The Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools sits on a 900-acre site comprised of creeks, ponds, aspen, conifer and sage habitats. Only two miles outside Jackson, TSS maintains and enhances conservation easements on all by two% of this site. The campus services the educational needs of students, teachers-in-learning and community members of all ages.
All buildings were designed using high-performance materials with low-level organic compounds and minimal resources. Natural lighting and innovation in space design have resulted in an environment that benefits all who live, work and visit here. Ongoing ecological work at the campus specializes in field science experiences within the suburban-rural interface and human-use impacts on our natural communities.
The Jackson Campus can accommodate events for as many as 300 people. Its adaptable resources host educational and wildlife conferences, professional development workshops, luncheons, board meetings, community events and weddings.
High Performance Design
All buildings at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools were designed to meet specific responsible goals and objectives. Buildings are concentrated on less than two percent of the total campus acreage. Narrow building footprints are oriented to maximize daylight, passive solar gain and natural ventilation. Radiant concrete floors provide high heating efficiency and a demonstration photovoltaic system is tied into the power grid.
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Jackson Campus Tour
Welcome Center - The administrative home of Teton Science Schools hosts office space for the finance and advancement departments and Jackson Campus Educational Programs faculty. The campus store is also located here. There is a conference room with seating for 12 with LCD projector and white board.
Dining Lodge - Seated dining for 260 people, or seats up to 300 auditorium style with a large main dining room with two optional breakout rooms. There is a professional kitchen with top-of-the-line equipment. Food services are provided or the ability to provide your own catering is an option.
Teacher Learning Center - This center offers workstations for visiting faculty and student teachers, two classrooms, a library and small meeting rooms.
Journeys School - The school has eight classroom pods serving 180 Pre-K-12th grade students.
Residential Lodges - There are two multi-story lodges with a capacity of 170 that are modern and comfortable and environmentally friendly. Rooms have private or shared baths and are available in single, double, or triple occupancy. Families can also be accommodated.
Education Center - There are two classrooms/meeting space for visiting groups and a computer lab. North classroom capacity seats 100 auditorium style and the South classroom has a capacity for 60 people.
Meeting Spaces - The meeting facilities have flexible room configurations that can accommodate 15-300 people with multiple rooms, computer labs, full AV and wireless Internet access throughout the campus.
Outdoor Dining - Outside has the ability to seat 125 people at picnic tables. It is also able to accommodate large tents and rented tables and chairs for large outdoor seated dining events.
Playfield and Play Area - This is a large field ideal for team building intiatives, games and large tents.
Campus Trail - On campus are two walking/hiking trails. The Vogel’s Hill Trail is 7/10 of a mile long and climbs 350 feet to the top of Vogel’s hill with rewarding Teton views at the top. The Coyote Canyon Trail is a relatively flat trail that extends 3/10 of a mile.
Outfitting Building - Visiting students are outfitted with necessary supplies for a successful outting. Depending on the season, supplies may include: snow shoes, cross country skis and boots, coats, daypacks, water bottles, hip waders, rubber boots, water testing kits, camping equipment and more.
Teton Science Schools manages the remaining 860-acre open space which provides habitat for many wildlife species and supports agricultural activities including livestock grazing and hay production.
Guided by principles of holistic management, we are dedicated to finding a balance between the needs of wildlife, natural resources and people.
Pioneered over 30 years ago by a wildlife biologist, holistic management provides the framework to consider the “whole” needing to be managed. This process allows incorporation of technical information (i.e., wildlife and vegetation data) and non-technical information (i.e., societal values) into a cohesive management strategy with goals appropriate to the Jackson Campus.
In any situation we manage, the holistic philosophy of “plan, monitor, control, re-plan” is implemented in order to ensure that we are bringing about the desired goal.
Our land management activities provide invaluable outreach opportunities, both through hands-on stewardship training to support Teton Science Schools’ programs, and using professional experience to assist the public and resource managers in improving their property conditions and ecological function.
Some recent projects include:
- Development of marshes to improve habitat for trumpeter swans and other waterfowl
- Cooperative weed control projects with Teton County Weed & Pest, Teton Conservation District and Jackson Hole Land Trust
- Use of livestock to convert weed-infested areas into productive grassland
- Construction of a “beaver deceiver” to allow beaver dam building without affecting creek flows or irrigation
- Conversion of barbed wire into wildlife-friendly fence
- Musk thistle research with Journeys School to direct weed control strategies and evaluate weed control efficiency
- Fence removal to facilitate ungulate movement
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