Frequently Asked Questions
- What is our classroom during an educational program?
- While we have great indoor classrooms and computer labs which we use in the evenings, we prefer to spend days in the field utilizing the wild lands of Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest and the National Elk Refuge.
- What kind of facilities can I expect at Teton Science Schools?
- We offer comfortable, dormitory-style housing with shared bathrooms in recently constructed high-performance buildings or cozy log cabins.
- What seasons do you offer educational programs?
- We offer programs year-round with groups attending from January through December. With every season offering unique opportunities, there is no single “best time”. Rather, we encourage teachers to schedule programs based on their goals and objectives.
- How does a Teton Science Schools program enhance my ability to meet standards?
- We understand the challenges that teachers face when trying to integrate experiential programs into their curriculum. Through collaboration and pre–trip planning, our faculty and staff ensure that the appropriate standards are integrated into your program.
- How can I incorporate student assessment into the week?
- The benefits of integrating assessments into your students’ field experience are two-fold. Documents such as the Field Ecology Portfolio provide evidence of the student’s learning and growth for parents and administrators. They also provide you, the teacher, with valuable information regarding their understanding and comprehension of critical concepts and standards you may want to revisit in the classroom upon your return home.
- How much does a typical program cost and what is included?
A typical week long program running from Monday afternoon to Friday afternoon costs $325 per student ($65 per day). This cost covers meals, lodging, programming, equipment, and transportation upon your arrival in the afternoon through lunch on Friday. Teachers and chaperones up to an 8:1 student to teacher ratio attend at no cost. We are able to customize programs in length and content to meet your schools individual needs.
- What are some ways that schools have funded such programs?
- School groups, classes and clubs have funded their trips in a variety of ways – through corporate sponsors, booster clubs, science departments, parent-teacher associations, community foundations and more.
- What other programs might be available for teachers and administrators?
- Along with educational programs for students we also offer a variety of programs for educators and administrators. From professional development workshops to faculty retreats, the Teacher Learning Center can meet your needs.