Yellowstone Nature Connection (YNC) (formerly the National Smokejumpers Center) is a nonprofit who works in partnership with the US Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management in a space located next to Yellowstone National Park, across the parking lot from the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center/Chamber of Commerce, on Yellowstone Avenue, and with four historic buildings on an acre of land.


A set of pine cones develop in the spring.

We have lodgepole trees on the property, with bluebirds and ground squirrels; wildflowers growing in hidden spots where the insects and butterflies roam and sparrows dive bomb to catch them.

Occasionally we see bats going after the moths and we find scat (poop!) and tracks of animals from the forest nearby. We see the moon rising up over the forest and hear the sounds of the night with the hoots of the owl.

Nature and history combine in a one-acre town spot. Who knows what you might discover next?

Solar Festival At Yellowstone Nature Connection

The Great American Eclipse Solar Glasses

Get Your Solar Glasses HERE!

Our Solar Festival will happen during the Great American Solar Eclipse! Check out our website for fun activities, date and times. You can also get your solar glasses at YNC!

Solar Festival Fun!

Sign Up For Educational Programs

To sign your school group for programs, please:

  • email Info @ YellowstoneNatureConnection.org (take out the spaces)
  • Text to Laura (703) 505-0853 
  • Call (406) 646-7557 Monday through Friday
  • or fill out the form on Education page and mail or email it back to us.   

We focus on fire ecology because the 1988 Fires had a profound impact on the Greater Yellowstone Area. These fires lead us to understanding its role in the ecosystem and how we can live in harmony with the land.

Video of Yellowstone Nature Connection and what we do at the Smokejumper program:

Programs are $7 per person

The Junior Smokejumper Program at 10 am and 3 pm (reservations suggested)

The Naturalist Program at 1 pm (reservations required)

We encourage all family members to attend the programs for the best possible experience. Call (406) 646-7557 to reserve.

Occasionally we have evening programs during Full Moon or New Moons.

Solar Glasses will be selling Starting August 1st.

Hours & Info

(406) 646-7557
Open Monday through Friday
9:30 am to 5 pm
Call for Special Events
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