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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Free stargazing continues through Oct (8pm Fridays)

All summer R Park’s partners, Wyoming Stargazing, have been fulfilling their mission to educate and inspire people through Wyoming’s extraordinary skies. Their, free stargazing evenings will continue through October, concluding on Friday, October 30th.

Executive Director Samuel Singer’s enthusiasm for astronomy is infectious and his background as an accomplished astronomy educator and amateur astronomer promise you’ll learn a ton,

saidStargazing photo an attendee.

Their giant Dobsonian Telescope with a 20″ primary mirror will allow the viewing of planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and more!

Viewings take place on Fridays from 8:00-10:00pm. Feel free to show up for whatever portion of the program works for you. Park in the northern parking area – directions – and follow signs into the meadow.

WY Stargazing logoThese free, public stargazing events are made possible by a generous grant from the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, NASA Grant #NNX10AO95H.

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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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Eco Tour Adventures Connects Visitors to R Park

Since June Eco Tour Adventures Owner and Lead Guide Taylor Phillips has led visitors on interpretive tours bringing R Park’s environment alive through observation and natural history interpretation.EcoTourAdventuresLogo

Rendezvous Park’s 40-acres of mixed vegetative cover ranges from wetlands to shrubs, cottonwoods and grasslands, providing habitat to an array of flora and fauna.

On behalf of Rendezvous Lands Conservancy, we invite you to join Eco Tour Adventures on August 14th or September 11th as Taylor tells stories of R Park’s many animal visitors,

Taylor Phillips Eco Toursays Park Director Elisabeth Rohrbach.

By reclaiming the former gravel pit and opening it to the public, the Jackson Hole Community and its visitors will be able to appreciate it’s natural features in perpetuity.

Eco Tour Adventures was created with the idea of helping people connect with the natural world through wildlife observation and natural history interpretation. We believe that when one is more familiar with the intricate workings of the ecosystem, he or she has a deeper appreciation and connection with their environment. With this stronger bond we believe folks will make more environmentally sound choices in their day to day lives.

Many thanks to Taylor and Eco Tour Adventures for enriching R Park with your knowledge!

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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