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refreshing rejuvelacs ... and other fermented belly drinks

oh bee-have The art and science of backyard beekeeping

Families of two

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2016 Issue # 21

Departments Contents


Note From the Editor


Mountain Style art gone wild Kid-friendly programs at the National Museum of Wildlife Art


oh bee-have Three locals explore the art and science of backyard beekeeping. By Christina Shepherd McGuire 2

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Mamasphere domestic bliss A new mother’s guide to navigating your “better” half


In the Garden garden journaling A lesson in making a keepsake garden guide


Conscientious Cook refreshing rejuvelacs Make trendy fermented belly drinks at home in your kitchen


Cabin Fever diy father’s day gifts Modern homemade gifts from the heart

On the Cover: Backyard beekeeper and Full Circle Education program director Emily Sustick, at one with her hive Photograph by Camrin Dengel

18 — FEATURES 28 —

learner’s permit Local children embrace entrepreneurship to meet goals.

36 40 — — families of two, expanding happily childfree


Who says the average family needs to include 3.5 kids? Two happy families give us a peek at their big picture.

Fun is an important part of summer programs for teens, but the experience can also influence their lives.

By Christine Colbert

By Alex White

Photography by (top) Paulette Phlipot (bottom) Camrin Dengel

Welcome to

A note from the Editor

“There’s always room for improvement, you know—it’s the biggest room in the house.” – Louise Heath Leber Back in January, I was stressed. The lastminute addition of eight pages to the mag, combined with a plate full of other freelance assignments—one that included travel in the midst of deadline season—could have really pushed me over the edge. But I didn’t let it. I thought back to previous Januarys when I found myself spent from the holidays, with a houseful of school ailments and a pile of articles needing to be written and edited. So I decided that this year, I was going to do it better. You know what? I made it through, and arguably improved upon my tactics for handling a full plate (despite a nasty case of school-borne impetigo). And now this wonderful transition into summer has me anxious once again. Where will the kids go to camp? How will I tackle all this work once school’s out? How many tanks of gas will it take to drive weekly from Teton Valley to Jackson and even to Idaho Falls, all in the name of giving my kids “experiences”? We live in the mountains; it’s what we do, right?

As the anxiety builds over my growing summer task list, I think back to January and note, Hey, there’s room for improvement here, too! Then to the rescue come my contributors. This season they helped me dial in things like my health—my belly is much happier now that I regularly drink fermented tonics (see page 18). And I’ve got Father’s Day on lockdown, too, with Kate Field’s hip DIY gifts for modern dads on page 24. The research for my beekeeping article (page 28) will ease me into a hive of my own this spring (pending hubby’s approval). And our second annual summer camp listing already helped me jump-start my kids’ schedule. And all this, sigh, as I shed winter layers and start enjoying happy hours on my deck again. So as we improve our offerings in this expanded version of Teton Family (did you notice?), I hope you find it a helpful resource, too. Because even though summer can’t get much better in these parts, there’s still room for self-improvement. Forgo the car for the bike. Sit in the sun once a day. Just do nothing. Then check back in with yourself at the start of next summer to remember what you tweaked.

Poa Van Sickle is a RD, fermentista, and owner of Daily Roots, a business that offers fermented foods and other goodies aimed at gut health and healing. She loves coming up with new and tasty varieties of tonic beverages, and trying them out on her family and friends!

Julie Butler is a writer, former editor of a parenting magazine, and a mom to four grown children. A Jackson resident, she recently founded a resource website for parents called

Christine Colbert regularly contributes to local and regional publications, and has recently earned a master of science in environmental studies. She is the proud parent of a border collie-heeler mix named Micah. 

Kate Field enjoys finding practical ways to share her passion for wellness and plants. The journey from forest to loved ones, and back again, is a cyclical rhythm of life that she expresses through cuisine, concoctions, and conversation.

Writing, gardening, cooking, teaching, and improvising are just a few things Mel Paradis does in her spare time. In addition to Teton Family magazine, Mel writes for Teton Valley Magazine and She lives in the booming metropolis of Tetonia, Idaho, with her husband, kid, and dog. 

Jeannette Boner continues to learn the ropes as a rookie parent, coming to terms with the fact that all haircuts will never be straight and orderly. What she didn’t anticipate in her first year of motherhood was the new ways her marriage would change—for better, for worse, and for so many nights of pasta and patience. 

Tibby Plasse thinks the poet Gary Snyder got it right when he said, “Find your place on the planet. Dig in. And take responsibility from there.” Her boots are covered in chicken coop matter and compost, and she’s constantly stepping on abandoned kids’ snacks, wondering why the dog won’t clean them up.

Alex White is the coordinator of the Jackson Hole Leadership Program through Teton Youth and Family Services. This summer, he’ll use outdoor and experiential education to help adolescents develop skills in leadership, self-confidence, teamwork, and healthy decision-making.


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Editor photograph by Kisa Koenig

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ew children get the chance to interact with world-class art whenever they want—unless, of course, the National Museum of Wildlife Art is located in their backyard. This unique museum offers kids the opportunity to view art as well as participate in creating it through a mini art studio in the children’s gallery. Weekly and monthly kid-friendly programs allow young artists to go, well, wild! Fables, Feathers, and Fur, offered for free on Wednesday mornings


(for children ages three to six), engages kids through storytelling and art making. Museum staff members take turns reading picture books with a wildlife theme, such as A Tower of Giraffes and How Snowshoe Hare Rescued the Sun. Maureen Faris, of Jackson, regularly brings her two daughters to the program. “The girls love coming here,” Faris says. “They get to hear stories and create art with a variety of materials.” On a recent Wednesday, Faris’ daughters, Phoebe, four, and

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” – John Dewey During the Industrial Revolution, education in America went through a complete overhaul, where school subjects were taught in separate rooms and divided into time slots. This century-old factory model of education still exists today. But is it working? The mind-blowing film Most Likely to Succeed (One Potato Productions, 2015) suggests that it’s time, once again, for a complete redesign of our education system—one with less emphasis on breadth of knowledge and standardized testing, and one that is more focused on depth of knowledge and the development of soft skills. Producer Greg Whiteley suggests that the outdated pattern of thinking where “[if] you know more stuff, you’re going to be better off” needs to be replaced with survival skills better suited for the twenty-first century and beyond. He opens our eyes to the fact that computers now largely replace what were once middle-class jobs, and that the jobs of the future will be available only to those who are able to act creatively and think critically. The film features a San Diego-based magnet school, High Tech High, where education is all about skills and less about body of knowledge. Teachers are given carte blanche on their curriculum, and students work collaboratively toward a cumulative project that integrates several subjects. The result: logical thinkers who are able to take criticism, exhibit self-awareness, and produce an authentic display of what they’ve learned. Whiteley argues that the retention of the soft skills perpetuated through project-based learning sticks with children far more than the knowledge they regurgitate for tests. Perhaps it’s time for another transformation? “… After seeing this film, you’ll never look at school the same way again.” – Christina Shepherd McGuire



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Daisy, two, settled themselves onto comfy pillows in the gallery to listen to storyteller Jane Lavino, curator of education and exhibits. Before reading A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet, Jane spoke with the children about the painting she was sitting beneath, explaining what it represented and pointing out a greater prairie chicken. After the interactive storytime, Phoebe darted into the classroom to tackle the day’s art project. She gathered bits of sage and local grasses to place into a small glass orb while stating, “I made a mermaid tail and a black-footed ferret puppet,” referring to some of her previous works. Phoebe also enjoys the studio, where she likes to “cut and mush the clay” into a version of her own sculptures. And both girls have canvases hanging on their bedroom walls, along with paper wildflowers, that they painted during an earlier session. “It’s a complete experience,” Faris says. “You see wildlife on the way past the refuge, you get here and the animal sculptures welcome you, you go inside and you’re amongst all of this great art, and then you do an art project. It’s a low-commitment, high-reward program.” tf

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• Monarch of the Plains Exhibit: Through May 8, kids can create cardboard bison masks with colored pencils. They are encouraged to either take their masks home or leave them for others to enjoy. • Open Studio: This summer’s exhibit highlights the National Park Service’s centennial with an all-ages art-making space. From June 18 to August 18, the museum will display vintage national park posters and hold screen-printing, postcard-making, and plein-air-

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esque activities. • First Sundays: A family friendly day held on the first Sunday of the month from November through March (mark your calendar). Jackson Elementary School kindergartner Porter Farren has been coming up to the program since he was a toddler. “He really enjoys everything,” says his father, David. “From looking at the pictures, to the sculptures, to the paintings—he’s starting to appreciate it all.”

