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Tomorrow's Stewards

Tomorrow's Stewards

The Yellowstone Park Foundation supports projects that promote the understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of Yellowstone among the next generation.

 

Junior Ranger Program

Junior Ranger Program
Photo Credit: Audrey Hall

Interested student visitors to the Park complete a series of activities, and share their answers and knowledge with a Park Ranger. They receive an official Junior Ranger patch or badge and certificate. In 2013, the program broke records for participation. There were 51,002 youth who participated, up 17% over 2012.

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Yellowstone Young Scientist

Campground Host Golf Carts
Photo Credit: Audrey Hall

Children ages 5 and up are introduced to super volcanoes, microbes, and other geologic wonders in Yellowstone’s “living laboratory.” The program encourages the 2,300 children who participate each year to consider careers in the sciences.

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Wildlife Olympics

Wildlife Olympics
Photo Credit: NPS

Can you run faster than a grizzly bear? This is one question children ages five to 12 get to answer when they participate in this free summer learning activity. An extension of the Junior Ranger program, children test their senses and compare their abilities with those of animals in Yellowstone. The Olympics is a fun way to learn about wildlife and get some exercise too!



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Native American Cross Cultural Exchange

Native American Cross Cultural Exchange
Photo Credit: NPS

Yellowstone National Park is a landscape of diverse cultural histories. Yellowstone's seven affiliated Treaty Tribes are an integral part of this history. Many of them, especially tribal youth, lack financial resources to visit Yellowstone. A successful Native American Cross Cultural Exchange Project provided travel, lodging, and scholarships for a group of youth, elders, and chaperones from one of Yellowstone's seven Treaty Tribes per year to attend a five-day camp in the Park. With input from tribal elders and consultants, Park education and ethnography staff designed a program of site visits and activities. This opportunity allowed tribal youth and elders to view wildlife, experience Yellowstone's unique geological features, meet with Park staff, and connect Yellowstone to their own cultural identity.

Learn more about the Native American Cross Cultural Exchange