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10 — FEATURES 26 30 — — OPERATION SUMMER ENCORE FARMING

Two Teton couples enrich their local communities by foregoing the traditional retirement path for an encore career in farming. By Sue Muncaster

CAMP

Searching for the perfect camp experience? Look no further! Our tips and comprehensive camp guide help you plan a memorable summer for your child (of any age). By Jeannette Boner

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Note From the Editor Mountain Style TETON MENTOR PROJECT Teton mentors form rewarding connections CLEAN ’SCREENS All-natural sunscreen review Ask the Expert CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE Seasonal detoxing 101 Conscientious Cook WILD EDIBLES Foods found in nature Cabin Fever A WHOLE-HEARTH APPROACH DIY fire pits Mamasphere NOT YOUR MOTHER’S CHILDBIRTH The three E’s of childbirth: Evolution, education, economics

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A note from the EDITOR As I thumb through this edition of Teton Family, I secretly relate the articles back to the merit badges I received at camp. Trailside food foraging (page 14) would surely earn me the “hiker” or “observer” badge. Spring cleansing (page 10) certainly warrants a “personal health” badge. And building your own fire pit as a communal hearth (page 18) definitely falls into the “backyard camper” realm.

You know what I remember most about camp? The latrines: wooden lean-tos in the forest that housed three toilet seats, each fixed over a wooden hole in the ground. “Latrine duty” was actually part of the daily camp chores. My awkward, preteen self would clumsily handle the toilet wand, while my fellow campers wiped the lids with ammonia. We endured the dreaded experience with lots of giggling and plugged noses. Good times! It amazes me how yesterday’s Girl Scout camp requirements actually taught useful skills. Take, for instance, the “laundress” merit badge, which required demonstrating how to remove stains— ink, fruit, rust, grass, cocoa, and grease—before laundering. I wish I still had those tricks up my sleeve. Or the “hostess” badge, where you displayed how to receive, introduce, and bid guests goodbye. Now we just text them and share contacts.

Well, this summer, my kids won’t necessarily be earning badges, but their camp experience (at one of the amazing options listed in our guide on page 33) will carve deep into their memories, too. So as you fill out the forms for camp this year, signing waivers and communicating allergies, know that the one you picked will be just perfect. And while your kids may only convey the more trivial daily happenings (minus the toilet cleaning or laundering), the memories made from camp camaraderie will forever shape their character.

Leilani Daniels, an educator for more than a decade, is also the mother of three busy boys. She is the owner of Childbirth Education of the Tetons, offering weekend workshops that prepare families for childbirth and beyond. For more information, check out childbirthedtetons.weebly.com or contact Leilani at childbirthedtetons@gmail.com.

Poa Jacobsen loves getting outside in the springtime to see what’s blooming on the trails. An avid gardener, cook, and all-around foodie, she is currently a self-employed “fermentista.” Poa’s business, Daily Roots, offers subscription-based shares of fermented vegetables and other artisan goodies.

The founding editor of Teton Family magazine, Sue Muncaster currently is the Chief Adventure Officer for the Teton Adventure Park at Snow King Mountain Resort. Sue resides in Teton Valley, Idaho, where, if she had to, she thinks she could feed her family of four off the only things she can grow: mint, garlic, rhubarb, spuds, and raspberries.

Each spring and fall, Cate Stillman, of Tetonia, Idaho, guides hundreds of people to wellness breakthroughs with her community detox courses. Cate is a master of getting your diet and habits on track so that you feel younger as you get older. Check out her free Yogidetox recipe book at yogidetox.com.

For Jeannette Boner, summer camp was not only a highlight of her childhood, but also a grand adventure that lasted well into adulthood. Jeannette is a writer and mother living in Victor, Idaho, who hopes that someday her daughter will have the same summer camp experience she did.

Tibby Plasse used to write a lot of poetry and move every nine months. Then she fell in love with a raw, biodynamic dairy farmer in Teton Valley, Idaho. And she hasn’t moved since! Read about Tibby’s adventures in high-mountain farming on her blog, tradingdiamondsfordairy.wordpress.com.

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“When kids ask Leo about his mentor, they want to know how to get one,” Van Sickle says. “It’s seen as a ‘cool’ thing.” The Teton Mentor Project offers training and tools to mentors, including vouchers and passes leven-year-old Leo and his for the Rec Center, free pizza, or mentor, Adam, were swimming movie tickets. With no shortage at the Teton County/Jackson Parks of new applicants, the program has and Recreation Center and found been a success. But finding adult themselves paddling around volunteers to satisfy the demand the pool’s waterfall. Before they has proved a little challenging. knew it, and thanks to Leo, they “We currently have a long list of entered an imaginary world. “We [nominated] kids that could benefit were fighting dragons, shooting from our program. But we do not lasers—things I wouldn’t have have enough mentors, especially otherwise done that day,” Adam men,” says Putnam. She cites the says. Spending time with Leo has yearlong commitment, a necessary s! opened Adam’s eyes to another requirement for mentoring, as one world—that of Leo’s imagination of the reasons adults may shy away and the unique perspective that from becoming a mentor. The For those interested in becoming a mentor, comes with it. project works actively with local please call (307) 690-2581, or e-mail Adam Van Sickle mentors young businesses and organizations in an annie@tetonmentorproject.org. Leo through the Teton Mentor effort to recruit more volunteers. Project. “He really is the coolest For those committed to kid. He’s superkind and respectful,” mentoring, the experience proves Van Sickle says. “I feel like I’m overwhelmingly worthwhile. “It’s getting the biggest impact out of it a unique opportunity to give back ... hopefully we’re lifelong friends.” to the community ... to build a Adam and Leo’s experience is personal connection with a child,” just one of the many success stories Putnam says. emerging from the Teton Mentor In the meantime, mentors like Project. The program, developed in Van Sickle aren’t going anywhere. By Christine Colbert // Photograph by Ashley Merritt 2008 and made possible with the “Leo teaches me to be playful and help of a federally funded grant, creative, and helps me to find my benefits both local kids and their adult mentors. The program inner kid,” Van Sickle says. “We’re friends. There’s no end date establishes a rewarding connection that provides encouragement, as for that.” well as an unexpected friendship. — Mentor coordinator Annie Putnam explains that the mentees A regular contributor to local magazines and online publications, receive a valuable role model and advocate, and also experience an Christine Colbert enjoys writing about the outdoors and the Tetons. She improvement in cognitive and social skills, as well as emotional recently completed her master’s degree in environmental studies. When well-being. Adult mentors gain the advantage of seeing a child she’s not writing, Christine can be found playing in the mountains with mature, progress, and achieve goals. her border collie/heeler mix. Idea