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Learner’s Permit Encouraging The Young Entrepreneur By Tibby Plasse


orm Goldstein believes kids have a knack for business, if you give them the chance. Founder of By Kids For Kids (, an educational and family marketing company, Goldstein creates opportunities for minors to test their ideas. He believes that “kids at a certain age don’t want to be told what to do. They want to be empowered.” By taking charge of their own projects, young entrepreneurs exercise their organizational and follow-through skills while also forming a “big picture” toolset that involves decision-making, perspective, and efficacy. Below, a few local kids—with some impressive goals—show us how it’s done: Last year, Gigi Charette, of Victor, Idaho, was super into the American Girl series. She had been following Grace’s story about opening a delivery patisserie in France, and dreamt of the same opportunity. Simultaneously, Gigi adopted a restrictive diet at home. Her diet resulted in alternative baking so she could still enjoy sweets in the pantry. Following no-grain chef Danielle Walker’s recipes, Gigi planned a bake sale with three dessert menu options: chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and pumpkin doughnuts with maple-bacon frosting. She set up shop in front of the Knotty Pine during Victor’s Fourth of July parade and sold out! During the baking process, Gigi made sure she was precise with the recipe—too much coconut flour could cause an explosion. “It

was a lot of fun,” she says, Above left: Cade and Garret Walz, and their pigs, all dressed up for a 4-H fair “And I earned enough to buy my own camera.” Above right: Gigi Charette, right, peddles The 4-H program, on her gluten-free sweets in Victor with both sides of the hill, brother Beo and father Brian by her side. teaches kids how to fully participate in the process of entrepreneurship and responsibility. They raise animals and keep ledgers and journals, noting their expenses and daily experiences. Their recordkeeping is then judged alongside the animals at local 4-H fairs. First-timers Cade and Garret Walz, eleven-year-old twins from Driggs, raised Hampshire pigs last summer through the Teton County 4-H. They set out with the goal of raising enough money to purchase their own dirt bikes. And while raising the bike money was great, the experience was even better. “They were awesome,” Cade says of the pigs. “We fed them two to three times a day and made sure they were taken care of,” adds Garret, as he explains the kiddie pool setup they created to keep their animals happy. The boys go back and forth as they recount the fair experience, explaining that their two busy days of cleaning and getting dressed up were fun and exciting. Even though it was daily work, the twins are looking forward to raising lambs this season. tf


If you have even the slightest creative spark, Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Big Magic (Penguin Books, 2015), is sure to draw it out. Not just for writers and artists, Gilbert’s book—full of inspirational one-liners that you should jot down, post near your desk, and ponder from time to time—gives us permission to unleash our creative beings, despite our “perceived” effect on the world. Maybe you write, maybe you’re a professional or amateur photographer, or maybe your perennial beds overflow with artistic expression. Or maybe not. Either way, Gilbert reminds us that “we need something that takes us so far out of ourselves that we forget to eat, forget to pee, forget to mow the lawn … forget to brood over our insecurities.” And that creative living can “relieve us from the dreadful burden of being who we are.” She urges us to ditch our fears and reminds us that what we make matters. I’ve personally dog-eared every other page in this book, and I bet you will, too, as Gilbert nudges you toward embracing what you love to do. – Christina Shepherd McGuire 10

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Domestic Bliss A New Mother’s Guide to Navigating Your ‘Better’ Half By Jeannette Boner

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et me start by saying that what follows is simply a guide, a suggestion, a mere glimpse of perspective from one person’s experience—namely, mine—of that first year of motherhood with the man I love. Because, if there is one thing I have learned through pregnancy, childbirth, and those first early months, it’s this: Everyone’s story is different, and not everyone’s advice and/or experience will fit your own. And I’m just “getting” this now while I sit here seven months into my second pregnancy listening to my two-year-old whine at her father, for no reason at all, because, well, she’s a two-year-old, and she’s more emotional than day two of your menstrual cycle. Before we start, I’ll tell you, sight unseen, that you are doing great—both of you—regardless of whatever legal or spiritual bond holds you together. (Yes, you in the sweatpants with a butt you hardly recognize anymore!) You are doing great: every day, every diaper change, every feeding, and every awkward playdate with a mom you’ve never met.

And so is your relationship. I know you don’t believe me because you probably haven’t had sex in two months. OK, let’s be honest: You haven’t had sex in four months, but who’s really admitting that? Me, that’s who! There is nothing that changes your relationship more than the uncertain path of parenthood. What follows is a road map to what I have learned. As you read it, do so knowing your truth may not necessarily be mine. He Will Never REALLY Get It I remember having a conversation with my husband, Brad, before we knew we were having a baby. I said, “I’m afraid that my life will change the most. And your life will change, too, but not that much.” He insisted this would not be the case, and that we were in this together. But I couldn’t help but think he was wrong. Now, I’m not sidestepping the fact that his life did change, but let’s be real—my life changed the most. Summer 2016 ¤ Teton Family


The good news is that Brad insisted he learn how to change a diaper, steam a bottle, and swaddle a crying child. It was impressive, actually. We also worked together to take care of each other—even the small things like fixing two cups of coffee in the morning rather than just one. But then he returned to work. And at that point, like me, you may have gone back to work, too. But it’s not the same. Your body is still in shambles while he’s skiing Teton Pass. He’s grabbing a beer after work while you’re trying to nurse a baby down. Your schedule is now solely dependent on his schedule. And the role of primary caregiver naturally falls upon you, the mom. It was the third month into “new baby world,” and I was headed back to work soon. I was sitting in the doctor’s office, crying and holding our child. I didn’t know if I was overwhelmed or just depressed, as I could hardly recognize my world or myself. The doctor looked at me and said, “Jeannette, motherhood is the most unequal position a woman will ever hold.” He Can’t Read Your Mind Nope. No matter how much you want him to, the truth is that he just can’t. In our eleven years together, Brad will still remind me of this fact when I’m upset and he has no idea why. So I tell him, because: Men. Cannot. Read. Your. Mind. But still, I forget this rule. “I had such a long day today,” I said to Brad over the phone while I was out on a “snooze cruise” one night. It was the only way I could settle the kid during her colicky months. I would drive around and around until she fell asleep. “I’m sorry,” he said. “I’ll be home soon. I haven’t done much of anything today except

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try and soothe this kid.” I walked into the house around eight o’clock. It was quiet. Brad emerged from the back office with half a beer in one hand and a kiss for me. “You OK?” he asked. NO, I thought. No, I am not OK. I dealt with a crying child all day. I am hungry and tired. And why are you drinking a beer? Why are you so calm? And why don’t you even have water boiling for pasta? I pushed off those feelings and chalked them up to exhaustion. I ate a bowl of cereal and went to bed. The next morning, I woke up to feed as Brad was getting ready to go for a ski before work. I burst into tears. “What?” he asked, both frustrated and confused. “Can’t you understand? I need help! I need you to see the whole picture and figure out what you can do, too. Why do you have to go skiing?” “I can’t read your mind, Jeannette. What do you want me to do? Tell me.” And I did. And he boiled some water that night and the night after that. It was the most delicious pasta I’ve ever had. The Work vs. Home Trap I recently visited a friend who had just had a baby. She looked the part: sweatpants on, baby on boob, and bedding laid out on the living room couch. On maternity leave for six weeks, my friend was happy for “the break,” but admitted that it was a lot harder than she thought. “I’m so tired, and sleeping on the couch is making things worse,” she said. She was sleeping in the living room instead of in her bed with

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her husband because she didn’t want the crying baby to wake him. He was, after all, working, and she was taking her “vacation” time. Now, first of all, maternity leave is not a vacation! Let’s stop calling it that. There is no beach, no maid service, and no tan lines. This is maternity leave—a place in time carved out for you to recover physically and emotionally from childbirth, a time to take care of this new bundle of disruption and joy, and try and grasp what the hell you just did. Sure, it’s important that your partner play his role—going out into the world and earning the check­—but let’s not fall into the trap that “he works and I stay at home.” Staying at home, in any capacity, to take care of your child is work, hard work. It just looks different than the nine-to-five kind. So before you start down the road of, “He has to work,” consider that even God rested on the seventh day. Give yourself a break by acknowledging that you, too, are working. Just as hard, if not harder. It will help eliminate potential martyrdom. You Will Love Him More Than You Thought Possible I know—ick, right? But it’s true. Maybe it was all those months of an uncomfortable pregnancy followed by the push (and pull, and push) of thirty-six hours of labor and delivery. Boy! He hung in there with every swear word and gasp of pain I threw at him. But afterward, I remember feeling this rush of solidarity. We did this. Together. Now, we’ve climbed mountains together, and we have been through happy and sad experiences. But this—this was new and exciting, and no matter how many unboiled pots of water there would be, there was no one else I wanted to travel this path with. tf

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hen we purchased our home in Tetonia, Idaho, nine years ago, you could say I was a gardening neophyte. My husband, on the other hand, had honed his green thumb cultivating alongside his grandfather and volunteering at Cosmic Apple Gardens. So as soon as spring broke, we dove right in, quickly digging up the grass to make room for potatoes, carrots, and lettuce. Neither Jeff nor I thought to write anything down; after all, we had never been responsible for our own garden before. In those first years, we had many successes and a few failures. Every spring, I would try and recall what it was that I planted where when ordering new seeds and starts. Then, about four years into my gardening hobby, I started keeping track. And so my first foray into garden journaling began. Journal, Take One A “garden journal” is a loose term for a system a gardener uses to keep track of the plants in his or her garden. Garden journals can contain observations of nature’s goings-on, diaries of daily yardwork, diagrams of what is planted and harvested where and when, collections of photographs, and resources for all things garden-related. They can be as simple as scribbled notes jotted onto scrap paper and shoved alongside seed packs in a plastic container. They can also be intricate works of art—an heirloom journal, if you will—complete with hand-drawn illustrations of budding fruit plants and memories of meals made with cultivated produce. My motto: Simplicity is the key to longevity when embarking on any new task. “Don’t overdo it. There is no right way,” shares Judy

Allen of Darby Canyon Gardens. Allen, who teaches gardening classes and rents out bed space on her property, recommends, “Do what helps you become more organized and less scattered.” Method of Sowing First, decide on a medium that best serves you. Allen’s method of choice is an expandable file for all of her lists and notes. If you don’t quite know where to start, choose a premade garden journal or planner. A quick search at an online bookstore provides many options. Or go with a basic notebook dedicated to gardening to ensure all your information is in one place. For a few bucks more, a binder allows you to add sheet protectors, printouts, and new sections as needed. For the more tech-inclined cultivator, wordprocessing documents and spreadsheets keep your work legible and easily available with the touch of a mouse. If you prefer a visual record, take snapshots of your crops from sowing to harvesting. These photos may be kept as a personal archive or shared in online garden forums ( or on social media. And if you want to go big, take journaling one step further by creating your own garden blog. What to Plant Once you have chosen your journaling medium, the sky is the limit! Again, start simple. Think about what information is most helpful and enjoyable to have. Here are my suggestions to get you started: • Garden Diagram: Draw an outline of your garden beds and mark where you planted certain seeds. This helps distinguish different

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varieties of fruits and vegetables, and will assist you in rotating crops next year. • Weather: Every year in the Tetons is different, especially these days. Jot down the peculiars of the seasons (i.e., warm spring, hot June, plants slow to mature, first frost last week of July,

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Indian summer, harvested into October). Or add calendar pages to your journal to record highs, lows, precipitation, and frost. • Plant Profiles: Record how to sow, harvest, and cure plants for future reminders. Make notes on their companions, pH requirements, and fertilization needs. Add empty seed packs to

Make it an Heirloom! —

An heirloom is an object passed from generation to generation.

