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Latest 2018 Yellowstone ECS Posts

March 21, 2018

Yellowstone| Pictures of Success

‘ECS.’ When CSS students hear this word, they get excited; many think that they can rest up from their repetitive and hard school days. However, ECS is not supposed to be a rest period. It is an ‘Experience Centered Seminar.’ Students are supposed to experience something new that they would not get to do during normal school time.  In Yellowstone ECS, students completed many different activities that they would not experience in usual life: snowshoeing, tracking ungulates using...
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March 17, 2018

Yellowstone| For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People

Few gifts are greater than community service. Service incorporates kindness and a sort of scarifice. Service is a pivitol act that is critical for any functioning community. When people give their time and energy, unselfishly, for the benefit of others, a miraculous tranformation occurs. We helped clear fencing and tree stakes for the Bison Team biologists of Yellowstone as a tank you for allowing us to help them with their ungulate research.  However, we were not just serving the...
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March 15, 2018

Yellowstone| The Best Things in Life are Wild and Free

Chilly morning air, stars dotting the dark sky, and breath freezing to sparkling clouds in an instant. We started our day like the animals we were searching for: rising with the sun into the frosty winter. We loaded groggily into the cans and made for an overlook to watch for wolves. Although they seem to be far from us genealogically, listening to Rick McIntyre, a retired park service interpreter with 26 years of experiences, I realized that we share some hidden similarities with these...
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March 14, 2018

Yellowstone | Boots Filled With Water

Would you be willing to walk 1.5 miles in soaking wet boots with heavy, wet socks? What if you had already been hiking for 2.5 miles uphill and downhill covered with snow and mud? Most people would not do it, but we went through this hard journey for our research project. To complete this journey without any problems, we needed some specific qualities such as patience and endurance. Not only is hiking in wet boots hard, but also trying to track down moving mule deer. Since the mule deer that...
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March 12, 2018

Yellowstone| Unplugged: One Small Snowshow Step

    Dear family and friends,   The Yellowstone crew is on our third day unplugged and we are surpassingly relieved to be away from our devices! In fact, we are so busy working and playing that we hardly have time to miss anything from our normal lives! But rest assured, those quiet moments right before our heavy heads hit our pillows at night, or as our eyes take in the wild horizon of the world’s first national park, we wish we could be sharing it with you. We are taking...
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March 09, 2018

Yellowstone| Aches, Pains, Breaks, and Sprains: A Day of Wilderness First Aid

What is the most useful skillset you’ve learned in your life? Although you may think of communication or social skills, there’s one specific skillset that is valued above all. What if you’re climbing a mountain and have a mishap with wildlife? Or backpacking and suffer a nasty fall? For those who spend a lot of time outdoors, wilderness first aid is a necessary skill. With our two day participation in a NOLS Wilderness First Aid course, we learned techniques for surviving...
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February 15, 2018

Yellowstone| Course Description

Yellowstone Essential Question: What is the scientific and cultural value of a National Park like Yellowstone? The grandeur of Yellowstone in winter provides a dramatic setting in which to learn about and take part inconservation biology, wildlands management, earth science, and the unique, extraordinary winter ecologyof the world’s first national park. The park sits within the caldera of an ancient supervolcano, and it hasendless forests defended on all sides by majestic mountains....
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March 17, 2018

Yellowstone| For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People

Few gifts are greater than community service. Service incorporates kindness and a sort of scarifice. Service is a pivitol act that is critical for any functioning community. When people give their time and energy, unselfishly, for the benefit of others, a miraculous tranformation occurs. We helped...
» read more
March 15, 2018

Yellowstone| The Best Things in Life are Wild and Free

Chilly morning air, stars dotting the dark sky, and breath freezing to sparkling clouds in an instant. We started our day like the animals we were searching for: rising with the sun into the frosty winter. We loaded groggily into the cans and made for an overlook to watch for wolves. Although...
» read more
March 14, 2018

Yellowstone | Boots Filled With Water

Would you be willing to walk 1.5 miles in soaking wet boots with heavy, wet socks? What if you had already been hiking for 2.5 miles uphill and downhill covered with snow and mud? Most people would not do it, but we went through this hard journey for our research project. To complete this journey...
» read more
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