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|Give & Getaway Package|
Give & Getaway
A Way to Give Back in Grand Teton National Park
Hold a meeting in Grand Teton National Park and give back to the environment, by participating in one of these service oriented activities. Jackson Lake Lodge has partnered with Teton Science Schools, a non-profit educational organization that has been teaching about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since 1967 to make these programs available. These full day group activities include interactive education about the ecology, plant communities, and wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Service Projects and Educational Programming: Depending on the season and project availability, one of the following projects and accompanying educational programming will be offered.
- Willows and Watersheds (May – early June): Participants will spend the morning planting willow poles along Teton Science Schools’ streams and marshes. Willows offer stream bank stabilization, cooling shade for bodies of water, food for ungulates and habitat for birds. After lunch, participants will use maps to explore the concept of a watershed, chemical tests to determine the health of the water and nets to discover the variety of macroinvertebrates beneath the water’s surface.
- Nest Watch and Ornithology (July – August): Participants will spend the morning collecting bird data for the Cornell Lab or Ornithology’s Nest Watch citizen science program. Taking a section of Teton Science Schools’ 75 bird boxes, each small group will open each box, count the number of eggs and/or nestlings and use field guides to identify the bird species. This information is used to gain a better understanding of bird survivorship across the country. Participants will also help with box repairs as needed. After lunch, participants will tour the swan pond, learning about trumpeter swan restoration efforts in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Furthermore, participants will explore bird adaptations through a series of hands-on activities and games.
- Trail Work and Tracking (ongoing): Participants will spend the morning working on a section of Teton Science Schools’ 7 mile (and growing) trail system. Using shovels and mulch and/or rakes and pick axes, participants will help repair and/or extend a section of trail. After lunch, participants will learn about different types of animal tracks, putting their skills to the test in the field and creating their own tracking stories.
- Nature Mapping and GYE Ecology (ongoing): Participants will spend the morning touring the valley, using GPS units to record animal observations for Nature Mapping Jackson Hole, a local citizen science phenology project. After lunch, participants will learn about the ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem through interactive games and activities.
10:00 am: Meet at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools
10:00 am – 12:30 pm: Service Project
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Wrap-up and Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 pm: Educational Programming and Snack
3:30 pm: Depart for Grand Teton Lodge Company
Packing List: All participants should bring/ wear the following:
- Signed Medical and Risk Release forms
- Day pack
- At least 2 liters of water
- Sturdy hiking shoes
- Comfortable work clothes that can get dirty
- Long pant and long sleeve layer (can be taken off when not working)
Participants: Participants should be in good physical shape, able to walk at least 1 mile carrying a day pack. Projects are most appropriate for children 8 years and older. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
Teton Science Schools Staff: There will be two Teton Science Schools staff members for each group of 13 participants. Every staff member is trained in CPR and First Aid and at least one staff member has a Wilderness First Responder certification.
Materials and Snack: Teton Science Schools will provide all work materials (gloves, tools, data sheets, GPS units, etc.) along with a refreshing afternoon snack (ice cream / cookies / juice).
- Programming: 1-13 participants: $600
- Transportation: Transportation to and from Teton Science Schools with a naturalist driver for 1-13 participants: $175
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