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A must-read for parents of boys, Dr. Leonard Sax’s book, Boys Adrift (Basic Books, 2009), convincingly outlines the growing epidemic of “unmotivated boys and underachieving young men.” Sax’s shocking revelations demonstrate superb research while offering keen advice. Sax explains that five factors—modern teaching methods, video games, drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, environmental endocrine disruptors, and the devaluation of masculinity—have contributed to a situation where “ ... one-third of men ages twenty-two to thirty-four are still living at home with their parents ... Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school ... and for the first time in American history, women are outnumbering men at undergraduate institutions.” Sax notes the imbalance between kenntnis, the German word meaning “to know by experience,” and wissenschaft, or knowledge learned from books, in modern school curriculums. And he urges parents to start boys in school at a later age, implement alternative teaching methods, and question any ADHD diagnosis before resorting to drugs. Boys Adrift insightfully unveils how to recognize and redirect a slipping boy or young man, and provides a parental tool belt for navigating the slippery slope of boyhood to adulthood. – Christina Shepherd McGuire

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CLEAN ’Screens By Christina Shepherd McGuire // Photographs by Paulette Phlipot

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’m a stickler for clean products. When the kids were babes, it was easy to throw on sunproof suits and stick them in the shade. But now they’re off to camp, with their little bodies exposed, and the last thing we need is burnt skin. So each year in my quest to find the perfect sunscreens, I consult the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (ewg.org/skindeep/). Their hazard rating system screens product ingredients for cancer-causing properties, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, and a myriad of other factors and then assigns products a hazard score of 0 to 10. Thankfully, I found a few faves that rate low and are sold locally.

BEST NONWHITENING — Elemental Herbs Kid’s Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 3 oz., $15.99, EWG Score = 1 — While it comes with a steep price, Elemental Herbs block contains no nanoparticles (microscopic particles that can cross cell membranes). It goes on dry, leaving only a smidge of residue that fades quickly. Combine it with coconut oil to further minimize the whitening and to extend the life of your tube. Note: dilution requires more frequent application.

BEST FOR BABY — Goddess Garden Sunny Kids Sunscreen SPF 30 6 oz., $19.99, EWG Score = 1 — Mommas of babies love Goddess Garden, and this sunscreen ranks high for its pleasant smell and water-resistant qualities. It spreads on thick, leaving a slight white tinge (one that worsens upon contact with water). But for the fair-skinned, the protection is incomparable. All Goddess Garden products are biodegradable and come packaged in recycled tubes.

BEST VALUE — Alba Botanica Kids Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 4 oz., $11, EWG Score = 2 — This economical screen shows up on the ends of most supermarket aisles. Pack it in the camp bag. That way, if a little gets shared it won’t break your bank. Note: not all Alba Botanica sunscreens are physical screens. Alba’s chemical screens receive much higher EWG hazard scores. Read the label!

BEST WATER-RESISTANT — All Terrain AquaSport SPF 30 6 oz., $14.99, EWG Score = 1 — My standard go-to, All Terrain’s AquaSport lasts longer in water than most physical sunscreens. Often, thanks to their strong distribution, you can find All Terrain products on sale or at bulk pricing. I stock up twice a season and keep a tube in every backpack. Added bonus: the no-sting formula works perfectly for sweaty athletes or children with sensitive eyes.

CAMP-BAG MUST! — Badger All Season Face Stick .65 oz., $8.49 Applied once, this slathering will last a busy water bug nearly all day! Plus, they’ll have that cool surfer look.

Former Jackson resident Birgitta Sif delights us with her latest children’s book, Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance (Candlewick Press, 2014). Sif’s account of Frances Dean, a shy girl who loves to dance only in the presence of birds and animals, contains beautiful illustrations, making this children’s book double as coffeetable art. Children and adults alike will enjoy reading how Frances Dean musters up the courage to dance in public, only after hearing a young girl’s delightful park-bench singing. The story of Frances Dean reminds us that we all possess a unique set of talents, and that by sharing these talents with others, we inspire them to do the same. – Christina Shepherd McGuire Summer 2015 ¤ Teton Family

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CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE Seasonal Detoxing 101

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often remind my seven-year-old daughter, Indigo, that we should act like monkeys. By aligning to ancient mammalian patterns, we allow ourselves to feel great in our bodies at any age. As diurnal mammals, we should eat locally and seasonally, sleep when it gets dark, move upon arising, and drink water as our primary beverage. But often we don’t—mostly because we don’t have the tools to do so. So I try to teach Indy the tools and wellness strategies I’ve learned from Ayurveda and yoga.

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One of the most basic tools is a seasonal detox. During the seasonal junctures of spring and autumn, a natural invitation occurs, calling on us to detox our bodies, minds, emotions, relationships, and habits so that we can embark on the next season refreshed and with less baggage to haul around. If we don’t accept this invitation, we are likely to experience symptoms of seasonal aggravation, such as allergies, colds, flus, infections, weight issues, and autoimmune symptoms.

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Now, detoxing can be ugly, scary, and difficult. So let’s first make it clear that fasting and cleansing are not the same thing. The idea of a seasonal detox, or cleanse—especially for those who are new to the game—is to implement the most basic changes for a pivotal impact. For many, this means selecting a period of time (seven to fourteen days) to eat mostly green smoothies, soups, salads, and roasted vegetables while going to bed early, taking walks upon arising, and having only water between meals. If that’s too drastic, then scale it back while keeping with the basic principles. The Detox Adventure Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books from the 1980s? You read the beginning of an enticing story and then you choose where to go next by selecting from options in the footer. Do you say “yes” to the pretty princess who wants to lead you down the trail, or do you say “no” and meander down the other path on your own? A spring cleanse is a “choose your own adventure” experience. Why do a spring cleanse or home detox anyway? (Circle those that apply:) 1. You like your body and want it to become healthier, stronger, and in harmony as you age. 2. You want to start liking your body more. 3. You have joint pain or inflammation. 4. You are overweight. 5. You crave junk food, caffeine, alcohol, or other addictive substances. 6. You want to turn over a new leaf, physically, mentally, or emotionally.

7. You’re interested in waking up and stepping into your potential. I hope you circled No. 1 and No. 7. If you circled any other numbers, please know that cleansing is an easy opportunity to feel better. Why Cleansing Works Simple. Free. Grounded. That is both the path and the end result of a detox. To cleanse, you must simplify your menu and your life. This includes going to bed earlier, having more quiet time throughout your day, and drinking and eating a simple-to-digest diet that includes mostly liquid. The return to simplicity enables the body and mind to cleanse. Without simplicity—more time and space in your life—cleansing cannot occur. Digestion detoxes us. Different than elimination, accumulated stuff that our body doesn’t want is actually digested during a detox. Basically, when you put less in, your digestive fire burns up what the body no longer needs but hasn’t had a chance to incinerate. The theory on detoxing is simple: 1. Consume a baseline amount of nutrients that are easy to assimilate; 2. Take in a baseline amount of experiences through your other senses. The body will do the rest. Cleansing Safely I’ve seen people jump into a ten-day spicy lemonade cleanse that begins with drinking a quart of salt water each morning to flush their gut and bowels. They lose ten to twenty pounds and feel great! And then they rebound. I’ve found you always learn something from a cleanse ... even if it’s not the lesson you set out to learn.

