The Murie Legacy
When Ted and Joan Major began Teton Science Schools in 1967, their goal was to teach science in nature. They knew that if their students learned about a plant and had the ability to touch, smell and see the actual plant, they would be more engaged.
Ted and Joan Major were not the only thought leaders who knew that learning in nature was important. Just miles away, Olaus and Mardy Murie were researching, writing and working on conservation issues in Jackson Hole.
Olaus and Mardy’s tireless work was not just about conservation; they were passionate about protecting land so future generations could feel the profound effect of the natural world for centuries to come. Olaus famously wrote, “We are all whirling with the earth together. And reaching out to the young generation coming along is one of the most important tasks."
Today, the Murie Ranch is a place where Teton Science Schools’ mission is exemplified on a daily basis. Visitors arrive at the ranch, curious about its origin and purpose, and are greeted by Docent Dan. Dan’s daily tours take visitors on an engaging journey through Murie history as he brings the homestead to life with anecdotes and stories. Throughout the summer, Front Porch Conversations at Mardy’s cabin provide an opportunity to discuss themes of conservation and place-based education.
The Muries and Majors started their work separately, but their legacies have merged and grown into an organization whose mission is to inspire the qualities that they held dear—curiosity, engagement and leadership. Teton Science Schools’ future will continue to honor that important legacy.