• The Cathedral Group from the Teton Park Road

    Grand Teton

    National Park Wyoming

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  • Seasonal road closures in effect

    Seasonal road closures are in effect for motorized vehicles. The Teton Park Road is closed from the Taggart Lake Trailhead to the Signal Mountain Lodge. The Moose-Wilson Road is closed from the Granite Canyon Trailhead to the Death Canyon Road. More »

  • Avalanche hazards exist in the park

    Avalanche hazards exist in the park, especially in mountain canyons and on exposed slopes. A daily avalanche forecast can be found at www.jhavalanche.org or by calling (307) 733-2664. More »

  • Bears emerging from hibernation

    Bears are beginning to emerge from hibernation. Travel in groups of three of more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay at least 100 yards from bears. More »

Training Programs

Safety training in WCHP workshop.
Safety training in WCHP workshop.
 

Training

Training facilities are split between the White Grass Dude Ranch, the summer base of operation, and the winter administrative complex located 5 miles away in Moose, which provides a full woodworking shop for window and door preservation training. In addition, the WCHP offers hands-on training across the western United States, pairing preservation projects with skills training opportunities.

Current training opportunities provide on-the-job training and a hands-on preservation approach for historic landscapes and architecture, coupled with skills enhancement for employees. Future workshops are being planned to focus on preservation/conservation philosophy, window and door repairs, structural log repair, stabilization techniques and masonry preservation. In the past, the WCHP has partnered with HistoriCorps and the Historic Preservation Training Center's Preservation and Skills Training (PAST) program to offer a range of training opportunities.

Below is an example of potential courses:

Historic Profile Reproduction and Shaper Knife Grinding demonstrates how to reproduce profiles from historic fabric, drawings and pictures. This course teaches the safe and proper use of the shaper and bench grinders. Prior attendance of Shop Safety Awareness and Machine Safety is required. Participants learn how to pull a profile from historic material, transfer it to a corrugated steel knife blank, and then grind the knife profile using the bench grinders. Participants also learn the proper shaping and selection of grinding wheels and proper grinding techniques. Shaper safety, techniques, jigs, and fixtures instruction is given. Participants will then install the knives in a shaper head and run a sample of the historic profile. Participants are encouraged to call ahead if they have a profile from their park they would like reproduced.

Treatment, Repair and Replacement of Historic Window Sash is a shop and/or field based class. Each individual sash must be analyzed by the class to determine what treatment will be applied. Examples of treatment include: stripping the finish, removing glazing, and determining if lead hazards are present. Participants assess the condition of the sash to determine how far the repair process will proceed (i.e., will only minor repairs be made to retain historic material, or will full replacement be necessary). Participants will transfer and reproduce the historic profile to replace or repair parts in kind, paying close attention to replicating original joinery. Prior attendance of Shop Safety Awareness and Machine Safety is required.

Treatment, Repair and Replacement of Historic Doors is a shop and/or field based class. Each individual door must be analyzed by the class to determine what treatment will be applied. Examples of treatment include: stripping the finish, removing glazing, and determining if lead hazards are present. Participants assess the condition of the door to determine how far the repair process will proceed (i.e., will only minor repairs be made to retain historic material, or will full replacement be necessary). Participants will transfer and reproduce the historic profile to replace or repair parts in kind, paying close attention to replicating original joinery. Prior attendance of Shop Safety Awareness and Machine Safety is required.

 
Preservation carpenters working on peeling logs for log replacement on a historic building; PAST leader teaching a group to assess wood column conditions.

Did You Know?

Pronghorn

Did you know that pronghorns are the fastest mammals in the western hemisphere? They can run up to 70 mph, but do not like to jump fences! In the summer, pronghorn live along Antelope Flats Road, but in fall they migrate almost 200 miles to central Wyoming.