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That said, here are some tips to skillfully design your detox: MARK YOUR CALENDAR First, look at your calendar. Detoxing during a busy week sets you up for an uncomfortable journey. When you detox, your body uses its available energy to clean house; there isn’t much left to handle stress. If you don’t have a stress-free week, I don’t recommend a detox. But if you do have time in your schedule, block off five to seven days. UPGRADE YOUR DIET (THE TRICKY PART) During the cleanse, we want to eat the best nutrients in precise amounts, allowing our body to take out the trash and start cleaning up the place.  Removing caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and processed foods  all at once can shock your emotional and physical body. The cold-turkey approach to detoxing usually leads to a rebound—rendering the entire process ineffective and stressful. Let’s not do that. Instead, be honest with yourself. Do you really want to quit caffeine or just cut back? If you want to cut back, switch to decaf or green tea for a week. If you want to get off processed foods, start eating more leafy greens and roots at each meal. Prep  celery, carrots, and zucchini sticks to have real nutrients at your fingertips for snacking. In general, a liquid diet is the easiest to assimilate and, therefore, frees up the most digestive fire for housekeeping. Breakfast can be a quart of green juice and chia porridge, a green smoothie, or a simple grain or lentil soup (if you thrive on protein, opt  for the soup).  Lunch may look exactly the same. And dinner may be a simple cooked or raw vegetable soup.

HEAL YOUR IMBALANCE In Ayurveda, we categorize imbalances according to the dominant energy at their root  cause. We heal imbalances by making choices that generate the opposite  energy  of  the  imbalanced one. For example, if  you’re hot, choose something cold. If you’re dry, choose  something  oily.  For the “choose your own adventure” experience, we want to build a cleansing process that heals our personal imbalances. If you’re prone to anxiety, use your detox to get grounded. Lean toward a cooked-food version (stews or soups) of  the liquid diet. Build in simple, nurturing routines, such as walking for exercise, sitting to eat meals, giving yourself deep-breathing breaks, and going to bed early. If you’re prone to irritation, you may have excess acidity in your system. Choose  a detox high in leafy greens. You may also need more protein than most; feeling starved may make you more irritated. Make lentil soups or kitchari (see recipe).  Slow yourself down, spend time watching clouds, and book a massage to help you relax and release. 12

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Makes enough for 3 servings or 1 day of detox meals

1 cup split yellow mung beans (dal) or 2 cups mung bean sprouts 1 cup white basmati rice 1 tablespoon ghee 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated 1 teaspoon each black mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and fenugreek seeds 1 teaspoon each coriander powder, fennel seeds, and turmeric powder 1 pinch each hing (asafetida) and cloves 6 to 8 cups water 3 bay leaves 1 cup cilantro, chopped Sea salt or Bragg Liquid Aminos and black pepper Lemon slice or spoonful of fresh yogurt (optional) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Wash mung beans and rice until the water runs clean. Soak rice and beans overnight, if possible. Heat a large pot on medium heat. Melt the ghee. Add all the spices (except the bay leaves) and roast for a few minutes. Add dal and rice and stir. Add water and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes on medium heat. Then turn heat to low, cover pot, and cook until beans and rice become soft (30 to 40 minutes). 8. Add salt, Bragg, and pepper to taste. Garnish with cilantro, lemon, or yogurt. 9. Add more water when you reheat it later in the day.

Photo: Paulette Phlipot

UPGRADE YOUR DAY-TO-DAY HABITS We all have habits that are hard to break. Some of these habits are really good for us, and some are evil and sabotage our energy, our emotions, and our health. Work on adding simple habits and edge out the most dangerous ones in your day-to-day life.

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If you’re prone toward mucus, congestion, and sadness, your system may be too dense. Help your body burn up mucus by spicing your green juice or smoothie with ginger root and mustard greens. Or choose a spicy lemonade diet (Master Cleanse) for a week. You can also use spicy broths and vegetarian stews  if you need more mass in your belly. The Post-Cleanse This is where the rubber meets the road. If you’ve stayed in pace with your schedule and your needs, you should glide right out. The habits you’ve cultivated—a daily walk or sit, drinking green tea instead of coffee, etc.—should keep going. Cleansing is a potent event in our lives that allows a space for deep and lasting changes. In general, the point of cleansing isn’t to starve yourself; it is to cut out the crap (whatever your current version of that may be) and usher in the next-best version of YOU. By doing so, you’ll instill a natural craving for a clean and local summer diet of fresh foods. Design a detox you will enjoy. tf

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WILD EDIBLES Foods Found in Nature By Poa Jacobsen

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he commitment to eating local food brings to mind farmers markets, CSA shares, and even the adventure of growing veggies in raised beds out back. But the foragers among us go directly to native sources of nourishment—wild foods that grow abundantly in the mountains and along the trails (sometimes invisible to the untrained eye). Food foraging can range from eating common garden weeds to identifying and collecting seasonal mushrooms. But however you approach it, foraging requires an understanding of wild plants on a very intimate level. “Start walking with your eyes open,” says Dee Elle Bupp of Dragon Lady Teas. Bupp enjoys snacking in the woods on her morning walks. “Wild foods are more vibrant and more sustaining than food you can buy in the store. There’s nothing like [them]!” Greens Dandelion is a nutrient powerhouse. The bitter component of the plant, often missing in American cuisine, aids digestion. Young leaves can be added to salads, blended into pesto, or cooked in soups, sautes, or frittatas. The roots make a potent liver tonic tea. And even the bright, sunny flowers can be battered and pan-fried for a tasty treat. The dandelion weed is highly adaptable to many regions and environments, a characteristic that also makes it so nutritious. Its long taproot mines minerals like calcium and iron from the soil.

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Stinging Nettle

Nettles (or stinging nettles), another nutritious weed, grow in moist, well-drained areas, near riverbanks, or woodland openings. They propagate easily, so harvest selectively by cutting a few stalks and leaving others to seed next year’s patch. Cut nettles in the spring when the leaves and stalks are still tender, but make sure to wear gloves to avoid their sting. The leaves, seeds, and stalks of the plant can all be eaten. Just smash, dry, or wilt them during cooking to eliminate the sting. Use nettle greens as you would spinach in cooked dishes, atop pizza, in smoothies, made into pesto, or dried and powdered. They also help curb springtime allergy symptoms.

Wild Rose

Flowers Wild roses line many trails and backyards, but are often ignored. Still, a rose bush can provide three-season food to the savvy harvester. Enjoy the delicate flowers in desserts, on top of salads, and added to teas. In the late fall, harvest the berry-like seedpod, or hip, to make a tea or syrup


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high in vitamin C. Violets begin popping up in spring and are abundant throughout the summer. Add this edible flower to salads, blend them into aesthetically pleasing herb butters, or candy them in sugar to top desserts. The leaves and stems contain beta carotene and vitamin C, and are great additions to salads, pestos, dressings, and soups. Mushrooms The magic of morel mushrooms lures foragers into the springtime woods like nothing else. Yet where they pop up can be hit or miss and can vary from year to year. Morels notoriously grow in areas that burned in the previous season. They also hide beneath dying trees or along creek beds that easily flood. But don’t bother to ask a fellow hunter his secrets—he’s unlikely to tell you.

