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Teton Science School Overview

February 4-10, 2018 Teton Science School

Students at Judge Memorial have a long standing tradition of spending a week in the winter at Teton Science School (TSS).  Each February, a small group of students (~16), faculty and mentors (~4) hop on the Judge Activities Bus and make the winding drive through the snow-covered hills of Wyoming to Kelly, Wyoming, just outside the entrance to Teton National Park.

Over the course of a week, the group stays right on campus in a variety of rustic accommodations and spends the days outside with a teacher-guide from the TSS on skis or snowshoes exploring anything and everything from animal tracks, to snow science, to the unique geography of the area, to the culture and history of the people who came before.

This is a rigorous trip that is physically and mentally demanding, not least because students must keep up with their school work back at Judge as well as participate fully in the programming at TSS.  However, it is an extremely rewarding experience and students come back with an appreciation of science and the outdoors that they may have not had before.  

Each year has a slightly different emphasis with a different mid-week excursion off of the Kelly campus (ex. taking snowcats into Yellowstone Nat’l Park, visiting the Elk Refuge by horse drawn sleigh, taking in the National Museum of Wildlife Art).  Check out the tentative long-term schedule to plan ahead for the year that best fits your interests.

If you are interested, please see Dr. Dutrow or Mr. Angelo with questions.  Total cost is $700 with a $400 deposit due Dec. 20. Additionally, you can check out previous year’s blogs to see if a trip to the Tetons is right for you!  If you are ready to apply, fill out the attached application, and email or send the completed version to Dr Dutrow (

Only students in the best of standing will be considered.  Applications must be approved by your teachers, the Dean, and the finance office.

From the Teton Science School Website:

“Teton Science Schools' mission is to connect people, nature and place through education, science and stewardship.

TSS is an organization in northwest Wyoming and Idaho comprised of seven program areas sharing a common vision of education. We have been teaching about the natural world and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since 1967. TSS is deeply rooted in the outdoors as place anchors and enriches our understanding of the world. Our organization has educated, trained and inspired thousands of children, youth and adults, bringing them together through the study of nature and place-based education. We serve students from across Wyoming, the Intermountain West, the nation and around the world.” 

Tentative 2017-18 TSS Calendar

October 1     Post Application

November 27   Applications Due to Dr Dutrow

December 11   Meet Accepted Students

December 20   $400 Deposit Due

January 22    Paperwork and Remaining Money Due, Mandatory Parent Meeting

January 29 Mandatory Accepted Student Meeting

February 4-10 Teton Science School