Celebrating our Outdoor Classrooms

September 18, 2023

In honor of Earth Day and the conclusion of National Parks Week, we’re celebrating some of our most popular outdoor classrooms!

Yellowstone National Park: A number of our team call Montana home, including Paul. We could dedicate this entire blog post on all that Yellowstone has to offer (we have several already!) but here are just a few of the highlights…

Yellowstone is the world’s first National Park and 2022 marks its 150 year anniversary. Under the expert guidance of our professional guides, we explore the places very few visitors get to experience and learn about the wildlife and their habitat. It is always a thrill to see and learn about the Yellowstone Big 5 (bison, bears, moose, bighorn sheep, and wolves). And in particular, the stories behind the incredibly successful 1995 reintroduction of wolves.

Yellowstone National Park also has over 10,000 thermal features, including the world’s highest concentration of geysers, hot springs, mud pots and more. This landscape is surreal and makes for one of the best places for students to learn and spend time in a truly wild place.

Everglades National Park: A distinctly different ecosystem than that of Yellowstone, but no less unique and inspiring. Everglades National Park is one of the largest wetlands in the world and one of the best outdoor classrooms to learn about freshwater ecology and wildlife in a subtropical wilderness.

Morning wet walks (known by locals as swampin’), offer the thrill of exploration in a fascinating landscape as you traverse through the cypress and hardwood forests looking for wildlife. You can also travel by Airboat into the Miccosukee Indian Reservation to visit a traditional indigenous village deep in the Everglades. Along the way, you’ll observe and learn about alligators, exotic birds, and more. We also combine this with a day spent snorkeling on the Florida Keys barrier reef and kayaking in the critical mangrove forest habitat. There’s no shortage of adventure!