2018-2023 Strategic Plan

A guiding document which communicates our organizational goals, the Strategic Plan for the next five years shares the actions needed to achieve the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s mission.

Our Strategic Plan is available for the public to view, here.

Our Promise

The Land Trust created a video showcasing the broad strokes of our work. We hope you enjoy this gorgeous footage, courtesy of Orijin Media.

R Park’s 5th Annual Summer Solstice

 

Rendezvous Park (R Park), a program of the Jackson Hole Land Trust, is excited to host the 5th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Thursday, June 21st, 5-8pm. We invite the community to celebrate the longest day of the year at the park with great food, art, and live music by Benyaro with Bo Elledge. This year’s program features activities that celebrate the nature, history, and wildlife of R Park, including the reveal of a new permanent sculpture named, ‘Flow’. The event kicks off at 5:00 PM and will go until 8:00 PM. Complimentary beverages for all ages will be available including beer from Roadhouse Brewing, wine from The Liquor Store, and 2$ tasty tacos by Streetfood JH.

“Our Annual Solstice Celebration marks the official start of summer with a unique opportunity to bring the whole community together and experience all that their local, non-profit run park has to offer,” said Laurie Andrews, President of the Jackson Hole Land Trust. “We are also thrilled to reveal, “Flow” by Thea Alvin, made possible through a partnership with JH Public Art. We don’t want to ruin the surprise but the new installation was inspired by all the movements nature offers at R Park.”

This summer’s R Park Junior Ranger activities were revamped with local partners. Kids can complete the activities to “certify” them as Rangers. Successful Junior Rangers will visit each station listed on a new interactive map to receive a hole punch to signify their participation. If each station is visited, the map can be redeemed for an R Park Junior Ranger prize. Families are invited to:

In addition, Erwin Valasquez will be hosting two free bilingual yoga classes at 6:00PM & 7:00PM. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own mats. R Park is located at the intersection of Highway 22 and the Teton-Village Road (4270 River Springs Drive, Wilson). Parking will be available at Stilson lot, and participants are encouraged to use alternative forms of transportation to attend, such as, START Bus or the community pathways.

Adult volunteers are always needed. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, contact Ellie Stratton-Brook at 307-733-4707 or ellie@jhlandtrust.org.

Read the full Press Release here: Summer Solstice Press Release

R Park Celebrates Kids to Parks Day- Join us!

 

Join us at Rendezvous ‘R’ Park to celebrate #KidsToParksDay! R Park is partnering with the Doug Coombs FoundationTeton Science Schools, and Latino Outdoors to host a day of fun. Our Junior Ranger Activity invites participants to complete a list of 6 tasks- each designed to encourage open space interaction and educate participants about the park’s characteristics. The activities available for Saturday, May 19th will be as follows:

1. Make a Wish (into the R Park pond)
2. Master a Yoga Pose (with local instructor, Erwin Velasquez)
3. Find the Ring of Fire
4. Summit the R Park Knoll
5. Learn About Wildlife
6. Identify Native Plants

Come join us to explore the park by visiting each location and learn about the nature and wildlife at R Park while becoming a Junior Ranger!

 

 

Stay up to date on R Park events by visiting our Events Calendar or by visiting our Facebook page. 

Employment Opportunity: Summer Ambassador

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Rendezvous ‘R’ Park, a program of the Jackson Hole Land Trust, is searching for a motivated Ambassador for our 2018 Summer season. R Park provides 40-acres of reclaimed public space designed to encourage all ages to engage with nature and inspire through open space interaction.

Are you interested in sociology, environment, community conservation, or public lands/parks? Do you enjoy giving back to your community and spending time in nature? Become ‘R’ ambassador! The R Park Ambassador serves as a bridge between the visitor experience and R Park’s operations and routine maintenance. In addition, the Ambassador will gain knowledge on maintaining a non-profit park, act as a catalyst for increasing community awareness for R Park, gain experience planning and managing events, expand their content creation opportunities, and be a part of stewarding one of the Jackson’s most valuable assets.

Email a resume and short cover letter describing how your experience will help you promote the park as an ambassador and what makes R Park special to jr@jhlandtrust.org with the subject line “R Park Ambassador- (First, Last Name)”.

R Park Easter Egg Hunt: Tonight!

Tonight, March 30th, for the second year in a row, Rendezvous Park will be hosting a Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt. The event will be from 6:30-8:30pm, featuring a regular Easter Egg Hunt at 7pm broken up into 5 different age groups. Once the regular hunts are complete, we will set up for a glow-in-the-dark hunt under the full moon that will start at approximately 8pm. Easter is a celebratory time and we welcome all community members to come enjoy warm beverages with their families. Remember to bring an Easter basket or bag to put eggs in!

The egg hunt age groups will be as follows:

    • 0-2
    • 3-4
    • 5-6
    • 7-8
    • 9 & up

Thanks to the LOR Foundation we have been able to turn gray gravel mounds into lush green hills and open fields to host this Easter Egg Hunt. Come join and experience this reclaimed community space.

