In the classroom, in the community and in the wild, Teton Science Schools creates authentic educational experiences for 15,000 learners and leaders every year—the kind of experiences that bring you closer to the people and places all around you, deepen your understanding and give you clarity and courage to make change in your world.
Teton Science Schools
Experience your world.
Understand your world.
Change your world for the better.
Our Approach to Education
We believe in learner-centered practices implemented by teachers who are lifelong learners in content and craft. Our approach is place-based, connecting learning with community. We define place as the ecological, cultural and economic aspects of a community.
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Meet Shawn Kelly
Teton Science Schools welcomes Shawn Kelly as Chief Executive Officer of Teton Science Schools. He will lead and oversee the institution’s mission-driven program areas: Field Education, Professional Learning, Mountain Academy and Murie Ranch. TSS operates four distinct campuses in Wyoming and Idaho including the Jackson Campus, Teton Valley Campus, along with the Murie Ranch and Kelly Campus, both located within the Grand Teton National Park. Shawn will also hold the Head of School position for Mountain Academy, TSS’s independent school for PreK to 12th grade.
Our programs are based at four campuses in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and extend beyond the Tetons to impact students and educators from across the country and around the globe.
Students at Teton Science Schools are curious about the world around them and look for ways to engage and lead in their communities. TSS is committed to equity, striving for systems that enable access for underrepresented communities. As a core value, TSS embraces inclusion by welcoming people from every socioeconomic status, physical and learning ability, race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status and religious background.
Transformative place-based education can only be achieved through a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Our commitment to DEI makes learning more engaging, relevant, impactful and transferable. It also results in a more effective team of teachers and staff. Additionally, our efforts will make place-based education more accessible for teachers and learners.
See what’s happening
Community Impact = Inquiry + Design: Fall 2021 Professional Learning Series
Participants will explore and discuss the place-based principles of inquiry-based learning and design thinking cycles.
Preschool Stories Night
Early childhood educators join us on November 8 to find inspiration and connection as presenters offer a glimpse into their spaces and share stories that illustrate place-based education.
In Mud: Nature-based Early Childhood Education
Get inspired to work with children in our natural environments through this in-person workshop!
Implementing Nature-based and Reggio Emilia Practices Discussion
Join an interactive discussion of how nature-based, place-based, and Reggio Emilia principles and practices intersect.
I would not be here if it wasn't for my summer experience at Teton Science Schools. That is where I first saw myself as a scientist. TSS was the single most impactful experience in my life and is the reason why I am passionate about K-6 science education!Kris Kaly, 1986 High School Field Ecology Alumna