Where Are We?
The Yellowstone Nature Connection operates from an historic, log Ranger Station immediately adjacent to the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park, in West Yellowstone, Montana.
Who Are We?
Staffed by interpretive rangers and educators, we offer a unique educational experience for visitors of all ages.
What Do We Do?
Our primary focus is on youth, ages five and up. We use the Junior Smokejumper program to spark an interest in the role of fire in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem and an appreciation for the forest.
Our other program is the Naturalist program for families. This program uses our location to become more aware of nature and forest ecosystems. The power of quiet observation while learning and being outdoors allows naturalists the understanding of the world around them.
Two other programs are in the planning stages for the 2015 season. One program will be Story Time for children under three years of age. The other program will be for adults, who would like to learn ways to connect to nature and bring back the learning to their communities.
We have a few other ideas in the works, such as astronomy programs, geo-caching, and vermiculture studies taking place next season.
Why Do We Do It?
The Greater Yellowstone Area shaped by fire, more so in this area than any other area in North America. Our goal is to reconnect our youth to the wonders of the outdoors by creating an appreciation for the role of fire that it has on the ecosystem.
We work at a place where we are surrounded by nature. We want to ensure that children of all ages (and the young at heart) come to our campus to have fun, enjoy their natural surroundings, and learn a few things as well. Our windows look out to trees and our campus has benches and other seating for quiet observations (except when we have laughter from the children jumping out of the mock plane!)