Coincidentally, an heirloom seed is a traditional variety of seed that has

purchased through a bookstore or scrapbook supplier. Or, if you have the

been hand-selected for certain traits and is unaltered from its origins.

time, bind your own book by sourcing artsy instructions on Pinterest. Decide

An heirloom garden journal combines these two ideas: It is a journal for

on the material for your cover and the number of pages. Buy quality paper

horticulturists to keep track of their gardens’ teachings, and to share—or

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pass down—that knowledge in a beautiful way. An heirloom journal

Step 4: Get Artsy

provides an artistic look back on the garden once it has been put to bed. Step 1: Be a Good Reporter Take notes on your garden throughout the growing season. Photograph

Draw or paint pictures of your vegetables and flowers. Use these drawings as cover pages for various sections. List your veggies and fruits in order of best to least productive. Glue on pressed flowers as page

what you are growing and cooking. Make notes on recipes cooked and

decorations. And print out images of your plants (see Step 1) from seedling

meals shared for later reflection. Collect flowers and save your favorite

to harvest. Paste a packet of your seed on one page, complete with a

seed packets.

photograph and notes about this favorite variety.

Step 2: Be an Editor

Step 5: Get Literary

At the end of the season, decide what information from your notebook is

Next to a photograph of an especially beautiful zucchini, paste another

most relevant and interesting.

shot of the zucchini bread you made and a recipe card to go with. Share the

Step 3: Choose your Book

story of the dinner party you threw midsummer, including who was there and

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it covers. Choose a paper journal with a heavy-duty cover that can be

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what you made from the garden.

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your journal. • Pest and Disease Issues: List the types, successes, and failures of mitigation and what garden bed(s) were affected. • Inventory and Supplies: Keep track of items such as irrigation parts for ease of reordering in the future. • Canning Directions: If you put up any of your garden goods, keep the processing times and recipes here. • Recipe List: Write down a list of different dishes that you made when produce was abundant. This way, it won’t go to waste due to lack of use. (This is especially helpful come zucchini season.) • Seed Inventory: List what you have left and where it was purchased so that ordering and plotting out next year’s garden goes smoothly. • End of Season Wrap-up: Take a note of what worked, what didn’t, and what you would change in the future. Give your plants grades, like Chioggia beets, A; Santee broccoli, D. Must-Have Refinements After years of trial and error, I found that a three-ring binder best suits my needs. I’ve divided it into certain sections that I can’t live without: bed diagrams, companion planting printouts, end-ofseason wrap-up, and seed inventory. That may change. Each year, I notice details in my diagrams and notes that were superfluous and realize other bits of information went untracked. And that’s what I like most about gardening. It is ever-evolving. Someday, I’ll have the time and energy to create an heirloom journal, complete with watercolors and stories. Until then, I will develop my three-ring binder to include the bare necessities, and hope that it helps me cultivate more successes and fewer failures. tf

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Refreshing Rejuvelacs … and other fermented belly drinks By Poa Van Sickle // Photographs by Paulette Phlipot


ver the last decade, kombucha has gone mainstream, piquing an interest in fermented beverages. Other traditional tonic beverages are gaining attention, too. While ferments have evolved throughout the ages, what is causing their resurgence? For one, many Americans recognize that their digestion is impaired and have found relief with fermented beverages. Also, discoveries in the microbiome and its effects on both body and mind have spawned awareness around what we cannot see in the foods we consume. And lastly, people are savvier to the health implications of sugary sodas and have begun to (slowly) replace soda consumption in their diet. Spring is the perfect time to provide a jump-start to 18

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your system and dabble in DIY ferments. And by making small-batch tonics at home, you forgo the spendy daily habit of purchasing them at the store. On the next few pages I outline some recipes that include “wild” ferments (using the natural bacteria and yeast in the air and on foods), and also those that need the assist of a culture, as in the case of kombucha. All these tonics offer certain benefits, but they can vary from person to person. Experiment with a few and note how the drink works for you. And remember—tonics were historically served as small two- to four-ounce portions, often as a digestive aid, and not necessarily in the larger sixteen- to twentyounce portions we see in the store. tf

While fermenting beverages under pressure produces a wonderful bubbly quality, explosions can occur. Use only bottles made to withstand pressure (like beer bottles), and do not leave at room temperature for more than one day.

Chioggia Beet Kvass —

Kvass originated in Eastern Europe. It was traditionally made with old, dry bread, which was then fermented into a tonic beverage. Variations include a similar method made with vegetables and fruits. In this version, beets are used to create an intensely nutritive beverage. Beet kvass is rich in vitamins, minerals, and probiotics, and is said to be an excellent blood and liver tonic.

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medium to large Chioggia beets organic lemons 3- to 4-inch piece fresh ginger cinnamon stick teaspoon sea salt

1. Wash beets and lemons. 2. Chop beets into 1- to 2-inch pieces. Cut lemons into quarters.

Slice ginger into 1/4-inch rounds. 3. Place all ingredients, except beets and half of 1 lemon, in a 2-quart glass container. 4. Add beets and then squeeze lemon half over the mixture, adding it to the container. 5. Fill container with filtered water until all ingredients are covered (water should be 1 inch or more from top of jar). Cover with a lid (not too tight). 6. Allow it to sit on counter at room temperature for 2 to 3 days, “burping” the lid each day to let gas escape. 7. Place jar in refrigerator for 2 to 3 more days. 8. Strain liquid kvass into glass storage containers and store in fridge. 9. Drink a shot each day before meals or for a cool, refreshing treat in the summertime! 10. For a second steeping, refill container with filtered water and keep on counter 1 to 2 days. Strain as above and discard mixture. Summer 2016 ¤ Teton Family


Kombucha —

Yields 1 gallon

Kombucha is a sugary, caffeinated beverage traditionally made with black tea. It is fermented with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). The SCOBY is placed in the sweetened tea mixture where it “eats” the sugar and creates a tangy and slightly effervescent beverage with notes of vinegar. Kombucha—with its natural caffeine and slightly sweet taste—offers a “gateway drink” to people weaning themselves off soda. It aids digestion and can assist with gout by helping the body process acid buildup. Please note: Kombucha can also be slightly alcoholic.

1 gallon filtered water 3/4 cup sugar 6 black or green tea bags (or loose-tea equivalent) 1 SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) 20

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1. Obtain a SCOBY from a trusted friend or buy a starter culture online ( 2. Bring water and sugar to a boil. 3. Remove from heat, add tea, and steep for 15 minutes. 4. Remove tea and cool to room temperature. Place in a glass container. 5. Add SCOBY to cooled tea. 6. Allow it to ferment for 1 to 2 weeks in a glass container, covered with cloth. 7. Store prepared kombucha in refrigerator. Drink as is or flavor with fruit juice in a secondary fermentation. 8. Make a new batch with fresh SCOBY. * Note: Make sure your SCOBY isn’t growing mold! As a preventative, add a small amount of vinegar or previous kombucha brew to the new batch.

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A ginger bug begins with a mixture of sugar, ginger, and water that captures wild yeasts and beneficial bacteria. It can be used as a probiotic boost (and fizz) to herbal sodas like ginger ale, root beer, and natural fruit sodas. Ginger bugs are easy to start and can be kept in the refrigerator to later be “reactivated”—similar to a sourdough starter— for soda whenever you’d like.

1-2 whole fresh ginger roots 1/2 cup, plus more, sugar (other sweeteners will not work!) 2 cups filtered water


1. Grate 2 to 3 tbsp. ginger and place in a quart-size Mason jar. Sprinkle 2 to 3 tbsp. sugar on top. 2. Add filtered water, stir, and lightly cover (a coffee filter secured with a rubber band works well). 3. Once daily for the next 5 days, stir the mixture and add 1 tbsp. each grated ginger and sugar. (It may take up to 8 days to create the desired culture.) 4. Your bug is ready when it forms bubbles on the top, it fizzes when stirred, it becomes slightly cloudy, and it takes on a sweet and mildly yeasty smell. 5. Once the ginger bug has cultured, keep it alive and continue growing it by feeding it regularly as above or “rest” it in the fridge. To reactivate, remove, let it reach room temperature, and begin feeding it 1 tsp. sugar and 1 tsp. grated ginger per day until it’s fizzy again. 6. Create fermented fruit sodas by adding 1/4 cup ginger bug starter per quart of diluted fruit juice. Place in flip-top bottles (like repurposed Grolsch beer bottles) and store in fridge. ot


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Rejuvelac —

Rejuvelacs are fermented tonic beverages made from sprouted grains, typically sprouted wheat berries. These effervescent drinks have a tangy flavor, perfect for a hot summer night. They contain beneficial bacteria, as well as beneficial digestive enzymes, and are rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Drop in some basil or mint sprigs before refrigerating for a drink with a twist.


