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About the Yellowstone Institute

May 5, 2015

June 17-25, 2017

The Yellowstone Institute is part of the Museum’s Educators of Excellence Program, which strives to provide exceptional educators with staff development opportunities that transform the way they view and teach natural sciences. The Yellowstone Institute provides a unique opportunity for educators to learn about wildlife, geology, and conservation in America’s first national park. Follow our journey through Yellowstone’s landscape by reading our blog posts and visiting our photo gallery.

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  1. Ami Abramson permalink
    June 21, 2012 8:58 pm

    What an incredible experience! It awakened my senses and touched my spirit. This institute enabled me to embrace geology, ecology and biology in new and wonderful ways. It is an experience I will carry with me forever.

  2. June 17, 2015 1:31 pm

    So cool! Today we had an entomologist come to our mountain home of Boone NC to teach at our Farm Camp to 9-12 year olds! It turns out we are a “mini Yellowstone”, teeming with life all around us!

    • meganchesser permalink
      June 19, 2015 12:22 pm

      Yay! Big grizzly siting this morning! Can’t wait to tell you more when I get back!

  3. Gabe permalink
    June 18, 2015 9:01 am

    Is it harder to breath in Yellowstone than Valle Crucis? Gabe

  4. Dennie Fidalgo permalink
    June 20, 2015 9:37 am

    Can’t wait to hear about the adventures and see pictures! It is beautiful country! We traveled there a few years ago.

  5. Kim Linker permalink
    June 23, 2015 12:17 pm

    I am so excited for all of you and can not wait until you get back and share with those of us whom didn’t have the opportunity to attend! I love that you are sharing the experience with us!
    Kim

  6. Debbie Williams permalink
    June 27, 2015 3:30 pm

    It looks like a wonderful experience. Thanks so much for sharing! Wendy, I can’t wait to hear all about it 🙂

  7. June 12, 2016 10:08 pm

    Mrs. Mcallister is a great teacher she is the # 1 teacher in the world to me

  8. Katie and Ellie Levey permalink
    June 15, 2016 7:25 am

    Have a safe trip. We would like to hear about the animals you see in Yellowstone.

  9. Desrean Smith permalink
    June 15, 2016 12:37 pm

    Hello! Fascinating website. I have an interesting question: How have some of the species evolved over time, and what similar/different things (temperatures, chemicals, human activities, etc.) did these species’ ancestors react to before their extinction?

    • June 17, 2016 3:45 pm

      One example of evolution in Yellowstone is the pronghorn antelope. It is the fastest land animal in North America but there’s nothing alive today that can catch it. Pronghorn evolved with a faster predator that has now gone extinct. This is an example of coevolution. We can’t remember exactly what the predator was. It may have been a sabertooth tiger. Maybe you can look that up and reply to us with an answer! Ms Roseberry says great question!

      • Deidra Mason permalink
        June 21, 2017 8:28 pm

        We visited the Yellowstone a few years back and were astonished at the speed the pronghorns could run. In fact we were in awe of all the wildlife you could see. I think the answer to your question about may be an ancient hyena species. Enjoying the blogs here at Northside High School. And a shout out to Ginny Mason

      • June 21, 2017 9:40 pm

        Today we scared a couple pronghorn babies as we hiked – they raised their white tail hairs and sprinted away very quickly!

  10. June 22, 2016 8:30 pm

    Hey, I found your blogs and photos depicting your guy’s trip to be awesome! But i have a question, how has the constant volcanic activity in Yellowstone national park affected the habitats of species living in the park?

  11. Carly Inman permalink
    June 23, 2016 3:51 pm

    Very nice pictures! How do certain species, like the ones you photographed, tend to adapt to the different types of environment after many changes (temp, chemical)?

  12. Barbara Carson permalink
    June 18, 2017 1:20 pm

    Have you seen any wolves? I understand Lamar Valley is a mecca for wolf watching.

    • meganchesser permalink
      June 19, 2017 12:02 am

      We did!!! We saw an adult and three pups today! We will be traversing Lamar Valley several times tomorrow also, and we hope to see more wolves there, and beyond!

  13. Michele Owens permalink
    June 20, 2017 11:01 am

    Wow! I have loved all the pictures and entries! It is so interesting to study the patterns of other animals and make connections to the things we have in common with them.

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