Yellowstone Teton Service

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 sea kayak amidst the splendor of America’s first National Park.

21 Days

$4,695

  • June 22nd - July 12th
  • July 15th - August 4th
  • 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 adventurers who are sure to be mirroring your overwhelming excitement. Once everybody has gathered, it’ll only be a short distance traveled to reach your first campsite in Grand Teton National Park. There, you’ll set up camp for the first time, enjoy your first self-prepared meal, and hang out to get to know each other for the evening. The next day, you’ll move on to make all the necessary preparations for your upcoming service work. You’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, your first community service project will be to spend a day working with the National Park Service. You will take your daypacks, lunches, and work gloves north into Grand Teton National Park. You 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 your work with the Park Service ensure visitors have a chance to view the cabins as they were originally, it will also help you learn about the early settlers who lived in them. Before you and the group head back to your campsite, you will look out across the meadows and be amazed at how much was accomplished in just this short period of time, and how close you have all become in just a couple of days!

Day 4-8

You will meet with a backcountry ranger from the Forest Service and discuss the upcoming project that is in store for you over the next few days. You’ll load your tools and some of your supplies on to horses that will later meet us in the backcountry. You’ll learn how to pack your own packs and then begin your journey into the wilderness. You will spend the first day hiking in to your base camp where you will spend the next few days. From your base camp, you will work on the vast trail system in the area, clearing overgrown vegetation, building water bars, restoring campsites and preparing informational signage.

Throughout your work, you will have opportunities to explore this beautiful wilderness area. This area is abundant with wildlife and lakes. You will work full days, and in the evenings you will prepare delicious hot meals over a camping stove. At night you’ll sleep under the stars as you enjoy the sounds of nature. Following your service work in the wilderness, you will return to civilization where you will have a chance to shower and do laundry before you and your group prepare for your next adventure – rock climbing in the Tetons!

Day 9-10

You’ll be spending the next two full days climbing the rock as opposed to working on it! Accompanied by expert climbing guides, you’ll start as students in basic climbing school. Learning skills such as knot tying and belay techniques, you’ll then feel confident to spend your 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.

Day 11-15

Following your rock climbing adventure, you will begin another service project in the shadow of the Tetons. Working with the forest service trail crew in a new area, you will be sure to help out the rangers in any way you can. You 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, you will sit around the campfire, roast s’mores, and watch the uninterrupted starry sky overhead.

Day 16-17

Next, you will toss off your work gloves and head up to the sky at the local aerial course at Snow King. From there, you will set your sites north to Yellowstone National Park! You’ll take a day to visit the quintessential sites that make Yellowstone such a famous traveler’s destination. And, no tour through Yellowstone would be complete without making a stop to visit Old Faithful! You will spend the day exploring some of the most active geyser basins in the park. Appropriately named, Old Faithful will amaze you with its hourly burst of steam and water, sometimes reaching 120 feet high! You will also explore other various thermal features and mud pots, as well as visit the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

Day 18-19

The following day, you will meet the Wilderness Adventures sea kayaking specialist who will introduce you and your group to your boats and instruct us on the proper techniques of sea kayaking. Once your kayaks are loaded for your trip, you’ll rest your legs and put your arms to use as you glide across this large flat water lake. From your boats, you 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 you will hope to hear one of Yellowstone’s wolf packs howling and the following morning you’ll paddle for the first hour in silence in hopes to see wildlife having a morning drink from the lake. While out there, you’re likely to see elk, mule deer, bison, and moose!

