Teton Science School
700 Coyote Canyon Rd., Jackson Hole
The Teton Junior Science School is an education camp focused on science, creativity, and nature play for grades one through four. Each session is five days of fun and learning led by passionate educators on the 900-acre campus. The school also offers private tours of Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone, and it offers online classes for elementary- and middle-school kids that cover ecological, cultural, and economic topics (current offerings include Health, Not Hunger and Poverty and Wealth).
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
3275 West Village Dr., Teton Village
Kids Ranch Grand Adventure Camp caters to kids between the ages of three and twelve, and the best thing about it—other than your kiddo coming home happily exhausted—is that you can purchase a single day if you’re visiting or a discounted ten-day pass if you’re on an extended trip. This camp is a tiny thrill-seeker’s dream: bungee trampoline, climbing, gondola rides, and water fun are among the rotating activities. Every Thursday, campers hike to the top of the mountain for lunch. Private guides are also available to take small groups biking, hiking, and hitting the climbing wall. Face coverings are required, only attending kids and staff are allowed in the camp facilities, and activity and lunch tables have been reconfigured for social distancing. And for parents: Outdoor yoga classes and other grown-up activities are also on this year at Teton Village. Image courtesy of Rafaela Biazi.
2780 N. Moose Wilson Rd., Wilson
This resort blends luxury-hotel perks with the quiet and solitude of camping. Situated on eight gorgeous acres in Jackson Hole, each of these tiny modern cabins is outfitted with Wi-Fi, a TV, a kitchenette, a private deck with a grill, and an outdoor firepit. Any of the twenty-five cabins on the property is a win, but there’s something special about the Wheelhaus Wedge, which offers more space and includes a king-size bed and a sleeper sofa. The resort offers Jeep rentals, making the five-minute drive to Teton Village and the thirty-minute drive to Grand Teton National Park a breeze.
1535 N.E. Butte Rd., Jackson Hole
Aman resorts are known for impeccable service and some of the most stunning (and remote) locations in the world—no big surprise, but this one fits the mold perfectly. Set into a butte overlooking Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons, it’s a pretty ideal venue for skiing, though during warmer months, it offers great hiking, rafting, and horseback riding, where you might happen upon deer, bald eagles, and even black bears. It also has an excellent spa. If you come in the summer, pack jeans, a cowboy hat, and boots for horseback riding, along with hiking boots and river gear. Because the views of the Rocky mountains and the plains below are the focal point, all 40 suites are decorated in neutral tones that won’t distract you from the outdoors. Along with decks and outdoor seating, each suite features a daybed in the bedroom, and a soaking tub that’s positioned next to floor-to-ceiling windows. Don’t skip out on the heated outdoor infinity pool overlooking the surrounding plains. Keep in mind that Amangani is also within striking distance of Yellowstone National Park.
National Outdoor Leadership School
284 Lincoln St., Lander
NOLS, as it's known, teaches leadership via remote wilderness explorations. The courses range from ten days to a full academic year, for students as young as fourteen—and there is no maximum age. For younger students, most summer trips are Stateside: backpacking in Wyoming or through the Pacific Northwest, a salmon river adventure in Idaho, canoeing in the Adirondacks. For older high school and college-age students, there are more international offers, like sea kayaking in Scandinavia or backpacking in Australia.
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