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 »
Local Students Participate in Trout Research Project
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3431
MOOSE, WY — Nearly to 200 Jackson Hole Middle School 7th grade students joined Grand Teton National Park, Trout Unlimited, Teton Science Schools and Wyoming Game and Fish biologists at the Gros Ventre Campground on September 24 and 25 to participate in Adopt-a-Trout Field Days.
Despite the rain, students rotated through educational stations conducted by the partners listed above, learning and participating in fish radio tagging, telemetry, water quality monitoring, electro fishing and macroinvertebrate identification.
Participants looked on with fascination while watching biologist surgically implant fish with radio tags, before testing the Gros Ventre River water to see if the tagged fish were going to be released into a healthy environment. Students learned what the tagged fish will eat, how far they might travel, and they took educated guesses as to whether they might move upstream or downstream through the changing seasons.
Jackson Hole 7th graders, with the support of Trout Unlimited and Wyoming Game and Fish officials and volunteers, will monitor life histories of the 35 radio tagged fish for the remainder of the year to see if the removal of the Newbold Dam – a project completed by Trout Unlimited and the National Park Service in the Spring of 2013 – changes the movements of fish in the Gros Ventre River. Biologists hope the dam removal will increase connectivity between the Snake River and upstream habitat in the Gros Ventre drainage for cutthroat trout and other native fish.
The study is funded largely through a grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Grand Teton National Park was established in both 1929 and 1950? The original 1929 park protected the mountain peaks and the lakes near the base. The boundaries were later expanded in 1950 to include much of the adjacent valley floor.