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TETON SCIENCE SCHOOLS Exploring the Nature of Education

2012 ANNUAL CATALOG www.tetonscience.org


ExplorING the Nature of Education Welcome! Over the past 45 years, Teton Science Schools has educated tens of thousands of students through field-based natural exploration. While our program offerings and facilities have grown over the years, we remain committed to hands-on learning in a small group setting. What makes Teton Science Schools unique, and why should you explore with us? Our Impact: In our complex changing world, we must develop informed, open-minded and engaged citizens to respond to the needs of the human and natural communities in which they live. Teton Science Schools is committed to place-based learning as a way to understand the world. Our Capacity: Our independence, unique place, challenging curriculum and entrepreneurial style transform and multiply our educational outcomes. Teton Science Schools is located in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and constantly updates programs to stay current. Our Architecture: We achieve these goals through field education, educator development, science for stewardship and with our independent school. Teton Science Schools has six innovative programs which can be adapted to meet the needs of large and small groups of learners. Our Promise: Every student experiences extraordinary teaching, reasonable tuition and high performance equipment and facilities. Teton Science Schools attracts instructors from across the country who are trained and equipped to help you make the most of your local adventures. There has never been a greater need nor more opportunities for learning about ourselves and our surroundings. With learning adventures in Jackson Hole, Teton Valley and across Wyoming, access is better than ever. I invite you to explore the nature of education with us this year.

Jack Shea Executive Director Teton Science Schools

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Table of Contents TETON SCIENCE SCHOOLS Field Education.................................................................. 3 Educator Development......................................................4 Science For Stewardship....................................................5 Independent School...........................................................6 Faculty and Staff............................................................... 7 Campuses..........................................................................8 Partners............................................................................9 Summer Adventures Summer Selector..............................................................11 Teton Valley, Idaho.......................................................... 13 Youth Adventures............................................................ 15 Adult and Family............................................................. 23 Road Scholar...................................................................24 Registration Information.................................................25 Support Us............................................................................26

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FIELD EDUCATION

TSS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS Place-based learning adventures for all ages Year-round, custom educational programs for school and youth groups from across the country provide a hands-on extension of the classroom. Typically three to seven days in length, these programs are developed collaboratively with organizational leaders, assuring that educational standards and objectives are integrated into program design. Students stay in dormitorystyle buildings and may use skis, snowshoes or canoes to access field studies. Youth, adult and family summer adventures provide unique experiences and opportunities to learn with peers. Call to schedule your adventure. www.tetonscience.org – 307.733.1313

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Interactive and educational national park tours

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Join an educational expedition through Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks on any day of the year to benefit from decades of field experience with Teton Science Schools. Local wildlife biologists are trained by researchers and connected with others to monitor wildlife activity. Comfortable safaristyle vehicles are customized with roof hatches and sliding windows for unobstructed views. On each eco-friendly adventure, guests enjoy a healthy snack or lunch from regional providers and take home a reusable mug or water bottle. Private, custom and multi-day expeditions available. www.wildlifeexpeditions.org – 307.733.2623


Master’s level academics and mentored teaching Begin a master’s degree and gain career skills while living in Grand Teton National Park. Graduate students develop place-based teaching skills in a mentored teaching practica emphasizing instructional strategies and field education. Students learn how to use ecology to address complex conservation issues through an understanding of ecological processes, systems and tools. Graduates acquire techniques for communication, demonstrate awareness, articulate goals, inspire vision and contribute to group success. Call for a campus tour or application. www.tetonscience.org – 307.733.1313

EDUCATOR DEVELOPMENT

TSS GRADUATE PROGRAM

TEACHER LEARNING CENTER Professional development for educators

Wyoming Stream Team, a field-based course available to educators of Wyoming and neighboring watersheds, will be held July 15–20, 2012. Call for details on this and all upcoming workshops. www.tetonscience.org – 307.733.1313

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Teachers take advantage of place-based workshops and outreach to learn how to use local communities as extensions of the classroom, reconnecting students to the community where they live. Innovative leadership skills are acquired to help teachers become dynamic instructional leaders. Statewide collaborations allow educators the opportunity to gain a broader perspective and realize the benefits of partnerships with universities, agencies and organizations. Scientific inquiry is shared and used as an instructional tool.

