Expedition Science: Yellowstone!

Expedition Science: Yellowstone!

Photos above from Expedition Science: Yellowstone 2011

Official up to date information will be posted here.

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Expedition Science: Yellowstone!


**This detailed itinerary is subject to change. All changes will be announced in class and will be posted at

General Information

This field excursion to Yellowstone National Park (YNP) is meant to expose students to the geological, biological and ecological wonders that exist in our region.  We will explore geysers, hot pots, waterfalls, wildlife biology, wolf ecology, and Native American history/traditions.  This opportunity has been Target Field Trip grant from Target Stores.

Depending on road closures and other issues, all information in this itinerary is subject to change.  Visit the link above to stay informed.

We will be spending a lot of time traveling so we can see as much of the park as possible. However, we will be spending several hours outside of the bus, walking and exploring; expect below-freezing temps and snow follow the packing guidelines below very carefully.  

What to Bring

1 backpack (space is VERY limited)

    • binoculars

    • sack breakfast

    • camera

    • money for lunch @ Old Faithful Cafeteria - or - sack lunch

    • 24 homemade beads (more info below)

    • *Winter hat

    • *Gloves

    • *Winter coat

    • *Boots

    • *Warm socks

    • Winter pants

    • Additional winter gear/clothing

    • Sack Dinner

    • other?

*anything marked with an asterisk is MANDATORY. You will not be allowed on the bus without these winter clothing items*


No food will be provided. Students need to bring a sack breakfast. We will stop for lunch at the cafeteria at the Old Faithful Visitors Center, students need to bring money or a sack lunch. Dinner would be determined by our location during that time of the evening but it is likely that there will be nowhere to stop for dinner, so, each student should bring a something to snack/eat for the ride back to Billings.

Detailed Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change, up-to-date information will be posted at

Sunday, May 15, 2016

  • 5:30am: Leave Senior High (do not be late!)

  • 8:30am: arrive at Yellowstone National Park (Gardiner Entrance); Explore elk and bear habitat near Mammoth Hot Springs

  • 8:30 -12:00: Travel through geologic features and stop at Norris Geyser basin to explore hot pots, and boiling water

  • 12:00-2:00pm: Arrive at Old Faithful; explore new Visitors Center, watch eruption, explore geothermal features

  • 2:00-5:00pm: Travel North through Canyon Village, visit Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, we will check with Rangers to see if wolves have been spotted in Lamar Valley; if so we will may change our plans to travel to the Lamar Valley instead of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

  • 5:30pm: Exit YNP; Gardiner, Livingston, Billings

  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm: Arrive back at Senior High School

    • Due to changing road conditions within the Park, I am unable to give a precise arrival time. Students can call home with more detailed information.


While this is not a required activity for students, it is a school-related activity.  All of the rules that apply in school apply during this activity.  Students will not be allowed to skip out on certain activities to stay in the van; they must be willing to participate in everything we do (hence the need for a lot of warm clothing).  I plan to be very flexible in our travels.  If an opportunity arises to experience something unique and special, we may stray from the scheduled itinerary.

24 Homemade Beads:

Please bring 24 homemade beads on the trip. A homemade bead can be anything that is small and has a hole so that it can be threaded on a piece of string.  Be creative.  Try to think of something that has significance. You will understand why we are bringing beads once we start our trip to YNP.  (bead examples: pop top - because you love to drink Pepsi; penny with hole drilled in it - because you are inspired by Abraham Lincoln; a loop of yellow string - because you know someone who is fighting cancer............). Can you purchase beads? Yes, if you’d like, but make sure they have some sort of significance to you.

Securing a Spot:

We have 22 student seats available.  Students need to bring the “School Related Off Campus Activity” form, filled out and signed by a parent. Seats will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.   

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school #: 406-281-5400