Get Your Kids Ready for Your Yellowstone Trip

Before you even board an airplane or load your car for a roadtrip, you can get to know Yellowstone National Park. A little pre-trip research goes a long way in getting kids exciting about an upcoming trip. When they get into the park, they’ll be able to teach you a thing or two.

Puzzles and Games

Videos

  • Each of the videos in this National Park Service series, Yellowstone InDepth Videos, is less than 10 minutes long, yet answers a number of frequently-asked questions with help from park rangers, scientists, and historians. Kids will find out what Yellowstone’s young wolf population is teaching ecologists, how the relationship between visitors and the park’s bears has evolved over time, how geysers work, what new species are invading Yellowstone’s lakes and rivers, and more.
  • Video clips and interactive tools help kids learn about the natural history of geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles in National Geographic Kids: Explore Yellowstone. My vote for most fun: Listening to a mud pot bubble.
  • What are the odds of Yellowstone’s supervolcano erupting sometime this century? Find out in the Science Channel's What are the Odds? This short clip poses the question, gives a brief historical overview of volcanic activity in Yellowstone, and crunches numbers to come up with the real-life odds of a big blowout.

Virtual Visits

  • Take an electronic field trip and check out the online educational programs at Windows into Wonderland
  • Stop by the Old Faithful virtual visitor center. This virtual trip through the Old Faithful Visitor Center is almost as good as the real thing. 

Other Resources

  • The National Park Services produces a book, usually updated every year, with concise information about the park’s history, natural and cultural resources, and issues. Yellowstone Resources and Issues is my go-to for science and natural history facts about the park.

Junior Ranger Program 

  • You don’t have to step foot into Yellowstone to become an online Junior Ranger. The Web Ranger Program is the National Park Service's site for kids of all ages. If you love our National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites, this site is for you. If you are new to our National Parks, this site helps you experience how wonderful they can be. They have recently updated this site to make it even more fun. You can now customize you Ranger Station, earn more rewards, and play new activities. And they are making new activities all the time.