Children’s Museum hosts camp at R Park

The echo of kids shouting with excitement at R Park was amplified over two weeks in August  while the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum Summer Explorers Camp was in session. Campers used naturalist tools such as magnifying glasses, nature journals, and field guides to discover bugs, tracks, birds, and animals.

Students also JHCM 2015 campsbuilt sculptures out of natural materials, used watercolors to paint the world around them, and created stick boats they raced down the creek.

Exploring Rendezvous Park as part of our Nature Detectives Curriculum made learning come alive for our campers,

shared Jackson Hole Children’s Museum Education Director Julie D’Amours. 

It is R Park’s mission to provide the community with a place to enjoy and appreciate our natural resources and we second the Children’s Museum’s belief that,

There is no better way to learn and have fun than getting your hands muddy while playing outside in nature!

Thank you to the amazing staff at the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum who exemplify what R Park is all about.  We host community events throughout the year, as well as special gatherings for our FRIENDS.

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An artistic inspiration

When people think of a park, recreational activities often come to mind. R Park is that and more.  It’s also a place to connect with and appreciate nature. Since the Park’s opening in September 2014, it has drawn artists of all sorts. Photographers, painters (oil, acrylic, charcoal, and chalk), and even musicians have been inspired by R Park’s extraordinary views.

The Teton Plein Air Painters have visited twice and the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s View 22 painters are regulars.  And it’s not uncommon for individuals to do so independently.Art Assoc camp

This summer was a first for R Park when the Art Association of Jackson Hole’s Greg Houda hosted two painting camps for elementary schoolers. Houda says,

The young artists became more aware and observant of the surroundings they often overlook in life & art.

Something else happened during the camp when the young, aspiring artists interacted with professional painters. As they trudged around the Park, finding a view of their liking and were taught how to start with a sketch before painting, they stumbled upon a professional painter nearby.  A question and answer session naturally began and the exchange was magical.

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Local paper reports love for R Park

In July 2015 Jackson Hole News & Guide visited R Park and published the below article “Summer Rendezvous: Visitors and residents enjoy natural ambiance of new R Park.”

Reporter Tristan Wagner observed that

kayaks circle the backside of a small island in a winding pond, while paddle boarders lay out in the afternoon sun and small children stay close to their parents in tubes along the gravel shore. The still waters of ponds are a welcome phenomenon in the valley, given that Slide, Jenny, String, Jackson and Leigh lakes require a considerable drive from town.

Jackson resident Jen Kandolin and parent of two said,

We live in town, and weather permitting, we’re here twice a week. It’s a really nice, safe place for us to have.

Visit for yourself this summer to enjoy the park’s swimming pond, island, streams, nature trails, meadow and more.

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Visitor Responsibilities

Please protect & preserve this nonprofit-owned natural park by upholding the following:

Hours of Operation: Daylight to Dark

Responsibilities

  • Bikes: Park at entrances or on trails
  • Closures/Restricted areas: Respect seasonal and temporary closure areas
  • Dogs: Welcome on perimeter trails only (pick-up after them)
  • Fishing: Under 16 years, catch & release, & artificial bait only
  • Group Use: Reservations & permits expected
  • Noise: Personal volume only
  • Parking: In designated spaces only
  • Sledding: At your own risk
  • Water Craft: Hand propelled only
  • Wildlife: Allow plenty of space – enjoy from a distance

Prohibited

  • Amplified Sound
  • Camping
  • Commercial Activity
  • Dumping or Littering
  • Fires
  • Glass Containers
  • Hunting or Trapping
  • Picking of Vegetation or Removal of Property
  • Smoking
  • Weapons, Firearms, or Fireworks

USE OF THE PARK IS AT YOUR OWN RISK LAWS OF THE STATE OF WYOMING AND TETON COUNTY APPLY

For Information, questions or to report damage call 307-733-3913 or contact us and for emergencies call 911.

Rendezvous Park is owned by the nonprofit Rendezvous Lands Conservancy who has the right to remove or expel anyone who chooses to not abide by the above responsibilities.

JH Land Trust’s View 22 Painters to Visit R Park

Rendezvous Park will again be a chosen location for the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s View 22 event series.  As a founder of Rendezvous Lands Conservancy, the nonprofit owner and manager of R Park, our partnership with the Land Trust is long and strong.

Join us at R Park on July 21st from noon to 1:00 pm to observe the artists immersed in nature and creating their pieces to reflect such beauty.

JHLT 2015 View 22

Beginning at noon R Park staff will host a short tour, stopping and visiting with artists along the way.  The park is protected in perpetuity by a Jackson Hole Land Trust conservation easement.

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R Park’s New Fishing Hole

May 26th and 27th were big days for Rendezvous Park, literally.Fish stocking photo  An experiment that had been discussed was executed when Wyoming Game & Fish tested R Park’s three ponds to assess their temperatures, as well as what kinds of fish are already R Park residents.

Their findings asserted their hopes, that R Park would be an ideal place to stock for kids to learn how to fish.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide featured the work in the following article:

News & Guide article

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Free Stargazing Fridays at 9pm

Beginning in June, every clear Friday night, Wyoming Stargazing will host free public stargazing events at Rendezvous Park.

During the stargazing events giant Dobsonian Telescope with a 20″ primary mirror will be provided to view planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and more! They’ll also bring several iPads with the Star Walk application so you can explore the heavens.Stargazing photo

The telescopes are named after the late amateur astronomer John Dobson who designed the telescope mount used by those telescopes. John was also instrumental in popularizing amateur astronomy and amateur telescope building across the county.

Viewings take place on Fridays from 9:00-11:00pm all summer long beginning Friday, June 5th. Feel free to show up for whatever portion of the program works for you. Follow these directions. You will see their vehicle with big, red lights. Park there and follow the path to the right that enters R Park’s meadow.

These free, public stargazing events have been made possible by a generous grant from the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, NASA Grant #NNX10AO95H.WY Stargazing logo