Morels

When harvesting mushrooms it’s important to harvest into a mesh bag or wire basket, letting their spores fall back to the earth and redistribute. This increases the likelihood of a harvest for next year. And while morels are fairly easy to identify, be aware of “false morel” look-alikes. Never eat a mushroom unless you are completely certain of its identity. Do a quick test: a true morel will be completely hollow and attached to its stem when cut lengthwise. While there are various fancy recipes for enjoying morels, the tried-and-true recipe of sauteing or grilling them with butter, salt, and pepper is the easiest, and tastiest, way to eat them. Caution: never eat morels raw, as they can make you quite sick.

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Huckleberries

Berries Huckleberries are a favorite, and well-popularized, berry found in the mountains. And the secret is definitely out on their delicious flavor! Be cautious of harvesting only one side of the bush when it’s heavy with fruit, though. And also use proper etiquette and don’t pick a bush clean. Bears are notorious for cleaning up a huckleberry patch, so always keep one eye on your back.

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Become a Detective Many edible plant species exist right under your nose, so pay close attention. Kevin Taylor, environmental educator at Teton Science Schools, recommends selecting three to four plant species to study and watching them as the season changes. Learning the entire life story of a plant helps us better understand where it grows, under what conditions it grows, and what parts of the plant are edible. Best Practices If you’re new to foraging, it may take many seasons before you feel confident enough to actually eat the plant. Make eating wild plants the final step in your foraging adventure. I Know the environment. Areas with potential herbicide or pesticide use should be avoided. I Collect plants that are out of view from trails and heavily traveled areas. I Learn what plants are on rare and endangered lists. Plants deemed “sensitive” should be left alone. I Bupp recommends asking permission from the plants before harvesting, even if there are plenty. She says, “Trust the answer you get. Sometimes it’s a ‘no.’ ” I Taylor suggests harvesting what most would consider weeds. “That way, you’re getting a two-for-one—weeding and eating at the same time,” he says. tf

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Serve pesto on toasted crostini as an appetizer. Or mix it into cooked pasta, spread it on pizza, or freeze it in small containers or ice cube trays to use throughout the year. 3 cups wild and garden greens (dandelion, sheep sorrel, nettle, wild mint, spinach, arugula) 1/2 cup nuts or seeds of choice (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, pine nuts) 2 cloves garlic 1/2 cup grated hard cheese (such as Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano) 1/2 cup olive oil Sea salt and pepper 1. Wash and dry greens. 2. Blend nuts and seeds in food processor or blender until well-ground. 3. Add greens and garlic until mixture is well-mixed. 4. Add grated cheese. 5. While mixing, drizzle in oil until desired consistency is reached. Add more, if needed. 6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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APPROACH DIY Fire Pits By Tibby Plasse // Photograph by Paulette Phlipot Illustrations by Stacey Walker Oldham

“One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.” – John W. Foster, diplomat

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rchitecture scholars believe courtyards and their amenities, from fire pits to bocce, date back to 3000 B.C. For cavemen, fire pits offered a means of survival: warmth, cooking, and weaponry. The famous Iroquois longhouses, built by Native Americans, contained no windows, just doors at each end with only an opening in the ceiling to allow fire-pit smoke to escape. Fire pits were located in the hallway and shared by the families. In other primitive cultures, communal fires were built at the mouths of caves to help protect the fire and keep it burning. Many generations later, despite advancements in windows and radiant heat, gathering around the fire is instilled in our DNA. And though a good fire source may not mean the difference between life and death anymore, fire pits are still essential for familial gathering and quality time. Make a Plan There are many ways to construct a fire pit, and even more ways to use your checkbook. The two most important considerations are location and budget. First, wrap your head around your space, taking into account wind direction and a location away from trees and shrubs. Next, determine how many people you want to fit around your fire. If you have children, how much traffic will need to parade through? This dictates how large an area you dedicate to your fire pit. If this is your Zen corner, then embedding the pit into the landscape or implementing a fireplace-style hearth may bring more satisfaction than accommodating marshmallow branches and ghost stories. Once you decide where to light a match and how many are invited, think about how you’ll use this space. Most DIY projects tend to be built in the round. If you’re building a fire pit out of pavers or constructing a high-end estate-style pit, rectangles, ovals, and squares add sleekness and help you lose a little of that “camping” feel. Go the distance and plan a layout that integrates rock gardens or an outdoor cooking and dining area. But if that’s too much to commit to or your landlord doesn’t share your vision, go the freestanding fire-pit route. Now that you’ve daydreamed your starlit living room, let’s return to budget. The average DIY project ranges from fifteen to five hundred dollars. Here are four approaches that may break a few fingernails, but not your bank:

DUG-OUT OR IN-GROUND FIRE PIT This design gives you endless options for customizing and designing your space. Here’s an easy approach: lay out the bottom ring of your pit with stones in the grass. Dig out a six- to eight-inch-deep circle inside the stones. Once the hole is dug, pour in some gravel until it’s level with the ground (the gravel will ensure ample drainage). Build the pit by placing the ring of stones around the edge of the gravel circle and use a rubber mallet to situate the stones so they’re flat and even. Place a second row of stones, using masonry adhesive, in a staggered pattern on top of the row below. Use your mallet to even and tighten the stones. Repeat the process with the third row.

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Propane — A propane line isn’t budging. Propane lights with the touch of a button.

Wood — A freestanding fire pit can be moved. Wood pits take time to stoke.

Propane systems have an adjustable flame.

Wood pits shoot sparks and ash into the air.

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Wood pits require cleaning between uses.

Propane pits give off little smoke and no stench.

Wood emits a campfire smell.


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WASHING-MACHINE DRUM This is the most styley upcycle out there—that, for the most part, is free if you shop at the dump. With a little sanding and grinding, a washing-machine drum creates a beautiful large lantern. House & Fig, a home renovation and design blog out of San Francisco, lends an easy step-by-step process that involves stripping the drum, removing all the plastic, removing the center spindle, and grinding or wire brushing the finished product. You can also paint the drum with a high-heat paint to improve the aesthetic (houseandfig.com/2013/01/20/10-diy-one-hour-recycled-firepit/).

“Kids are obsessed with fire; they love it. It’s important to have a level area and maybe even elevate it so there’s less variable for kids to fall down.” – Chris Koenig

FREESTANDING FIRE PITS Buy a freestander at MD Nursery in Driggs, Festive Living in Victor, Big R Ranch and Home in Jackson, or Ace Hardware on both sides of the hill. Savvy shoppers can also check Home Again in Jackson. For a little inspiration, check out Westbank Garden Center’s freestanding fireplace in their garden area. There are also many options available online and through garden catalogs. Prices range from eighty to three hundred dollars and up. Fire has an innate enthusiasm for creating relationships by allowing emotional bonds to form around structure and warmth. Essentially, the Latin word for “hearth” is “focus,” which in English designates a center or activity of interest (for all you etymologists out there). When you invite fire into your life, you’re participating in an age-old history of gathering around the hearth, whether you choose a dug-out pit, a square marble slab, or a bonfire. tf

• Avoid high-traffic zones when planning the layout. • Denote a clearly marked child safety circle that children must avoid. • Set up a play area away from the fire pit. • Never leave the fire pit unattended. • Use a spark guard. • Heed the cooldown period (pits remain hot enough to cause a burn for up to an hour). • Cover in-ground fire pits to avoid a trip-andfall situation.