1 cup wheat berries (or use rye, barley, millet, buckwheat, or quinoa) Filtered water 1. Soak grains in filtered water overnight or up to 24 hours. Strain and rinse. 2. Transfer to a sprouting jar or glass container for 2 to 3 days, rinsing at least once daily. 3. When grains sprout (a small white tail will appear), rinse well and transfer to a large glass container (quart-size Mason jars work well). 4. Add 1 quart of filtered water. 5. Cover and let sit on counter at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. 6. Check daily and watch for small bubbles to appear. Liquid should be slightly cloudy and smell pleasantly sour. 7. Strain liquid into storage containers and store in fridge. 8. Discard grains or, for a second steeping, refill container with filtered water and let sit for another 2 days. Repeat step 7.


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t always brings a smile to my face, recalling my father in the warm June sunlight showing off his new, freshly ironed, homesewn, tie-dye necktie. What a sport! When I was ten, I bought an old sewing machine with my paper route money, and ties were the only thing I was ever proficient at making. My father received most of these gems and—much to everyone’s surprise—continues to wear them on special occasions all these years later. Looking back at my preteen self, I remember carefully picking out the perfect blends of Rit dye that would complement my father’s traditional navy suit. Now, I’m not sure I nailed it with my springtime pastel choices of pink and purple, but I sure tried. Despite my close relationship with my father, finding the perfect gift for him is still a challenge. And I recently read that Father’s Day sales run far behind those of Mother’s Day. The article stated that the ideal gift is usually overbudget (think circular saw) so dad tends to buy what he wants. Below are some gift ideas that are a bit more en vogue for today’s dad than my outdated tie-dye necktie. Your dad is going to love whatever you give him this Father’s Day. That’s just how dads are! But I find that the gift of making something special provides wonderful memories in its creation. So don’t forget to share these stories with your father, too. They will add to his enjoyment. tf

Cousin Morgan’s Famous Rib Rub —

Makes 1 half-rack of ribs

My cousin Steve and his wife, Morgan, perfected this family recipe over the years. As a gift, bag the ingredients, wrap them in butcher paper, and tie with twine. Or, for a special night in, grab some local ribs and cook your dad a feast. Serve with salad tossed in a springinfused vinaigrette (see recipe next page).

1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup paprika (or less to taste) 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon black pepper 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon cayenne powder 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Preheat oven to 275° F. Combine all ingredients in a bowl or measuring cup. Spread rub on ribs with hands. Cook in oven for up to 4 hours. Remove ribs from oven and sear on a hot grill, 2 minutes per side. Brush on your favorite barbecue sauce. Cook for a few minutes more on indirect heat on the grill. Summer 2016 ¤ Teton Family


Spring-Infused Vinaigrette —

Does your dad need a little help taking his vitamins? Disguise nutrients in a salad dressing—like the GLAs (gamma-linolenic acid) and ALAs (alpha-linolenic acid) found in various oils—to help reduce his inflammation and help curtail male pattern baldness. The addition of spring native herbs, like dandelion leaves, nettles, and horsetail, provides an additional boost of backyard super greens (you know, the ones that tend to “ruin” your father’s lawn).

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— For the infused vinegar:

Dandelion, nettle, or horsetail leaves Apple cider vinegar (with “the mother”—strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria) 1-quart Mason jar

Fill Mason jar with nutrient-rich leaves. Cover plant material with apple cider vinegar to the top. Cap the jar (I like to use a plastic lid, as vinegar will erode metal). Store in a dark cupboard for at least 2 weeks. Strain, rebottle, and label.

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For the vinaigrette:

2 cloves garlic, minced 1 small handful wild or organic blueberries 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or 3 sprigs) 1/3 cup infused apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey (optional) 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) or 1/3 each EVOO and Udo’s flax-borage seed oil blend Sea salt and pepper to taste 1. Add chopped garlic, berries, and thyme to apple cider vinegar. Infuse for at least 30 minutes. 2. Strain, if desired. 3. Add mustard, lemon juice, sweetener, salt, and pepper. 4. Add EVOO. Gently whisk or shake. 5. Transfer into a recycled bottle for gifting. 6. Shake before use. Store away from light.

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By Christina Shepherd McGuire Photographs by Camrin Dengel


love honey. I love the way it slides off my spoon into my morning coffee. I love its sweet, earthy smell and the golden hue it reveals when the light hits the Mason jar just so. I love the crusty goodness that accumulates on the surface of local, raw, and unprocessed varieties—the goods that quell seasonal allergies. I actually have this thing with bees, too, and have always dreamt of having my own hive someday. I figured it was my calling, since I’m one of those oddballs who can weed an overgrown perennial bed with bees buzzing about, landing on me, whispering in my ear—no freak-out necessary. In fact, I’ve only been stung once or twice in my life, and I bet the infliction wasn’t from a honeybee. Honeybees have this aura. They go about their day just doing their jobs for the good of the greater whole. There are only a few goals on the minds of these creatures, I suspect: gather nectar, make honey, and feed the queen. Such simpletons! I used to think of them as single insects—one in themselves—until I caught up with the pros who convinced me that a honeybee is actually just a small part of a bigger organism called a colony.

The Plight of the Honeybee Life inside a beehive may seem pretty confusing to the average onlooker. And the hierarchy that exists amongst the colony sure is quirky. Of course, there’s the queen bee, central to the survival of the entire colony. All the other bees live, work, and die for the 1. Emily Sustick and a friend coax a swarm of bees into their new home. 2. Swarming is a natural process of reproduction. 3. After choosing a frame, Emily relocates it for harvesting. 4. Emily cuts honeycomb off of a frame. Summer 2016 ¤ Teton Family


queen. But despite her governing name, the queen bee—with a brain much smaller than a worker—doesn’t rule the roost. Instead, she’s an egg-laying machine (yes, barefoot and pregnant, folks!). She also emits pheromones (or bee perfume) that only the bees in the hive can smell. This type of sophisticated communication tells the bees that all is well with the queen and definitely dictates the personality of the hive. The female worker bees—the ones who truly wear the pants in the family—support their queen year-round. Surprisingly, their role goes well beyond just that of collecting nectar and pollen. The worker bees’ job is allocated on the basis of age. On days one and two, the workers clean cells and keep the brood (egg, larva, and pupa) warm. On days three through five, workers feed the older larvae, followed by days six and seven when they feed the younger larvae. Days twelve through seventeen are devoted to producing 30

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wax, building cells, and carrying food. During days eighteen to twenty-one, they guard the hive. And finally, after day twenty-two, the workers then fly from the hive, pollinating plants and collecting pollen, nectar, and water. And the drone bees—well, sorry, guys—they only have one duty: mate with the queen before they die. In early autumn, the drones are evicted from the hive by the pants-wearing worker bees. The end. Now this simplistic rendition of what goes on in the hive only unveils one part of the bigger picture. Aside from supporting their egg-laying queen, honeybees have the broad responsibility of pollinating agricultural and wild plants. As they gather nectar and pollen, they also deposit male plant pollen into the stigma of the female plants, stimulating the growth of seed and fruit. Certain crops—namely blueberries, cherries, and almonds—depend almost

solely on honeybee pollination, making the business of bees a hot commodity in the agricultural space. But sometimes being a creature essential to nature has its disadvantages. Honeybees-for-hire are shipped seasonally—from places like Wyoming and Idaho—to California and back to pollinate agricultural crops. (This is big business, people!) And this $14 billion industry remains one of the key factors in the proliferation of colony collapse disorder, a worldwide epidemic. Local beekeeper and Teton Valley, Idaho, resident Rob Dupre explains the specifics: “Bees are trucked around the country on semis—which is very stressful for the bees—then arrive at a huge monoculture area [like an almond grove] and get fed chemically medicated corn syrup until the almond trees start blooming. Mites and diseases are spread amongst the bees, and then the bees are dispersed back out around the country again, including into this valley.” Dupre mentions that

one of the main detriments Emily extracts honey from the comb with the help of a strainer. to bee populations is the Varroa mite, an Asian mite that first appeared in the States around 1985. This mite shows up not only on the commercial colonies that summer in our high mountain area, but can also afflict backyard populations, too.

