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Yellowstone Country River Guardian Fly Fishing School:
The River Guardian Fly Fishing School is an in-depth program, breaking down barriers and engaging teenagers in outdoor activity with the mission of fostering a deep understanding and burning passion for the rivers coursing throughout Yellowstone Country.  The program is held in Park County, with the goal of expanding to a second site in future years. Over the course of the week-long program, students between ages 13-18 discover the basics of fly tying, fly casting and the art of fly fishing. Students come from various rural communities across Park and Gallatin Counties. By focusing our efforts on the often underserved rural communities throughout these counties, we provide a platform for the region’s youth to learn both the art of fly-fishing and the importance of embracing their roles as stewards of the wild rivers and wild trout that help to make this region one of the most unique in the world.

The program includes classroom work, field presentations and service work. Guest speakers include respected fly fishing guides, fishery biologists, and other curriculum-based specialists. Course work includes viewing film and documentaries, required reading, writing assignments, and class discussions that relate to field trips, where students gain a better understanding of watershed health, stream ecology, hydrology, and Yellowstone cutthroat trout recovery efforts The service project teaches the students the importance of giving back while inspiring a commitment to environmental stewardship. The course culminates with a full day float trip with professional guides on the historic waters of the Yellowstone River.  As with all of our programs and projects, the River Guardian Fly Fishing School focuses on the human element and our connection to wild rivers and their wild inhabitants.
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Yellowstone Leadership Challenge:
The Yellowstone Leadership Challenge provides a platform for high school students throughout Yellowstone Country to uncover their potential as conservation leaders within their respective communities. Program participants gather in the Gardiner area for an intensive multi-day wilderness retreat. The retreat brings together students from a diverse spectrum of Yellowstone Country communities and facilitates discussion to bridge the gaps between the rural and urban areas of this unique landscape. With Yellowstone National Park as the backdrop, the workshop nurtures students' understanding of regional conservation issues and provides leadership skills that will further their ability to create lasting change as advocates throughout Yellowstone Country. The workshop includes presentations from leaders in the conservation field; classroom discussions focusing on wilderness, conservation and environmental issues; group work related to leadership development skills and team building; and other outdoor activities throughout Yellowstone National Park and the Gallatin National Forest. Over time we hope to bring this program to a number of different communities throughout the Yellowstone region.
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Bear Education Program:
The goal of the Bear Education Program is to facilitate bear awareness and conservation. Though the grizzly bear population continues to expand in size and range, each year the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grows smaller and more tattered, thus shrinking grizzly habitat. This, along with a steady decline in whitebark pine forests?a key fall food source for grizzlies?has led to a growing number of human/bear conflicts, making bear education more important than ever before. Each bear education presentation is tailored to fit the need of the audience, which varies from students and community members to hunting groups. Topics range from bear ecology and physiology (or what we like to call the ?Bear Essentials?) to traveling safely in bear country (including bear spray lessons and demos) and learning to live with bears in our ?backyards.?

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