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n a late spring day, two prized rams disappeared from Janet and Buol Heslin’s sheep herd on the Lazy Eye Ranch in Alta, Wyoming. It was early June 2014, and the rams had been foraging alone in a Hawthorne forest, unprotected by the herd’s stalwart guardians—a Great Pyrenees and an Akbash sheepdog. Two days later, two newborn lambs were also killed. The Wyoming Fish and Game Department determined wolves were to blame and issued them a forty-five-day hunting permit for livestock losses. Buol, seventy, a retired Manhattan eye surgeon, and Janet, sixty-four, a retiree from the pharmaceutical industry, found themselves in the unlikely position of laying in wait each night at dusk with loaded rifles. They saw a single black wolf once, but it never came back. In the end, they suspect the dogs got the wolf. Retirement—a word that technically means “withdrawal” and describes the time when people give up productive employment—has certainly never been a part of the Heslins’ vocabulary. “Buol and I worked hard all of our lives; that’s what we know, and we enjoy the feeling of accomplishing something. We have no interest in being pampered. We like adventure and there’s plenty of that on the farm,” Janet says. Jackson Hole’s Dick and Sandy Shuptrine, owners of Mountain Meadow Natural Gardens, have also found joy and meaning in retirement, growing organic food for local markets. Dick, who says he’s busier now than when he was “working,” joins a growing number of Baby Boomers poised to live longer and in better health than any generation before.

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For some (doom and gloom economists mostly), the aging of our population is bad news for our economy and Social Security. But for Chris Farrell, author of Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life, it’s great news. “Humans have always found meaning and motivation in work and community. The boomer generation is already discovering ‘unretirement’— extending their working lives, often with new careers, entrepreneurial ventures, and volunteer service. Their experience, wisdom—and importantly, their continued earnings—will enrich the American workplace, Treasury, and our whole society in the decades to come.”

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three ewes and two rams, selling ten lambs for meat. The herd is a mixture of Suffolk and cold-hearty heritage breeds like Icelandic, Navajo-Churro, and Cotswold, which have been bred for their long wool. They cultivate certified weed-free hay and grow their own vegetables, strawberries, and raspberries to trade with other local ranchers for pork and beef. “We thought we’d just get in a tractor and drive it,” says Janet, who claims they underestimated the amount of work. “I have a great respect for people who have done this for multiple generations.” When they learned to feed in the winter by sleigh, like the old-timers, “It was a whole new learning curve in harshness,” she recalls. The Heslins constantly converse with their neighbors about weed spraying, fertilizing, fencing, and equipment repair. Janet gives them credit for their success. “You hear about the ‘great divide’ in our community ... there’s none of that here because we are all united in the farming endeavor. Our neighbors are fabulous!” The Heslins’ main farm income consists of lambs and hay. Because they have such a small flock, their fleeces don’t interest the bulk buyers in the wool-depressed market. The smallest losses are significant, and they work to optimize the lambing conditions with things like outfitting their barn with heat lamps and space heaters. Janet laughs and says Buol’s greatest passion is identifying every last weed and eradicating it so they can continue to sell their certified weed-free hay in Wyoming. “We just hope our farm income breaks even each year,” Janet says, but their equipment expenses usually outweigh its income. Despite the hard work, Janet finds time to pursue Nordic ski racing, horse


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packing trips in Yellowstone, and hand-spinning, dyeing, felting, and weaving Native American rugs and tapestries on a forty-eightinch Harrisville floor loom. In addition to keeping up with Janet’s recreational passions, Buol rekindled his young-adult love for guitar—he quit when he started medical school and hadn’t touched one for thirty years. When asked what the future holds, Janet says, “When we get old and decrepit we will sell [the farm] and hopefully someone will move in and maintain it.” But that’s not happening anytime soon. “Farmers around here in their seventies and eighties keep on going and I see why: it’s a great life.”

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Vietnam and returned in 1971 to Jackson, where he flew for fixedbased operator Interwest Aviation. He held various other jobs with Powderhorn Mountaineering and in the construction industry, and finally bought and managed the White Glove Cleaning Service from which he retired in 2001. Dick grew up in Georgia, where his father competed with neighbors growing Southern specialties like okra, pole beans, and cantaloupe. He claims gardening’s in his genes—and evidently, so is questioning the system. While serving in the military, he and his wife, Sandy, lived on a base in Spokane with strict rules on how high their yard grass could grow. The rules didn’t say anything about gardens, though, so the couple raised some eyebrows when they established a wildly successful garden, starting a neighborhood trend (on a side note, Sandy was also the first Lamaze mom in the neighborhood). Dick credits Sandy as an early bloomer in clean food consumption. When the Shuptrines bought their home in 1980, they built a garden to feed their family. Dick started growing commercially after his retirement in 2001 when Jim Darwiche approached him with the idea of starting a farmers market. He eventually connected directly with chefs. And today, rather than beating the Saturday rush on Town Square, he sells his produce wholesale to Jackson Whole Grocer, Aspens Market, and a dependable customer list. Despite his skills as a Master Gardener, it took time for Dick to decide what to grow. “Part of growing the business was educating people about real food,” he explains. By balancing local demand with produce that actually thrives in the Tetons, the Shuptrines grew their garden into half an acre plus a greenhouse. The property enjoys water rights from a nearby spring and often revels in a favorable inversion, saving them from borderline-freezing temps. While they’re not certified organic, the farm has always followed organic principles. Additionally, Dick invests in heirloom seeds where he can. The Shuptrines have even incorporated the garden into their home—their two-story-high tomato plants that run up the south side of the house produce well into December. And their laundry room doubles as a utility room where they wash, sort, and bag the produce. Dick reckons they grow two hundred to three hundred pounds of tomatoes a year, which inspires his daughter, Shannon Ellis, and her family to join the harvest. Their ten-year-old grandson even tends his own garden. “All of our kids have taken our lead in eating fresh, organic foods,” Dick says. “We do a lot together as a family— putting up the tomatoes as spaghetti sauce ... as well as pickling, making jams, and freezing berries.” Even though Dick was a natural, he never set out to do this for a living. He jokes that he could never call his property a “farm” because Sandy never let him buy a tractor. The Teton County/ Jackson Parks and Recreation Center summer camp comes once a week to weed, plant, and pick, and he occasionally works with local garden clubs. Dick credits his success to his “group of ladies” who, year after year, return to share in the work and the harvest. And, like the Heslins, he cites the generosity of other farmers like Star Valley’s Eagan family. Despite this major endeavor, Dick asserts in his humble way, “It’s nothing organized—gardening is a hobby, so why be so organized?” These Teton couples offer a different vision of the elder years— one that defines meaning by continuing to engage in work and community. For that, we can all be thankful. tf


