Grand Teton Expedition
Grand Teton Expedition is a four-week volunteer service experience for teens ages 14 to 17. The program is based out of Grand Teton National Park and is designed for Native American youth from communities in and around the Wind River Indian Reservation. As an Expedition Crew Member, participants call their tent home for most of the month. Each crew is led by two graduates of the Montana Conservation Corps’ Leadership Development Program. Crews work, serve, and learn in some of Montana’s wildest places!
Projects are a mix of “backcountry spikes” where crews will be packed a few miles into the project site, camping there for five to twelve days, and “front country spikes” where crews car camp near the project site. Participants are exposed to challenging physical work as well as the rigors of camp life. The weekends give crews a chance to explore, recreate, relax, and to get to know each other and the areas around the project.
Each Expedition session begins with a one-day orientation covering safety, leave no trace principles and program basics, expectations, and logistics. Expedition crew members are taught MCC’s program objectives of communication and team skills, leadership development, environmental stewardship, technical field skills, and embracing a strong service ethic through their crew experience and complementary education.