amidst the splendor of America’s first National Park.

21 Days

$4,495

  • June 24th - July 14th
  • July 17th - August 6th
  • Jackson Hole, WY

Day 1-2

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 deboard and be promptly greeted by your trip leaders. Following, you’ll meet your fellow venturers who are sure to be mirroring your overwhelming excitement. Once everybody has gathered, it’ll only be a short distance traveled to reach our first campsite in Grand Teton National Park, only ten minutes away. There, we’ll set up camp for the first time, enjoy our first self-prepared meal, and generally hang out and get to know each other for the evening. The next day, we’ll move on to making all the necessary preparations for our upcoming service work. Following our prep work we’ll take a day hike to one of the beautiful lakes that are in the shadows of the Grand Teton.

Day 3

As an introduction into the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, our first community service project will be to spend a day working with the National Park Service. We will take our daypacks, lunches, and work gloves north into Grand Teton National Park. We will help the Park Rangers with one of their current projects, potentially restoration work on some of the many historic cabins in the park. Not only will our work with the Park Service ensure visitors have a chance to view the cabins as they were, we will learn about the early settlers who lived in them. Before we head back to our campsite, we will look out across the meadows and be amazed at how much we have accomplished in just this short period of time, and how close we have all become in just a couple of days!

Day 4-8

We will meet with a backcountry ranger from the Forest Service and discuss the upcoming project that is in store for us. We’ll load our tools and some of our supplies on to horses that will meet us in the backcountry. We’ll learn how to pack our own packs and then begin our journey into the wilderness. We will spend the first day hiking in to our base camp where we will spend the next few days. From our base camp we will work on the Continental Divide Trail, clearing overgrown vegetation, building water bars, restoring campsites and preparing informational signage. Throughout our work, we will have opportunities to explore this beautiful wilderness area. This area is abundant with wildlife and lakes. We will work full days and in the evenings we will prepare delicious hot meals over a camping stove. At night we’ll sleep under the stars as we enjoy the sounds of nature. Following our service work in the wilderness, we will return to civilization where we will have a chance to shower and do laundry before we begin our second project. We will also gear up for some serious fun! In leaving this project, we will reflect on the fact that we have made a tremendous positive and lasting impact on a very important hiking trail in the Western United States.

Day 9-10

We’ll waste little time before returning back to Jackson in the stunning Tetons. Now, we’ll be spending two full day climbing the rock as opposed to hiking and working on it! Accompanied by expert climbing guides, we’ll start as students in basic climbing school. Learning skills such as knot tying and belay techniques, we’ll then feel confident to spend our afternoon and the following day on climbs of varying difficulty. Climbing is without a doubt one of life’s most fulfilling activities; although challenging at times, there is nothing quite as rewarding as standing on top!

Day 11-15

Following our rock climbing adventure, we will begin another service project in shadow of the Tetons. Working with the forest service trail crew in a new area, we will be able to help out in any way we can. We are sure to learn all about the history of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, all the while getting to see secret hideaways that most people don’t even know are there! After each day of service, we will sit around the campfire, roast s’mores, and watch the millions of stars overhead.

Day 16

Next, we will toss off our work gloves and head up to Yellowstone National Park! We’ll take a day to visit the quintessential sites that make Yellowstone such a famous traveler’s destination. What tour through Yellowstone would be complete without making a stop to visit Old Faithful! We will spend the day exploring some of the most active geyser basins in the park including Old Faithful. Appropriately named, Old Faithful will amaze us with its hourly burst of steam and water, sometimes reaching 120 feet high! We will also explore other various thermal features and mud pots, as well as visit the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

Day 17-19

The following day we will meet our sea kayaking specialist who will introduce us to our boats and instruct us on the proper techniques of sea kayaking. Once our kayaks are loaded, we’ll put our arms to use and rest our legs as we glide across this large lake. From our boats we can even see steaming geysers and bubbles coming from the bottom of the lake! Spending a night on Yellowstone Lake offers an incredible chance to see and hear wildlife. In the evening we will hope to hear one of Yellowstone’s wolf packs howling and the following morning we’ll paddle for the first hour in silence in hopes to see wildlife having a morning drink from the lake. While out there, we’re likely to see elk, mule deer, bison, and moose!

Day 20-21

For one of our final days together, we’ll hit the rapids of the rumbling Snake River! Firing through these class III rapids is a great closer to a great trip. That afternoon, we’ll explore the Old West town of Jackson and probably grab a few ice cream cones, savoring each others’ company for one last day. Our last night, we’ll all gather around the table for a feast fit for those who just completed a tremendous service trip. It’s a great time to relive our stellar trip, celebrating our accomplishments and our good times shared. In the morning we’ll bid farewell as our three weeks together come to an end. A fantastic time had by all, we’ll have memories and friends to last a lifetime.