Artisanal Keepers and Natural Methods Big business aside, local honeybee keepers are popping up like weeds—and it’s not just happening here. With a greater awareness of the honeybee’s quandary, everyday citizens are educating themselves and delving into the practice of raising bees. True, some were drawn to this artisanal craft so they could enjoy the foodie staple of raw honey, known for its anti-inflammatory properties, among other benefits. Others have a more holistic plan that includes Summer 2016 ¤ Teton Family


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Bee-Centric Practices: — Plant native bee-friendly plants in your garden and cultivate native plants, too. Buy from a nursery that sources plants free of harmful pesticides. Replace part of your lawn with flowering plants. Leave the dandelions and clover alone. Report swarms to a local beekeeping group (like the Teton Valley Beekeeper’s Association) instead of calling an exterminator. Swarms tend to be docile because they have no home or honey to protect. Support local organic farmers and CSAs, especially those using regenerative farming practices. Plant cover crops in your vegetable garden once it’s passed, and/or wherever there is bare soil. This helps reduce weeds and provide a food source for bees. Examples include crimson clover and buckwheat. Steer clear of using chemical herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers in your garden and on your lawn. Many are toxic to bees. Most importantly—get to know the bee! 

their backyard vegetable or fruit gardens. But whatever the motive, backyard keepers have learned to prize their bees not only for their honey, but also for their place in our ecosystem. It’s funny—nearly every beekeeper I spoke with claimed novice status, even if they’ve been cultivating bees for years. “I’m no expert … ,” “You probably shouldn’t be talking to me … ,” and, “I’m really just learning,” were all phrases spoken before I finally coerced them into an interview. You see, bees—with their specific roles and calculated idiosyncrasies—seem to humble the backyard keeper, keeping them on their toes every year. First, there is the natural process of swarming, when a portion of the colony’s workers create a new queen and leave the hive, forming a swarm. Emily Sustick, program director for Full Circle Education and a backyard beekeeper, explains, “Swarming is a natural process of reproduction that happens in the late spring or early summer after the colony has built back its population and the queen is no longer able to find cell space to lay a new brood. Swarming allows for diversification of the gene pool, increasing the overall health and resilience of the colony.” To prevent a potential swarm, keepers may add another box to their hive or add more frames around the brood box so that the queen can expand her egg-laying space. But if you’re not totally on top of it—BAM—you’ve got a swarm! Last spring, Sustick recaptured a swarm on a tree in her yard (one of those educating experiences), making two hives out of her one. Unfortunately, the new colony didn’t make it through the winter. Denise DelSignore, of Felt, Idaho, just leaves her bees alone. She explains that she goes into her five hives only once yearly and never smokes them (a process used for inspection that calms bees in the hive). DelSignore started keeping bees as a family tradition that dates back to her grandfather. She keeps two Emily inspects a frame before choosing one to harvest. types of hives: a Warre hive,

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which is a top-bar hive that closely mimics nature, allowing the bees to draw out their own comb from the top down; and the more popular Langstroth hive, which consists of boxes (or supers) stacked on top of each other with frame foundations for bees to make their comb and store their honey. DelSignore harvests honey only in the spring, after the bees have had enough to overwinter. And she does so sparingly, assuring little disruption of the unit. Sustick concurs, noting that when you first establish a hive, you need to forgo harvesting honey for at least one full year to ensure

they will make it through the winter. Beekeeping in a climate with a short summer season definitely has its challenges. Aside from ensuring the bees have enough honey to survive the winter (roughly seventy pounds), you also need to provide nutrients during the sparse spring months. DelSignore makes bee patties out of store-bought pollen, soy lecithin, and either lemongrass or wintergreen essential oils. The patties give her bees a pollen source prior to first blooms, while the oils help fight disease. Similarly, Sustick makes a spring tea for her bees to help with immunity. In the past, she has also dusted her bees with powdered sugar to prevent mites from attaching to their bodies. And Dupre uses a screen on the bottom board of his hives. When the bees pick mites off each other, they fall out of the hive and onto the ground, preventing infestation. Despite these best efforts, even the most versed keeper eventually loses a colony. Dupre has captured a few of his past swarms, but none of them have prospered. Sustick lost one colony this winter, and DelSignore—despite her hands-off approach—has had a few colonies perish throughout her years. “Discovering one of my hives deceased initially felt like a huge loss,” explains Sustick, “but working with a threatened species [especially in a cold climate], I


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regard this as part of the learning experience, and it will not deter my efforts.” Luckily, our local keepers have a shoulder to lean on and encouraging friends to share tactics with. The Teton Valley Beekeeper’s Association, organized by Dupre, keeps members informed of regional bee-related events and information. Through this organization, he coordinates bee orders and pickups. The first meeting, held last spring, had six attendees. Dupre hopes to have seasonal meetings where keepers can coordinate equipment and bee orders, as well as honey-extracting efforts. In the future, he hopes to organize a beekeeping class and/or coordinate a guest speaker. Any beekeeper is welcome to join.

Life-Long Lesson When asked if the rise of backyard keeping helps populations thrive, my responses were varied, but one theme rang true: education. Being a beekeeper and learning directly from the bees creates a bigger-picture awareness, one that segues into everyday life. “What I have learned is that I’m a more bee-centric beekeeper. I am concerned about the health and proliferation of the species,” Sustick explains. Sustick spreads the love through her teachings with Full Circle Education. “Children are fascinated by these social insects and are intrigued when they discover that much of the food they consume daily is dependent upon pollinators.” She further connects them to this species through practical arts, such as instilling the tradition of making (dipping) beeswax candles during the winter solstice with the Teton Valley Community School, Alta Elementary School, and homeschooled children.

Bee sources: — • Join Full Circle Education to learn more about bees and pollinators through a workshop coming this summer. Tour hives and gardens, taste local honey, and more. For more info, visit • Teton Valley Beekeeper’s Association contact: chasingparadise1@

And for adults, with honeybee-rearing gaining popularity, questions surrounding bees are asked and answered. This awareness ultimately fosters a bigger, more mindful movement. “Since the honeybee maintains a symbiotic relationship with much of the natural world, their decline in health is a reflection of a greater imbalance and disruption to our ecosystems,” Sustick explains. “Ultimately, my goal is to help people make this connection and take action in their own lives to protect and support the proliferation of this incredible species.” By simply observing a colony in action, maybe we’ll take more time to engage and notice the bees in our own garden. Maybe we’ll start planting bee-centric scapes, and maybe we’ll skip fertilizing our lawns this spring. And maybe, just maybe, by spreading this awareness we’ll start to bring more balance into our natural world. Start a thread on your local gardening platform. Ask a question of your seasonal landscaper. Spread the bee-centric word. Go ahead, I dare you. tf

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hen we think of family, we commonly imagine the average makeup: a set of parents, 3.5 kids, and maybe a dog or cat. But here in the Tetons, average doesn’t always apply. Living amongst this wild landscape inspires creativity, a quality that sometimes spills over into our concept of family as our circle of friends becomes a substitute, or additive, depending on your regional roots. Whether it’s a surrogate mother, a substitute brother, or a fatherly figure, many find that their friends are as close as or, in some cases, even closer than family. That’s why living here is unique. You don’t necessarily need blood relatives to feel like you have kinsfolk in this outpost. For more than a hundred years, this region has brought likeminded people closer together. And maybe it’s because of this that the typical family doesn’t always include the traditional composition but, rather, an assemblage of individuals making a life together in this harsh but awe-inspiring region. It’s a big-picture Thing This quality brought Nancy and Michael “Mac” McCoy back to the area in 1995. The couple and their dog picked up and started a new life in Teton Valley, Idaho, where they’d met in the winter of 1973-74 working at Grand Targhee Resort. While here, their childfree path has allowed them to pursue adventurous careers offering extensive travel and reprieve from the valley. Mac’s work with Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit that aims to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle, requires him to take big blocks of time to map out multistate bicycle routes like the Great Divide. Together he and Nancy have cycled in Europe and organized trips for themselves and friends. From ski tours to snowcoach hopping to century bike rides, Nancy and Mac McCoy’s adventure travels often include “family.” Amy and Jeff Golightly’s big picture contains stunning vistas, furry friends, and a sense of flexibility. Summer 2016 ¤ Teton Family


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This sense of coveted freedom is also the case for Jackson-based couple Amy and Jeff Golightly. Without kids, they have more time to connect with their community and have fostered close relationships with a diverse group of friends. “Our life is really full,” Amy says. “It’s easy.” Being childfree doesn’t mean the pair are exempt from attending the occasional recital or engaging in the progression of their friends’ children, though—they are just not genetically obligated. Instead, they have created a family from the people they love to be around, in addition to immediate relatives. Through a combination of choice and chance, their circle consists of parents, friends, nieces, and nephews, as well as a couple of dogs. Children of their own are not part of the equation. The McCoys also find family amongst their friends and neighbors. “It’s broader-based,” Nancy says. In fact, as the owners of Powder Mountain Press in Driggs, the McCoys launched Teton Family magazine in 2012, partly in an effort to try to expand the meaning of “family” in the region. And they have a good circle of friends they consider family, too, including a twenty-three-year-old godson who is pursuing a career in slopestyle and freeride skiing. Their chosen family—consisting of those they deliberately prefer to be around—is a big part of their lives. “You get the call when the baby is going to be born; you go stay with the family while they’re in the hospital,” Nancy explains. When there’s an accident, a loss, or a friend’s kid needs a ride to Jackson, they’ve enjoyed being a resource. “You can be as involved as you want to be,” Mac says. It’s a (Relatively) Stress-Free Living Thing Without children, both couples enjoy greater financial freedom. The Golightlys’ ability to switch careers when they’ve needed to has offered a huge reward. “Kids are expensive,” Amy says. Without the financial stress, “we’ve been able to do that which has called to us, instead of the dollar value it provided,” Jeff adds. “I would say our life is simple, but that’s not necessarily because we don’t have kids. We do have our two dogs,” says Amy, referring to their canine commitments. “There’s a lower level of stress. We can spend more time focusing on each other and having time for ourselves,” she adds, noting the couple have maintained a strong relationship because of their childfree circumstances. There are no competing interests in the home, and they find it easier to take care of each other while fitting in a mountain bike ride or a day of skiing. Animals provide a grounding influence for the McCoys, too. A long time ago they committed to always having at least one dog. “Even childless people find ways to tie themselves down,” jokes Mac, as their six-year-old American Field Spaniel, Eddie, dozes underfoot. “We’re definitely not saving for college,” Nancy says. To that Mac adds, “We probably wouldn’t have moved here from Missoula [Montana] if we had kids, because the financial thing would have been a big part of it.” The McCoys are also grateful for their ability to have avoided corporate life. “Our stress level is a lot less than it would be otherwise,” Nancy says. It’s a ‘Community Matters’ Thing For most people who’ve settled down in the Tetons, having children doesn’t necessarily dictate their level of community involvement. There is no line of separation between those with kids and those without. Connections are made based on common interests rather than traditional family values. Volunteering is a big part of the Golightlys’ life. Amy holds

