Today I welcome my dear friend, Jenna, to the blog to speak about a program that we BOTH believe in with all our hearts. It’s a great way to come and see Yellowstone without just driving through. There is so much more to the park that most visitors miss completely. And don’t miss the giveaway for your little adventurer at the end of the post too!
To say I feel incredibly lucky that my family gets to call Yellowstone National Park “home” is an understatement. My four year old accepts it as just a fact of life that we have to look both ways when we walk out the backdoor to ensure we won’t run into a bison that has camped out in our yard. When the elk were bugling and carrying on during the rut this past fall, she asked me “Why do the bulls keep making all that noise….the girls just want to sleep!” In this vast intact ecosystem with many of the top predators like wolves and bears “making a living,” I frequently find myself having to explain the food chain and the cycle of life in terms a four year old can accept.
This is heaven to me. It fills me up to know that I am sharing moments with my daughter that connect us to the world around us, reminding us we are part of it all, and allowing us to know one another through these moments.
As a program planner for the park’s official nonprofit education partner, the Yellowstone Association, I spend my days thinking about ways to enable others to connect with the world’s first national park. After all, this park was set aside by our forefathers, as it says on the Roosevelt Arch, “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” So I dream up courses that will teach people about all the park has to offer, whether it’s wildlife, geology, history, or just learning how to connect with the vastness of this place. But as a mother, the program that was born from my passion for the idea of families connecting with one another through the outdoors is “The Yellowstone Family Retreat.”
This program is designed for parents, grandparents and children (five and older) to learn about the wonders of Yellowstone side-by-side, and in the process create memories for years to come. This four-day family learning adventure takes place at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch in the heart of Yellowstone’s wildlife-rich northern range. Mobilizing my family to go to the grocery store can be a daunting task some days, let alone trying to plan a major travel adventure, which is why I designed this program to remove as many hurdles as possible. You will stay in private, comfortable cabins, enjoy delicious home-made meals, and ride along carefree on our naturalist-led forays throughout the park. Depending on the ages and interests of your children, you can head out for full- or half-day excursions, or stay on campus for nature art and exploration.
All programming, meals and in-park transportation: $823/adult and $723/child 12 and under. Lodging can be added for $35/person/night.
To recognize the critical role that teachers play in connecting people to parks, the Yellowstone Association provides scholarships for teachers to attend field seminars. Please visit our YellowstoneAssociation.org or call us at 406.848.2400 for more information. Come visit us this summer and see Yellowstone through the eyes of a child!
To help your family connect with the natural world wherever you may live, we’re giving away a deluxe Junior Ranger backpack kit.
The backpack includes:
- 16 oz. stainless-steel Junior Ranger Liberty water bottle, made in the USA and BPA-free
- Laminated, full-color field guide to Yellowstone National Park
- Spiral-bound Yellowstone Field Journal
- 7-tools-in-1 adventure tool
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