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    Grand Teton

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  • Bears are active in Grand Teton

    Black and grizzly bears are roaming throughout the park--near roads, trails and in backcountry areas. Hikers and backcountry users are advised to travel in groups of three or more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay 100 yards from bears. More »

  • Area closure in the area around Baxter's Pinnacle

    An area closure is in effect around Baxter's Pinnacle to protect nesting peregrine falcons. This closure precludes any climbs of Baxter's Pinnacle and usage of the walk-off gully. This closure will be in effect through 8-15-2013. More »

Ranger Programs

Park rangers provide a wide variety of activities for park visitors including hikes, slide shows, children's activities and wildlife viewing. While most programs are offered during the busy summer season, fall brings the wildlife caravan for wildlife watching and spring is the time to visit if you would like to see the sage grouse strut. Check at a visitor center to learn about special programs. For more information about program schedules download the park newspaper.

Spring Programs
Summer Programs
Autumn Programs
Winter Programs



 
Sage Grouse Display

Sage grouse displaying during spring strut.

2014 Spring Grouse Strut Program has been cancelled

Unfortunately, Grand Teton National Park must cancel the grouse strut program this spring. Please call us for more information (307)739-3399. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Junior Ranger Program

Junior Ranger Program

2014 Summer Programs (check back for days, times and locations)
June 4 - September 1

A variety of ranger-led activities take place throughout the park during the summer season. Summer programs begin in early June and last through Labor Day weekend. Join a ranger to learn about the wild communities, history and geology of the park. Regularly scheduled programs are described below, but districts also offer special programs throughout the summer. Check at a visitor center for upcoming special programs. Summer programs are grouped by park district. For more detailed information about these activities, please view the park newspaper or inquire at a visitor center.

Moose District

Taggart Lake Hike
Hike with a ranger along the scenic Taggart Lake Trail, where a variety of stories unfold. The hike leaves from the Taggart Lake Trailhead at 9 am. Be prepared for a 3-mile, 2-hour long hike. Topics vary. Offered daily.

Map Chat
Join a ranger around the raised-relief map in the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose hear about the stories behind the scenery. Learn about the wildlife that calls this place home and the forces that shaped this landscape during a 30 minute presentation. Topics vary. Wheelchair accessible. Offered daily at 10:30 am.

Nature in a Nutshell
Join a ranger in the courtyard of the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose for a 20 minute talk to learn about the park's natural world. Topics are the ranger's choice. Wheelchair accessible. Offered Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday at 1:00 pm.

Bear Safety
Learn all about bear safety, proper food storage, bear spray and how to dispense it properly. Know the differences between black and grizzly bears and ideas on how to avoid an encounter. Wheelchair accessible. Join a ranger in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center courtyard for a 20 minute presentation. Offered Monday and Thursday at 1:00 pm.

Voices for Wilderness
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and contribute to the conversation with a 1.5 mile roundtrip walk to the Murie Ranch, the homestead that inspired on of America's greatest conservation achievements. Join a ranger in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center flagpole for a 1.5 hour program at 1 pm. Offered Wednesday and Saturday.

A Walk into the Past
Join a ranger for a walking tour of the Menor's Ferry Historic District. Discover the history of this homestead, settlement of the valley and formation of the park. See a replica of the ferry that once crossed the Snake River. Meet at the ferry dock at 2:30 pm for a 45 minute tour. Offered daily.


Jenny Lake District

Inspiration Point Hike
Join a ranger to learn about the formation of this magnificent landscape on a hike to Hidden Falls and on to Inspiration Point. This is a great family activity! To reserve your space, please obtain 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. Meet the ranger in front of the Jenny Lake Visitor Center at 8:30 am. We will take a shuttle boat across Jenny Lake (fee charged), and hike one mile up to Inspiration Point climbing 420 feet. The ranger will leave you at 11:00 am. at Inspiration Point. Offered daily.

Bear Safety
Discover techniques that will help you stay safe while traveling and camping in bear country. Includes instruction in the use of bear pepper spray. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Jenny Lake Visitor Center for a 20 minute presentation at 1:30 pm, Tuesday and Saturday.

Lakeshore Walk
Celebrate 50 years of Wilderness! Join a ranger for an easy walk to the shore of Jenny Lake for a talk on wilderness and the Wilderness Act of 1964. Meet at the flagpole in front of the visitor center for a 30 minute program at 1:30 pm for a 400 yard stroll, Sunday and Thursday.

Junior Ranger Program
Explore the natural world of Grand Teton National Park. Activities in this program are designed for children 8-12 years old, however all ages are invited to join in the fun. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult. wear play clothes and bring water, rain gear, sun screen, insect repellent and curiosity. Reservations are encouraged call the visitor center at (307) 739-3392. Meet at the flagpole in front of the visitor center for a 1.5 hour program at 1:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


Colter Bay District

Teton Topics
Gain insight into the stories behind the scenery, including geology, wildlife, history and other topics. Meet the ranger at the visitor center back deck for 30 minutes at 10 am, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Celebrating Wilderness
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Join a conversation about the history and values of wilderness. Meet on the visitor center back deck at 10 am for 30 minutes on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday.

Swan Lake Hike
Hike through forest and wetland communities and learn about the plants and animals living in the park. Meet the ranger at the visitor center flagpole. Offered daily, meet at 1 pm at the visitor center flagpole. The programs lasts 3 hours, distance 3 miles, difficulty easy.

