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Into the Wild

Students in YBGR’s Pheasant Program released their first 40 birds into the wild at Kindsfater Wetland Mitigation Site near Laurel, Montana in September.   Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks and the MT Department of Transportation contracted for the birds as part of habitat restoration in the area. YBGR will release 100 mature pheasants at three separate wetland sites this fall.  The program will retain 50 hens and 15 roosters to produce next year’s crop of pheasants.

2019 Chamber Legacy Award

Congratulations to our board member, Stella Ziegler, and husband Ziggy on receiving the 2019 Billings Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award.

Stella and Ziggy will be honored for their lifelong investment in downtown Billings.  For over 40 years, the Zieglers ran Stella’s Kitchen and Bakery before retiring in August.  Through their restaurant, board activities, and community outreach, Stella and Ziggy have contributed to Billing in service and in leadership.

Join us in celebrating Stella and Ziggy when they receive the Legacy Award during the Billings Chamber Annual Meeting presented by PayneWest Insurance on September 24, 11:30-1:00 pm.  For more information and tickets, visit

BIRD is the WORD

The Pheasant Project at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch was featured on KULR’s Wake Up Montana in August. 

Check out the video that includes Eli, one of YBGR’s students whose job it is to help feed the new pheasant chicks.

The Montana Ag Network also came out to the Ranch to interview staff and kids about how the new Pheasant Project fits in with the goals of youth development at YBGR.  Read the full story on


Need a reason to give to YBGR’s Back-to-School drive?  Just look to the graduates of Yellowstone AcademyPlease take a moment to read one recent graduate’s story.

A new crop of K-12 students will be entering or returning to Yellowstone Academy this fall.  A line of boys and girls hoping they will one day be receiving their own high school diploma.  They’ll have one-on-one help from YBGR’s special education teachers.  But they also need your support and the backpacks, paper, pens, and school supplies needed on their educational journey.

Your gift will make a difference and give YBGR students a better chance at reaching graduation.  Thank-you!

Wrangler: Summer Edition

Read the latest Wrangler newsletter online now!  In this summer edition, we’re celebrating graduations, honoring staff, and thanking donors.  We’re reporting on new projects, giving updates on past project successes, and rounding up the cattle. 

Featured Brochure: Charitable IRA Rollover

Online Bonus:  Summer Activities Photo Gallery

The Wrangler publication reports on the direct working relationship of the Ranch with children and the Foundation’s activities in fundraising for the benefit of at-risk youth.

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Learning to Fly

YBGR had the privilege of hosting a YoungLife Camp again this summer.

One of the most popular camp activities was the YBGR Challenges Ropes Course.  The course combines low rope elements for problem solving and high rope elements for trust and confidence building.  Youth gain insight from these activities that can be transferred to real-life.

For the YoungLife campers, the ropes course helped build strong bonds between peers.  The campers had to rely upon each other and work together to obtain their goal.  Campus rang with their shouts of support, motivation, and congratulation,  “Go!  You can do it!  Great job!  I knew you could do it!  That was amazing!”

2019 Yellowstone Conference

Join us for the 2019 Yellowstone Conference: Communities in Crisis 

Professional panel groups representing Rural Montana, Montana Cities, Indigenous Communities, and Collaborating for Community Outcomes will address an array of issues, provide education, feedback, and resources for Montana families and communities.

DATE:   Thursday, September 19th, 2019
TIME:   9 am – 5 pm
PLACE:  The Robbie Chapel on the YBGR campus 1732 So. 72nd St. W. Billings
COST:   $25 includes lunch and refreshments
CEUs and OPI credits available.

For more information and to register, visit