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loved summer camp. I loved campfires and marshmallows—so many marshmallows! I loved endless supplies of fruit punch and gutter sundaes and treasure hunts. I loved rainy days in the art room and quiet times in the woods. I liked early morning swims and wearing the same pair of shorts every single day until my parents picked me up when camp ended. When I was in college, I loved summer camp, too. I loved working as a camp counselor, roasting marshmallows for campers, mapping out treasure hunts, and reading quietly to kids under the glow of a flashlight. I loved rainy-day snacks and wearing the same pair of shorts every day until it was time to go back to class in the fall. When I was a kid, I never really thought much about which camp I attended and why. I went to basketball camp because I wanted to be a better player in high school. I went to art camp because I liked paint and clay. I went to computer camp because, well, I think my parents needed to put me

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somewhere while they worked. But before you go digging through brochures and cruising the Internet for that perfect summer experience, consider a few key factors that make any camp—whether it’s sports-based, dance-based, or faithbased—a successful experience for you and your camper. “I think it’s important to consider a lot of different factors,” says Melissa Young, camp program head at Teton Valley Community School. “You need to look at your family’s needs, you need to look at the age of your children, and you need to look at the opportunities that they [don’t] get during the school year.” Parents should consider the camp’s schedule, staff, and the program. But most importantly, parents need to consider just how excited their child is to attend camp day in and day out. Meet the Staff ———————— “I personally feel that a camp’s number one resource is its staff,” explains Dan Leeming, recruiting agent for Challenger

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Teton Science Schools and Teton Valley Community School Summer Adventure Camps

­ — Offering some of the best adventuring in the Tetons, Teton Science Schools and Teton Valley Community School provide a variety of programs for children of all ages and interests. Whether it’s digging deep in the dirt or wandering high in the hills, their camps promise discovery of the natural world. Their Summer Apprenticeship Program offers leadership development for older campers, too. Don’t forget to ask about scholarships!

Sports British Soccer Camps (offered in both Jackson and Teton Valley). “Soccer is a religion in the U.K. It’s high-energy. And the love of the camp has to rub off on our players ... A big draw for our families is our staff.” Leeming says parents looking at any type of camp should consider the camp’s staff. Ask about training, experience, and even what the staff members are studying in school. “For example, we’ll spend an entire week training,” Leeming says. Because most are coming from the U.K., the staff receives cultural training about the United States. “The amount of detail for their preparation is a huge financial investment for us. They have to be ready ... We value the community and that shows with our staff.” The American Camp Association rates camp staff among the most important aspects of choosing one. Ruth Isserman, ninety-seven, a camp pioneer and former owner of Camp Chickagami in Michigan, still serves as a strong, vital supporter of the ACA and camp. She explains: “It is

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the development of a child as a person that is equally as important as academics. It’s the richness of making their own ‘entertainment.’ And the most important skills we contribute [as staff] are listening and observing. We are building better people for a better world.” So ask: What training does the staff receive? Does the camp require First Aid training? Does the camp conduct background checks on staff? Where do they recruit their staff from? And what is the staff return rate? It’s always appropriate to meet the men and women who will be working and playing with your camper. Young reminds us that it’s just as important for a parent to feel comfortable with the staff as it is for the child to feel at ease. Know Before You Go ——— Young explains that talking to your kids about their camp expectations is a good first step that creates excitement and investment in the program. “It’s really

important to talk to your kids before you put [them] into camp,” she says. “If the kid isn’t into it, it’s not going to work. I think investment on the parents’ end is important for a camp experience.” Young explains that if your child is happy and excited to go to camp, that’s the measure of success. Base your camp choice off of whether your kid is happy at the end of the day and ready to go again the next morning. This will help you feel confident about the program.” Emily Boespflug, camp director for the Center for the Arts summer camp program, agrees. “Take some time to talk to your kids before camp,” she says. “Think less daycare and more learning ... The kids that know why they signed up are more into it.” Parents that drop kids off for the day without direction or discussion have a harder time getting into the program. She explains that her program’s mark of a successful week are happy kids who are having fun and learning something new. “There is a lot of creative expression through the arts, but we always say that expression happens through a safe and

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supportive environment,” Boespflug says. “We provide a fair amount of outdoor play and invest in the kids first, [with] art being the second important part of the overall program.” Young reminds us that financial aid programs and grants for summer camps can and should be sought by parents. Simply asking can help camp directors begin the process of working toward a financial aid program. Parents Weigh In ————— There are many different reasons that parents choose summer camps. Some belong to clubs and resorts that offer summer camp amenities, others need a daycare option for June, July, and August, while others look to expand and build upon classroom academics. Regardless, summer camp offers a unique experience beyond the books, one that can have lasting and lifelong impacts. Camp plants a seed that gets cultivated through the experience, year after year, into valued character traits.

The Learning Academy of Teton Valley

— Canvas, clay, and creative fun paint the picture of Jackson Hole Center for the Arts summer camps. Hosted by the Art Association, this camp’s palette of programs inspires creativity and promotes fun. Their summer offerings include options for kindergarten through fifth grade, and middle school and high school students. Art camps sharpen your child’s dance skills, help them discover their inner actor or superhero, or teach them the finer points of plein air painting. Need-based scholarships and aftercare available.

— The Learning Academy delivers classic summer camp fun centered on weekly themes. Your child will enjoy water-slide play, bike riding, science experiments, hiking and field trips, and even acting on stage! If it rains, the veteran counselors set up shop in the kitchen, teaching essential baking skills. With a creative indoor facility and large outdoor play area, children can dig in the garden, spread out for craft time, or engage in fantasy play on the pirate ship. And their bunnies and turtle soothe any camper separation anxiety.

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Teton Valley, Idaho, mom Jen Fisher homeschools her two girls. She explains that summer camp is an important part of their education, teaching social skills as well as expanding their world outside of the home. “Summer camp is an expanded social circle [for us],” Fisher says. “I think they have gained an appreciation for where they live, too. At camp, they go to Yellowstone, Targhee, Craters of the Moon, or the museum in Idaho Falls. My daughter is engaged in her environment by spending a day at Full Circle Farm ... She’s picking up worms and telling me about it.” For Jackson mom Katharine Confer, summer camp came as a natural extension of her own dynamic experience growing up as a camper. She didn’t question whether her daughter would love a summer camp program. She simply knew she would. “I

grew up going to camp. And my daughter is an independent soul, and she loves camp,” says Confer, who enrolls her sevenyear-old in a day camp in Jackson. “I don’t want her to think it’s school ... It’s about being outside and being with other kids.” Confer says she is quick to jump on a camp’s schedule, sometimes calling the camp before the summer programs are released. This helps ensure that her family’s summer schedule can accommodate the camp’s. Most profound are the relationships that carry over the long winter months and into adulthood. Victor, Idaho, resident Amy Hatch looks forward to the day her daughter, Grace, attends summer camp, just like she did for nine years of her childhood. Hatch recounts her lifelong summer camp friends, one who served as

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps

— Kick-start your child’s summer with Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps. The British invasion continues in both Teton Valley and Jackson Hole with camps offering professional skill training from collegiate U.K. soccer players. They offer a “First Kicks” program for ages three and four, and full-day and half-day camps for ages ten to eighteen. Each day includes individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, smallsided games, coached scrimmages, and a daily World Cup tournament. Consider hosting a coach for a discount on camp! Wyoming: Josh Everest, 720-204-4148 jeverest@challengersports.com Idaho: Jessica Fritsch, 208-709-6792