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CONSERVATION RESEARCH CENTER Research, education and contract stewardship Professional researchers examine and monitor ecosystem responses to change through applied, relevant and scientifically rigorous studies. Land managers and agencies benefit from technical expertise and services that improve wildlife habitat and the ecological health of the land. Students and teachers are introduced to ecological research and land stewardship through creative, hands-on programs. Partnerships with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, universities and private landowners enhance contract and research efforts. Call for contract stewardship services. www.tetonscience.org – 307.733.1313


Pre-K through 12th grade independent school Academic excellence is driven by a challenging curriculum based on an understanding of content, customized learning and the core competencies of leadership, communication and collaboration. Relationships among students, parents and teachers are promoted in order to nurture intellectual curiosity in a supportive environment. Real world experiences and challenges provide an understanding of local, regional and national communities. Students are prepared to learn, communicate and thrive in an ever-changing world through global partnerships and service learning. Call for a campus tour or application.

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

JOURNEYS SCHOOL

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FACULTY AND STAFF

FACULTY AND STAFF Tremendous Resource The professional educators, scientists and administrators at Teton Science Schools provide an extraordinary wealth of leadership, knowledge and experience. Teton Science Schools attracts highly educated and experienced professionals to create extraordinary experiences for all participants. The team is excited to welcome you as part of our family and to share amazing educational adventures in the mountains and valleys of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Qualified Instructors All instructors are at least 21 years old and have completed a thorough application process including interviews, reference checks, drug testing and driving and criminal background checks. Teaching team members also receive extensive and ongoing training in risk management, driving, first aid, CPR, teaching methods and the cultural and natural history of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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Small Field Groups

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Field groups typically have eight to thirteen students and two instructors, a ratio which allows for high quality education and individual attention. Each group has at least one lead instructor with Wilderness First Responder training and extensive experience at Teton Science Schools. Most field groups will have additional instructors who have already completed or will complete an undergraduate degree within the year.

Join the Team If you are interested in joining our team, please visit www.tetonscience.org for details about available positions, internships and the Graduate Program of Teton Science Schools.


Kelly Campus Located inside Grand Teton National Park, this is the longtime home of Teton Science Schools. From here one may enjoy views extending from the foot of the Gros Ventre Mountains through the sage flats of Jackson Hole and across the Snake River to the majestic Teton Range.

CAMPUSES

CAMPUSES

Jackson Campus Nestled up Coyote Canyon less than two miles from the town of Jackson, this campus is a nearly 900-acre site comprised of creeks, ponds, aspen, conifer and sage habitats. All buildings were designed and built using high-performance materials with low-level organic compounds and using minimal resources. Natural lighting and innovation in space design have resulted in an environment that benefits all who live, work and visit here.

Teton Valley The west slope of the Teton Range is no longer the "the quiet side of the Tetons." Partnering with Teton Valley Community School in Victor, Idaho provides the perfect home base for launching youth learning adventures. A farm and garden on campus contribute to the extraordinary learning environment.

Teton Science Schools has a long history of educational outreach in schools across the state through the Graduate Program and Teacher Learning Center. In addition, Wyoming Nature Camps are non-advocacy summer extensions which emphasize agriculture, wildlife, conservation, energy and other natural resources in the state. These camps are offered in Casper, Cheyenne, Gillette, Pinedale and Rock Springs.

Conference Facilities The Kelly Campus and Jackson Campus offer conference facilities for groups of all sizes with unique locations that include flexible spaces, unbeatable views and a natural habitat. Call 307.733.1313 for more information.

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PARTNERS

PARTNERS Teton Science Schools partners with numerous schools and organizations around the country to provide learning experiences to students of all ages. The support of all those who make this work possible, including those not listed in this catalog, is greatly appreciated. If you lead an organization and want to learn more about partnerships, please call 307.733.1313.

