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Home National & State Parks Grand Teton Grand Teton National Park Offering Variety of Fall 2009 Programs

Grand Teton National Park Offering Variety of Fall 2009 Programs

Geology, history and wildlife theme park’s September programs

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To celebrate the many changes that autumn brings to Wyoming's majestic Grand Teton National Park, a variety of programs will be offered for visitors beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009.
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These ranger-led activities provide visitors with opportunities to learn about geology, history, and wildlife while enjoying fall colors and the seasonal antics of park animals.

The 2009 fall schedule for the park includes:

  • Inspiration Point Hike: a 2.5-hour hike to Hidden Falls and an overlook above Jenny Lake, starting at 9:30 a.m. daily. Check in at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center. Boat ride costs $10 for adults (roundtrip).

  • Explore the Preserve Hike: a 2.5-hour hike to Phelps Lake to experience the pristine setting of the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, starting at 9:30 a.m. daily. Reservations are recommended. Call (307) 739-3654.

  • Signal Mountain Campfire Program: a 45-minute ranger talk, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Signal Mountain Campground Amphitheater.

  • Map Chat: a 30-minute discussion about Grand Teton's geology, park wildlife, and the stories behind the scenery, starting at 11:30 a.m. daily at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center fireplace. Wheelchair accessible.

  • Teton Highlights: a 30-minute travel planner, starting at 11 a.m. daily in the Colter Bay Visitor Center auditorium. Wheelchair accessible.

  • Autumn at the Preserve: a chat about fall changes in wildlife and plants, starting at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily on the porch of the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center. Wheelchair accessible.

  • Walk into the Past: a 45-minute stroll around the Menor's Ferry historic district near the park headquarters area, starting at 1:30 p.m. daily from Menor's Ferry General Store. Wheelchair accessible.

  • Building Green: a 30-minute talk about the innovative design and sustainable features of the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center, starting at 3 p.m. daily at the LSR Preserve Center.

  • Museum Grand Tour: a 45-minute tour of the David T. Vernon Indian Arts Exhibit, taking place at 3 p.m. daily in the Colter Bay Visitor Center and Indian Arts Museum.

  • Wildlife Caravan: a three-hour wildlife auto-tour, starting at 5 p.m. daily from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. Limited to 10 vehicles. Reservations are required; call (307) 739-3399 or stop by a visitor center to secure a spot. Ride sharing encouraged. Dress warmly and bring binoculars or spotting scopes.

  • Wildlife Watch at Oxbow Bend: a 90-minute wildlife watch offered at 6 p.m. daily at Oxbow Bend Scenic Turnout. Bring binoculars, cameras and questions. Wheelchair accessible.

  • Jenny Lake Twilight Talk: a 45-minute ranger talk, starting at 6:30 p.m. daily at Jenny Lake Campground Circle.

Most of the fall programs will be offered through Sept. 27; 2009; however, the schedule is subject to change. For weekly updates on program changes, or further information on any of the listed activities, call either the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at (307) 739-3399 or the Colter Bay Visitor Center at (307) 739-3594.

The Craig Thomas, Colter Bay, Jenny Lake and Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve visitor centers are open daily during the month of September. The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center is open year-round; however, the Jenny Lake and Rockefeller Preserve visitor centers both close for the season on Sept. 27, and the Colter Bay Visitor Center closes for the season on Oct. 12.

Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park preserves a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. The abrupt vertical rise of the jagged Teton Range contrasts with the horizontal sage-covered valley and glacial lakes at their base, creating world-renowned scenery that attracts nearly four million visitors per year.


 
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