Sunshine, snow, and striving for excellence: it must be springtime at Gardiner Public Schools. 
In a community with more nonprofit organizations than restaurants, North Yellowstone Education Foundation (NYEF) offers something unique. We are the only foundation dedicated to supporting Gardiner Public Schools (GPS). The needs of GPS aggregate along three areas: enhancement of programs, affordable teacher housing, and mental health. NYEF works to meet these needs through our programming.

Connect! Grants 

Connect! Grants is our classroom grants program. This program is community funded, community driven, and community evaluated. Our next round of applications will be evaluated on April 9, 2020. That's in just two days!

In January, we awarded the Gardiner XC Ski Team $2574, which enabled them to purchase 7 pairs of new skate ski boots, 7 sets of new skate skis, and 7 sets of skate ski bindings.

Other programs funded this year include a new welder for the high school welding program, funding for the Bruins Writing Club, new kitchen equipment for cooking classes, and much more. The projects we fund are determined by YOU in the community. Contact us to join the Grant Selection Team. The next round of reviews will be in October 2021.  

Click here to learn more about Connect! Grants and to apply >>>

Teacher Housing Initiative 

In 2020, the median price for a single family home in Park County was $350,000. Houses in Gardiner are priced at the high end of this spectrum, when houses are available at all. Meanwhile, a starting teacher’s salary is around $34,000 per year. These factors have made it nearly impossible for GPS to hire and retain teachers. NYEF is working to alleviate this problem through our Teacher Housing Initiative.

Pictured here is our new Gardiner property. Thanks to support from the Gardiner Area Resort District and very generous donors, we are preparing to start renovations, with the goal of housing two teachers by the end of 2021.

Park County Rural Schools 360

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us that Montana is facing a mental health epidemic. And yet, if you look at figures from the Health Resources and Services Administration, it is estimated that current mental care providers are only able to meet 12.5% of Montana’s needs.

The Park County Rural Schools 360 Program (PCRS360), in partnership with NYEF, has hired a full-time behavior analyst working across five rural school districts, implemented yoga in schools, and launched numerous other support efforts for students, staff, and families.

Visit their Facebook page to learn more >>>

A Message from our Executive Director

Thanks for Your Support!

The important work of our mission would not be possible without the generous support of people like you. Whether you live in Gardiner, Park County, or otherwise have a special connection with our communitythe gateway entrance to the world’s first national parkwe welcome you and appreciate any support you can provide. Every single penny makes a huge difference to support the teachers, kids and community members of Gardiner. To make a donation of any amount, click here.

Additionally, there are always ways to volunteer small or large quantities of time. Please contact us - - to learn more.


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Photo credits:
Spring Sunset by National Park Service, Gardiner XC Ski Team by Bianca Klein, NYEF property by George Bumann, Shelly Siedlaczek by Matt Ludin, Christopher Shoup by himself, Bighorn Sheep by National Park Service.

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