The Murie Center of Teton Science Schools is elated to announce that Harrison Ford will be recognized with the Murie Spirit of Conservation Award. The Award dinner will be on August 24th, and once again held at The Murie Center in Moose, Wyoming.

As the narrator of the “Artic Dance” and many environmental documentaries, Mr. Ford, has been key to both amplifying the legacy of the Murie’s as well as bringing mainstream attention to important global conservation issues for more than 25 years. Through his work as the Vice Chair of Conservation International, Mr. Ford has been instrumental in the organization’s growth, design and impact.

As the Murie Center of Teton Science Schools awards Mr. Ford with the Spirit of Conservation, we are equally honored to have his continued support in raising the legacy of the Murie’s and Teton Science Schools.

Past Murie Spirit of Conservation awardees include:

  • Addie Donnan, community leader in Jackson Hole and founding chair of The Murie Center and Teton Science Schools emeritus board member;
  • Dr. George Schaller and Dr. Robert Krear, esteemed field biologists and global conservationists who traveled with the Muries on their 1956 Sheenjek Expedition that set in motion the effort to protect what is now the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge;
  • Gretchen Long, founding board member of The Murie Center, current board member of The National Park Advisory Board (among many others, former and current), and committed advocate for conserving America’s treasured parks and wilderness areas.
  • Luther Propst, Founder of The Sonoran Institute, conservation leader in policy and projects focused on core issues (sustainable water, land use, community development) that define how the West is growing and changing.
  • John Turner, a Jackson Hole native, conservationist and devotee of Olaus and Mardy Murie. Notably, a few of John’s accomplishments include having served as President of the Wyoming State Senate, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

The Murie Center, now a program of Teton Science Schools (TSS) located in Grand Teton National Park officially merged with Teton Science Schools on October 1, 2015. Through the merger, TSS continues to expand its impact in education, science and stewardship at The Murie Center in partnership with Grand Teton National Park.

As a founding board member of TSS, Mardy’s legacy is carried forth on the Murie Ranch, in every TSS program and the 106 million acres of federal public lands as designated and protected as wilderness under the 1964 Wilderness Act championed by Mardy.