The National Park Service will be celebrating their 100th Anniversary in 2016. The centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.
In celebration of this milestone, the Adventure Safari Network, in conjunction with the Yellowstone Foundation and other partners, has created an opportunity for a diverse group of high school students (completed 8th-12th grades) to visit and experience America’s first National Park. Dates are June 20-30, 2016, and participants will travel via motor coach from Rockford, Illinois. The trip will also include Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Grand Teton National Park.
Students selected for this exciting opportunity will not only experience spectacular scenery and wildlife, but also participate in our leadership program throughout the 10-day event. The trip includes environmental education, leadership training, and photography workshops.
Students will have opportunities to improve their photography with targeted lessons from our photography instructors, and will return with a personalized album of the trip.
Applications for the Yellowstone Adventure are available for online completion here.
Please note: Early applications will receive preferential treatment when selecting candidates.
Candidates selected for the trip will meet twice prior to the trip (Sunday, April 10, 2016 and Sunday, May 22, 2016) for pre-departure information, leadership training, and team building.
The normal trip price of $5400 will be discounted to $300 (three hundred dollars), and students selected for the trip will receive fund raising ideas and, if necessary, opportunities for scholarships to cover the fee. For the motivated student, funding will not be an issue.
Day 1: Rockford to Rapid City, SD
Day 2: Rapid City, SD to Mount Rushmore to Crazy Horse to Billings, MT
Day 3: Billings, MT to Yellowstone National Park
Day 4: Yellowstone National Park
Day 5: Yellowstone National Park
Day 6: Yellowstone National Park
Day 7: Yellowstone National Park/Grand Tetons
Day 8: Grand Tetons/Yellowstone National Park
Day 9: Yellowstone National Park to Billings, MT
Day 10: Billings, MT to Mitchell, SD
Day 11: Mitchell, SD to Rockford, IL
The itinerary is subject to change.