This week-long event filled with tours, workshops, presentations, and film, culminates in a community-wide celebration of the Greater Yellowstone region’s exceptional wildlife and irreplaceable natural resources and the fall migration of the Sandhill Crane on the Driggs City Center Plaza. The Festival supports the efforts of the Greater Yellowstone Sandhill Crane Initiative which works to protect crucial habitat and resources for the largest staging population of Sandhill Cranes in the Greater Yellowstone and the myriad of iconic species that call the region home.
These kick-off on Monday the 16th with a 2-day Photography Workshop and end on the 21st with a Poetry Workshop and a Youth Dance Workshop. New this year, participants will also have a chance to paint along on location with a Plein Air artist and sign up for a Drawing Workshop!
Photography Workshop: As part of the Greater Yellowstone Crane Festival, Linda Swope will teach a 2-day photography workshop. On Monday, September 16th the group will meet at the Senior Community Center at 5pm for an hour of classroom instruction and then an hour outside for camera instruction. Then on Tuesday, September 17th participants will meet at 5pm at the Teton Regional Land Trust to go out onto conserved wetlands with Linda and a naturalist for experience in the field. There is a suggested donation of $25 for this 2-day workshop. Sign up for the workshop here. Participants have the opportunity to have their photos displayed at the festival.
Plein Air Paint Along: NEW Join local Plein Air artist, Susan Rose, for a “paint along” on a conserved property in Teton Valley on Wednesday, September, 18 from 9-11am. Participants will need their own materials and supplies and be able to work outside. Suggested donation of $15. Sign up for the workshop here.
Drawing Workshop: NEW Explore the process of drawing birds local to Teton Valley with local artist Sue Tyler on Wednesday, September 18 from 4-6pm. This workshop is for beginners as well as more experienced artists who want to practice drawing fundamentals. Sue will lead you through techniques to improve observational skills and use of drawing techniques and materials. Materials will be provided or bring your favorite sketchbook and tools. Suggested donation of $15. Sign up for the workshop here.
Youth Dance Workshop: Rachel Holmes with Dancers’ Workshop from Jackson Hole will teach a 2-hour session on Saturday, September 21 from 1-3pm for ages 6 through 12. Students will learn basic movement concepts which when expanded are used to examine how the human body can mimic and pay homage to the crane. Theatrical concepts such as sound and costumes will turn the group of dancers into a soaring, migrating dance of cranes. The session culminates with a public performance where the students bring their dance to the community as a way of honoring the endangered and majestic bird. Suggested donation of $10 per dancer. Sign up for the workshop here. The workshop students will perform in the Crane Fest program which begins at 3:30pm.
Poetry Workshop: Join poet Laurie Kutchins for a creative experience of writing original poems focused on cranes. In this 90-minute workshop, Laurie will help beginners and experienced poets alike to generate descriptive and reflective writing about their experiences with and impressions of cranes. Participants will then use their reflections to craft and share poems. The workshop will be held on Saturday, September 21 from 11am-12:30pm for ages 14 and over. Suggested donation of $10 per participant. Sign up for the workshop here. Poetry will be shared with readings during the festival performances.
Crane Tours – September 18-21
Sign up for a morning tour to circumnavigate the habitat for staging Sandhills in Teton Valley. The tours will occur from 7-9am, Wednesday through Saturday. Each tour will have a naturalist on board to discuss Sandhill Crane ecology, behavior, and conservation. Suggested donation of $10 per person. Sign up for the tours here.
Wine and Palettes – September 17
Enjoy an evening of art and fun at the Teton Galleria. All supplies and instruction are included for only $35. Bring your beverage of choice and at the end of the event, you can take your own masterpiece home. Register at The Local Galleria, online here, or call 208-270-0833.
Keynote Address and Film Screening – Thursday, September 19
Join us at Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wyoming for photographer and conservationist, Michael Forsberg’s Keynote Address highlighting Sandhill Cranes of the United States. Followed by a global perspective on crane conservation in the international film, “Flying Without Borders” by French Filmmaker, Maxence Lamoureux. An Art Auction and raffle during intermission will benefit Greater Yellowstone Crane Conservation. From 5pm -9pm. Suggested donation of $10. Sign up for the event here.
Teton Arts Council Crane Art Show, Reception, and Conservation Discussion
Friday, September 20
Regional artists and Teton Arts members will display a diverse selection of artwork celebrating cranes and their natural habitat at the Teton Arts Gallery in the Driggs City Building. The gallery reception with the artists will be from 5-7pm. If you are interested in participating in the art show, call (208) 274-3252.
After the Artist’s Reception join us for a special event “Exploring the Intersection of Art and Nature” from 7:30-8:30pm in the Driggs Senior Center. Photographer and keynote speaker, Michael Forsberg, local glass artist Mary Mullaney, poet Laurie Kutchins, and artist Greg Meyers-Executive Director of the Teton Arts Council will participate in a panel discussion and conversation with the audience on how nature has influenced and inspired their art, and how they use their craft to bring attention to conservation of the natural world.
Community Celebration – Saturday, September 21
Join us for this free, family-friendly event. From 11am-6pm, the Driggs City Center Plaza will be filled with booths and activities, including a Teton Raptor Center exhibit and the Idaho Fish and Game bear trailer. The day will include live music by the Teton Fiddlers, poetry readings, and stage performances of choreographed “crane” dances featuring dancers from Idaho Falls School of Ballet, Teton Valley Dance Academy, Hispanic Heritage Dance Troupe, and the dancers from the Dancers’ Workshop Crane Fest Youth Dance Workshop!
Throughout the day, enjoy free nature-themed crafts including origami, bird masks, and face painting! Engage in the educational booths about Greater Yellowstone ecology and wildlife, including the ability to practice bear safety with the mobile bear trailer that lets you practice using bear spray with a simulated charge.
Also at the festival – food and drink from local vendors, Crane Festival merchandise and a raffle, and local artisans booths filled with crane and nature-themed, jewelry, photography, pottery, paintings, and more.
Thank you to our sponsors for helping to make the festival possible:
Leiden Conservation Foundation, LegacyWorks Group, Visit Idaho, Teton Valley News, TREC-Teton Regional Economic Coalition, Papa Murphy’s, Brush Buck Wildlife Tours, Pattie & Earle Layser Memorial Fund, Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation
And also to our underwriters: