Location and Directions
We are easy to find. Our rustic Ranger Station is located right at the west entrance of Yellowstone Park…so whether you are just arriving or leaving the park, make sure that YNC is part of your Yellowstone Experience.
Our address: 10 Yellowstone Ave, West Yellowstone, Montana 59758
Mailing Address: PO Box 264, West Yellowstone, Montana 59758
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Operating Hours and Seasons
Yellowstone Nature Connection operates from May to the end of September.
The facility is open from 9:00-5:00 Monday through Friday.
The Junior Smokejumper Program: 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
The Naturalist Program: 1 pm
We need your help:
At Yellowstone Nature Connection our mission to serve families and children must be balanced with our organization’s resources and funding. We very much want to help your group have a great program and to do this, we need your help.
Our programs and professional staff are funded by a variety of generous public and private donors. The program fees charged do not in any way reflect the actual costs of our work. We believe in keeping our program fees well below our costs to encourage all educationally minded groups to attend and further, to be able to afford to do so.
in the past, we accepted unscheduled walk-ins and had fixed program times. We did this with a higher level of funding and had a staff of 4 employees. We now have less funding and have a staff of 2.
In order for us to continue to provide the highest levels of service and programs it is imperative that we are able to plan in advance. This means we now take reservations and have minimum class sizes. Please call our office at 406-646-7557 to make reservations for our programs.
If your total group size is less than 6 (both adults and children), we will make every effort to combine your group with another. Or, even better, you can organize and bring your own group. Church groups, scouts, informal play groups, day camps are all welcome and encouraged during summer. We can offer discounts for large groups.
The programs offer a dynamic, hands-on, call-and-response learning environment and require children to take turns volunteering with scientific experiments. They work best with group interaction which is why we need a minimum group size.
We are pretty confident that once you attend a program, you will understand and appreciate these requirements. Everyone leaves here with smiles on their faces and a greater understanding of fire and the natural environment.