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, winter a snowshoe walk, and spring the opportunity to watch the sage grouse strut. Programs that are wheelchair accessible are indicated as "accessible" below.

Check at a visitor center to learn about special programs or check the website's event calendar. For more information about program schedules download the park newspaper.

Spring Programs
Summer Programs

Autumn Programs
Winter Programs

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

Winter Programs
December 2016 - March 2017

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 26th and run through mid-March, conditions permitting. Reservations are required, call 307-739-3399 for more details and to make reservations (10 am - 4 pm, Monday - Saturday). Reservations are accepted beginning on December 1. 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 from the Grand Teton Association for a suggested donation of $5.

Programs are offered Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 1:30 pm and last two hours, ending at 3:30 pm.

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Hikers near Taggart Lake in Fall
Hikers near Taggart Lake in Fall

Autumn Programs
September 6-28, 2016 (dates vary, check program details below)

Moose District

Map Chat (accessible)
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, daily, September 6-28.

Autumn Stroll
Hike with a ranger along the scenic trail to Taggart Lake, where a variety of stories unfold. Topics vary. Bring water, binoculars, camera, sunscreen, and rain gear. ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE: 3 miles (1.5 miles guided). DIFFICULTY: Moderate. Meet at the Taggart Lake Trailhead at 1:30 pm for a 2.5 hour program, daily, September 6-28.

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, daily, September 6-25.

Jenny Lake District

Moose Ponds Hike
Hike with a ranger along the south shore of Jenny Lake to Moose Ponds with a stunning view of Mount Teewinot. Topics vary, depending on the ranger, and may include wildlife, geology or fall ecology. Bring water, binoculars, camera, sunscreen and raingear. Round Trip Distance: 3 miles (1.5 guided). Difficulty: Easy/Moderate. Meet on the Jenny Lake Visitor Center deck at 8:30 am for a 2.5 hour program, daily September 12-24.

Bear Safety (accessible)
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 on the Jenny Lake Visitor Center deck at 1:30 pm for a 30 minute program Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, September 6-24.

Colter Bay District

Wildlife at Willow Flats (accessible)
Join a ranger at this scenic turnout to discover the adaptations and habitats of the park's diverse wildlife. Meet at the Willow Flats Overlook at 9 am for a 30 minute presentation Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; Sept. 6-25.

Explore the Shore
Join a ranger for a cool morning stroll along the scenic shoreline of Jackson Lake and learn about the rich natural history of Grand Teton. ROUNDTRIP DISTANCE: 1 mile. DIFFICULTY: Easy. Meet at the Colter Bay Visitor Center flagpole at 9 am for a 1 hour walk. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Sept. 7-23.

Teton Highlights (accessible)
How should you spend your time in Grand Teton? Join a ranger for suggestions to best experience your park.Meet on the Colter Bay Visitor Center auditorium at 11 am for a 30 minute presentation daily; Sept. 6-25.

Teton Topics (accessible)
Explore the stories behind the scenery. From geology to wildlife to history, discover what makes Grand Teton an incredible national park. Join the ranger in the Colter Bay Visitor Center auditorium, 3 pm for a 30 minute program, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Sept. 6-25.

Bear Safety (accessible)
Discover techniques that will help you stay safe while traveling and camping in bear country. Includes instruction in the use of bear spray. Meet at the Colter Bay Visitor Center back deck at 3 pm for a 30 minute program Monday and Wednesday; Sept. 7-21.

Oxbow Bend Wildlife Watch (accessible)
Join a ranger at the Oxbow Bend Overlook for an evening wildlife watch. Learn about the birds and mammals that inhabit this area. Stop by anytime between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Offered daily; Sept. 6-25.

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 required (307) 739-3654. Group size limited to 10. Offered daily; Sept. 6-25.

Critter Chat (accessible)
Every day a different animal or insect is the star of this fun, family friendly program. Please allow extra travel time as parking lot is typically full during this part of the day. ROUND TRIP DISTANCE: Minimal walking required. DIFFICULTY: Easy. Meet at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center porch at 3:30 pm for 30 minutes; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; Sept. 6-22.

Bear Safety (accessible)
Discover techniques that will help you stay safe while traveling and camping in bear country. Includes instruction in the use of bear pepper spray. Please allow extra travel time as the parking lot is typically full during this part of the day. Meet at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center front porch at 3:30 pm for a 30 minute program on Sunday, Friday and Saturday; Sept. 9-23.