Grand Teton National Park

AmeriCorps

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AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engage Americans in intensive service to meet the nation’s critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. Interns increase their scientific literacy and actively engage at Teton Science Schools and in the Jackson Hole community through service projects. www.tetonscience.org/employment

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Earthwatch Institute Earthwatch is a diverse community of scientists, educators, students and businesspeople working together to get the fullest benefit from scientific research. Field research programs provide participants the unique opportunity to work with scientists at the Conservation Research Center, collecting valuable data related to songbirds in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. www.earthwatch.org

Grand Teton National Park and the Grand Teton National Park Foundation support programs specifically created to reach out to the Latino population in the park’s gateway communities including Jackson. Goals include introducing students to national park recreational opportunities while providing mentoring opportunities and leadership development. www.gtnpf.org

National Military Family Association Colleges and Universities Colleges and universities from across the country come to the majestic Tetons for unique opportunities to learn from seasoned ecology professionals, experience field research and explore the interface between humans and wild lands. Recent programs include Rhodes College, Samford University and the University of Wyoming. www.rhodes.edu

Girl Scouts of the USA Girl Scouts age 13–15 come together for Wyoming Wildlife Wonders, a program designed to connect girls to nature while developing leadership skills. Participants complete service requirements and an action learning project. There is no better place to find inspiration than in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. www.girlscouts.org

The National Military Family Association helps empower military children and their families and honor the sacrifices they make for our country. Operation Purple® Family Retreats are designed to allow family members to reconnect with one another after experiencing the stresses surrounding a deployment. www.militaryfamily.org


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Road Scholar Road Scholar has served as the worldwide leader among education and travel organizations for adults since 1975. Alongside local experts, guests experience in-depth and behind-thescenes learning opportunities in amazing locations. Teton Science Schools is proud to have partnered with Road Scholar for over 20 years. www.roadscholar.org

Summer Search helps provide low-income high school students opportunities to transform their lives and achieve their potential. Full scholarships are provided to participants in an effort to strengthen students’ commitment, leadership, and problem solving, all of which translates to success in high school and college. www.summersearch.org

The Children’s Grand Adventure is a nonprofit established out of common passion, foresight and realization of the potential for the healing power of nature. Survivors of childhood cancer and blood disorders travel to the Tetons for a week of fun and exploration with peers. www.texaschildrens.org

University of Wyoming Through partnerships with the University of Wyoming’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and Science Posse Fellows, Teton Science Schools provides the setting and support staff for amazing learning adventures. www.uwyo.edu

Bridger-Teton National Forest Teton Science Schools operates as a permittee of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the CaribouTarghee National Forest. Teton 10 is a project of the Bridger-Teton National Forest Children’s Forest designed to get youth (grades 3–12) outside, promote an active lifestyle and connect to their community. www.fs.fed.us

Wyoming Nature Camps Wyoming Nature Camps include a natural resource-focused curriculum designed by Teton Science Schools in partnership with regional affiliates. Wyoming students have an opportunity to learn about the natural world in their communities through hands-on, place-based, outdoor education. www.wynaturecamps.org

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Summer Search

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Quake, Rattle and Roll

Teton Champions

Mighty Stewards

Time Travelers

Kids vs. Wild

H2Art

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Play Team

Nature Art

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Feathered Fridays

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Treasure Hunt Tuesdays

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High School Field Ecology

Field Natural History

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BEAR

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The Ultimate Yellowstone Adventure

SuperFly Fishing

Green Thumb Gardeners

Earth Heroes

Lights, Camera, Jackson!

Yellowstone & Grand Teton Adventure

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Super Summer Adventure Advanced instructors and extra resources for the ultimate experience. Teton Junior Science School Adventures designed to explore science in the outdoors. Service Learning Service projects may meet requirements of school or youth groups. Flat Water Canoeing Equipment and instruction will be provided on area lakes. Lodging Overnight Lodging and meals provided at one of our campus locations. Camping Overnight Tent camping and meals provided at established campground. Backpacking Overnight Tent camping and meals provided at backcountry location. Yellowstone Adventure Exploration of the nation’s first national park.

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TETON VALLEY, IDAHO

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SUMMER YOUTH ADVENTURES TETON VALLEY, IDAHO

Educational summer adventures return this year in partnership with Teton Valley Community School. Each adventure is designed to take advantage of opportunities available in Teton Valley, Idaho. Transportation is available from the Driggs City Center Building each morning and afternoon. Grossology

Explorers

Entering Grades 1–3 Did you know vultures eat their own vomit and pika eat their own poop? Come learn about the science of all things gross! Dissect a regurgitated owl pellet, play in the mud and investigate the process of how worms turn your leftovers into dirt. You’ll be amazed how many gross things are found in nature! 5 days: Aug 6–10 8:30am–3:30pm $250