R Park is a product of community feedback and its values. Thanks to the LOR Foundation, we have been able to continue reclamation of the space while keeping the park open and accessible for family-friendly activities and programming. Park improvements are made possible by the  $1.7 million grant awarded to Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT)  by the LOR Foundation to complete the community’s vision of the park. We are thankful to be able to continue reclamation of these 40 acres of open space for all to enjoy.

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via EmailTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

 

Construction Update: Welcome Kiosk Completed

Just a short 5 months ago, we began to build a welcome kiosk at Rendezvous Park. With a vision, partnerships, and a couple of holes in the ground, the kiosk is now completed and provides a shaded area and user-friendly R Park Map that offers trail usage guidance and information, including designation of the recently completed dog-friendly loop. The welcome kiosk was made possible through generous funding from the Kemmerer Foundation and through the work of the local organizations that designed and built the welcome kiosk and creative signage:GYDE Architects, Orijin Media, Teton Signs, Stewart Construction Services, and Serenity Development & Management. Please stop by to check out the new map and be on the lookout for new signs and trail markers throughout the park!

R Park is a product of community feedback and its values. “When we first got the park we did three different open houses, and then we did an online survey where we received over 500 responses,” said Jackson Hole Land Trust President, Laurie Andrews. What we found through tremendous community outreach is that our users value the park as an overall family friendly area. The completed welcome kiosk is a family friendly space where kids can get an overview of the park. We are excited for the picnic area coming in summer 2018 which will provide another shaded, family-friendly spot in the park.

Thanks to the LOR Foundation, we have been able to continue reclamation of the space while keeping the park open and accessible. Park improvements are made possible by the  $1.7 million grant awarded to Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT)  by the LOR Foundation to complete the community’s vision of the park. We are thankful to be able to continue reclamation of these 40 acres of open space for all to enjoy.

Below you can view the transformation of the welcome kiosk from start to finish through photos that highlight progress over the past 5 months:

 

Trail Signage

Recent visitors may have noticed large structures or posts strategically placed around R Park’s trails, these are our new trail markers and welcome signs! The trail posts, designed by GYDE Architects, match the Welcome Kiosk’s aesthetic and are now 90% complete with a comprehensive map designating the dog loop and R Park’s “Do’s and Dont’s”.

More to Come

As we embark on the next two years, we aim to educate the public about the on-going construction process. Every month to keep R Park visitors and enthusiasts informed we will post a Transformation blog post. If you’d like to receive this update directly to your email inbox, click here.

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via EmailTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

What’s next?

The area surrounding the Welcome Kiosk is part of a larger Welcome Plaza area that will include a covered picnic shelter, restrooms, and a seating area.

Be “R” Ambassador 

As we move forward with construction and reclamation of the property, we are always in need of helpful volunteers to guide visitors and act as ambassadors for the patrons of R Park. If you’re interested in volunteering please click here.

Construction Update: New East Pond Crossing Complete

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As the winter season continues, new features around R Park have progressed to allow more exploration of the reclaimed landscape. Read this bi-monthly construction update or stop by the park to stay up-to-date on the new additions. Since acquiring the property in 2011, the Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) and the LOR Foundation have helped reclaim 40-acres into what we now call R Park, transforming it into a community and wildlife oasis.

Thanks to the LOR Foundation, we have been able to continue reclamation of the space while keeping the park open and accessible. All park improvements are made possible by the  $1.7 million grant awarded to Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT)  by the LOR Foundation to complete the community’s vision of the park. We are thankful to be able to continue reclamation of these 40 acres of open space for all to enjoy. Find out more about our ongoing construction and reclamation by reading below.

What’s happening this week?

 

Kiosk UpdateAfter months of progress, we’re delighted to announce the completion of the East Pond Crossing connecting two areas of R Park that were previously separated. The completed East Pond Crossing offers a new medium for visitors to explore the park. This fun pathway features boulders jutting over the water connecting the Snake River levee to the south-east corner of R Park. Nature provides us with multiple opportunities to explore and enjoy outdoor recreation, and we invite visitors to explore safely by traversing from rock to rock to observe the frozen pond and neighboring wetlands from a safe distance. Please use caution when “skipping” between the boulders, during winter months ice may accumulate, causing slippery conditions.

As you enter R Park, you will see our most noticeable new amenity: a Welcome Kiosk. The Welcome Kiosk, designed by GYDE Architects, will offer coverage from sudden storms and shade from the summer sun. Currently 90% complete, the Kiosk is awaiting the installation of signage including a comprehensive R Park Map that will offer trail and usage information to visitors. The area surrounding the Welcome Kiosk is part of a larger Welcome Pavilion area that will include a covered picnic shelter, restrooms, and a seating area. Please stop by to explore the new kiosk, but exercise caution around the live-construction area.

 

Trail Signage

Recent visitors may have noticed large structures or posts strategically placed around R Park’s trails, these will be our new trail markers and welcome signs! The trail posts, designed by GYDE Architects, match the Welcome Kiosk’s aesthetic and once complete will provide pertinent information to visitors including: dog loop designation, R Park’s “Do’s and Dont’s” and an R Park map.

