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About Teton Science Schools

About Teton Science Schools

Teton Science Schools inspires curiosity, engagement and leadership through transformative place-based education. For nearly 15,000 learners per year, the place-based approach increases engagement, learning and community impact. Located on four campuses in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Teton Valley, Idaho, our programs include one independent school serving students pre-K through 12th grade, field education for schools and visitors from around the world and educator development.


Inspiring curiosity, engagement and leadership through transformative place-based education.

An Inside Look at Teton Science Schools

Teton Science Schools Quick Facts




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Our Programs

Teton Science Schools programs consist of field education, classroom education and educator development.

Our Values

Our community values are the foundation of our daily intentional culture and guide strategy and decision making long-term.

Our History

Ted Major, a science teacher, thought his students would best learn about the natural sciences out in nature. By immersing students in relatively undisturbed ecosystems, he felt they would gain a deep, lasting knowledge of the interconnection and interdependence of all life. In the summer of 1967, Ted began an experiment to expand the classroom into the outdoors. Twelve high school students spent six weeks working on research projects and taking field trips around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Teton Science Schools was born.

Since then, TSS has grown to encompass multiple program areas across four campuses that span both sides of the Tetons and beyond.

Our Story

Learn more about the origin story of Teton Science Schools and the individuals who helped grow the organization to become a national leader place-based education.

Our Commitment to DEI

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.