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Flyer for Yellowstone

Yellowstone Science for Educators

SMED 4813  3 credit hours

Enjoy the field trips of a lifetime as you learn about the science associated with the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA). Guided tours through scenic areas in the GYA will provide students with authentic classroom applications of biology, chemistry, earth science and physics.


Dr. Julie Angle

Julie Angle, Ph.D., NBCT

Associate Professor, Science Education

“Yellowstone National Park is an amazing natural phenomena. I get such a thrill sharing this with students! To be able to observe hot springs, fumaroles, geysers, and mud pots really allows students to engage with their environment and makes for a much richer experience. This hands-on course is very dynamic and remains one of my favorite classes to teach.”


Travel Days: June 2-10, 2018
Application Deadline: April 21, 2018
Deposit: a $500 non-refundable deposit will be due on April 15, 2018
Get Honors credit! Get "N" (natural science) credit!
*Students must be physically capable of hiking 5-15 miles a day in elevated altitudes

Grab your hiking boots & backpack and Join us for a unique educational experience as we explore the science of Yellowstone National Park. This natural science course will strengthen your understanding of the biological and physical phenomena of the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA). The first five days of the course will take place on the OSU campus where you will be introduced to the science of plate tectonics, super volcanoes, extremophiles, the environmental impact of humans, the reintroduction of wolves, and much more. Then we will travel to Yellowstone National Park where we will:  hike trails such as Elephant back and Mt. Washburn, experience the breathtaking views of the upper and lower falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the white travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, the basalt columns of Sheepeater Cliff, the high ground temperatures of the Norris Geyser Basin, and of course the regularity of Old Faithful. Learn about the science of Yellowstone National Park by physically experiencing this majestic area.  - Dr. Angle

Trip participants pose on Mount Washburn

  • “I never knew if those colors [Grand Prismatic] were really natural or were photoshopped. I was so thrilled to see that they are indeed bright and bold and absolutely stunning!” –S.M.G.
  • “How do you review a place like this when there are no adequate words or pictures that can fully describe the magnificence and beauty of this park? I'll just say that this should be on everyone's bucket list.“ -M.E.
  • “The scenery, the openness, the vastness, the wildlife, all meshed together create the most majestic setting that seems so surreal that you have to keep telling yourself you are NOT watching TV.” –C.B.
  • “Yellowstone has a TON of animal life EVERYWHERE. Loved it! I saw many herds of bison, elk, and deer.” –B.T.