- June 24, 2019

Summer 2019 Ranger Programs Begin In GTNP

by Jackson Hole Radio News
Summer is here and ranger programs at Grand Teton National Park are underway. Summer programs begin in early June and last through Labor Day weekend. Join a ranger for a scheduled program to learn about the wild communities, history and geology of the park. Special programs are also given throughout the summer. Check out some of the fun park programs below:

Ranger Programs
Map Chat
From the park’s geologic story to learning about the variety of wildlife that call this park home, this program will give insight into the stories behind the scenery.
20 minutes • Meet at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center Relief Map
Daily 10:30 am & 11:15 am, June 5–Sept 2

Nature in a Nutshell
Discover a fascinating aspect of Grand Teton’s natural world during this brief talk.
20 minutes • Meet at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center Courtyard
Sundays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 3:30 pm, June 5–Sept 1

Tipi Demo
As part of the Colter Bay cultural connection, learn about the traditional Plains Indian home.
1 hour • Meet at the Colter Bay Amphitheater
Wednesdays 10 am, June 5–Aug 28

Indian Arts and Culture
As part of the Colter Bay cultural connection, meet an expert to expand your knowledge of American Indian lifeways.
45 minutes • Meet in the Colter Bay Visitor Center Auditorium
Tuesdays 3 pm, June 9–Aug 29

Teton Topics
A ranger shares insight into a fascinating aspect of the park’s natural or cultural history.
30 minutes • Meet in the Colter Bay Visitor Center Auditorium
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays, 3 pm, June 6–Sept 3

Murie Home Tour
Learn about the history of the ranch, the Muries’ life-long dedication to conservation work, current work at the Center, and more.
30 minutes-1 hour • Meet a Teton Science Schools docent at the Muries’ home at the Murie Ranch.
Daily, 2:30pm, June 17-Oct 11

Breaking Trails: Women Inspiring Change
Join a ranger to celebrate the women who made and are making great strides in shaping the past, present, and future of Grand Teton National Park
20 minutes • Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center
Tuesdays and Saturdays, 3:30 pm, June 8–Aug 31

Bear and Wildlife Safety
Have you been to bear country? A local looking for a refresher? Did you buy bear spray? Discover techniques that will help you stay safe while traveling and camping in bear country and the park. Includes instruction in the use of bear spray.
Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center • 20 minutes
Mondays and Thursdays, 3:30 pm, June 6–Sept 2
Colter Bay Visitor Center• 20 minutes
Sundays and Thursdays, 3:00 pm, June 6–Sept 2
Jenny Lake Visitor Center & Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve
Check with a ranger for times for the bear safety table talk.

Hike with a Ranger
Taggart Lake Hike
Hike with a ranger along the scenic trail to Taggart Lake, where a variety of stories can unfold. Once you arrive at the lake, you will then have the option to hike back or explore on your own. Bring water, binoculars, camera, sunscreen, and rain gear.
2.5 hours • Meet at Taggart Lake Trailhead
3 miles Round trip • Moderate hike
Daily 8:30 am, June 5–Sept 2

Inspiration Hike
Learn about the formation of this magnificent landscape on a hike to Hidden Falls and onto Inspiration Point. This is a great activity for families! To reserve your space, please get a token for each member of your group at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center the morning of the hike. This activity is limited to 25 on a first come, first served basis. We will take the shuttle boat across Jenny Lake. Visitors are responsible for their boat fare.
2.5 hours • Meet at Jenny Lake Visitor Center
3 miles Round trip, 1.5 mi guided • Moderate hike
Daily 8:30 am, June 7–Sept 2

Explore the Preserve Hike
Reservations required, call (307) 739-3654. Open your senses and immerse yourself in the pristine setting of the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. Hike the Lake Creek Trail through forest and meadows to the shore of Phelps Lake which affords dramatic views of the Teton Range. Bring water, rain gear, sunscreen and insect repellent.
2.5 hours • Meet at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center porch.
3 miles, 1.5 miles guided • Easy/Moderate hike
Daily 9:30 am, June 5–Sept 2

Swan Lake Hike
Join a ranger to hike through the forest and learn about the park’s natural history. A classic national park experience. Bring food, water, binoculars, rain gear, and insect repellent.
3 hours • Meet at flagpole in front of Colter Bay Visitor Center
3 miles • Moderate hike
Daily 4 pm, June 5–Sept 3

Campfire and Evening Programs
Astronomy Night
Join us for a ranger program or video about astronomy. Followed by stargazing if the weather is right.
45 minutes • Colter Bay Amphitheater (Auditorium if inclement weather)
Thursdays 9 pm, June 13–Aug 29

Twilight Talk
Join a ranger by the campfire to learn about one of Grand Teton’s fascinating animals or park stories during this family-friendly program. Additional evenings for this program may be offered, check at the visitor center or Gros Ventre Campground for more information.
45 minutes • Meet at the Gros Ventre Campground Amphitheater
Tuesday–Saturday 7:30 pm, June 10–Aug 31

Colter Bay Early Evening Talk
Gather at Colter Bay Amphitheater for a traditional ranger talk. Families welcome. 45 minutes • Meet at the Colter Bay Amphitheater
Daily 7 pm, June 10–Sept 2

Colter Bay Talk
Join a ranger for a photo-illustrated talk about an exciting aspect of Grand Teton National Park. Topics posted at various locations.
45 minutes • Meet at the Colter Bay Amphitheater (Auditorium if inclement weather)
Friday–Monday, Wednesday 9 pm, June 10–Sept 2

Family Movie Night
Join us for a park related video on the big screen.
45 minutes • Meet at the Colter Bay Amphitheater (Auditorium if inclement weather)
Tuesdays 9 pm, June 11–Aug 27

For additional information about activities and services within Grand Teton National Park or the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, please visit the park’s website at nps.gov/grandteton, stop by any visitor center, or call 307.739.3300.

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