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Grand Targhee Nature Center & Tours

Summit Nature Center

Located at the top of Dreamcatcher Chair Lift on Fred's Mountain, Grand Targhee offers a Summit Nature Center open this summer for learning about the local ‘Ghee-cology’* and meeting the Resort Naturalists. Learn about the ecology of our unique alpine environment and the local wildlife, enjoy a Free Nature Tour, or take a self-guided tour on our Teewinot Nature Trail.

Guests of all ages and abilities are welcome. This summer marks the 15th year we have offered Naturalist services to our guests in partnership with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

Naturalist Programs

Summit Nature at Noon Tours

Check with the Activity Center for program details.

Join us at the Summit Nature Center for our Nature at Noon naturalist-led discussion and short hike on the summit. Learn how oceans, volcanoes, and glaciers sculpted the surrounding landscape, and how the creatures and flora adapt to living in the alpine environment. This 45 minutes to one hour tour is an easy to moderate journey exploring the wildflowers, wildlife, and geology of the Tetons along our summit trail.

  • When: Daily at 12:00pm
  • Meeting Location: Summit Nature Center
  • Cost: FREE (does not include a lift ticket)
  • Additional: Purchase a Dreamcatcher lift ticket at the Activity Center.
  • Nature at Noon is great for all ages.

B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Binoculars) Birding Walk

Meet Resort Naturalist on the Main Plaza for this 60-90 minute morning walk looking and listening for birds. 

Saturdays, 8:00am, FREE

Join Grand Targhee every week at 8:00am for the newest naturalist program to hit the resort: the Birding Walk. This weekly program is free and B.Y.O.B. (bring your own binoculars); perfect for anyone interested in the winged creatures of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Enjoy a one-hour to one-and-a-half-hour walk that will meander through the small wetland and mixed conifer forests near the base of the mountain searching for Mountain Bluebirds, Western Tanagers, Woodpeckers, and more.

Self-Guided Nature Trail

Teewinot Nature Trail

The Teewinot Nature Trail is a short self-guided interpretive trail that meanders through Aspen groves, old growth Douglas Fir trees, and wildflower meadows. This self-guided interpretive trail begins near the Teewinot Lodge and guides you to discover local ecology with 12 points of interest. You will discover where red squirrels eat their meals as you walk among rocks that were transported by glaciers to that very trail.

Groups, Schools and Special Tours Available

Perhaps you're a scout leader, youth group coordinator, teacher, or a leader of a group of active people who want to experience a guided naturalist tour during the week?

  • Call Brigid Sinram 307.353.2300 x 1347 to schedule your group.
  • Special days and times are available upon request.

Environmental Programs

Targhee’s Environmental Program seeks to educate the public about the ecology and conservation of our unique alpine environment and to advocate the stewardship of Grand Targhee for recreation, healthy forests, and wildlife habitat. Naturalist education programs provide alternative recreational activities at Grand Targhee and strive to inspire guests to become involved in the conservation of our environment.

*Ghee-cology – the relations and interactions between organisms, people, and Grand Targhee’s environment.

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