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her maid of honor when she was married three years ago. “The independence that I had [at camp] bred self-confidence and it was a shared experience with the other campers,” Hatch says. “ ... My parents nurtured my love of the mountains, but summer camp was also a catalyst: horseback riding, mountain climbing, playing ... every day was amazing and fostered a lot of personal growth.” She continues, “Some of my very best friends were from summer camp. My friend grew up in California and I grew up in Colorado, and we spent summer after summer becoming very close friends. Even today, we strive to see each other once a year.” “It’s definitely something I want for Grace,” Hatch says. “Summer camp—it’s the best.” tf

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Preschool-Age Pumpkin Patch Preschool Summer Camp Ages: 3 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: art, dance, cooking, language arts, outdoor play Contact: jhpumpkinpatch.com / pumpkins@jhpumpkinpatch.com 307-733-1759

Elementary-Age Axis Gymnastics Ages: 5 to 11 Dates and times: all summer long, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Activities: gymnastics, games, outdoor play, field trips Contact: axisgymnastics.com / info@axisgymnastics.com / 307-732-2947 Camp Invention Colter Elementary Ages: 1st to 6th grade Dates and times: June 15-19, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Activities: marine science, video game design, patents, trademarks and copyright lessons, STEM education Contact: campinvention.org / 1-800-968-4332 Camp Shooting Star Ages: 4 to 8 Dates and times: July 6-August 14, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., aftercare available Activities: swimming, golf, arts and crafts, food fun, team building, science projects, yoga Contact: kecamps.com/locations/camp-shooting-star / 877-671-2267 Camp Teton Pines Ages: 4 to 8 Dates and times: July 6-August 14, 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: kecamps.com/locations/camp-teton-pines / 877-671-2267

First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School Ages: 3 (potty-trained) to 10 Dates and times: June 22-26, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Activities: crafts, games, science experiments, missions/outreach projects, Bible lessons Contact: 2015.cokesburyvbs.com/firstbjackson / krista.klemmer@yahoo.com 307-733-3706  Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Kids Ranch Ages: 3 to 11 Dates and times: June 15-August 28, 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m. Activities: rock climbing, bungee trampoline, pop-jet fountain, scenic tram rides, hiking, outdoor safety, aerial adventure course, archery Contact: jacksonhole.com / kidsranch@jacksonhole.com / 307-739-2788 Jackson Hole Children’s Museum Summer Explorers Camp Ages: entering 1st to entering 5th grade Dates and times: July 7-21, Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Activities: science, nature, history, art, field trips and excursions, hands-on exhibits Contact: jhchildrensmuseum.org / hanneke@jhchildrensmuseum.org 307-733-3996 Moose Corner Day Care Ages: 5 to 11 Dates and times: summer-long, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Activities: hiking, swimming, outdoor play, nature programs in Grand Teton National Park Contact: moosecorner@ymail.com / 307-739-1189 Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation Camp Jackson Ages: 1st to 6th grade Dates and times: June 15-August 21, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Activities: outdoor play, dance, art, sports, swimming, music, drama, environmental education, culture Contact: tetonparksandrec.org / jayer@tetonwyo.org / 307-739-9025 Teton County Library Summer Reading Program (Alta Branch) Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: June 13-August 15 Activities: online and mobile game-based reading, special movies, crafts Contact: tclib.org/alta / gnotzoldt@tclib.org / 307-353-2505 Summer 2015 ¤ Teton Family

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Teton Literacy Center Literacy Adventure Camp Ages: K to 5 Dates and times: June-August, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Activities: crime-scene investigator camp: solving crimes, emergency situations Contact: tetonliteracy.org / 307-733-9242 Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church Summer Camp Ages: pre-K to 11 Dates and times: June 15-19, mornings Activities: vacation Bible school Contact: sotmlc.org / sotmlcjackson@gmail.com / 307-733-4382

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Exum Mountain Guides Ages: 11 to 14 Dates: July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Activities: climbing, wilderness skills, nature appreciation, teamwork, rope management, rappelling Contact: exumguides.com/ublminxportfolios/kids-camp/ exum@exumguides.com / 307-733-2297 GAP! (Girls Actively Participating!) Girls’ Workshop Ages: 11 to 14 Dates and times: TBA Activities: yoga, leadership, communication, group challenges, goal setting, games, art, healthy relationship building Contact: gapjh.org / gapgirljh@gmail.com

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Jackson Hole High School Youth Football Camp for Boys Ages: entering 3rd to 8th grade Dates: June 15-16, 8:00-10:00 a.m. Activities: football skills, offense and defense Contact: James Howell / jhowell@tcsd.org / 307-413-3346

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Teton Youth and Family Services Jackson Hole Leadership Program Ages: 10 to 16 Dates: TBD Activities: games and team-building initiatives, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, backpacking trips for older campers Contact: tetonyouthandfamilyservices.org/hirschfield-center/jackson-holeleadership-program/ leadership@tyfs.org / 307-733-6440 Jackson Hole Music Experience Ages: 12 and up Dates and times: TBD Activities: music instruction, band development Contact: jhme.org / info@jhme.org

NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) (Teton Valley, ID) Ages: 14 to 19 Dates and times: June 17-August 10, eight 28-day courses offered Activities: backpacking, camping, wilderness survival, team building, rafting, paddling, water rescue Contact: nols.edu / 800-710-6657

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Snake River Fund/ Teton County Parks and Rec Snake River Days Ages: 11 to 13 Dates and times: August 17-21, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with one overnight Activities: plant and animal watershed exposure via foot, kayak, canoe, raft, and paddleboard (*strong swimming skills encouraged) Contact: tetonparksandrec.org / margaret.creel@snakeriverfund.org 307-734-6773


SOAR (Dubois, WY) Ages: 11 to 18 Dates: June 17-August 15, eighteen-day residential camps Activities: canoeing, horse packing, academic, and environmental education for teens and preteens with learning disabilities and ADHD Contact: soarnc.org / 307-455-3084

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Targhee Music Camp Ages: 8 and up Dates and times: August 3-6, all day Activities: acoustic-based music classes, workshops, jam sessions, and concerts Contact: targheemusiccamp.com / targheemusiccamp@gmail.com 307-413-1947

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Teton Literacy Center Literacy Adventure Camp Ages: 6th to 8th grade Dates and times: June-August, Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Activities: film camp, archaeology camp, culinary arts camp Contact: tetonliteracy.org / 307-733-9242 Teton Valley Ranch Camp (Dubois, WY) Ages: 11 to 16 Dates: June 17-August 16, weeklong residential camp Activities: horseback riding, fly fishing, lapidary, archery, trail rides, day hikes, and discovery adventures, Teton and Wind River range treks Contact: tvrcamp.com / mailbag@tvrcamp.org / 307-733-2958

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Wilderness Ventures Ages: 12 to 18 Dates and times: June 24-August 6, 6 to 21-day wilderness camping trips Activities: kayaking, whitewater rafting, climbing, zip lining, hiking, backpacking, environmental responsibility, leadership Contact: wildernessventures.com / 800-533-2281