Entering Grades 1–6 You already have the tools to be an explorer! Follow your senses and your curiosity on an adventure through the wild lands of Idaho. See the world in a new way, exploring the big and small using magnifying glasses, binoculars and field guides. Get down and dirty studying the world beneath your feet and honing your naturalist skills. 5 days: Jul 16–20 8:30am–3:30pm $250

Art in the Outdoors Entering Grades 1–6 Teton Valley is one of nature’s masterpieces, a valley with vibrant shapes, colors and patterns are all around you. Have fun capturing them through drawing, painting, sculpture and writing. Expand your palette when you use art materials found in nature, like leaves sticks, bark and rock to inspire and create your art. 4 days: Jul 2–6 (Jul 4 - holiday) 8:30am–3:30pm  $200

Super Stream Team Entering Grades 1–6 Put on your water shoes, push up your sleeves and prepare to discover a whole new world at the water’s edge. Collect insects that live all or part of their lives in water, look for tracks and other signs of animals visiting the riverbed and get to know the critters that make their home in water. You’re bound to get your hands dirty and your feet wet as you complete your water mission! 5 days: Jul 23–27 8:30am–3:30pm $250


SUMMER YOUTH ADVENTURES

TETON VALLEY, IDAHO

Surviving Teton Valley

Build It, Break It

Entering Grades 4–6 Put on your lab coat and goggles and get ready to make a mess! Ask glowing questions, propose messy hypotheses, develop dirty methods and collect goopy data during a week full of science experiments. Have you ever wondered how to make a bottle into a rocket, build a simple machine or make a tornado? Create your own science experiment. 5 days: Jul 9–13 8:30am–3:30pm $250

Entering Grades 4–6 Could you survive in the wild? In this course you will master crucial survival skills such as making a fire, building a shelter, finding food and water, tracking animals and identifying uses for local plants. Each day is a new challenge for survival. Can you hack it? 5 days: Jul 30–Aug 3 8:30am–3:30pm $250

Entering Grades 4–6 Play with construction and destruction using fun tools, materials and teamwork. Pit your creations against the elements and other engineers. How much weight can your bridge hold? Can you build something that will withstand the other teams’ methods of destruction? How long can a raft made of recycled materials stay afloat? Experiment with creative designs and become a master engineer! 5 days: Aug 13–17 8:30am–3:30pm $250

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SUMMER YOUTH ADVENTURES Immerse your child in the exploration of nature through structured play and learning on the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools. Each week brings a new theme to challenge imaginations as youngsters hike in the forests, enjoy the open space and experience one off-campus excursion. Participants must be entering Kindergarten and be age 5 by December 31, 2012 .

Nature Art

Create works of art with materials like leaves, sticks, bark and rocks.

5 days: Jun 18–22 8:30am–3:00pm

$299

Mini Mammals

Discover the universe of voles, squirrels, chipmunks, badgers and foxes.

5 days: Jun 25–29 8:30am–3:00pm

$299

Wonderful Wildflowers

Find, create and enjoy colorful wildflowers while exploring outdoors.

5 days: Jul 2–6 8:30am–3:00pm

$299

Tracker Training

Search for tracks all around campus and then create your own.

5 days: Jul 9–13 8:30am–3:00pm

$299

Homes & Hideaways

Examine natural habitats and create forts using natural materials.

5 days: Jul 16–20 8:30am–3:00pm

$299

Water World

Explore wild water worlds and the creatures that call them home.

5 days: Jul 23–27 8:30am–3:00pm

$299

Incredible Insects

Discover adaptations of insects and the roles they play in the world.

5 days: Jul 30–Aug 3 8:30am–3:00pm

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Mega Mammals

Learn about the habits and adaptations of moose, bears, elk and bison.

5 days: Aug 6–10 8:30am–3:00pm

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Play Team: Free Range Children Entering Grades 1–4 Play Team is a place where you can play and have fun. Let your imagination go wild this summer creating, exploring and playing in the outdoors. Days are filled with fort building, water games and exploration. This unique program acknowledges the need for increased unstructured playtime in children’s lives and provides the perfect location for kids to just have fun at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools. 5 days: Jul 9–13, Jul 16–20, Jul 23–27, Jul 30–Aug 3, or Aug 6–10 8:30am–3:00pm $195

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SUMMER YOUTH ADVENTURES

Watch a short film created by high school film students about Play Team at www.play-team.org.

