PO Box 117
Yellowstone National Park
Phone: (406) 848-2400
Yellowstone Forever – formerly the Yellowstone Association and the Yellowstone Park Foundation – is the nonprofit educational and fundraising partner of Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone Forever partners with Yellowstone National Park to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance and preserve Yellowstone Forever. Yellowstone Forever’s combined operations include the Yellowstone Forever Institute, which offers more than 600 in-depth programs each year; a supporter program of more than 50,000 Yellowstone enthusiasts raising funds to support critical park priority projects; and an online community of more than 300,000 worldwide.
The non-profit Yellowstone Forever Institute (YFI) offers a variety of Field Seminars, Private Tours, Lodging & Learning and Youth and College programs.
Although programs are available for visitors with varying interests and fitness levels, the common goal of each program is to showcase the magic of Yellowstone with its geothermal features, world-renowned wildlife viewing and dramatic landscapes.
Programs are rated according to an activity level scale from one (daily leisurely hikes up to one mile per day) to five (brisk hiking, snowshoeing or skiing up to 12 miles per day with climbs up to 1500 feet. Members of the Yellowstone Forever receive a discount of $15 off the price of programs.
Field Seminars include seminar leaders who are experts in their fields. These leaders help participants explore specific aspects of the park through a combination of field excursions and classroom presentations. Most Field Seminars are based at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch, where participants stay in the log cabins, each equipped with bunks and a propane heater. The campus also includes a community bathhouse with private showers and a common building with a fully equipped kitchen that serves as classroom, dining room and common gathering space for participants.
Seminars are typically limited to 13 or 24 participants, depending on the seminar. Buffalo Ranch cabins rent for $36 per person per night or $85 per night for a private cabin for one or two people.
Youth and College Programs
YFI offers a variety of experiences for students and teachers, including the new “Yellowstone Academy,” a three- to five-day program for high school-age groups. With lodging available at the Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus in Gardiner, Mont., just outside the north gate to the park, this program is designed for students to use scientific method and critical thinking skills to investigate Yellowstone in-depth through field research projects. Students meet with park staff and guest experts, and explore natural resource careers. YFI staff engage teachers in pre-curriculum planning and ensure that the experience meets national educational standards. YFI also offers programs for middle age groups and college students. Customized educational excursions are also available.
Yellowstone Forever Institute offers themed Private Tours for groups of up to 28 participants. Private Tours appeal especially to families and other small groups that want an age- and interest-appropriate introduction to Yellowstone wildlife, geology or hiking or an advanced look into aspects of the park they have not been able to explore before. Topics include Wildlife Watching on the Northern Range; Natural History and Geology: Yellowstone Lake and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone; Geysers, Mudpots, and Hot Springs: Old Faithful Area; and Day Hiking in Yellowstone.
Lodging and Learning Programs
In partnership with park concessioner Yellowstone National Park Lodges, YFI offers a selection of Lodging and Learning programs that combine daily in-park field experiences with a YFI instructor, in-park transportation, accommodations, most meals and optional evening programs.