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Popular ‘Snowdesk’ program teaches students about Grand Teton science, ecology

For a third year, Grand Teton National Park interpretive rangers sat behind a news desk made of snow to bring the wonders of winter in northwestern Wyoming to students across America. Rangers interacted with classrooms in California, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wyoming through video conference technology from a an outdoor location dubbed the "Snowdesk." Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton rangers lead free tours to watch sage grouse strut

The greater sage grouse faces pressure from fragmented habitat resulting from development across the West. (Stephen Ting photo - click to enlarge)

Ranger naturalists in Grand Teton National Park will lead early-morning tours this month to watch sage grouse during their annual courtship dance. Each spring, the birds engage in elaborate rituals aimed at helping them find a mate. Male sage grouse perform intricate displays known as "struts" in an attempt to attract females. The struts take place on leks, or mating grounds, and include subtle vocalizations and other highly specific behaviors. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton and Yellowstone rangers go online to videochat with students

Grand Teton National Park rangers Clay Hanna & Kristen Dragoo broadcast in 2011 from their snowdesk located outside of the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose, Wyo. (NPS photo Ñ click to enlarge)

Interpretative rangers in Grand Teton National Park have just completed an innovative distance learning program called Snowdesk. During each program, rangers connected with students from across the county during live webcasts from outside the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. Through nine different Snowdesk broadcasts from Feb. 14 to March 15, a total of nearly 650 students from Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California and Wyoming were able to chat via live video with rangers using Skype conferencing technology. Continue Reading →

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