Witness the Green Wave in Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is a land of wonders, from towering geysers to thundering waterfalls. But each June, a quieter spectacle unfolds across the meadows and valleys: the green wave.

This fascinating phenomenon describes the northward migration of fresh, nutrient-rich plant growth. As spring takes hold, new grasses and wildflowers sprout at lower elevations, then gradually progress upwards throughout the park. This creates a moving feast for Yellowstone’s grazing animals, like bison and elk.

Here’s why the green wave is so special:

  • Wildlife on the Move: Large herbivores follow the green wave, strategically moving to areas with the most nutritious food sources. This makes June an ideal time to see these majestic creatures actively grazing in the open. From the National Park Service- “Most ungulates of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem follow the “green wave” of sprouting plants and grasses during spring because young plants are highly nutritious. Bison begin spring by leaving winter ranges in sync with the green wave but let it pass them by as they migrate and graze, not reaching summer ranges until weeks after green-up.”
  • A Photographer’s Paradise: The vibrant green meadows juxtaposed against the snow-capped peaks of the mountains create stunning backdrops for wildlife photography.
  • Nature’s Perfect Balance: The green wave is a testament to the interconnectedness of Yellowstone’s ecosystem. It highlights the delicate balance between plants, animals, and the environment.

Experience the Green Wave with Teton Science Schools Wildlife Expeditions!

Join our expert naturalists on a Yellowstone wildlife tour this June and witness the magic of the green wave firsthand. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you to the best viewing areas, share fascinating insights about the park’s ecology, and help you capture spectacular photos.

Ready for an unforgettable summer adventure? Book your Yellowstone wildlife tour with Teton Science Schools HERE. 



Let’s explore the wonders of Yellowstone together!


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