A new Yellowstone Youth Campus is being proposed for construction on land previously used as a corral south of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.
The current facility was built in 1978 to house conservation corps and other groups and is in need of repairs, according to a park press release. The facility, which can house 60 people, annually serves about 1,900 youth as they participate in educational activities.
The new complex would include 10 buildings built to handle 140 people per night and include a kitchen and classrooms. The structures are proposed to be super insulated and fitted with passive solar to lower energy demand. An on-site wastewater treatment facility would also be built to re-use gray water. The estimated construction time is three years.
Another alternative considered was using the same site as the current campus, but that would limit development at the site, which is next to a wetland. That alternative would also require housing students at the Mammoth Community Center, the community's former school, during construction. Two mobile shower units and a kitchen would need to be brought in to make the center capable of housing students.
Instead the park is proposing to build three 4,500 square foot dormitories capable of housing 28 people each. A two-story building is proposed to hold four apartments for park staff.
A 1,600 square foot gear storage and wastewater treatment building would round out the first phase of construction if it is broken up to allow time to raise funds.
The second phase would include another staff apartment building, two more dormitories and a 3,700 square foot classroom building.
An outdoor plaza with terraced and outdoor seating, a fire pit, and a basketball/volleyball court would provide spaces for teaching and an outdoor gathering area for free-time activities.
The project would be largely funded by donations received by Yellowstone Forever.
Yellowstone National Park is taking comments from the public on an environmental assessment. The EA can be viewed through the Planning, Environment and Public Comment system. Submit comments through PEPC, by hand-delivery or by mail. Comments will not be accepted by fax, e-mail, or in any other way.
Comments must be received by midnight on Aug. 11. Hand deliver comments during business hours to: Albright Visitor Center Attention: Yellowstone Youth Campus Environmental Assessment Mammoth Hot Springs Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190. Mail comments to: Yellowstone National Park, Compliance Office Attention: Yellowstone Youth Campus Environmental Assessment P.O. Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190 Public Comment Considerations.