For updates or questions

As we embark on these next two years, we aim to educate the public about the on-going construction process. Every week to keep R Park visitors and enthusiasts informed we will post a Transformation blog post. If you’d like to receive this update directly to your email inbox, click here.

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via EmailTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Be “R” Ambassador 

As we move forward with construction and reclamation of the property, we are always in need of helpful volunteers to guide visitors and act as ambassadors for the patrons of R Park. If you’re interested in volunteering please click here.

Construction Update: East Pond Crossing

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Rendezvous Park is changing as rapidly as the seasons. In addition to reading this bi-monthly construction update, stop by the park to look over the new additions. Since acquiring the property in 2011, the Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) and the LOR Foundation have helped perform reclamation and groundwork on the plot of land we now call R Park transforming it into a community and wildlife oasis.

Thanks to the LOR Foundation we’ve been able to continue reclamation of the space while keeping the park open and accessible. All park improvements are made possible by the  $1.7 million grant awarded to Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT)  by the LOR Foundation to complete the community’s vision of the park. We are thankful to be able to continue reclamation of these 40 acres of open space for all to enjoy. Find out more about our ongoing construction and reclamation by reading below.

What’s happening this week?

Our dedicated and knowledgeable construction team is currently knee deep in the main R Park pond working towards the completion of a stone pathway connecting the south-east corner of R Park to the Snake River levee. The boulders being used to complete this pathway are massive, making the process of placing them in the pond intensive. The process includes the draining of the pond, which is why the water level may appear much lower than usual upon your visit to R Park during this particular part of our construction phase. The boulder placement also involves the use of heavy machinery, so please exercise caution in the area. Thanks to favorable conditions, the project is rapidly moving forward, and we highly encourage you to go take a peek at R Park’s newest amenity! Once completed, the pathway will feature small gaps between each rock extending to the levee, creating the perfect adventure trail for visitors. During the summer months, hop along the boulders or fish from them for a spectacular view of the Teton range. During the winter, safely traverse from rock to rock to observe the frozen pond and neighboring wetlands from a safe distance.

 

Kiosk Update

As you enter R Park, you will see our most noticeable new amenity: a Welcome Kiosk. The Welcome Kiosk, designed by GYDE Architects, will offer coverage from fall and winter storms. Although mostly complete, the Kiosk is awaiting the installation of signage including a comprehensive R Park Map that will offer trail and usage information to visitors. The area surrounding the Welcome Kiosk is part of a larger welcome pavilion area that will include a covered picnic shelter, restrooms, and a seating area. Please stop by the kiosk to view the on-going construction, but exercise caution around the area.

For updates or questions

As we embark on these next two years, we aim to educate the public about the on-going construction process. Every week to keep R Park visitors and enthusiasts informed we will post a Transformation blog post. If you’d like to receive this update directly to your email inbox, click here.

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via EmailTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Be “R” Ambassador 

As we move forward with construction and reclamation of the property, we are always in need of helpful volunteers to guide visitors and act as ambassadors for the patrons of R Park. If you’re interested in volunteering please click here

Construction Update: R Park Then & Now

Do you know how far R Park has come?

What would this look like without R Park? This 40 acre treasure would still be a private inaccessible gravel pit. Since acquiring the property in 2011, The Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) and The LOR Foundation have collaborated to reclaim the plot of land we now call R Park, transforming it into a community and wildlife oasis.

Thanks to the LOR Foundation we’ve been able to continue reclamation of the space while keeping the park open and accessible. All park improvements are made possible by the  $1.7 million grant awarded to Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT)  by the LOR Foundation to complete the community’s vision of the park. We are thankful to be able to continue reclamation of these 40 acres of open space for all to enjoy while keeping the park open and accessible. Find out more about our ongoing construction and reclamation by reading below.

What’s happening this week?

The boulders have arrived! We are currently working on completing the East Pond Crossing that will connect the South-East corner of R Park to the Snake River levee. This new and unique pathway will continue the stones already in place allowing visitors to hop from stone to stone enjoying a magnificent view of the Tetons. The new path way will open up a new corner of R Park for discovery.

 

Kiosk update

As the first snow quickly approaches, we are excited to be finalizing the elements of the Welcome Kiosk designed by GYDE Architects to provide pertinent information about R Park. Our team has been hard at work selecting the information a visitor might want to know: dog trail access, entrances, and picnic areas. Soon visitors will be able to enter R Park and see a completed kiosk with a map to accurately direct users around the park. Future additions to the welcome pavilion area include a covered picnic shelter, restrooms, and a seating area. Please stop by the kiosk to view the on-going construction, but exercise caution around the area.

 

For updates or questions

As we embark on these next two years, we aim to educate the public about the on-going construction process. Every week to keep R Park visitors and enthusiasts informed we will post a Transformation blog post. If you’d like to receive this update directly to your email inbox, click here.

Receive construction information and related park impacts by connecting with us via EmailTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Be “R” Ambassador 

As we move forward with construction and reclamation of the property, we are always in need of helpful volunteers to guide visitors and act as ambassadors for the patrons of R Park. If you’re interested in volunteering please click here