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 »
Grand Teton Park Rangers Engage Students in Second Year of Snowdesk Webcast
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3431
For a second year, interpretative park rangers in Grand Teton National Park hosted an innovative distance learning program called Snowdesk. During each program, park rangers connected with students from across the county during live webcasts outside the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming.
Through nine different Snowdesk broadcasts from February 14 to March 15, 644 students from Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California and Wyoming were able to visually and verbally interact with rangers using Skype video conferencing technology. During each 30-minute broadcast 3rd through 6th grade students learned about how park wildlife survive the harsh winter climate in Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson Hole valley.
With the Teton mountain range as the backdrop, rangers created a set by leveling out a staging area for demonstrations and by carving a desk out of snow. Two rangers hosted the broadcast from the snowdesk while another ranger demonstrated winter wildlife survival skills. To enhance the learning experience and engage different learning styles, each classroom was loaned animal pelts, animal photographs, park maps and park newspapers prior to the broadcasts.
Classrooms used their own technology to connect with this program. Grand Teton National Park hopes to expand Snowdesk to additional schools and connect with more students next winter. If your school would like to participate in Snowdesk during the 2012/2013 winter please call 307.739.3349.
Did You Know?
Did you know that pikas harvest grasses so they can survive the long cold winter? These small members of the rabbit family do not hibernate, but instead store their harvest as “haystacks” under rocks in the alpine environment.