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SUMMER YOUTH ADVENTURES Summer Safari

Grossology

Entering Grades 1–2 Grab your binoculars, boots and cameras! Join us on a safari across Jackson Hole to learn about the many grand animals that grace this beautiful valley. Use the tools of a naturalist and your senses to explore the homes and habitats of our animal neighbors. 5 days: Jun 18–22 or Jul 23–27 8:30am–3:00pm  $299

Entering Grades 1–2 Did you know vultures eat their own vomit and pika eat their own poop? Come learn about the science of all things gross! Dissect a regurgitated owl pellet, play in the mud, and investigate the process of how worms turn your leftovers into dirt. You’ll be amazed how many gross things are found in nature! 5 days: Jul 9–13 or Aug 13–17 8:30am–3:00pm $395

Things with Wings Entering Grades 1–2 If you could fly, where would you go? Learn all about things with wings while hiking through forests and along rivers catching insects, listening for bird songs and watching butterflies. You will investigate flight and the birds, insects and mammals who have adapted to life aloft. 5 days: Jun 25–29 or Jul 30–Aug 3 8:30am–3:00pm $299

Buggin’ Out Entering Grades 1–2 Did you know that all the insects in the world weigh more than all other animals combined? Did you know that the Hercules beetle can support 850 times its own weight? Put on your exoskeleton, grab your net and enter into a bug’s life. 5 days: Jul 2–6 or Aug 6–10 8:30am–3:00pm $299

Powerful Plants Entering Grades 1–2 Did you know that aspen trees make their own sunscreen and are the second largest living thing? Learn how plants and animals work together to survive. The mighty bison and magnificent moose wouldn’t be able to survive without the awesome power of plants. From small wildflowers to towering trees, discover the wonderful world of plants. 5 days: Jul 16–20 or Aug 20–24 8:30am–3:00pm  $299


Jaws and Claws

Kid vs. Wild

Entering Grades 3–4 From bears to badgers and wolves to wapiti, discover the predators and prey that make up the food chain of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Investigate skulls, scat, tracks and shelters while learning how to discover other animal signs. 5 days: Jun 18–22 or Jul 23–27 8:30am–3:00pm $299

Entering Grades 3–4 Could you survive in the wild? In this course you will master crucial survival skills such as making a fire, building a shelter, finding food and water, tracking animals and identifying uses for local plants. Each day is a new challenge for survival. Can you hack it? 5 days: Jul 9–13 or Aug 20–24 8:30am–3:00pm $395

Magma & Ice Rock

Time Travelers

H2Art Entering Grades 3–4 Love water? Love art? Come discover your inner artist while exploring the lakes and rivers in Grand Teton National Park. Deepen your connection to this spectacular landscape by observing shapes, colors and patterns in the water through water coloring, sculpture building and waterific activities. 5 days: Jul 2–6 or Aug 6–10 8:30am–3:00pm $299

Entering Grades 3–4 Retrace the adventures of Jackson Hole’s early explorers by stepping into the boots of cowboys, mountain men, outlaws and the first women of the west. Take a journey through Jackson’s tumultuous past and uncover the story of how we became home to one of the most popular national parks. Visit historic cabins, ranches and geologic sites on this adventure through time. 5 days: Jul 16–20 8:30am–3:00pm $299

Mighty Stewards Entering Grades 3–4 Do you know your own power? Grab your gloves and a friend and find out just how much kids can change the world in a week. Help build trails, destroy invasive weeds and turn compost. Team up with friends new and old to have fun and make a difference for plants, animals and people in Jackson Hole. 5 days: Aug 13–17 8:30am–3:00pm $225

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Entering Grades 3–4 Do you ever wonder about the world beneath your feet? Explore how glaciers, earthquakes and volcanoes made the mountains and formed the surrounding valley. Dig deep down and discover what makes the Tetons rock! 5 days: Jun 25–29 or Jul 30–Aug 3 8:30am–3:00pm $299

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SUMMER YOUTH ADVENTURES Teton Champions Entering Grades 5–6 Lace up your sneakers and come prepared for fun and friendly rivalry. This week is packed with sports and games to challenge the competitor in you. From soccer, basketball and volleyball, to adventure races, ultimate Frisbee and obstacle courses, you will exercise your body and creativity while determining who deserves the title of Champion of the Tetons. 5 days: Jun 18–22 8:30am–3:00pm  $299

