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Grand Teton National Park to Highlight Dark Sky

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Date: February 7, 2012
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393

To observe the importance of pristine dark skies and celebrate the peak of the winter season, Grand Teton National Park ranger naturalists invite visitors and local residents to join a guided snowshoe hike on Saturday, February 11. The special ranger-led stroll begins at 6 p.m. from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at Moose, Wyoming. 

The evening excursion offers participants a chance to experience the amazing star-filled sky of Grand Teton and learn about how animals and people have adapted to the night. The snowshoe walk traverses a mostly level, 1-2 mile roundtrip distance along the forests and meadows near the Snake River. This two-hour-long activity does not require previous snowshoeing experience, and snowshoes are provided for anyone without their own. 

Those attending should wear warm layered clothing, sturdy insulated boots, and a face scarf or ski mask, plus bring along an energy snack and water, or hot beverage in a thermos. Headlamps are also required for this activity. 

Space is limited, therefore, reservations are required. Please phone 307.739.3399 to reserve a spot or learn more about this unique snowshoe hike.

For a complete list of ranger-led programs, please refer to the park's newspaper, Teewinot, online at www.nps.gov/grte, or call the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 307.739.3399.

Did You Know?

Close-up of a lodgepole pine cone

Did you know that lodgepole pine trees grow on glacial moraines in Jackson Hole? Glacial moraines are ridges of rocky debris left behind as Ice Age glaciers melted. The soil on these ridges retains moisture and is more hospitable to trees than the cobbly, porous soil on the outwash plain.