Teton Science Schools


We Live Our Core Values

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

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, Wyoming and Teton Valley, Idaho, our programs include one independent school serving students 18 months through 8th grade, Outdoor Learning Experiences for schools and visitors from around the world, Wildlife Expeditions, and educator development.

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Teton Science Schools programs consist of Mountain Academy, Outdoor Learning Experiences, classroom education, Wildlife Expeditions, and educator development.

Our Values

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

Collaboration – Intentional, individual and programmatic collaboration empowers us to be greater than the sum of our parts.

Inclusivity – Our actions and decisions create an inclusive community.

Stewardship – Our actions and decisions thoughtfully consider both people and place.

Accountability – We are accountable to our mission and each other.

Innovation – We are forward looking and creative to expand learning opportunities and invest in the future.

Teton Science Schools at a Glance

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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, Teton Science Schools has grown to encompass multiple program areas across four campuses that span both sides of the Tetons and beyond.

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.