Summer Solstice celebration in 2 mins

On June 20th millions of people across the world honor the beginning of summer, marked by the longest day of the year. Festivities are held each year at the annual R Park Solstice Celebration.

True to R Park’s Solstice style the evening included live music, local food and beverages, and lawn games. Unique to 2016, the celebration will feature FoundSpace by the Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) in partnership with Jackson Hole Public Art (JHPA). Local artists will engage the community to create temporary art installations composed of treasures collected from JHLT conservation easement-protected properties.

Get a taste of the celebration through this 2 minute video!

Laurie Andrews, RLC board chair and Land Trust executive director said,

R Park’s creation began with the Land Trust, yet it has matured on its own into a wonderful, natural community gathering place. It is the perfect hub to celebrate the Summer Solstice.

R Park’s history runs deep through the veins of the Jackson Hole community. The once gravel-pit was purchased in part by the JHLT who now holds its conservation easement. As a resource for the community, public input shaped the 40-acres. Now, RLC has opened R Park to the public thanks to ongoing donations from those who envisioned its potential years ago and those who appreciate all it is becoming.

Veronica Silberberg, past R Park Advisory Board member and Center of Wonder Cofounder said,

This collaboration exemplifies the transformative power of creativity, especially when coupled with the outdoors.

In addition to the family-friendly fun, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival’s free iPhone app, Site: R Park, was projected in places of wonder, adding aural texture to the area’s natural sounds. And, the temporary installations resided in and decorated R Park throughout the summer.

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Rendezvous Park is possible Donate now buttonthanks to donations. Our fundraising efforts are crucial and ongoing. Become a FRIEND OF R PARK to help us continue to serve the thousands who love this place. Please mail donations by check via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or make a gift by credit card online.

For questions please contact Elisabeth Rohrbach at Elisabeth@rpark.org.

Alert, sledders!

Have so much fun…

…but not so much fun that it hurst. Sled at your own risk.

People enjoy many activities at R Park and we host a variety of events also. Sign-up to receive invitations to events and other park happenings.

R Park is possible Donate now buttonthanks to support and donations from the community. Our fundraising efforts are crucial and ongoing. Become a FRIEND OF R PARK to help us continue to serve the thousands who love this place. Please mail donations by check via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or make a gift by credit card online.

1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-5-14-13-pmThe once gravel-pit is being reclaimed into a natural park called Rendezvous Park or R Park. The pit’s main quarry has been transformed into a 450-foot long pond that is fed by the Snake River and then flows into an additional pond.

In 2016 Wyoming Game and Fish (WYGF) began stocking R Park’s ponds with native cutthroat, turning the pond into an ideal fishing hole. That year over 250 kids visited R Park to partake in WYGF’s 26th annual Kids Fishing Day.

Fishing is for families with kids 16 years and younger. Please remember to abide by the Wyoming Fishing regulations and have fun!

R Park is a gathering place for people of all ages to enjoy and appreciate nature. Fishing in our ponds brings families together and keeps alive a pastime deeply rooted in our country’s history,

said Board Member Hal Hutchinson.

R Park is possible Donate now buttonthanks to support and donations from the community. Our fundraising efforts are crucial and ongoing. Become a FRIEND OF R PARK to help us continue to serve the thousands who love this place. Please mail donations by check via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or make a gift by credit card online.

Join us for fun under the full moon

The next time you have aspirations to spend the evening of a full moon outside, join us at Rendezvous Park (R Park). Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, we are hosting a variety of events this spring, summer, and fall under the moonlit sky offering snowshoeing, biking, nocturnal wildlife walks, fly-fishing, and more. Wyoming Stargazing will join us with their giant Dobsonian Telescope that makes possible the viewing of the moon’s craters, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies!

Park’s history runs deep through the veins of the Jackson Hole community. Public input shaped the 40-acres to make it meaningful to the many vibrant and varying user groups and continues to do so. Results from our recent survey show that in addition to appreciating its natural surroundings, R Park visitors love attending its events. So mark your calendars for the following activities:

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Park Director Elisabeth Rohrbach said, “Rendezvous Park hosted over 8,000 visits in 2016 alone. We welcome our visitors to return and encourage those who have yet to visit, to join us!”

