YNP Plans New Youth Campus
Written by Andrew-Rossi on October 20, 2017
An out of date youth campus will be replaced at Yellowstone National Park.
Park officials yesterday released their plan to construct a new youth campus at Mammoth Hot Springs, which will replace and improve the park’s existing education facilities, which were constructed in 1978. Park staff says the inadequate dormitory, classroom, and office space do not meet the needs of today’s students and staff, and its accessibility, energy efficiency, and parking are also deficient.
The new campus buildings will be designed and constructed to meet the Living Building Challenge, a green building certification program and sustainable design framework. And the development will allow for overnight stays for up to 140 students at a time, which is more than double the capacity of the current facility.
According to Superintendent Dan Wenk, the youth campus will be funded through a combination of philanthropic donations received by our non-profit partner, Yellowstone Forever, and federal support.
The project was approved by the National Park Service Intermountain Regional Director, Sue Masica on October 4th, with the anticipated completion date for the new campus in 2022, Yellowstone’s 150th anniversary.