Open Space Adventure: Animal Migration

Welcome back to Open Space Adventures! Migration is such a cool topic to learn about because there are so many different species from tiny insects like dragonflies and monarch butterflies, to birds like cranes and geese, all the way to pronghorn and mule deer that all migrate. Northwest Wyoming is home to many migrating land animals like mule deer, elk, and pronghorn, to name a few. Check out the resources below to learn more about why these animals migrate, how far some of these animals travel, and when and where you can see them passing through your neighborhood.

Check out the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website site to learn about how your summer vacation happy place might compare to a deer’s summer range happy place and gather some insight into why these animals take their journeys.

Watch this video from the Wyoming Migration Initiative which shows the world record deer migration visualized in 3D. Her journey takes place right in our backyard!

Last, but certainly not least, use this link to view the live video feed from the Trapper’s Point Wildlife Overpass webcam. Right now, thousands of pronghorn and deer are migrating north in large and small herds and are moving across the overpass. Pull out your nature journal and make some observations about what you see!

Don’t forget to check back next week. We will take a closer look at the “maps” that animals use for migration and how kiddos can create these kinds of maps too!

Photo: Josh Metten

Open Space Adventure: Happy Place

For kids and the young at heart: Animals use many different senses to guide them during migration from one “happy place” to the next. All together, these sensory cues create a mental map of landmarks like mountains, forests, rivers, or coastlines that tell an animal where to go. The Jackson Hole Land Trust helps protect a lot of happy places for animals & people. Get outside using your nature journal and explore your happy place. Our friends at the Land Trust Alliance have invited us to use the hashtag #MyHappyPlace to celebrate and share these special places. We hope you’ll do the same!

Photo: Orijin Media

Open Space Adventure: Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! 🌎💕
Here at the Jackson Hole Land Trust, we are so grateful for the incredible ecosystem surrounding us here in Northwest Wyoming that sustains our well-being and wonder, especially in these challenging times. To the young and young at heart, celebrate Earth Day by checking off all the activities in the Nature Journal we shared last week.

Open Space Adventure: Journey of Food

Welcome back to Open Space Adventures! Join us as we continue to explore working lands and all that they bring to our community in Northwest Wyoming. Last week we shared some resources on growing your own garden. This week we are exploring how foods grown on farms beyond your backdoor make it to your local market. Download our printable pages in English or Spanish and bring them to life with color and creativity to learn about the journey of food.

Open Space Adventure: Start a Garden

Looking for a fun at-home activity? Start your vegetable garden with this helpful video from another local nonprofit, Full Circle Education, at https://www.tetonfullcircle.org/. Hot tip: Kids are great gardeners!

Don’t have any seeds? Watch this video from the Land Trust for Tennessee about how to harvest and plant seeds from food you might already have around the house.

Photo: Brent Tyc

Open Space Adventure: Nature Journal

Welcome back to Open Space Adventures! For the next two weeks, we are going to be learning all about working lands like farms and ranches. This week we have two new activities for kids. First, follow along with this video to create a nature journal. Then, have your little ones grab their journals and binoculars from last week to head outside and explore. Go for a walk on the Jackson Hole Community Pathway System’s Grand Loop or out towards Teton Pass and you’ll pass numerous JHLT-conserved working lands* and experience the habitat that sustains the incredible wildlife of Northwest Wyoming. Kids can use the first observation page of the nature journal to draw and write about what they observe. Download the Nature Journal Template in English or Spanish.

*Never trespass on JHLT-protected working lands—they are private properties belonging to their respective landowners.

Open Space Adventure: DIY Binoculars

For the kids (or truly young at heart), follow along with our video and make a set of binoculars out of items found around the house. Then, encourage your kids to observe the incredible nature all around. Safely head out to one of our public access community conservation properties while respecting social distancing. Walk the perimeter loop at R Park to experience several different habitats or check out the Wilson Wetlands and you may be lucky enough to see a Yellow warbler.