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Entering Grades 5–6 Earthquakes, avalanches and volcanoes, oh my! Are you prepared for the forces of nature? Furious floods, giant glaciers and frantic fires have all played a role in the dynamic landscape of Jackson Hole. Search the area for evidence, talk to local experts, build your own models and determine if the valley is prepared to handle these natural forces in the future. 5 Days: Jun 25–29 or Jul 23–27 8:30am–3:00pm $299

Boats and Boots Entering Grades 5–6 Get your hands dirty and your feet wet as you investigate the animals and plants that inhabit the lakes, streams, rivers and wetlands of Jackson Hole. Practice your paddling skills

while learning how lakes were formed, float the Snake River while removing invasive weeds, and share tales under the stars with new friends during an overnight camping trip in Grand Teton National Park. 5 Days, 1 Night: Jul 2–6 or Jul 30–Aug 3 8:30am–3:00pm $340

Yellowstone and Grand Teton Adventure Entering Grades 5–6 Have you ever stood on top of a supervolcano? Are you fascinated by wolves, bison and bears? Join a geologic exploration and wildlife extravaganza through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Witness explosions and gurgling geysers while getting to know the magnificent mammals that call these parks home. Two nights of camping in Yellowstone round out this awesome adventure. 5 Days, 2 Nights: Jul 9–13 or Aug 6–10 8:30am–3:00pm $365

Lights, Camera, Jackson! Entering Grades 5–6 What stories would you like to tell to the world? Fiction or non-fiction, photography or video, come capture your interests on film! Explore the Tetons from behind the lens of a camera, create your own characters and learn how to edit your own pictures and video to make an original creation. Unveil your

creations at the Film Fest hosted by Teton Science Schools. 5 days: Jul 16–20 8:30am–3:00pm  $395

Earth Heroes Entering Grades 5–6 Overgrown trails, invasive species and discarded trash are no match for the Earth Heroes! Team up with your friends, grab a tool and make a difference in the valley. Summon your group’s powers to do good in the world and, for your efforts, end each day feeling happily exhausted and proud of your accomplishments. 5 days: Aug 13–17 8:30am–3:00pm  $225

Green Thumb Gardeners Entering Grades 5–6 Do you know where your veggies come from? Have you ever helped grow the food you eat? Try your hand as a farmer this summer and contribute to our local crop. You will learn how the food you eat moves from field to fork as you visit local farms, explore the science of soil and separate the weeds from the wonders of the garden. At the end of the week, celebrate and savor the local harvest! 5 days: Aug 20–24 8:30am–3:00pm  $395


SuperFly Fishing Entering Grades 7–9 Learn fly fishing skills from experts on the beautiful waterways of Jackson Hole. Investigate aquatic habitats to find the best places to catch fish as well as learn to identify local species of fish and insects. Experience the value of patience and the attitude, skills, etiquette, safety and ethics necessary for becoming a successful angler. 5 days: Jul 23–27 8:30am–3:00pm  $395

The Ultimate Yellowstone Adventure

Entering Grades 7–9 Join the wolf pack for a girl-powered adventure through Grand Teton National Park. Challenge yourself rock climbing, canoeing glacially-formed lakes, making a difference through service and backpacking in the wilderness. Discover yourself and others in a close-knit community of fellow female adventurers. 8 days, 7 nights: Jul 27–Aug 3 Overnight $1015

Boys Extreme Adventure Race [BEAR] Entering Grades 7–9 Develop skills, follow clues, navigate the wilderness and earn points to outlast the elements and push your limits. This grand adventure will be a race against the competition to summit peaks, traverse valleys and navigate lakes. Learn backcountry skills, blaze new trails and challenge other teams. 8 days, 7 nights: Jul 27–Aug 3 Overnight $865

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Entering Grades 7–9 Camp, canoe, hike and explore the hidden treasures of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park! Join a group of adventuring teens as you put your heads together to create an amazing adventure. Summit Mount Washburn, canoe on Jackson Lake, spend four nights camping on a super volcano, be inspired by wildlife and geysers, build leadership skills and make new friends. 10 days, 9 nights: Aug 10–19 Overnight   $1130

Women Only Leadership, Volunteering, Exploration and Science [WOLVES]

