With a mission to connect people, nature and place through education, science and stewardship, the Teton Science School is set in the perfect location. Stationed just outside of Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, Wyo., the school offers seven program areas across five campuses that use the outdoors as a setting to teach children, youth and adults about the wonders of the natural world.
TSS began in 1967 with a dream. Ted Major was a science teacher in Jackson, and he saw the near proximity of the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park as a welcome invitation to take his classroom outside. That year, he took 12 high school students on a six-week-long research project around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. But after four more years of similar trips, increasing demand allowed him to dream bigger. In December of 1973 Major signed a lease agreement with Grand Teton National Park that allowed him to move the Grand Teton Environmental Education Center onto Elbo Ranch near Kelly, Wyoming.
Since then, the school has grown considerably teaching more than 12,000 people each year. Students come from all over the world and span a wide range of ages. TSS’s seven programs include Wildlife Expeditions, Field Education, Graduate Program, Teacher Learning Center, Journeys Program, Conservation Research Center and Teton Valley Community School.
The Wildlife Expeditions are an especially fascinating and fun, yet relaxed, vacation itinerary item. Participants have the chance to see a wide range of flora and fauna. Possible wildlife sightings include elk, moose, bison, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, mule deer, wolves and bears.
For more information:
(307) 733-1313 or (877) 404-6626 to book a Wildlife Expedition
700 Coyote Canyon Road, Jackson, Wyoming 83001