Day 1-2

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 deboard and be promptly greeted by your trip leaders. Following, you’ll meet your fellow venturers who are sure to be mirroring your overwhelming excitement. Once everybody has gathered, it’ll only be a short distance traveled to reach our first campsite in Grand Teton National Park, only ten minutes away. There, we’ll set up camp for the first time, enjoy our first self-prepared meal, and generally hang out and get to know each other for the evening. The next day, we’ll move on to making all the necessary preparations for our upcoming service work. Following our prep work we’ll take a day hike to one of the beautiful lakes that are in the shadows of the Grand Teton.

Day 3

As an introduction into the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, our first community service project will be to spend a day working with the National Park Service. We will take our daypacks, lunches, and work gloves north into Grand Teton National Park. We will help the Park Rangers with one of their current projects, potentially restoration work on some of the many historic cabins in the park. Not only will our work with the Park Service ensure visitors have a chance to view the cabins as they were, we will learn about the early settlers who lived in them. Before we head back to our campsite, we will look out across the meadows and be amazed at how much we have accomplished in just this short period of time, and how close we have all become in just a couple of days!

Day 4-8

We will meet with a backcountry ranger from the Forest Service and discuss the upcoming project that is in store for us. We’ll load our tools and some of our supplies on to horses that will meet us in the backcountry. We’ll learn how to pack our own packs and then begin our journey into the wilderness. We will spend the first day hiking in to our base camp where we will spend the next few days. From our base camp we will work on the Continental Divide Trail, clearing overgrown vegetation, building water bars, restoring campsites and preparing informational signage. Throughout our work, we will have opportunities to explore this beautiful wilderness area. This area is abundant with wildlife and lakes. We will work full days and in the evenings we will prepare delicious hot meals over a camping stove. At night we’ll sleep under the stars as we enjoy the sounds of nature. Following our service work in the wilderness, we will return to civilization where we will have a chance to shower and do laundry before we begin our second project. We will also gear up for some serious fun! In leaving this project, we will reflect on the fact that we have made a tremendous positive and lasting impact on a very important hiking trail in the Western United States.

Day 9-10

We’ll waste little time before returning back to Jackson in the stunning Tetons. Now, we’ll be spending two full day climbing the rock as opposed to hiking and working on it! Accompanied by expert climbing guides, we’ll start as students in basic climbing school. Learning skills such as knot tying and belay techniques, we’ll then feel confident to spend our afternoon and the following day on climbs of varying difficulty. Climbing is without a doubt one of life’s most fulfilling activities; although challenging at times, there is nothing quite as rewarding as standing on top!

Day 11-15

Following our rock climbing adventure, we will begin another service project in shadow of the Tetons. Working with the forest service trail crew in a new area, we will be able to help out in any way we can. We are sure to learn all about the history of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, all the while getting to see secret hideaways that most people don’t even know are there! After each day of service, we will sit around the campfire, roast s’mores, and watch the millions of stars overhead.

Day 16

Next, we will toss off our work gloves and head up to Yellowstone National Park! We’ll take a day to visit the quintessential sites that make Yellowstone such a famous traveler’s destination. What tour through Yellowstone would be complete without making a stop to visit Old Faithful! We will spend the day exploring some of the most active geyser basins in the park including Old Faithful. Appropriately named, Old Faithful will amaze us with its hourly burst of steam and water, sometimes reaching 120 feet high! We will also explore other various thermal features and mud pots, as well as visit the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

Day 17-19

The following day we will meet our sea kayaking specialist who will introduce us to our boats and instruct us on the proper techniques of sea kayaking. Once our kayaks are loaded, we’ll put our arms to use and rest our legs as we glide across this large lake. From our boats we can even see steaming geysers and bubbles coming from the bottom of the lake! Spending a night on Yellowstone Lake offers an incredible chance to see and hear wildlife. In the evening we will hope to hear one of Yellowstone’s wolf packs howling and the following morning we’ll paddle for the first hour in silence in hopes to see wildlife having a morning drink from the lake. While out there, we’re likely to see elk, mule deer, bison, and moose!

Day 20-21

For one of our final days together, we’ll hit the rapids of the rumbling Snake River! Firing through these class III rapids is a great closer to a great trip. That afternoon, we’ll explore the Old West town of Jackson and probably grab a few ice cream cones, savoring each others’ company for one last day. Our last night, we’ll all gather around the table for a feast fit for those who just completed a tremendous service trip. It’s a great time to relive our stellar trip, celebrating our accomplishments and our good times shared. In the morning we’ll bid farewell as our three weeks together come to an end. A fantastic time had by all, we’ll have memories and friends to last a lifetime.

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