Wildlife, Geysers, and a Little Bit of Magic
Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872, creating the first national park in the world. Hundreds of species of wildlife, wild geothermal features, and a unique combination of frontcountry accessibility and backcountry opportunity coexist there. Bison regularly cause traffic jams on Yellowstone’s few roadways, just feet from hundred-foot geyser blasts. Trout jump from the ancient riverbed winding its way through the expansive Lamar Valley, where bull elk stride through sulphuric mists and packs of gray wolves follow their trails.
Yellowstone National Park has long tugged at our hearts. Even 150 years ago, Americans recognized that this iconic place should be preserved for generations to come. Today, we still feel drawn to its wildness.
But inside the Park’s boundaries, history is not gone—the landscapes which have long been fenced in elsewhere are still open and thriving, and herds of animals that once roamed thousands of miles of the plains find continued subsistence through hundreds of generations. We see and feel the importance of connecting with that wildness—living history that exists as a unique version of the present.
YTI’s location an hour north of this incredible area of land, wildlife, and awe-inspiring geothermal features is intentional. We encourage and facilitate student engagement in these wild landscapes, where exploration of nature can mirror discovery of our hearts.