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Great Fountain Geyser

The unique thermal features in Yellowstone were key to its preservation as our first national park in 1872.

Yellowstone National Park
Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, USA

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. Yellowstone National Park provides a unique opportunity for educators to learn about wildlife, geology, and conservation. Since its establishment in 1872, Yellowstone has played a leading role in conservation efforts in the US and world-wide. As the site to over half of the world’s geysers at its perch atop a volcano, the Park allows teachers to experience the dynamic nature of the earth’s geology first-hand. With the full complement of all the major species once present there, including the gray wolf which was reintroduced in 1995, Yellowstone’s wildlife is unequaled in the continental United States.

As educators gain first-hand knowledge of Yellowstone National Park, they come to have a fuller picture of the web of connections that form its ecosystem, and the importance of continued protection for our country’s wild areas. And as they return and place this experience in the context of our home state, these educators begin to see the similarities between America’s premier national park and our own North Carolina back yards and school yards.

“Through my Yellowstone experience, I have learned a new appreciation of both people and place. I have learned to see the world in a new way. I can appreciate the mighty and the tiny, the water and the rock.”
~High school teacher, Rowan County

“This was truly a wonderful experience! I now have experienced part of our country that I never knew existed. The vastness [of Yellowstone] showed me what a small part I play [in the world]. But what I do with that part is what is important.”
~K-5 science teacher, Wake County

Experience the majesty of Yellowstone by reading journals and viewing photos submitted by participants since 2005.

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