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a spot on the board of two organizations: Mountain Bike the Tetons and Womentum. And she volunteers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, all while serving as the associate director of the Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation. As the CEO of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Jeff also finds plenty of opportunities to get involved. He volunteers with the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole and the Center for the Arts. “We give of our time, but in a way that’s fulfilling for us,” Amy says. The McCoys support their community by actively voting for local education initiatives (a big deal in Idaho), and also by donating their time to community issues that speak to their interests. Nancy spent almost a decade as a hospital trustee for Teton Valley Health Care and now volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in Idaho’s Judicial District VII. Mac was a founding board member of Teton Valley Trails and Pathways (TVTAP) and spent many years serving that organization. It’s an Adventure Thing Unlike other places, people in the Tetons don’t judge your concept of family. “There doesn’t seem to be as much of an expectation here to have kids,” Jeff explains. “There’s no look of surprise or pity when people ask if we have children. Instead, most people just want to go skiing on the weekend.” The Golightlys and the McCoys both feel that this unique area fosters acceptance of all kinds of lifestyles. “Here, people live for adventure,” Amy says. “If someone doesn’t want to or cannot have kids, it’s not the end of the world, that’s for sure,” Mac says. “There are lots of positive aspects to it,” Nancy adds, apparent in the lifestyle they live, the jobs they’ve landed, and the adventure travel they’ve pursued. “I do think it was the nature of where we were and the opportunities presented to us that helped guide us … and now we’re looking at retirement,” Nancy says laughing, after already living a life of doing pretty much what she and Mac wanted to do. Both the Golightlys and the McCoys would never trade their paths for any other. “A tremendous part of the people and the life here is that we can rely on friends to fill that family role,” Amy says. Having time to focus on what makes them happy is the biggest reward. Both couples cherish the feeling that many childfree pairs experience—freedom to surround themselves with people of all ages that truly fill them up. “We’ve been fortunate to pick a path that’s healthy for us,” Amy says. “I wouldn’t change it.” tf

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still recall my first steps through the camp’s entrance and onto the soft, dusty pathway lined with pine needles and shaded in towering Northern California redwoods. Around me, other arriving campers excitedly ran to hug one another and recount memories from previous summers they had shared. I knew no one, and felt out of place as I shuffled my way to the lodge for check-in. Every ounce of my adolescent awkwardness seemed to hit me at once during that seemingly endless walk. Still, I managed to reach the lodge, petrified of what was to come. From there started a two-week journey of adventure, connection, development, and discovery. I spent my first night in the backcountry, hiked my first (and second and third) mile under a heavy pack, braved my first lightning storm, cooked my first meal, and even had my first kiss. Through all of these experiences—the awkward and awesome—I got to know myself, independent of my day-to-day life, school, family, friends, and routine. Many years have passed since that camp experience, yet I still note its influence on my life. Not only do I live in a beautiful place full of outdoor adventure, but I’ve also had the opportunity to plan and facilitate meaningful summer experiences for other young people. I like working with adolescents because I’ve seen how a summer experience can influence their lives. And while fun is undeniably an

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important part of summer programming for teens, there is added opportunity to create a powerful and fulfilling experience, different from any other. Adolescence 101 Adolescence is the time when kids become people. As a child, your parents have total control over the world you live in. They decide whether you ski the Village or watch cartoons on a Saturday morning. They decide if you eat Big Macs or vegetables for dinner. They decide whether you solve problems by yelling and screaming, or by talking it out. Parenting an adolescent is less about control and more about guiding support. During this time, which experts say spans from ten to nineteen years of age, teens and tweens draw on the influences of childhood to develop their independent selves. Rather than trying to fight the natural process, you should saddle up and roll with it by providing your teen with a meaningful summer program where he or she can exercise independence and exploration. Consider the following summer camp benefits before going the course: Individuation A sleepover summer camp may be your kid’s first time spending

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School the night away from you. This is a good thing—allowing them the opportunity to see themselves as true individuals. It’s up to them to be either the person who leads others along the trail, or puts up the tent, or checks in with a struggling teammate, or tells jokes around the campfire. Personalities emerge in situations where they are separated from you. It was during my first summer at camp that I discovered my passion for the outdoors. Without that experience, I may never have arrived at a life in Jackson. Peer-Group Expansion In a small, remote town such as ours, there are limited opportunities for young people to expand their peer groups. Many have had the same set of friends since elementary school. Together they’ve trickor-treated, raised pigs, ski raced, and stayed up late watching movies and eating popcorn. While these friendships are important, there are also benefits to spending time with new people. When placed in a new environment, the girl who is usually quiet at school or home may have an affinity for telling improvised ghost stories, complete with disguised voices and sound effects—who knows? Peer Experience During the closing ceremony of a boys’ backpacking trip that I led, one mother said, “I can’t get my son to hike fifty feet, and you just got him to hike the Teton Crest Trail!” To me, this woman’s realization about her son made sense. By refusing to hike with his mother, this boy was not saying, “I hate hiking.” He was simply saying, “I want to hike with my friends.” Providing opportunities for your teen to develop knowledge, skills, and experiences among his or her peers, rather than with you, makes them far more likely to engage with you in the future. Summer programs provide a great opportunity for this. Relationships with Staff Although they may act like it, teens really don’t have all the answers. And sometimes they abstain from reaching out to you with their questions. It’s not because they don’t trust your guidance, it’s just because you’re their parent. Rather than reminiscing over the days when you came to the rescue, instead offer them an opportunity to develop supportive relationships with other adults. Among these mentors are coaches and, of course, camp counselors. A supportive relationship with even just one nonparent adult helps teens develop the personal strength and resiliency to weather the

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most significant struggles. A Break from Achievement Teens are faced more and more with the pressures of achievement. In high school, grades and test scores suddenly carry daunting influence over their futures. Athletics hold a similar preoccupation with performance, as winning or college admission becomes the major priority rather than sportsmanship, teamwork, or even fun. Summer programs can offer a break from the stress of achievement. They give young people an opportunity to pursue interests rather than goals, and experiences rather than outcomes. Sure, the pressures are still present, but summertime can serve as a well-deserved break. A Chance to Unplug Even here in the Tetons we are not immune from the digitalization of our culture. Summer camps provide an increasingly rare opportunity for teens to step outside and unplug. The benefits are significant, to say the least. Time spent outdoors promotes physical activity, healthy development, and overall wellness. Is your teen having trouble sleeping? Research suggests that one week of sleeping outside can reset natural melatonin levels and circadian rhythm, returning individuals to a more natural sleep cycle. Time in nature can even help alleviate symptoms of mental health issues like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. The Conversation Now that we agree on the far-reaching benefits of summer programs for adolescents, how do we engage them in it? This progress toward adulthood sometimes presents a staunch refusal to participate in anything that reeks of parental involvement. So first, exclude the phrases, “You’ll thank me one day,” or “When I was your age …” from the negotiation repertoire. You can, however, say, “Doing nothing is not an option.” Yet, despite its seeming finality, this phrase should be a conversation starter rather than the end. Act curious. And remember, you’ll have much better luck asking, “What would you like to do?” instead of telling them what to do. The more involvement teens have in the organization of their summer, the more engaged they will be. Lastly, sometimes parents—as well as kids—get hung up on the idea of a summer job. Of course there are benefits to professionally oriented pursuits, but I suggest finding a balance between work and levity. Teens have their whole lives to work, and summers don’t last forever. tf Summer 2016 ¤ Teton Family


WYOMING CAMPS Preschool-Age Camps

Pumpkin Patch Preschool Summer Camp Ages: 2 to 5 Dates and times: June-August, full day: 9:00 a.m.3:00 p.m., half-day: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Activities: games, gardening, cooking, arts and crafts, science experiments, yoga, dramatic play, dance, nature discovery, music Contact: 307-733-1759

Elementary-Age Camps

Axis Gymnastics Ages: 5 to 11 Dates and times: June 13-August 26, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Activities: gymnastics, games, outdoor play, field trips Contact: 307-732-2947 Camp Invention Colter Elementary Ages: 1st to 6th grade Dates and times: June 20-24, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Activities: robotics, clean energy designs, blueprints, physics, design, patents, motors, magnets, STEM education Contact: 1-800-968-4332 Camp Shooting Star Ages: 4 to 8 Dates and times: July 5-August 12, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Activities: swimming, golf, arts and crafts, food fun, team building, science projects, yoga Contact: 877-671-2267 Camp Teton Pines Ages: 4 to 8 Dates and times: July 5-August 12, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., before and aftercare available Activities: swimming, golf, arts and crafts, food fun, team building, science projects, fly-fishing Contact: 877-671-2267 First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School Ages: 3 (potty-trained) to entering 5th grade Dates and times: June 20-24, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 42

