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Wild Wonders: Student Safari at Grand Teton National Park

The Ultimate Wildlife Adventure for School Trips to Yellowstone and the Tetons!

Are you ready for an unforgettable student trip to the Tetons and Yellowstone? Discover where to spot wildlife in Grand Teton National Park and embark on a thrilling journey into nature’s classroom. Perfect for school trips, this guide highlights the best spots to observe the incredible wildlife that calls this park home.

1. Moose Wilson Road

  • Location: Between Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center and the Granite Canyon entrance.

  • Wildlife: Beaver ponds, moose in willow marshes, and bears foraging in berry bushes.

2. Kelly Loop and Antelope Flats

  • Location: Eastern section of the park.

  • Wildlife: Bison, pronghorn, and historic buildings amidst sagebrush.

3. Oxbow Bend

  • Location: Scenic vista rich with wildlife.

  • Wildlife: Moose in wetlands, various bird species, and the famous grizzly No. 399 with her cubs.

4. National Elk Refuge

  • Location: Accessible in winter.

  • Wildlife: Home to 7,000 elk, visible best via Double H Bar horse-driven sleigh rides. Also spot bison, coyotes, bald eagles, and occasionally wolves.

Safety First: Give Wildlife Space

  • Always maintain a safe distance from all animals. Use binoculars or a telephoto lens for closer views.

  • Respect warning signs from wildlife, such as ear movements, tail raising, or vocalizations.

  • Consult naturalists at visitor centers for seasonal wildlife viewing tips.

Featured Wildlife

  • Elk: Best viewed near Timbered Island and Jenny Lake in summer, and at the National Elk Refuge in winter.

  • Bison: Spot them in Yellowstone, Kelly/Antelope Flats loop, and Elk Ranch Flats in summer, and at the National Elk Refuge in winter.

  • Pronghorn: Frequently seen at Elk Ranch Flats and Antelope Flats.

  • Wolves: Occasionally seen in Willow Flats or sagebrush areas in Grand Teton, more common in northern Yellowstone.

  • Coyotes: Often visible in the flats approaching Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and near Gros Ventre.

  • Moose: Look for them on Willow Flats, Moose Wilson Road, and river corridors during summer; in sagebrush flats during winter.

  • Bighorn Sheep: Best viewed at Miller Butte in the National Elk Refuge during winter.

  • Grizzly Bears: Common near Willow Flats and Oxbow Bend.

  • Black Bears: Seen around Signal Mountain, Jenny Lake, and Moose Wilson Road during summer.

Insider Tip

  • Appleseed Expeditions offers a unique backcountry school photo and science safari. Their remote wilderness camp outside the park provides an immersive wildlife experience guided by experts.

Make your student trip to the Tetons and Yellowstone an educational adventure full of discovery and excitement. Experience the wonders of Grand Teton National Park and create memories that will last a lifetime!

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