Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Girl Scouts Learn Wildlife Science in Epic National Park Adventure!

This July, a group of twenty-five Girl Scouts from across the United States met in Wyoming for an unforgettable weeklong experience full of outdoor adventure and science—some of Girl Scouts’ favorite things! Part of the Girl Scout Destinations program, the ultimate adventure for girls ages 11 and older, the Wildlife, Geysers & Mountains: A National Park Adventure program was full of courageous adventure and animal lovers.

The life-changing experience was hosted by Teton Science Schools, which inspires curiosity, engagement and leadership through transformative place-based education. This is the twenty-second year of the Girl Scouts of the USA’s and Teton Science Schools partnership. The program was made possible by generous funding from the Elliott Wildlife Values Project.

Girls on this program explored Grand Teton National Park by foot and canoe, and spent time camping in Yellowstone National Park – all while practicing naturalist skills and learning about the animals that inhabit those beautiful environments. The expedition also inspired girls to take action in their communities upon their return home. Hear from some of the girls about the fantastic experiences they had living in national parks and learning all about wildlife!

“We observed bison, osprey, elk, big-horn sheep, bears, pronghorn/antelope, deer, and a bald eagle. This trip helped me appreciate how free these animals are and how animals should be. I was inspired by the story of the Muries. Upon returning home I will encourage others to respect wildlife and tell them to visit national parks to see how wildlife should be.”
—Miranda, 15, Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas & Northwest Missouri

“I observed the most fascinating wildlife on this Destination!... This trip helped me learn about animals in other areas of the country, and more. I have aspired to be a veterinarian since I was very young, and this Destination only grew my excitement! I plan on combining my new knowledge into programs for other Girl Scouts.”
—Lauren, 13, Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital

“I was able to see the beauty of untouched nature and how the wildlife is self-sustainable. I was very inspired by the girls I met on this trip. They have done amazing things for their communities and I want to do the same. I was so excited by the Teton mountains, and taking hikes to get a better view was my favorite part. I will teach younger girls in my community about the awesome things I’ve learned about in Wyoming, such as the importance of conservation and loving nature.”
—Olivia, 15, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

“I saw elk, bison, deer, pronghorn, and a fox. The animals helped me see that animals (including humans) should be able to live together in peace. Personally, I loved the bison. They inspired me to see these amazing mountains again.”
—Madelyn, 14, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto

Anyone feel like going on a Girl Scout Destination right now? We know we do! What an incredible way to discover new places, jump into unchartered challenges, learn a ton, and make awesome lifelong friends. Learn more about this Destination and many others today, plus how you can apply to go on the trip of a lifetime! New trips are announced every fall. Apply now for summer 2019!