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SUMMER YOUTH ADVENTURES Become a Science Steward Multiple week learning adventures date back to the founding of Teton Science Schools in 1967. Students with diverse backgrounds come together from across the country for awe-inspiring experiences. Many students return summer aftersummer to meet old and new friends while making the Kelly Campus of Teton Science Schools their home away from home. Students who complete the following three multiple week adventures will be recognized as Science Stewards. MIDDLE SCHOOL FIELD ECOLOGY

FIELD NATURAL HISTORY

HIGH SCHOOL FIELD ECOLOGY

Middle School Field Ecology Entering Grades 7–9 Join students in a growing leadership movement connecting youth to nature. Hike, canoe and backpack through the mountains of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem while sharing ideas to impact your generation. This “once in a lifetime experience” is based at the Kelly Campus of Teton Science Schools and includes seven nights on campus, three nights camping in a backcountry setting and one night camping in Yellowstone. 12 days, 11 nights: Jun 17–28 Overnight $1500


Field Natural History

High School Field Ecology

Entering Grades 9–11 Develop your skills as a field naturalist in the tradition of Aldo Leopold, John Muir and the Murie family. Hike, canoe and backcountry camp while viewing the magnificent wildlife and diverse landscapes of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Creatively express your understanding of the natural world through art and writing. High School credit is available through Journeys School of Teton Science Schools. This program is based at the Kelly Campus of Teton Science Schools and includes twelve nights in lodges, three nights camping in a backcountry setting and four nights camping in Yellowstone. 20 days, 19 nights: Jul 8–27 Overnight $2800

Entering Grades 11–Graduated Seniors Join the 45th year of the program that started it all! Immerse yourself in the study of the natural sciences in one of the most beautiful and ecologically complex places in North America. Sharpen your critical and analytical scientific skills through extended, group field-research addressing a current conservation issue. High School credit is available through Journeys School of Teton Science Schools. This program is based at the Kelly Campus of Teton Science Schools and includes sixteen nights in lodges, five nights camping in Yellowstone and five nights backpacking in Grand Teton National Park. 27 days, 26 nights: Jul 1–27 Overnight $3780

ENTERING GRADES 9 – 12+

SUMMER YOUTH ADVENTURES

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ADULT AND FAMILY

ADULT AND FAMILY Evening Hike & Campfire: Marshmallow Mondays Explore the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools with a professional naturalist for an engaging evening of fun, adventure and learning in the outdoors. Your family will discover the amazing power of the five senses while hiking along scenic trails. End the night relaxing by a fire and roasting marshmallows. Jun 18, 25; Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug 6, 13, 20 6:00pm–9:00pm, Jackson Campus Age 6 and above: $15

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Evening Geocaching & Treats: Treasure Hunt Tuesdays

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Bring your family to the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools to learn how to navigate using a Global Positioning System (GPS). You and your family will use GPS to explore our scenic trails, solve treasure hunts and take part in a longterm geocache. Please bring a small treasure for the next group. Jun 19, 26; Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Aug 7, 14, 21 6:00pm–9:00pm, Jackson Campus Age 6 and above: $15

Evening Canoe Tour & Picnic: Water Wednesdays Join us for a paddle on a pristine waterway in Jackson Hole. We will provide transportation and a light dinner, supply canoeing equipment and teach basic paddling skills. Enjoy breathtaking views, encounter magnificent

wildlife and find the perfect location for a picnic on the shore. Option available to meet at String Lake. Jun 20, 27; Jul 4, 11, 18, 25; Aug 1, 8, 15, 22 4:00pm–9:00pm, Jackson Campus Adult: $60, Child 6–17: $40

Evening Stroll & Ice Cream: Tracking Thursdays Engage as a family with science being brought to life. Track wildlife using telemetry, listen for swans and other birds, learn about amazing twilight adaptations of animals and trek around swan ponds. After your nature walk, enjoy a delicious ice cream treat to end your summer evening! Jun 21, 28; Jul 5, 12, 19, 26; Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 6:00pm–9:00pm, Jackson Campus Age 6 and above: $15

Bird Banding & Breakfast: Feathered Fridays Help our team of bird researchers with the international Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program during a unique opportunity to see and study the birds of Jackson Hole. This popular early-morning activity is an ideal blend of science and education for the outdoor learning family, and includes a hot breakfast. Jun 29; Jul 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug 3, 10 7:00am–10:30am, Kelly Campus Adult: $30, Child 3–17: $20


