Teton Science Schools

The Murie Ranch

Visit the Heart of the American Wilderness

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 of 1964 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.

“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 Campus

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 of 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.

The Murie Legacy

The Murie Ranch is named for conservationists, ecologists and married couples Margaret (Mardy) and Olaus Murie, and Adolph and Louise Murie. The Muries purchased the STS dude ranch in 1945, which served as their home and a hub for the conservation movement. In 1997, The Murie Center was established as a non-profit to steward the Murie Ranch and the legacy of the Muries. 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.

Daily Docent Tours

While visiting Grand Teton National Park, don’t miss a host lead tour of The Murie Ranch.

Season: June through September
Available daily at 11 am and 3 pm

Please confirm tour schedule at the Craig Thomas Discovery Center for the most up-to-date information. 

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.” with “Teton Science Schools continues the tradition by gathering on Mardy’s front porch to host discussions and performers connected to nature, conservation, and the Murie legacy. These conversations are free and open to the public.

The Murie Spirit of Conservation Award

Each year, The Murie Ranch recognizes a person whose life work demonstrates a commitment to conservation, civility and community.

Private Events at The Murie Ranch

The Murie Ranch can accommodate intimate mission-aligned meetings and retreats for up to 25 guests, and is an ideal setting for connecting with the Murie legacy and exploring the natural beauty of the area.

Lodging: Cozy cabins with private or shared baths for 1-3 guests per cabin and one bunkhouse for up to 8 guests with shared bath, bed and bath linens provided. Total capacity of 25 people.

Meetings Spaces:

  • Indoor: Homestead building with main meetings space and two breakout rooms. Home of historic conservationists, Olaus and Mardy Murie, ideal for Docent-led tours, conversations and reflection.
  • Outdoor: Campfire ring, outdoor gathering areas, and accessible walking, biking and hiking trails in Grand Teton National Park.

Seasonality: May through October