Looking for a new place to explore? Want to learn more about birds, bugs, animals, and plants of Teton Valley? If this sounds appealing to you, then head out to the Woods Creek Fen for your next adventure. Located west of the City of Driggs on Bates Road, the Fen is a 60-acre property owned and managed by the Teton Regional Land Trust and is open to the community. The Fen is a great place for families looking to spot a moose or birds, or anyone looking for an out of the ordinary adventure!
The property is part of a much larger ecological feature known as a “fen.” A fen is similar to a bog, but has peat soils fed by underground springs. Woods Creek Fen is a very “rich” fen because the springs are fed by water traveling underground from the Teton Mountains. As the water travels through limestone bedrock, it picks up calcium, carrying it to the fen. Because the conditions are so unusual in Woods Creek Fen, you can find more rare plant species here than in almost any other kind of wetland in our area.
The Woods Creek Fen is open to the public, and is also used as an outdoor classroom. The Fen features several educational kiosks, a picnic table, a memorial bench, and an elevated observation deck with a powerful spotting scope for observing the numerous animals and birds who call the Fen home.
Teton Regional Land Trust Michael B. Whitfield Scholarship
Teton Regional Land Trust is proud to offer an annual $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior in honor of Michael B. Whitfield, who helped to found our organization in 1990 and served as Executive Director for 18 years. You can download the information and application form here.
Thanks to community support and our membership, we are able to offer free Teacher Trunks for local groups, schools, and home-schoolers to help enhance students’ knowledge and interest in science, particularly about their local environment. Each trunk is full of lessons, field studies, specimens, and supplemental materials for interactive programs that give students “hands-on” experience. Teaching materials are designed for grades 1-8, and are tailored to meet state curriculum.
- Woods Creek Fen Ecosystem Trunk – The contents of this trunk help facilitate lessons in the classroom or outdoors, however it is designed to encourage the use of Wood’s Creek Fen, The Land Trust’s outdoor classroom. Activities help students explore the wetland ecosystem through hands-on experience and by using scientific tools.
- Winter Ecology Trunk – This trunk encourages students to understand the important role of the winter season in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Resources include activities to teach about snow science, animal and plant adaptations, and winter survival.
- Raptor Trunk – This trunk includes materials to teach about the physical adaptations and special features of raptors. Actual taxidermic birds and owl pellets help bring the exploration of raptors into the classroom.
Coming Soon: Spring: Healthy Ecosystems; Summer in the GYE; Fall: Sandhill Cranes
Please contact Hilary Ordoñez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-354-8939 to learn more about these tools or to check them out for use in your classroom.