Jimmy Chin is this year's recipient of the Murie Spirit of Conservation Award

News Release: Jimmy Chin to Receive Murie Spirit of Conservation Award


DATE: April 30, 2019

Nick Delmolino, Director of Marketing and Communications

Jimmy Chin to Receive Murie Spirit of Conservation Award

Mr. Chin selected for encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to explore and protect wild places

MOOSE, Wyo.—Teton Science Schools is excited to announce that Academy Award-winning filmmaker, National Geographic photographer and mountain sports athlete, Jimmy Chin will be recognized with the 2019 Murie Spirit of Conservation Award. The award dinner will be held on August 13th at 5 p.m. at The Murie Ranch in Moose, Wyoming.

Mr. Chin has shared the beauty and fragility of the natural world with millions of people through his films and photography. As a filmmaker, his years of experience in the adventure and extreme sports world enables him to bring an authentic and unique perspective to his storytelling. His 2015 film, “Meru”, won the coveted Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was on the 2016 Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary. Jimmy’s latest documentary “Free Solo” won an Academy Award for best Documentary Feature in 2019. His stories voice the importance of conservation to some of the biggest audiences across the world including National Geographic, The New York Times, and Hollywood.

“Through photos and film for 20 years, Jimmy Chin has shared stories of wild places inspiring greater human connection to nature. Jimmy’s storytelling is inspiring our next generation of conservation leaders”, said Chris Agnew, executive director of Teton Science Schools.

The Murie Spirit of Conservation Award event will include dinner, live music and a silent auction. Tickets will be available May 15 at www.tetonscience.org.

About The Murie Legacy
As a founding board member of Teton Science Schools, Mardy Murie’s legacy is carried forth on The Murie Ranch, in every Teton Science Schools program and the 106 million acres of federal public lands as designated and protected as wilderness under the 1964 Wilderness Act championed by Mardy. There were four Muries: Olaus and Mardy, Adolph and Louise, two half-brothers who married two half-sisters. All were great biologists, writers and leaders in the conservation movement.

About Teton Science Schools
Teton Science Schools (TSS) inspires curiosity, engagement and leadership through transformative place-based education. For more than 15,000 learners per year, the place-based approach increases engagement, learning and community impact. Located on four campuses in Jackson Hole, Wyo. and Idaho, TSS programs include two independent schools serving students pre-K through 12th grade, field education for schools and visitors from around the world, and educator development.

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