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In December 2016 the Yellowstone Association merged with the Yellowstone Park Foundation to form Yellowstone Forever, which is now the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park.
The new organization aims to “connect people to Yellowstone National Park through outstanding visitor experiences and educational programs and translate those experiences into lifelong support and philanthropic investment to conserve and enhance the park for the future,” according to the Yellowstone Forever website.
The Yellowstone Association Institute has been helping visitors to Yellowstone National Park make the most of their time since 1933, dedicating itself to educating visitors about Yellowstone and teaching them the importance of preserving this national treasure for generations to come. The Yellowstone Park Foundation was founded in 1996.
Lodging and Learning Programs
With the Yellowstone Forever’s Lodging and Learning program, you get the perfect mix of education and recreation. The packages are offered in partnership with Xanterra Parks & Resorts, allowing you to take in natural wonders during the day, while still having the comfort of a nice hotel to go home to in the evening. The fees include daily field trips, lodging, most meals, in-park transportation and the option of evening programs. Unless otherwise noted, participants must be 12 years old or above.
Private Guided Tours
Check out the Yellowstone Forever’s private tours, offered daily to fit a range of itineraries and interests. All activities can be modified to fit the needs of your family. A naturalist guide will lead you into the park offering a host of facts and advice. “Tuition” for the programs includes instruction, transportation for the day and access to high-power scopes and binoculars to see far-away wildlife. Kids will stay busy working on their Junior Ranger badges. Meals and lodging aren’t included, although instructors will pick you up from your hotel.
Examine specific aspects of the Yellowstone ecosystem in depth during one of the Yellowstone Association Institute’s field seminars, led by professors, naturalists, scientists, and acclaimed photographers, writers, historians and artists who are leaders in their respective fields.
Yellowstone Forever Lodging
Lamar Buffalo Ranch Field Campus
This off-the-beaten-path ranch lies in Yellowstone’s northeast corner. Cabins feature a propane heater, bathhouse with private showers and a common building with a fully equipped kitchen for meal preparation. This housing option is offered to participants in field seminars based out of Lamar.
Yellowstone Overlook Kendela Field Campus
If you’re traveling with a family or group, this is the option for you. These comfortable cabins sit amidst incredible views and easy access to Yellowstone’s northern half. Each cabin has a self-serve kitchen and open floor plan, making it a great place for large group dinners and activities. These facilities are available to private tour participants, youth and college groups and field seminar participants based out of Gardiner.