Just west of Moose, Wyoming in Grand Teton National Park sits a small enclave of buildings nestled in a meadow of sage and sticky geranium. It was here, at The Murie Ranch, that the Wilderness Act and the modern conservation movement were born. Today, the ranch hosts daylong and residential programming for youth, adults and families. We invite you to visit The Murie Ranch to learn more about this historical landmark and become part of its enduring legacy.
The Murie Ranch
Visit the heart of American Wilderness
We are all whirling with the earth together. And reaching out to the young generation coming along is one of the most important tasks.Olaus Murie
The Murie Legacy
The Murie Ranch is named for conservationists Olaus Murie, his wife Margaret (Mardy) Murie and scientist Adolph Murie and his wife Louise. The Muries purchased the STS dude ranch in 1945, which served as their home and a hub for the conservation movement. In 2015, the Murie Ranch became a campus of Teton Science Schools. We continue to use the ranch to inspire engagement with nature and connect people to their public lands.
The Murie Ranch is a National Historic Landmark district that sits at the intersection of sage, forest and riparian habitats in Grand Teton National Park. The Murie Ranch is comprised 17 cabins, and can accommodate intimate meetings and retreats for up to 25 guests, and is an ideal setting for appreciating and exploring the natural beauty of the area, and reflecting on the need to steward the legacy of the Murie Family.
See what’s coming up at The Murie Ranch
Inspiring a New Generation of Conservation Leaders: Stories from the Heart
Two local conservation leaders share stories from 60 years of combined work as conservation educators. One a scientist. One a philosopher. Both committed to inspiring young people.
The Journey of a Lifetime: Child Development through the Lens of Conservation
Looking through the lens of child development, we’ll explore how families and other adults can shape a child’s connection to place and conservation over their course of becoming a young adult.
A Practiced Spirituality of Conservation and the Healthy Tension It Creates
How can we organize our inspiring experiences in the natural world to inform a practiced spirituality of conservation?
Raising Strong Female Scientists
This front porch conversation will discuss personal, institutional and cultural approaches to raising strong female scientists.
Murie Spirit of Conservation Award Dinner
This year we will honor Jimmy Chin, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, National Geographic photographer and mountain sports athlete.
Mentoring for Conservation
How can mentors inspire and motivate the next generation of science and conservation leaders? Drawing on both personal and professional experiences, these four conservationists will reflect on early experiences that shaped their personal conservation ethic and discuss how this ethic drives their work today as scientists, educators, and mentors in their fields.
Youth Ambassadors for Wilderness: The Next Generation of Conservation Leaders
Join us for a conversation with this year’s cohort of Youth Ambassadors for Wilderness (YAW).
Investing in the Future: Rooting Environmental Education in Justice and Equity
We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, and as we look back at the impact of the environmental movement, we need to work for its future, too.
Daily Docent Tours
While visiting Grand Teton National Park, don’t miss a tour of The Murie Ranch.
From May to October, hosts lead daily public tours from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Learn about the Muries and current programs on the ranch.
Front Porch Conversations at conservation’s home
Olaus and Mardy Murie hosted some of the nation’s most influential conservationists and visionary environmental thinkers on their front porch. For two decades, the western headquarters of the Wilderness Society convened at the Ranch, engaging in dialogue and debate about the values of wild places and the need for their protection. We carry on this tradition of conversations worth having by gathering on Mardy’s front porch to discuss public land issues with local experts. These conversations are free and open to the public.