Yellowstone: The World's First National Park
Established in 1872 as the world’s first national park, Yellowstone is one of the most unique places on Earth. At 2.2 million acres, it’s the centerpiece of the last remaining large, nearly intact ecosystems in the northern hemisphere. Centered over the largest volcanic caldera on the continent, it’s home to 10,000 thermal features, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, forests, grasslands, flora, and mountain ranges. Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles live in the Park including the oldest and largest free-ranging herds of bison in the U.S.
The Greatest Classroom on Earth
Because Yellowstone is one of the world’s foremost natural habitats in landscape ecology, geology, biology and history, scientists, researchers, professors, teachers and students have been studying and learning about the natural wonders in the “Greatest Classroom on Earth” since its founding. In 2011, WYED embarked upon an economic development project to partner with colleges and universities from around the country that come to the Park for research and study. In 2015, the project partnership was expanded to include elementary, middle and high school classes and any other educational classes that connect people to the outdoors in and around Yellowstone Country.
The Yellowstone Studies Center Mission- You Teach, We Support
WYED established the Yellowstone Studies Center (YSC) to provide a facility and support services to professors, teachers, students and other educational organizations who take part in experiential teaching and learning in West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park. Located just 6 blocks from the Park’s west entrance, it’s an ideal location for all classes to use as a base location for their time in town and trips into the Park.
As an educator, you bring your own faculty and/or students and established curriculums and schedules. West Yellowstone and Yellowstone Park offers you Learning That Comes Naturally: natural outdoor environments with endless subject matter and teaching and learning opportunities, activities, discovery and wonders. YSC provides you with certain support services to ease your burden of bringing faculty and students to The Greatest Classroom on Earth.