Hiking Jackson Hole

Wildlife and Ecological Explorations [Intergenerational]

Follow in the footsteps of pioneers through some of the most spectacular scenery in the West with an experienced naturalist as your guide. Explore the botany, geology and ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. May 27–Jun 1 Program #15399

Explore beautiful Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park with your grandchildren. Summer is a great time for a learning adventure and Teton Science Schools has packed this week with hands-on educational experiences. Jul 8–13 Program #13668

Canyons and Canoes [Intergenerational] Learn how to master a canoe, restore a damaged wetland and identify aquatic creatures. Hands-on learning covers western water rights issues, water safety, beaver behavior, wetland and marsh ecology and more. Jul 15–20 or Aug 5–10 Program #17688

Hands and Hearts [Service]

Hiking Grand Teton and Yellowstone

Discover the diversity of this ecosystem while working alongside wildlife biologists and naturalists. Enhance and restore habitat of animals while surrounded by some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the West. Jun 10–15 Program #13684

Experience botany, geology and ecology during hikes along the base of the magnificent Teton Range and in Yellowstone National Park. Learn about the biology and natural history of wildlife during a sunrise wildlife expedition. Jul 22–28 Program #4937

Serving the Wild Lands [Intergenerational]

Mountains, Magma and Ice

Learn about bison, wolves, elk, moose, eagles, pronghorn and other incredible wildlife while enhancing their habitats. You and your family can take pride in stewardship projects that will impact many different locations. Jun 24–29 Program #16168

Explore the dynamic past and present geology of the west. Field lessons provide illustrations of explosive events and Pleistocene glaciations alongside current examples of thermal dynamics and active fault uplifting. Aug 12–18 or Aug 26–Sep 1 Program #14180

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Grand Teton Birding A patchwork of habitats sustains an array of avian species. Spot waterfowl and sandhill cranes in the wetlands, observe trumpeter swans at a captive breeding site and witness the courtship displays of grouse in the Tetons. May 27–Jun 1 Program #15955

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REGISTRATION INFORMATION

REGISTRATION INFORMATION Program Size and Location Typical program size varies from 12-15 participants per session. All programs meet at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science School unless specifically noted in description.

Space is Limited Registrations will be processed in the order they are received and must be accompanied by full payment for most programs. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express as well as money orders or personal checks. An acceptance packet with all pertinent details will be sent to confirm your enrollment. Need-based financial aid is available for most programs.

Switch Policy Once registration is complete for a summer youth, adult or family adventure, a $10 nonrefundable administrative fee will be assessed per adventure that is switched to a different date or adventure.

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Cancellation Policy

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If you cancel, a refund will be issued up to 30 days prior to the start date, less a $25 administrative fee per program. If cancellation is less than 30 days prior to start date, refunds will not be issued. Although we make every effort to adhere to our program schedule, extenuating circumstances may cause Teton Science Schools to cancel a program, in which case a full refund will be issued.

Adult & Family Adventures Inclement Weather Policy Adult & Family Adventures will be adapted to any weather condition. Please bring closed-toed shoes and appropriate outdoor gear for the weather forecast. Evening Canoe and Picnic will depart campus in any weather and make a final decision about canoeing at the lake. If the weather is not conducive for canoeing, the group will hike or enjoy a wildlife tour through the park. If there is a threat of bad weather, families may choose to opt out of a program with a full refund up to thirty minutes prior to the program.


depends on your generous support Teton Science Schools relies on the generosity of alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, trustees, friends and foundations to help us meet our operating costs. Donations to our Annual Fund cover 21% of yearly operating expenses, tuition and fees fund 60%, auxiliary revenue (rentals, special events, etc.) 18% and earnings from endowment 1%.

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TETON SCIENCE SCHOOLS

Please make your donation today! www.tetonscience.org/support or 307.733.1313 Volunteer Teton Science Schools has many volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. Opportunities include stewardship, maintenance and administrative projects at both campuses of Teton Science Schools. If you would like to volunteer please call 307.733.1313 or email volunteer@tetonscience.org.

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Need-based financial aid is available. Teton Science Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, creed or sexual orientation in any of its policies or programs.

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Teton Science Schools: 2012 Annual Catalog  

This is the annual catalog for Teton Science Schools that includes listings for all Youth, Adult and Family Adventures for 2012.

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