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2023 Summer Programs
June 19 - August 25

Summer Program Registration begins Wednesday, February 1 at 9:00 a.m.

Curiosity is in our nature

Get outside and get curious! Building from early childhood programs to high school backcountry trips, Teton Science Schools summer programs give your child a week of exploratory, place-based learning outdoors. Campers will connect with each other, build social-emotional skills, learn about weekly themes with experienced instructors, and participate in silly games and camp traditions. All of our programs will go on adventures to Grand Teton National Park and other public lands, along with spending some days doing activities on our Jackson Campus.

Summer Program Offerings

Scroll down to see the full summer program offerings.

 

Early childhood summer programs follow the same Reggio Emilia philosophy and nature-based practices as our school year program for 3-6 year olds. Campers will explore, play, and engage in their natural surroundings, both on campus and on journeys to nearby parks. In addition to outdoor adventures, your child will practice cognitive and social-emotional skills through problem solving, teamwork, and creative expression.

 

Campers entering grades 1-5 add a natural science lens to their summer program experience and take on more exciting field adventures as they move up in age groups. Over the course of the week, campers will explore a topic of their choice using the scientific inquiry process. Digging deeper each year, your child will build skills in making observations, asking questions, collecting data, forming conclusions, and collaborating with their peers. There will also be plenty of games, hikes, arts & crafts, and silliness, of course!

 

Middle and high schoolers have the opportunity to level up their experience through immersive, overnight programs. Participants will expand their science skills, explore deeper into the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and take on new challenges with their peers.

 

Pikas: Early Childhood Ages 3 to 4 years and 5 months old

Pikas will connect with nature and each other through exploration and play. Activities can include spending time building fairy houses, getting our hands dirty in our outdoor studio, searching for small critters, and journeying to R Park.

  • For kids 3 to 4 years and 5 months old
  • Must be potty trained
  • Program: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Extended Day: 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

 

Otters: Early Childhood Ages 4 years and 6 months to 6 years old

Almost ready for a second year of Pre-K or Kindergarten, Otters will collaborate with peers and get curious about the world around them. Activities can include cooking in the mud kitchen, taking care of our garden, creating in our outdoor studio, and journeying to R Park and Grand Teton National Park.

  • For kids ages 4 years and 6 months to 6 years old
  • For kids entering Kindergarten
  • Program: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Extended Day: 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

 

Marmots: Entering Grade 1

With Kindergarten under their belts, Marmots are ready to let their curiosity run wild this summer. They will explore local ecosystems, put on their scientist hats, and, of course, be silly with new friends. Activities can include cooking in the mud kitchen, creating nature-themed arts & crafts, and splashing on the shores of local lakes and rivers.

  • Program: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Extended Day: 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

 

Foxes: Entering Grade 2

Foxes will follow their noses to topics that interest them and begin to investigate their world more deeply. Activities can include racing stick-boats, identifying wildflowers, and exploring trails on nearby public lands.

  • Program: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Extended Day: 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

 

Badgers: Entering Grade 3

Badgers dig deep into asking questions and seeking answers. Activities can include building forts, visiting the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and making volcanoes.

  • Program: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Extended Day: 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

 

Coyotes: Entering Grade 4

As clever Coyotes, campers will gain more practice collecting data and coming to conclusions. Activities can include identifying macroinvertebrates, hiking in Grand Teton National Park, and taking on fun team-building challenges.

  • Program: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Extended Day: 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

 

Bison: Entering Grade 5

Now roaming bison, campers take on more challenging and exciting adventures. Together they will overcome obstacles on the Doug Walker Challenge Course, paddle canoes on nearby lakes, and spend a night camping in Grand Teton National Park.

  • Program: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Extended Day: 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

 

Bears & Wolves: Middle School - Entering Grades 6-8

Middle schoolers are invited to join one of two sessions for a 10-day sleep-away program. Participants will be based at our Kelly Campus, first sleeping in dorms after full-day adventures and then heading into Grand Teton’s backcountry or Yellowstone National Park for wild experiences in our local mountains. These programs are a unique opportunity to take on new outdoor challenges, level up their field science skills, build community with their peers, and connect with this spectacular place.

  • Overnight Program

 

Bears (Entering Grades 6-8) – Session 1             July 17-26                                                        Grand Teton National Park backpacking


Wolves (Entering Grades 6-8) – Session 2            
July 26-August 4                                       Yellowstone Camping

 

 

Jackson Hole Science Expedition: Entering grades 11-12

High schoolers will be immersed in the study of the natural sciences in one of the most beautiful and ecologically complex wilderness areas in North America. Alongside knowledgeable instructors, you will sharpen your analytical thinking and scientific skills before conducting field-research projects through hands-on exploration of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Your experience culminates with a backpacking trip in Jackson Hole. The program and lodging is based at the Kelly Campus in Grand Teton National Park along with five nights frontcountry camping and four nights backcountry camping. High school credit is available.

  • Overnight Program