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Grand Teton

“The sunrise, of course, doesn't care if we watch it or not.
It will keep on being beautiful even if no one bothers to look at it.”
-Gene Amole

NPS Photo sunrise from yesterday at the Sleeping Indian Turnout.
“One day's exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books.”
—John Muir

NPS Photo from earlier this week.
Teachers! Students! Tune into our distance learning program broadcasted live from snow desk today and learn about water conservation! It starts in two hours...

Snow Desk-Every Snowflake Counts

Snow is water and water is life! Your students will laugh as they interact with park rangers in the field, and learn why water is important to Grand Teton wi...

Park rangers recovered the body of a backcountry ski mountaineer at the bottom of a couloir on the south aspect of the South Teton yesterday, at approximately 6 p.m. The skier is identified as John “Jack” Fields Jr., age 26, a current resident of Jackson, Wyoming.
Our condolences go to his family and friends. [ Nps.gov Link ]
When driving park roads, please be alert and slow down due to wildlife on and near roads. For the past few days groups of bison have been in various locations on U.S. Hwy 89 north of Moose and south of Moran. [ Nps.gov Link ]
After two weeks of snow, rain and gray skies, the sun is out and the mountains are coming into view. Ranger hats off to our plow drivers, shovelers, and everyone who has moved snow these past weeks. #mygrandteton #FindYourPark

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Teachers! Here is the link to the broadcast of our distance learning program for grades 6-8 - this program will live stream today (2/10) at Noon MST. Live stream programs for younger grades will follow the next two Fridays, so check back here for those links on 2/17 (grades 3-5) and 2/24 (grades K-2).

[ Youtube.com Link ]

Snow desk: Why Winter Matters?

Suggested for grades 6-8.

February is a great month for snowshoeing! Join a ranger Mon, Wed, Fri, or Sat at 1:30. Reservations required. [ Nps.gov Link ]

Ranger Programs - Grand Teton National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

U.S. Highway 26/89/191 between Moose and Moran Junction will be closed through the night due to high winds (35mph and gusts to 65mph) and deteriorating conditions. It is unknown when the road will reopen.
North Kelly Road, north of the community of Kelly accessing Shadow Mountain and Ditch Creek areas, is closed with an unknown opening. The Kelly Road, from Hwy89/Gros Ventre Junction to...
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The unplowed portion of the Moose-Wilson Road between Granite Canyon Trailhead and Death Canyon Junction is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. For pet safety, dogs are temporarily prohibited on this section of road due to recent wolf activity.
Last Thursday's training for park rangers and volunteers with the park's structural fire program continued with this interesting exercise. Trainees extinguished a (simulated) engine fire while extracting an (artificial) infant from the back seat.

The fire engine pictured is on loan from the National Park Service Intermountain Regional Office while a Grand Teton engine undergoes repair. The...
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Snowshoe on History

Some of the park’s historic snowshoes likely came from the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division. During and after World War II, soldiers from the 10th trained for combat in mountain areas and winter conditions—skis and snowshoes were invaluable tools. The oldest pair in our collection dates back to 1943 (see second photo). The snowshoes’ history is not well known leaving...
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The unplowed portion of the Moose-Wilson Road between the Death Canyon Road junction and Granite Canyon Trailhead is temporarily closed to all public entry due to wildlife activity. The closure is in place to protect human safety and will be in effect until further notice.

Vehicular traffic is unaffected by this closure. Backcountry access via the Death Canyon Road and Granite Canyon trail...
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Park rangers and volunteers with the park's structural fire program added some new skills Thursday. With the help of certified trainers, they learned the proper techniques necessary for handling hazardous materials.

While we certainly hope to never have a hazardous materials incident in the park, these first responders are now prepared for just such an event. In the photos, they learned to...
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Winter is a great time to explore! Our Education and Outreach team is working to encourage wonder and immerse children into the majestic winter landscape of Grand Teton National Park.

Elementary students from Jackson, Wy are visiting the park to explore winter ecology and snow science. When they return to their classrooms they take with them the importance of winter adaptations and an...
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Yesterday in the Grand Teton Auto Shop: the Moose fire engine on a lift! Don't worry though, we have a backup engine staged and ready in case it's needed.

The park's auto mechanics are working to replace a broken pump on the structural fire engine, showcasing two park operations most visitors never see.

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Moose on the Loose!

Wildlife use roads to easily travel to other areas. Snow banks can prevent animals from easily exiting roads, so drive slowly and be careful.

NPS Photo just now at Moose Entrance.