In winter, opt for daylong field seminars (minimum age 15 with an adult) or multi-day programs (most are for ages 12 and older, but family programs are geared to families with children ages 8 to 12.) Part of the Institute’s Lodging and Learning programs, the family multi-day programs include four nights of lodging. Family winter holiday programs for children’s ages 8 to 12, typically held over Christmas, Martin Luther King weekend and President’s Day weekend, kids track and photograph animals, snowshoe or cross-country sk. Teens 12 and older are welcome on the adult programs. Reserve well in advance.
In spring, summer and fall, the Yellowstone Association Institute offers daylong and multiday field seminars, private tours and multiday lodging and learning packages. Families with teens (ages 12 and older) interested in wildlife can sign up for Spring Wolf and Bear Discovery or a Fall Wolf and Elk Discovery.
With Yellowstone for Families at Mammoth, the summer Lodging and Learning program, geared to families with kids ages 8 to 12, you track animals, hike and explore the park’s geysers, waterfalls and canyons. Kids earn a Junior Ranger Badge.
Harness older teens’ energy and interest by booking an eight-hour privately guided tour focusing on the park’s canyon, lake, natural history or geology. Book all Yellowstone Association programs well in advance.