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Activities: crafts, games, science experiments, Bible lessons Contact: 307-733-3706 Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Kids Ranch Ages: 3 to 11 Dates and times: June 13-Sept. 2, 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m. Activities: drop tower, rock climbing, bungee trampoline, pop-jet fountain, scenic tram rides, hiking, outdoor safety, aerial adventure course, archery Contact: 307-739-2788 Jackson Hole Children’s Museum Summer Explorers Camp Ages: entering 1st to entering 5th grade Dates and times: ongoing, Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Activities: science, nature, history, art, field trips and excursions, hands-on exhibits Contact: 307-733-3996 All-Girls Math Camp Jackson Hole Tutoring Ages: 1st to 6th grade Dates and times: June 27-July 1 and August 8-12, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., weeklong camps Activities: explore math with friends, learn new math strategies, maintain and build math knowledge while having fun with games, arts and crafts Contact: Moose Corner Day Care Ages: 5 to 11 Dates and times: summerlong, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Activities: hiking, swimming, outdoor play, nature programs in Grand Teton National Park Contact: 307-739-1189 Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation Camp Jackson Ages: 1st to 6th grade

Dates and times: June 13-August 19, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Activities: age-specific activities including outdoor play, dance, art, sports, swimming, music, drama, environmental education, culture Contact: cmccollum@tetonwy 307-739-9025 Teton County Library Summer Reading (Alta Branch) Free and fun reading adventures! Ages: 6 to 10 Dates and times: June 11-August 13 Activities: online and mobile game-based reading, special movies, crafts Contact: Teton Literacy Center Literacy Adventure Camp Ages: exiting K to exiting 5th grade Dates and times: exiting K-1st: June 13-16; exiting 2nd-3rd: June 20-23; exiting 4th-5th: June 27-30; exiting K-2nd: Aug. 1-4; exiting 3rd-5th: Aug. 8-11; 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; summer afterschool program for all grades: July 5-28, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Activities: academic-based camps that take a field trip every day Contact: 307-733-9242 Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church Summer Camp Ages: pre-K to 11 Dates and times: TBD Activities: vacation Bible school Contact: 307-733-4382

Middle- and High-School-Age Camps

Alpengirl Teen Adventure Camp Ages: girls 11 to 16 Dates: June 25-August 2, seven- to thirteen-day overnight camps Activities: wilderness-based camps in MT, WY, ID, OR, and WA; backpacking, canoeing, horseback riding, sea kayaking, rafting, surfing Contact: 406-570-6312 Exum Mountain Guides Kids’ Camp Ages: 11 to 14 Dates and times: July 5, 12, 19, 26, and August 2, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Activities: climbing, wilderness skills, team building, rope management, rappelling Contact: 307-733-2297 GAP! (Girls Actively Participating!) Camp Ages: entering 6th grade to entering high school Dates: June 15-17 and June 20-22 Activities: leadership and relationship building, mindfulness, communication, goal setting, games, and art Contact: 307-690-8043 Jackson Hole High School Youth Football Camp for Boys Ages: entering 3rd to 8th grade Dates and times: TBD Activities: football skills, offense and defense Contact: James Howell, 307-413-3346 Teton Youth and Family Services Jackson Hole Leadership Program Ages: 10 to 16 Dates and times: TBD Activities: leadership, team-building initiatives, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, single-gender backpacking trips for older campers

Contact: 307-733-6440 Jackson Hole Music Experience Ages: 12 and up Dates and times: TBD Activities: music instruction, band development Contact: National Outdoor Leadership School (Teton Valley, ID) (See Idaho list for specifics) Ages: 14 to 19 Dates: summerlong Activities: backpacking, cooking, camping, rafting, canoeing, kayaking Contact: 800-710-6657 Snake River Fund/ Teton County Parks and Rec Snake River Days Ages: 11 to 14 Dates and times: August 15-19, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with one overnight Activities: watershed ecology, canoeing, kayaking, rafting (*strong swimming skills encouraged) Contact: or youth-programs/high-adventures-expedition 307-734-6773 SOAR (Dubois, WY) Ages: 11 to 18 Dates: June 11-August 16, twelve- to eighteen-day residential camps

Activities: canoeing, horse-packing, backpacking, trekking, surfing, academic and environmental education for teens and preteens with learning disabilities and ADHD Contact: 307-455-3084 Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole Teton Explorers Program of JOY Camp Ages: entering 6th to 9th grade Dates and times: July 5-21, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with before-and-after care Activities: faith and character building through outdoor adventures, horsemanship, outdoor instruction, themed weeks Contact: JOY@pcjh  307-734-0388 ext. 124 Teton Literacy Center Literacy Adventure Camp Ages: exiting 6th to 8th grade Dates and times: June 20-30 and August 1-11,10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; July 5-28, summer afterschool program 3:00-5:00pm Activities: academic-based camps that take a field trip every day Contact: 307-733-9242 Teton Valley Ranch Camp (Dubois, WY) Ages: 11 to 16 Dates: Boys: June 18-July 17; Girls: July 19-August 17, weeklong residential camp Activities: backpacking, horseback riding, riflery,

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Art Association of Jackson Hole Art Camps Ages: 2 to 15 Dates and times: June 13-August 26, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., after-care and half-day camps available Activities: storytelling, space art, fibers, ceramics, photography, filmmaking, drawing, painting, body as a paintbrush, metalworking, dual-immersion art and culture Contact: 307-733-6379 Big City Broadway Performance Arts and Adventure Camp Ages: 8 to 18 Dates and times: August 15-19, see website for times Activities: singing, dancing, acting, art, outdoor adventure, scholarships available Contact: 307-734-9718   Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp Ages: 3 to 16 Dates and times: June 27-July 1, hourlong, half-day or full day, depending on age Activities: soccer skills, drills, coached scrimmages, daily tournaments Contact: Josh Everest, 720-204-4148 Camp Invention Middle School Invention Project Ages: 6th to 8th grade Dates and times: June 20-24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Activities: circuitry, engineering, economics, smart clothing, drone technology, programmable robots, remote-controlled origami bot Contact: 1-800-968-4332 Dancers’ Workshop Summer Programs Ages: 3 to 18 Dates and times: June 27-August 5: ongoing kinder classes and weeklong camps; August 8 and August 15: two-week extensive camps Activities: an assortment of dance, creative movement, pop choreography, visual art and more! Contact: 307-733-6398 Exum Mountain Guides Family Climbing Camp Ages: 5 to 13, with parents Dates: June 10-September 10, full day of climbing 44

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Activities: climbing, team building, rappelling Contact: 307-733-2297 Grand Targhee Resort Adventure Summer Camp Ages: 5 to 12 Dates and times: June 20-August 26, 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (Driggs shuttle available at 8:30 a.m.) Activities: swimming, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, chairlift rides, nature exploration, arts and crafts, climbing wall, Euro bungee, music, nature study Contact: 1-800-TARGHEE Green River Outreach for Wilderness Foundation Camp GROW (Boulder, WY) Ages: 8 to 16 Dates: June 19-July 30, residential, gender-specific one- to three-week camps Activities: archery, backpacking, blacksmithing, camping, canoeing, climbing, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, rafting, swimming, arts and crafts, woodshop, ecology Contact: 304-222-5052 JH Jewish Community Spirit of the Mountains Summer Camp Ages: 5 to 12, open to children of all faiths! Dates and times: July 18-22; July 25-29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Activities: rock climbing, hiking, camping, kayaking, swimming, whitewater rafting, songs and stories, horseback riding, art, ice cream party Contact: 307-734-1999 Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club’s Skateboard Camps Ages: 6 and up Dates and times: Girls only: June 25-26; Coed Camps: June 25-26, July 16-17, July 30-31, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., space is limited Activities: skateboard instruction at a variety of different skateparks, beginner to advanced Contact: 307-733-6433 x107 Jackson Hole Youth Baseball Summer Camp Ages: 5 to 12 Dates and times: TBD Activities: baseball skills and tactics, team building Contact: 307-203-2484 Jackson Hole Youth Basketball Ages: 7 to 12 Dates and times: TBD Activities: basketball skills and drills Contact: Jackson Hole Youth Soccer Ages: 6 to 18 Dates and times: July 5-8, ages 6 to 7, 9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.; ages 8 to 18, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Activities: soccer skills, scrimmages, games

