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The Children’s Grand Adventure


Dawn of a New Day

At least once during their stay at Yellowstone, guests of The Children’s Grand Adventure are awakened at 5:00 a.m., sometimes earlier, to depart for Lamar Valley in search of wildlife. Bison, bears, eagles, elk and wolves are among the many animals that frequent this area and are often active during early dawn hours.

Excursions such as this epitomize the Grand Adventure – a journey that combines education and self-discovery in an inspiring communal setting. Program directors, guides and researchers of Teton Science Schools observe that such experiences are especially meaningful for children who may have “missed out” on friendships and activities with others through interruptions in their traditional schooling.

The return to Jackson from Yellowstone is marked by several occurrences that, for many Grand Adventurers, prove to be among the most memorable and meaningful. Youngsters board Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s historic aerial tram, a.k.a. “Big Red,” and rise 4,000 feet to the heights of Rendezvous Mountain. From here, children take in a panoramic view of Jackson Hole Valley as they play in a pristine snowfield. For many, packing snowballs, stacking snowmen and leaving their feet to form snow angels are completely new experiences. Like never before, these young cancer conquerors can truly revel in the joys of childhood.

Lamar Valley, wildlife, Yellowstone, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Jackson Hole Valley

The Circle of Life

Closing days of The Grand Adventure are typically peppered with activities such as a visit to Jackson Hole Town Square, souvenir shopping and a trip to the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Experiences amid the snow, under infinite skies and within shadow of the Grand Tetons culminate with a closing circle where children can express feelings about The Grand Adventure, the new friendships they have formed, and the obstacles they have overcome on the path to recovery.

This gathering also gives children to opportunity to honor the staff of the Teton Science Schools, Grand Adventure chaperones, accompanying doctors and the many gracious donors who have made this once-in-a-lifetime experience possible.

A life-affirming, oft-emotional time to contemplate and share, in many ways, this closing circle is truly an opening – the origin of a new journey filled with joy, passion and possibility.

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