Celebrate the migration of Sandhill Cranes through Teton Valley at this inaugural event. Join us for a full afternoon on the Driggs City Center Plaza and enjoy nature-themed arts and crafts for kids, live music, traditional and non-traditional crane dances, poetry readings, art, photography, and food and drinks from local vendors.
Festival Schedule of Events for Saturday, September 15, Noon-5pm
· Nature Themed Arts and Crafts including face painting, origami, bird masks, and more.
· Educational booths about Greater Yellowstone Ecology and Wildlife.
· Food and drink from local vendors including Snake River Brewing, Papa Murphy’s Pizza and more.
· Special Crane Festival merchandise and a raffle will be available.
Local Artisans will be there with crane and nature themed, jewelry, photography, and more.
Festival Workshops: There is no charge for the workshops, but please register ahead of time to reserve your spot.
Photography Workshop: THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL Mary Lou Oslund and Linda Swope will host a photography workshop from 5-8pm on Tuesday, September 11. Participants will meet at 5pm at the Teton Regional Land Trust for classroom instruction. Then, the group will be going out into the field to take photographs with the instructors. Participants have the opportunity to have their photos displayed at the festival.
Youth Dance Workshop: Dancers’ Workshop from Jackson Hole will host a 2-hour session on Saturday, September 15 from 1-3pm for ages 12 and under. 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, costumes, and masks 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. Sign up for the dance workshop here.
Poetry Workshop: Join Jackson poet Matt Daly and write original poems focused on cranes. In this 90-minute workshop, Matt 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 15 from 11:30am-1pm for ages 14 and over. Readings will be shared during the festival performances. Sign up for the poetry workshop here.
Noon-3pm, Live Music by Wendy & the Leftovers
Program on the Driggs City Center Plaza Stage – 3:30-5pm
Introduction and Raffle
Welcome by Driggs Mayor, Hyrum Johnson
Opening Poem by Matt Daly
Remarks by George Archibald
Poetry and Dance Performances (approximately 4:15-5pm)
An Evening with Sandhill Cranes, 5:30-8pm THE FIELD TOUR IS FULL, space is still available for the lecture only
Learn about crane conservation across the world from George Archibald which includes the Land Trust’s efforts to conserve the habitat for the largest staging population of Sandhill Cranes in the Greater Yellowstone. Reserve your spot for the lecture here.