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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Junior Ranger Program
Junior Ranger Program

Summer Programs
June 8 - September 5, 2016 (unless otherwise noted) Special Programs will be offered during Founder's Week August 20-28. Please view the Centennial Wrap section of the newspaper for details.

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.

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Ranger-led hike to Taggart Lake with Grand Teton
Ranger-led hike to Taggart Lake

D. Lehle/NPS

Moose District Summer

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 (1.5 miles guided), 2-hour long hike. Topics vary. Offered daily, 9 am.

Map Chat (accessible)
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, 10:30 am.

Nature in a Nutshell (accessible)
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, Friday and Saturday, 1 pm. (June 10–September 5)

Your Park Your Legacy
What's your legacy? The Murie legacy speaks to the power of passion and commitment to protecting wild places. Through conversation on a walk to the Murie Ranch, learn about the Muries and consider the possibilities for your own legacy. Roundtrip Distance: 1.5 miles. Difficulty: Easy. Offered: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1 pm. (June 13–August 18)

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 General Store for a 45-minute tour. Offered daily, 2:30 pm.

Bear Safety (accessible)
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, 4 pm. (June 9–September 5)

Twilight Talk (accessible)
Join a ranger by the campfire to learn more about one of Grand Teton's fascinating animals or park stories during this family-friendly program. Meet at the Gros Ventre amphitheater for a 45-minute program. Offered: Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 7:30 pm. (June 8–August 20)

 
Ranger-led hike to Inspiration Point with Cathedral Group peaks.
Ranger-led hike to Inspiration Point

D. Lehle/NPS Photo

Jenny Lake District Summer

Inspiration Point Hike
Learn about the formation of this magnificent landscape on a hike to a viewpoint above Jenny Lake. This is a great activity for families! This activity is limited to the first 25 visitors who obtain a token at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center the morning of the hike. We will take the shuttle boat across Jenny Lake (fee charged). The ranger guides visitors one mile climbing 400 feet to the viewpoint and leaves them at 11:00 am. Offered daily, 8:30 am.

Discover Grand Teton (accessible)
Explore the natural world of Grand Teton by joining a ranger for a short talk or demonstration. Topics vary and may be on history, wildlife or geology. Meet on the Jenny Lake Visitor Center Deck for a 30-minute presentation. Offered: Daily, 11:30 am. (June 8–August 20)

Bear Safety (accessible)
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 on the Jenny Lake Visitor Center Deck for a 30-minute presentation. Offered: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 1:30 pm. (June 9–September 4)

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Ranger on back deck of the Jackson Lake Lodge above Willow Flats looking for wildlife.
Ranger with visitors on back deck of Jackson Lake Lodge.

D. Lehle/NPS Photo

Colter Bay District Summer

Coffee with a Ranger (accessible)
Join a ranger for questions, trip planning and dialog over morning coffee. Meet on the visitor center front porch for a 1 hr. conversation. Offered: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7 am.

Morning on the Back Deck (accessible)
Look for wildlife in a wetlands community. A ranger is on hand with a spotting scope for your viewing pleasure and to answer questions. All visitors are invited. Meet on the back deck of the Jackson Lake Lodge for a one-hour program. Offered: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9 am.

Tipi Demo (accessible)
Join a ranger to learn about the structure the plains Indians called home. Meet in the Colter Bay amphitheater for 45-minute demonstration. Offered: Wednesday, 9 am. (June 8–August 31)

Teton Highlights (accessible)
Wondering what to see and do in the park? Join a ranger for some great ideas. Meet in the visitor center auditorium for 30-minutes. Offered: Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am. (June 9–September 4)

Celebrating National Parks (accessible)
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Join a conversation about the history and values of national parks. Meet in the visitor center auditorium for a 30-minute discussion. Offered: Daily, 11 am.

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. Meet at the visitor center flagpole. The programs lasts 3 hours. Distance: 3 miles. Difficulty: easy. Offered: Daily, 1 pm.

Indian Arts & Culture (accessible)
Join a ranger for an in-depth look at a facet of American Indian art and culture. Meet in the visitor center auditorium for a 45-minute presentation. Offered: Tuesday, 1:30 pm. (June 14–August 30)

Bear Safety (accessible)
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 for a 30-minute presentation. Offered: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, 4 pm.