Day 20-21

For you final full day together, you’ll hit the rapids of the rumbling Snake River! Firing through these class III rapids is a great way to close this incredible trip. That afternoon, you’ll explore the Old West town of Jackson Hole and probably grab a few ice cream cones and souvenirs, savoring each others’ company for one last day. That last night, you’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 your stellar trip, celebrating your accomplishments and the good times shared. In the morning you’ll bid farewell as the last three weeks together come to an end. A fantastic time had by all, you’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 adventurers who are sure to be mirroring your overwhelming excitement. Once everybody has gathered, it’ll only be a short distance traveled to reach your first campsite in Grand Teton National Park. There, you’ll set up camp for the first time, enjoy your first self-prepared meal, and hang out to get to know each other for the evening. The next day, you’ll move on to make all the necessary preparations for your upcoming service work. You’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, your first community service project will be to spend a day working with the National Park Service. You will take your daypacks, lunches, and work gloves north into Grand Teton National Park. You 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 your work with the Park Service ensure visitors have a chance to view the cabins as they were originally, it will also help you learn about the early settlers who lived in them. Before you and the group head back to your campsite, you will look out across the meadows and be amazed at how much was accomplished in just this short period of time, and how close you have all become in just a couple of days!

Day 4-8

You will meet with a backcountry ranger from the Forest Service and discuss the upcoming project that is in store for you over the next few days. You’ll load your tools and some of your supplies on to horses that will later meet us in the backcountry. You’ll learn how to pack your own packs and then begin your journey into the wilderness. You will spend the first day hiking in to your base camp where you will spend the next few days. From your base camp, you will work on the vast trail system in the area, clearing overgrown vegetation, building water bars, restoring campsites and preparing informational signage.

Throughout your work, you will have opportunities to explore this beautiful wilderness area. This area is abundant with wildlife and lakes. You will work full days, and in the evenings you will prepare delicious hot meals over a camping stove. At night you’ll sleep under the stars as you enjoy the sounds of nature. Following your service work in the wilderness, you will return to civilization where you will have a chance to shower and do laundry before you and your group prepare for your next adventure – rock climbing in the Tetons!

Day 9-10

You’ll be spending the next two full days climbing the rock as opposed to working on it! Accompanied by expert climbing guides, you’ll start as students in basic climbing school. Learning skills such as knot tying and belay techniques, you’ll then feel confident to spend your 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.

Day 11-15

Following your rock climbing adventure, you will begin another service project in the shadow of the Tetons. Working with the forest service trail crew in a new area, you will be sure to help out the rangers in any way you can. You 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, you will sit around the campfire, roast s’mores, and watch the uninterrupted starry sky overhead.

Day 16-17

Next, you will toss off your work gloves and head up to the sky at the local aerial course at Snow King. From there, you will set your sites north to Yellowstone National Park! You’ll take a day to visit the quintessential sites that make Yellowstone such a famous traveler’s destination. And, no tour through Yellowstone would be complete without making a stop to visit Old Faithful! You will spend the day exploring some of the most active geyser basins in the park. Appropriately named, Old Faithful will amaze you with its hourly burst of steam and water, sometimes reaching 120 feet high! You will also explore other various thermal features and mud pots, as well as visit the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

Day 18-19

The following day, you will meet the Wilderness Adventures sea kayaking specialist who will introduce you and your group to your boats and instruct us on the proper techniques of sea kayaking. Once your kayaks are loaded for your trip, you’ll rest your legs and put your arms to use as you glide across this large flat water lake. From your boats, you 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 you will hope to hear one of Yellowstone’s wolf packs howling and the following morning you’ll paddle for the first hour in silence in hopes to see wildlife having a morning drink from the lake. While out there, you’re likely to see elk, mule deer, bison, and moose!

Day 20-21

For you final full day together, you’ll hit the rapids of the rumbling Snake River! Firing through these class III rapids is a great way to close this incredible trip. That afternoon, you’ll explore the Old West town of Jackson Hole and probably grab a few ice cream cones and souvenirs, savoring each others’ company for one last day. That last night, you’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 your stellar trip, celebrating your accomplishments and the good times shared. In the morning you’ll bid farewell as the last three weeks together come to an end. A fantastic time had by all, you’ll have memories and friends to last a lifetime.