Experience Yellowstone Makes an Impact on Youth

There’s no bonding experience better than adventure, and thanks to an anonymous donor, 11 middle school students explored Yellowstone National Park this summer, spending their days touring and hiking and their evenings learning healthy relationship skills.

Highlights from the trip included numerous wildlife sightings (including a grizzly bear feeding her cubs, two wolves, a peregrine falcon and lots of bison) guided hikes, a whitewater raft adventure, and fun camp activities including a lip sync contest. Along the way, students learned how to tackle big emotions, boundaries, power dynamics in relationships, teamwork, and personal and environmental responsibility.  

This year, Red Lodge middle school students were joined by students from the Livingston area. DSVS Prevention Educator Kelsiann Helsley, partnered with Jenny Jo Allen, the education and outreach coordinator for Aspen of Livingston, and volunteer Molly Schmidt to lead the expedition.

Experience Yellowstone is funded entirely by a grant from an anonymous donor, who wants to ensure area children have the opportunity to explore Yellowstone National Park. We want to extend a big thank you to this generous donor!