Additional summer events at Rendezvous Park include:

  • June 3 – Kids Fishing Day
  • June 17 – St. John’s Hospital Foundation’s Shirley’s Heart Run
  • June 20 – Summer Solstice Celebration
  • July 30 – Teton Food Tour with Slow Food in the Tetons and Friends of Pathways
  • August 21 – Total Solar Eclipse viewing with Wyoming Stargazing

full-moon-corporate-sponsorsSign up to receive monthly emails regarding our events and other updates – http://bit.ly/RParkeNews. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For questions please contact Elisabeth Rohrbach at Elisabeth@rpark.org.

Rendezvous Park is possible Donate now buttonthanks to donations. Our fundraising efforts are crucial and ongoing. Become a FRIEND OF R PARK to help us continue to serve the thousands who love this place. Please mail donations by check via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or make a gift by credit card online.

Nat’l Kids’ Fishing Day @ R Park

Kids up to 13 year old are invited to “get hooked on fishing” at the 26th annual Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, June 4. Hosted by Wyoming Game and Fish, FREE activities will take place, for the first time, at Rendezvous Park (R Park) in Wilson from 10:30am to 2pmKFD boy.png.

Thanks to philanthropic support, the once gravel-pit is being reclaimed into a natural park for the community to enjoy for free. The pit’s main quarry has been transformed into a 450-foot long pond that is fed by the Snake River and then flows into an additional pond.

Jackson Fish Biologist Tracy Stephens said,

A lack of vegetation along the main pond’s edge makes it ideal for beginning anglers who want to test a fly rod.

The pond will be stocked with hundreds of Snake River cutthroat trout and there will be an array of educational activities including:

  • Hands-on pond stocking and fish dissection with biologists to determine their sex.
  • Knot tying, baiting, casting, handling, and cleaning.
  • Identifying different types of fish, their food (aquatic insects), stream habitat, and invasive species.
  • Each child will receive a personalized certificate a goody bag.

R Park is a gathering place for people of all ages to enjoy and appreciate nature. Hosting this longtime event that brings families together and keeps alive a pastime deeply rooted in our country’s history embodies what R Park is all about,

said Hal Hutchinson, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy board member.

Cutthroat stocking photoThe 40-acre park is owned, operated, and maintained by the nonprofit, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy. Located at 4270 River Springs Drive in Wilson, at the intersection of Highway 22 and the Teton-Village Road. We recommend you use alternative forms of transportation to attend, such as START Bus or the community pathway system.

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Earth Day at R Park

On April 22nd, 2016 R Park celebrated Earth Day in partnership with Jackson, Wyoming’s Journeys School. Fifteen of their high schoolers showed up with work gloves ready to work and “liberate the trees” as one of them explained.

Let Jack, CeeCee, Griffin, and Rainer tell you about their day in this 40 second video.

While reclaiming the former gravel-pit into a natural park its nonprofit owner and steward, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy, has planted grasses, wetlands, shrubs, and tree groves. To protect the saplings from moose and beavers fencing was essential.

After having removed almost 100 yards of fence one of the volunteers concluded,

I feel accomplished…working on something like this. It sounds kind of cliche, but it’s really true.

Many thanks to the Journeys School for their hard work! The Journeys School is an independent school that integrates ecology, culture and community for Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students in a college preparatory setting.

We seek volunteers to help in ways that are meaningful and rewarding to them—install and repair signs, maintain trails, and/or pull the weeds. You can also visit R Park on a regular basis to serve as an informal ambassador. There are many options, so please let us know if you’re interested.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, RLC’s work is made possible Donate now buttonthanks to support and donations. We hope you’ll consider making a gift today by check and sent via USPS to PO Box 6430 | Jackson, WY 83002 or by credit card online.

Thank you FRIENDS!

Your gift has made R Park’s first year open an absolute success. “Phase one” of reclaiming the 40-acre, desolate, gravel-pit is almost complete. We are beginning “phase two,” the design and development of built features to make the park more accommodating to visitors. The following are some of the accomplishments that have made 2015 monumental.

  • 54,000 square feet of road reclaimed, nature trails were completed or
    improved, 22,000 square feet of wetlands and 30 cottonwoods were planted, and a meandering stream through the meadow was created.
  • Wyoming Stargazing hosted free, weekly stargazing nights to view planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies using a professional telescope throughout the summer and fall.
  • Cleaned thick brush along the big pond, expanding the beach access and created a small island just off the beach for kids to wade and swim to.  Also removed the remaining of the hundreds of thousands of tons of gravel.

As a community resource made possible solely by donationsbecome a FRIEND today.

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