Grand Teton Kids (accessible)
Kids connect to some of the wonders of Grand Teton on a short interactive program. Meet on the visitor center back deck for a 45-minute program. Offered: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 4 pm. (June 9–September 5)

Early Evening (accessible)
Gather at the Colter Bay Amphitheater for a traditional ranger talk lasting 45 minutes. The program will move to the auditorium in case of inclement weather. Families are welcome. Topics posted at various locations. Offered: Daily, 7 pm. (June 10–September 5)

Campfire Program (accessible)
Join a ranger for a 45-minute, photo-illustrated talk about an exciting aspect of Grand Teton National Park Topics posted at various locations. The program will move to the auditorium in case of inclement weather. Families are welcome. Topics posted at various locations. Offered: Daily (except Wednesday), 9 pm. (June 11–September 5)

Family Video Night (accessible)
Gather at the Colter Bay Visitor Center auditorium for a park-related video feature. Offered: Wednesday, 9 pm. (June 15–August 31)

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Ranger presentation about beaver on front porch with visitors.
Ranger presentation about beaver on front porch.

NPS Photo

Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Summer

Explore the Preserve Hike
Open your senses and immerse yourself in the pristine setting of the Preserve. Hike the Lake Creek Trail through forest and meadows to the shores of Phelps Lake offering dramatic views of the Teton Range. Time: 2.5 hours. Distance: 3 miles (1.5 miles guided). Difficulty: easy to moderate. Reservations required 307-739-3654. Group size 10. Offered: Daily, 9:30 am.

Start with a Ranger (accessible)
Join a ranger on a short stroll from the parking lot map kiosk to the LSR Preserve Center. Before you head out on your hike, learn more about Laurance Rockefeller's gift, his vision and the trails. Become a part of the story by asking your own questions and discovering the mission of the Preserve! Minimal walking required. Offered: Daily, 10 am.

Critter Chat (accessible)
Every day a different animal or insect is the star of this fun, family friendly program. Meet on the porch of the Preserve Center for a 30-minute presentation. Offered: Daily (except Friday), 3:30 pm. Bear Safety (accessible) 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 for a 30-minute demonstration. Offered: Friday, 3:30 pm. (June 10–September 2)

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 9:00 am and need to be returned by 5 pm that day. Recommended for children ages 6-12. Backpacks are limited, one per family please. June 4–September 25.

 
Sage Grouse Display
Male sage grouse displaying during spring strut.

Spring Programs
April 2016

Grouse Strut
The ranger-led spring Grouse Strut program will be offered the last three weekends of April (4/16-17, 4/23-24, and 4/30-5/1). Join us for an early morning excursion to watch these remarkable birds attract a mate. Reservations are required and ride-sharing is encouraged. Please call 307-739-3399 for more information and to make reservations. Participants will meet the ranger at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 5:30 am. Plan to be outside at least one hour, so dress warmly.

Junior Ranger Day
Come celebrate the National Park Service Centennial at our annual Junior Ranger Day,Saturday April 23rd from 10 am to 2 pm. Families can meet a wildland firefighter, climb on the giant plow trucks, explore a bear biologist's tools, dress up in a Park Ranger uniform, and play fun games! Be a part of Jackson Hole Public Art's park memory map, meet live birds, and learn from community organizations how to be a nature-friendly neighbor. And don't miss out on the Okee Dokee Brothers (http://www.okeedokee.org) family concert at 1pm! This free event will take place inside and outside the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center. For more information, call 307-739-3399 or e-mail us.

May 2016

International Migratory Bird Day

Join us on a bird-watching caravan on Saturday, May 14, 2016 to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). During this event, we will visit areas throughout Grand Teton that provide the best opportunities to locate, identify and record birds.Anyone interested in birds is welcome to participate. The bird-watching excursion begins at 8 am from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose and finishes by 4 pm at Christian Pond by Jackson Lake Lodge.The activity is free and reservations are not required. More>>



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Mailing Address:

P.O. Drawer 170
Moose, WY 83012

Phone:

(307) 739-3300
The central phone will allow you to connect to general park information, park website, directory of employee extensions, or the park business offices.

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