Contact: 307-200-6034 Jackson Hole Youth Soccer Soccer Plus Camp Ages: 10 to 18 Dates and times: August 22-25, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Activities: goalkeeper school, fieldplayer academy, team training, developing upper-level soccer skills, confidence, and character Contact: 800-878-2167 ext. 265 Journeys School Summer Innovation Academy Ages: grades 3 to 8 Dates and times: July 11-Aug. 5, weeklong half-day camps Activities: STEM learning, inventing, engineering, robotics, computer programming, motorized mechanisms, multimedia adventures Contact: (field education) 307-734-3707 Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole J.O.Y. (Jesus-Oriented Youth) Summer Camp Ages: 3 to entering 5th grade Dates and times: June 13-August 24, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., before-and-after care available Activities: daily worship through song and dance, outdoor play, community service, hiking, nature studies, field trips, arts and crafts, biking, “Christmas in Summer” pageant Contact: 307-734-0388 ext. 124 Off Square Theatre Summer Camps Ages: K to 12 Dates: June 13-August 12 (camps run in one- or two-week cycles) Activities: musical theater, storytelling, Shakespeare, theater design, comedy Contact: 307-733-3021 Painted Salamander Studio Horse Camp Ages: 5 to 12 Dates and times: June-August, Monday-Friday, fiveday camps, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Activities: horsemanship, ground work, horse riding, yoga, horse-inspired art, culminates with a casual show Contact: 307-413-6258 Targhee Music Camp Ages: 8 and up, accompanied by an adult Dates and times: August 8-11, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Activities: beginner to advanced acoustic-based music classes, singing, songwriting, jam sessions, and concerts Contact: 307-413-1947 Teton County 4-H Camp Ages: 8 to 18 (enrolled 4-H members) Dates: July 18-20 Activities: outdoor activities, shooting sports,

canoeing, team building Contact: 307-733-3087 Teton County 4-H (ongoing program) Ages: 8 to 18 Dates: ongoing programs that culminate at the Teton County Fair in July Activities: livestock production, shooting sports, plant and animal science, environment and outdoors, business and citizenship, healthy living, creative arts Contact: 307-733-3087

Activities: hands-on science exploration, hiking, canoeing, camping, water exploration, service projects, wildlife studies, survival skills, nature art, leadership, challenge course Contact: (field education) 307-734-3707

Teton County Library Summer Reading Program (Jackson) Free and fun reading adventures! Ages: K to 12 Dates: June 11-August 13 Activities: online and mobile game-based reading, movies, crafts, special events Contact: 307-733-2164 ext 101   Teton Science Schools Ages: K to 12th grade Dates: June 13-August 12, weeklong day camps, residential camps for grades 7 to 12

Wyoming Karate Club Ages: 4 to 18 Dates and times: ongoing karate classes Activities: karate, stranger danger, bully defense Contact: 307-739-8812

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Discoveries Preschool Camp Ages: 3 to 6 Dates and times: June-August, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Activities: play experience that encourages exploration, independence and critical thinking, social responsibility, and an appreciation of nature and art Contact: 208-351-3847 MD Garden Club Ages: 4 and under Dates and times: June through August, Tuesdays, morning and afternoon one-hour classes Activities: gardening, planting, arts and crafts, pollinator study, beneficial insects

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ages 9 to 12 Dates and times: Saddle Club: June 13-17, 9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.; Colts Club: June 20-24, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; call for availability Activities: horsemanship, trail riding, corral riding, grooming, saddle and tack, horse careers Contact: 208-787-5466

Teton Valley Community School Ages: 24 months to 5 years Dates and times: June 27-August 11, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Activities: hands-on activities, hiking, water exploration, farm and garden, art Contact: (field education) 307-734-3707

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45 208-354-8816 Teton Arts Council Art Adventures Camp Ages: 7 to 11 Dates and times: June, July, and August, dates TBD, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m-3:00 p.m. Activities: painting, drawing, ceramics, pottery, mosaics, recycled art Contact: 208-354-4ART (4278) Teton Valley Community School Young Farmers Summer Camp Ages: entering 1st-3rd grades Dates and times: July 25-29, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Activities: In partnership with Full Circle Education, children will engage in gardening, farm visits, practical arts like weaving and candle making, and selling at the farmers market. Contact: (field education) 307-734-3707 *For additional info: Full Circle Education at or 208-346-8639

Middle- and High-School-Age Camps

NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) (Teton Valley, ID) Idaho Backpacking Adventure Ages: 14 to 19 Dates: June 17-August 16, five 2-week courses offered

Activities: backpacking, camping, wilderness survival, team building, rafting, paddling, water rescue Contact: 800-710-6657 National Outdoor Leadership School (Teton Valley, ID) Idaho Backpacking Adventure – Female Only Ages: 14 to 15 Dates: June 22-July 5 Activities: backpacking, cooking, camping, navigation, group dynamics, leadership Contact: 800-710-6657 National Outdoor Leadership School (Teton Valley, ID) Salmon River Adventure Ages: 14 to 19 Dates: August 2-15 Activities: rafting, canoeing, kayaking, reading the water, scouting rapids, and executing maneuvers Contact: 800-710-6657 Treasure Mountain Boy Scout Camp, Camp of the Tetons (Teton Canyon) Ages: Boys Scouts ages 11 to 17 Dates: July 4-August 6, weeklong residential camps Activities: swimming, canoeing, rowing, archery, shooting and gun safety, hiking, outdoor skills training and activities, wildlife and conservation training and activities, basketry, wood carving, leather work Contact:           

Summer Camp: 208-233-4600  Targhee Music Camp Ages: 8 and up, accompanied by an adult Dates and times: August 8-11, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Activities: beginner to advanced acoustic-based music classes, singing, songwriting, jam sessions, and concerts Contact: 307-413-1947 Teton Valley Community School Young Farmers Summer Camp Ages: entering 4th-7th grades Dates and times: August 1-5, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Activities: In partnership with Full Circle Education, children will engage in gardening, farm visits, practical arts like weaving and candle making, and selling at the farmers market. Contact: (field education) 307-734-3707 *For additional info: Full Circle Education at or 208-346-8639

Multiple Age Groups

Building Blocks Summer Day Camp Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years Dates and times: summerlong, 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Activities: science, art, sensory activities, outdoor play, swimming Contact:


AGES 5-12

Daily gymnastics lesson Daily Field Trips $70/day or $330/week STARTS JUNE 13TH

We offer exhibits, a creativity studio and weekly programs Check out our website for upcoming events

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Learning-Center/287435521347081?fref=ts 208-354-2610 Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps (Idaho) Ages: 3 to 14 Dates and times: June 13-16, half-day or full-day sessions, depending on age Activities: soccer skills, drills, coached scrimmages, daily tournaments Contact: Jessica Fritsch, 208-709-6792 Grand Targhee Resort Adventure Summer Camp Ages: 5 to 12 Dates and times: June 20-August 26, 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (Driggs shuttle available at 8:30 a.m.) Activities: swimming, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, chairlift rides, nature exploration, arts and crafts, climbing wall, Euro bungee, music, nature study Contact: 1-800-TARGHEE Learning Academy of Teton Valley Ages: 3 to 12 Dates and times: June 6-August 19, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Activities: exploration and creative play, water play on a monster water slide, science, art, field trips, hiking, biking Contact: 208-354-7898

Rexburg Community Theatre Space Pirates Children’s Camp Ages: 8 to 16 Dates and times: July 1-30, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m., *Auditions held June 4, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Activities: theater class, singing, and dance instruction, culminating with performances of Space Pirates on July 28, 29, 30 Contact: 208-201-2918 Local Galleria Kids Classes Ages: 3 to 16 Dates and times: TBD Activities: comedy, costumes, set design, fashion, jewelry making, sidewalk art, spray-paint and airbrush art, individualized art instruction Contact: 208-270-0833 Teton County 4-H Ages: 8 to 18 Dates: ongoing programs that culminate at the Teton County Fair in August Activities: livestock production, plant and animal science, environment and outdoors, business and citizenship, healthy living, creative arts Contact: enroll online by May 1 at 208-354-2961 Teton Indoor Sports Academy Ages: 5 and up Dates and times: mid-June to August, Tuesdays and

Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Activities: gymnastics, games, art, outdoor play Contact: 307-413-6082 Teton Rock Gym Ages: 7 and up Dates and times: dates TBD, half-day and full-day options available Activities: rock climbing, safety, technique, belaying, lead climbing, bouldering, games Contact: 208-354-1046 Teton Valley Dance Academy Ages: 3 to 18 Dates and times: TBD Activities: creative dance, ballet pointe, jazz, modern Contact: 307-413-4679 Treasure Mountain Boy Scout Camp, Cedar Badge National Youth Leadership Training Ages: Boy Scouts ages 12 to 17, Girl Scouts ages 14 to 20 Dates: June 13-18 and June 20-25 Activities: leadership, team building, decision-making skills, goal setting, problem solving, camping, rappelling, geocaching, campfire programs Contact:    208-233-4600

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Dermatology Call now to make an appointment. (208) 354-2302 Brandon Miner, D.O Lindsay D. Sewell, M.D.

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I live in a county of 10,000 people and we have two traffic lights, both of which have gone up in the last sixteen years. But I’ve never been bored here. The weather can be extreme and so are the people. This community is tough and passionate and a little bit crazy. Everywhere I look I see hardcore athletes, artists, and musicians. People who’ve managed to carve a beautiful life in a difficult place through hard work, sacrifice, and flexibility. And the kids


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here are inspirational, too—stewards of the earth pushing down life’s trails and rivers on skis, boards, bikes, horses, boats, and their own two feet. We get to wake up to the sun rising over the Tetons each morning and live each day above a simmering super caldera. This place isn’t for everybody but it’s the place for me.   – Kathleen Plourde, Victor, Idaho (random Facebook post)

Photo: Bradly J. Boner


A great way to get your kids out and about this summer. They’ll enjoy activities geared towards their ages, including swimming, horseback riding, mountain biking, chairlift rides, hiking, the climbing wall, EuroBungy, arts and crafts, nature exploration, group games, music, and more. Coyotes Ages: 5 - 8 Wolves Ages: 9 - 12 Camps are Monday through Friday, June 20 - August 26, 2016. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

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