Bear Safety
Discover techniques that will help you stay safe while traveling and camping in bear country. Including instruction in the use of bear pepper spray. Meet on the visitor center back deck at 4 pm for a 30 minute program, Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

Grand Teton Kids
Kids connect to some of the wonders of Grand Teton on a short interactive program. Meet on the visitor center back deck at 4 pm for a 45 minute program, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Early Evening at Colter Bay
Gather at the Colter Bay Amphitheater for a traditional ranger talk at 7 pm for 45 minutes, daily. The program will move to the auditorium in case of bad weather. Families are welcome. Topics posted at various locations.

Tipi Demo
Join a ranger to learn about the structure the plains Indians called home. Meet in the Colter Bay amphitheater at 9 am for 45 minute demonstration on Wednesday.

Indian Arts & Culture
Join a ranger for an in-depth look at a facet of American Indian art and culture. Meet in the Colter Bay Visitor Center auditorium at 1:30 pm for 45 minutes on Tuesday.


Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve

Explore the Preserve Hike
Open your senses and immerse yourself in the pristine setting of the Preserve. Join a ranger at 9:30 am for 2.5 hrs. for a three mile hike along the Lake Creek Trail through forest and meadows to the shore of Phelps Lake offering dramatic views of the Teton Range. Reservations required (307) 739-3654. Group size 10. Offered daily.

Coffee with a Ranger
Join a ranger for a conversation over a cup of coffee (provided). Bring your mug and willingness to share your ideas as you learn about an issue affecting the park. We want to hear from you! Meet in the Preserve Center Resource Room daily at 10 am for a 30 minute discussion (June 15 - July 26)

Critter Chat
Every day a different animal or insect is the star of this fun, family friendly program. Meet on the porch of the Preserve Center at 3:30 pm for 30 minutes. Every day but Friday.

Bear Safety
Discover techniques that will help you stay safe while traveling and camping in bear country. Including instruction in the use of bear pepper spray. Meet on the Porch of the Preserve Center at 3:30 pm for a 30 minute demonstration, every Friday.

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Hikers near Taggart Lake in Fall

Hikers near Taggart Lake in Fall

2013 Autumn Programs
September 3-22

Moose District

Map Chat
Join a ranger around the raised-relief map in the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose to hear about the stories behind the scenery. Learn about the wildlife that calls this place home and the forces that shaped this landscape during a 30 minute presentation at 11:30 am.

Autumn Stroll
Hike with a ranger to the scenic Taggart Lake, along the trail a variety of stories unfold. The hike leaves at 1:30 pm from the Taggart Lake Trailhead. Be prepared for a 3 mile, 2 1/2 hour long hike (1.5 miles guided).

Wildlife Caravan
Travel with a ranger to look for wildlife during the early evening; the best viewing time. Be prepared to drive or ride to multiple locations. Dress warmly and bring binoculars or spotting scopes. Limited to 10 vehicles. Reservations are required. Please call the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, (307) 739-3399, or make reservations in person. Ride sharing will be strongly encouraged. Meet at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose at 5 pm. The tour lasts 3 hours.

Jenny Lake District

Lakeshore Talk
Join a ranger at 11 am for an easy walk to the shore of Jenny Lake and a 30 minute talk. Topics will vary. Meet at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center flagpole for a stroll to the lake. Distance 400 yards.

Bear Safety
Discover techniques that will help you stay safe while traveling and camping in bear country. Includes instruction in the use of bear pepper spray. Meet at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center flagpole at 1:30 pm for a 20 minute program.

Colter Bay District

Teton Topics

This program provides insight into the stories behind the scenery, including geology, wildlife, history and other topics. Meet on the Colter Bay Visitor Center back deck at 11 am for a 30 minute presentation.

Oxbow Bend Wildlife Watch
Join a ranger at the Oxbow Bend Overlook for an evening wildlife watch. Stop by anytime between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm to scan the area for birdlife and large mammals.

Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve

Explore the Preserve Hike
Open your senses and immerse yourself in the pristine setting of the Preserve. Join a ranger at 9:30 am for a three mile hike lasting 2.5 hours along the Lake Creek Trail through forest and meadows to the shore of Phelps Lake offering dramatic views of the Teton Range. Reservations recommended (307) 739-3654. Group size 10.

Nature Explorer's Backpack
Children discover the wonders of the natural world using the tools provided in the Nature Explorer's Backpack. After a brief orientation by a ranger, each child receives a journal full of activities to guide them as they explore the Preserve trails with their family. The backpacks are available for checkout at the Preserve Center desk every day starting at 10:00 am and need to be returned by 5:00 pm that day. Recommended for children ages 6-12. Backpacks are limited, one per family please.

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Visitors on Snowshoe Hike

Visitors on ranger-lead snowshoe hike near the Snake River.

2013-2014 Winter Programs

Join a ranger for an educational and fun hike through the snow. Rangers offer guided snowshoe hikes from the Taggart Lake Trailhead. Programs begin on December 27th and run through mid-March, 2014, conditions permitting. Reservations are required, call (307) 739-3399 for more details and to make reservations. Reservations are accepted beginning on December 1, 2013. Please wear appropriate winter clothing (e.g. hat, gloves, snow/wind pants, boots, etc.) and don't forget your sunscreen and sunglasses. Snowshoes are available for a rental fee of $5 for adults and $2 for children, 8 -12 years old.

Programs are offered Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and last two hours, ending at 3:30 p.m.

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Did You Know?

Close-up of trumpeter swan head

Did you know that Grand Teton National Park is home to the largest bird in North America? The Trumpeter Swan weighs 20-30 pounds and lives in the valley year-round in quiet open water.