The National Parks: America's Best Idea Just Got Better

Birthright America's Upcoming Trips - 2019

 Birthright America’s MISSION: To insure that all of America’s children can visit their National Parks.  

Birthright America is guided by the idea that when a child encounters something extraordinary, something never experienced before, that child's life is profoundly changed.  The National Parks are a treasure every child should have the right to experience.

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.”  - John Hope Franklin

In partnership with Breakthrough Miami and Putney Student Travel, Birthright America is proud to provide the educational and emotional enrichment that comes from exploring their country’s bountiful National Parks and from the learning opportunities connected to that exploration to a group of 20 students in June of 2018.


   The Trip

Program​ ​Overview 

  • The American West’s most dramatic scenery and wildlife populations can be seen in the National Parks of Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons neighboring each other in the Rocky Mountains. This pristine area also holds the cultural history from its original native people to the fur trappers and explorers that helped inspire the preservation of this land and creation of the first US National Park. 

  • Get the chance to peer into Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, watch Old Faithful Geyser perform on its timely schedule, and enjoy an evening under the stars after photographing bears, moose, or wolves in the Teton Wilderness. 

Program​ ​Highlights

  • Hike with cultural historians specializing in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to discover the area’s human history, folklore, and spellbinding stories.
  • Ride a cable car to the top of Jackson Hole Ski Resort and experience a local rodeo in Jackson Hole. 
  • View moose, bears, and wolf packs on early morning excursions with your Birthright and Putney leaders. 

Program​ ​Itinerary 

(This description includes our preliminary plan for activities, and may change as we refine our itinerary.)

Days​ ​1-4:​ ​Yellowstone​ ​National​ ​Park,​ ​Montana​ ​&​ ​Wyoming​ ​(4​ ​nights) The program will begin with one night in the vibrant mountain town of Bozeman, Montana and then on to our base outside of Yellowstone National Park. 

  • Visit Montana Grizzly Encounters, a grizzly bear rescue and education sanctuary, to watch the majestic animals up close and learn about safety and conservation efforts. 
  • Observe large herds of elk and pronghorn antelopes that reside in the old western town of Gardiner, Montana, welcoming you to the incredible ecosystem of Yellowstone’s Northern Range. Situated near the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley, our rustic cabins will give us access to the famous bison herds and wolf packs of Yellowstone National Park.
  • Enjoy early mornings watching wildlife, afternoons hiking to lost lakes, and evenings soaking in the Gardner River heated by Yellowstone’s hydrothermal features. 
  • Explore the natural history, geology, and cultural history of Yellowstone National Park while learning about the significance of wild places with the Yellowstone Association Institute. 
  • Travel Yellowstone’s Grand Loop to reach the powerful waterfalls of The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and to the iconic Midway Geyser Basin to witness Old Faithful’s impressive eruptions and peer into the brilliant blues of the Grand Prismatic Spring. 

Days​ ​5-7:​ ​Teton​ ​National​ ​Park,​ ​Wyoming​ ​(2​ ​nights) 

  • Spend the second half of the trip immersed among the vast landscapes and immense peaks of Grand Teton National Park.
  • Take advantage of our base in Colter Bay to experience the Teton Range reflected over the water at sunset and gaze at the stars under the endless Wyoming night sky. 
  • Visit with biologists at the controversial National Elk Refuge to study their conservation efforts caring for a large elk herd throughout the winters. 
  • Hear from local historians and dive into the archives of The Jackson Hole Historical Society to learn more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the legacy of many Native Americans that played an integral role in the development of The West. 
  • Ride the Jackson Hole Gondola for panoramic views over the valley and hike the 4100 vertical feet back down to Teton Village. 
  • Enjoy the long summer nights strolling through the historic western town of Jackson Hole and experience a night at the legendary Jackson Hole Rodeo

Benefits of Travel:

  • Provides students with a new perspective
  • Broadens students’ horizons
  • Students gain confidence through increased independence and responsibility
  • Increases students’ understanding of and pride in their country
  • Connections and lasting bonds are formed between students and mentors/chaperones
  • Mentors and chaperones model and teach best traveling practices

Benefits of Integrating Travel into Curriculum:

  • Studies demonstrate that students truly learn - and retain what they have learned - when the content piques their curiosity, connects with them on an emotional level and has relevant context in their lives.
  • Birthright America, led by a lifelong educator, recognizes and values the opportunity to connect these traveling experiences to the academic curriculum by providing scholars a chance to explore science, history, literature, physical education, the fine arts, all organically connected to the students’ explorations of the National Parks. 

Your support will enable us to fulfill our mission to bring the national parks to life for those who would otherwise never have the opportunity to learn from and within them.  Your generous donation will make a profound difference in the lives of America's children.

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