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Art Association of Jackson Hole Art Camps Ages: 3 to 18 Dates and times: June 15-August 28, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., aftercare available Activities: pottery, storytelling, space art, fibers, ceramics, photography, filmmaking, STEAM discovery, plein air drawing and painting, body as a paintbrush Contact: artassociation.org / emily@artassociation.org / 307-733-6379 Big City Broadway Ages: 8 to 18 Dates and times: August 10-16, see website for times Activities: theater education, musical theater, dance, sing, and act with Broadway professionals, celebrate the work of Judy Garland, scholarships available Contact: bigcitybroadway.org / gina@bigcitybroadway.org / 307-734-9718   Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps Ages: 3 to 14 Dates and times: June 22-26, hourlong, half-day or full day, depending on age Activities: soccer skills, drills, coached scrimmages, daily tournaments Contact: challengersports.com / Josh Everest / jeverest@challengersports.com 720-204-4148 Camp Invention Middle School Ages: 6th to 8th grade Dates and times: June 15-19, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Activities: circuitry, energy, bioengineering and economics, create smart gear, program a minibot, prototype lifesaving technology Contact: campinvention.org / 1-800-968-4332

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Dancers’ Workshop Summer Programs Ages: 18 months to 18 years Dates and times: June 22-July 31, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m., depending on the program Activities: mommy and me, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, pop choreography, modern African, ballet variations, tricks, turns, and leaps, NYC ballet Contact: dwjh.org / school@dwjh.org / 307-733-6398 Grand Targhee Resort Adventure Summer Camp Ages: 3 to 12 Dates and times: June 22-August 28, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Activities: swimming, hiking, mountain biking, chairlift rides, nature exploration, arts and crafts, climbing wall, euro bungee, music Contact: grandtarghee.com / cjacobsen@grandtarghee.com / 1-800-TARGHEE Green River Outreach for Wilderness Foundation (Boulder, WY) Ages: 8 to 17 Dates: June 14-August 15, residential, gender-specific 1- to 4-week camps Activities: archery, backpacking, blacksmithing, camping, canoeing, climbing, horseback riding, hiking, fly fishing, rafting, swimming, arts and crafts, woodshop, ecology Contact: greenriverfoundation.com / 307-690-2185 Jackson Hole Jewish Community Spirit of the Mountains Summer Camp Ages: 5 to 12 Dates: July 20-31 Activities: art, hiking, swimming, cooking, leadership lessons, outings Contact: jhjewishcommunity.org / info@jhjewishcommunity.org / 307-734-1999 Jackson Hole Youth Baseball Summer Camp Ages: 5 to 12 Dates and times: TBD Activities: baseball skills and tactics, team building Contact: jacksonholeyouthbaseball.com / 307-203-2484 Jackson Hole Youth Basketball Ages: 7 to 12 Dates and times: TBD Activities: basketball skills and drills Contact: jhybb.com / Jhybb22@gmail.com Jackson Hole Youth Soccer Ages: pre-K to 12th grade Dates and times: TBD Activities: soccer skills, scrimmages, games Contact: jacksonholeyouthsoccer.org / jacksonholeyouthsoccer@gmail.com 307-200-6034 Journeys School Summer Innovation Academy Ages: 8 to 14 Dates and times: July 13-31, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Activities: inventing, engineering, robotics, computer programming, motorized mechanisms, multimedia adventures Contact: tetonscience.org (field education) / 307-733-1313 Off Square Theatre Summer Camps Ages: K to 12 Dates: June 15-August 14 (camps run in 1- or 2-week cycles) Activities: musical theater, storytelling, Shakespeare, theater design, comedy Contact: offsquare.org / info@offsquare.org / 307-733-3021 Painted Salamander Studio Ages: 4 to 12 Dates and times: June 15-August 21, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Activities: horseback riding, horse care, barn chores, meditation and stretching, horse-based art projects Contact: sierra@paintedsalamander.com / 307-413-6258


Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole J.O.Y. (Jesus-Oriented Youth) Summer Camp Ages: 3 to 13 Dates and times: June 15-August 26, 9:00 a.m-3:30 p.m., 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Activities: Bible devotion time, outdoor play, community service, hiking, nature studies, field trips, arts and crafts Contact: pcjh.org / joy@pcjh.org / 307-739-9591 Targhee Music Camp Ages: 8 and up Dates and times: August 3-6, all day Activities: acoustic-based music classes, workshops, jam sessions, and concerts Contact: targheemusiccamp.com / targheemusiccamp@gmail.com 307-413-1947 Teton County 4-H 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: tetonwyo.org/ex4h / kkrinkee@tetonwyo.org / 307-733-3087 Teton County Library Summer Reading Program (Jackson) Ages: K to 12 Dates: June 13-August 15 Activities: online and mobile game-based reading, movies, crafts, special events Contact: tclib.org / dgifford@tclib.org / 307-733-2164 ext. 221 Teton Literacy Center Club Summer Ages: K to 8 Dates and times: all summer, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., following summer school Activities: sports, music, grossology, archaeology Contact: tetonliteracy.org / 307-733-9242 Teton Science Schools Ages: 5 to 18 Dates: June 14-August 14, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and residential weeklong camps Activities: hands-on science exploration, hiking, canoeing, camping, water exploration, service projects, wildlife studies, survival skills, nature art, leadership Contact: tetonscience.org (field education) / 307-733-1313 Wyoming Karate Club Ages: 4 and up Dates and times: ongoing karate classes Activities: karate, stranger danger, bully defense Contact: WyKarate.com / information@wykarate.com / 307-739-8812

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Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps (Idaho) Ages: 3 to 14 Dates: June 15-19, hourlong, half-day, or full-day sessions, depending on age Activities: soccer skills, drills, coached scrimmages, daily tournaments Contact: challengersports.com / Jessica Fritsch, 208-709-6792 Grand Targhee Resort Adventure Summer Camp Ages: 3 to 12 Dates and times: June 22-August 28, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Activities: swimming, hiking, mountain biking, chairlift rides, nature exploration, arts and crafts, climbing wall, euro bungee, music Contact: grandtarghee.com / cjacobsen@grandtarghee.com / 1-800-TARGHEE Learning Academy of Teton Valley Ages: 3 to 13 Dates and times: June 1-August, 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Activities: water play, hiking, biking, arts and crafts, garden activities, field trips Contact: learningacademyschool.com / thelearningacademy@gmail.com 208-354-7898 Rexburg Children’s Theatre Day Camp Ages: 8 to 10 Dates and times: June 1-29, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Activities: theater class, singing and dance instruction culminating with two performances of Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr. on June 26 and June 27 Contact: Preregistration begins April 1 rexburgcommunitytheatre.blogspot.com / rctchildrenstheatre@gmail.com

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Local Galleria Kids Classes Ages: 3 to 16 Dates and times: June 8-August 17, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., or 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., depending on the program Activities: comedy, costumes, set design, fashion, jewelry making, sidewalk art, spray-paint and airbrush art, individualized art instruction Contact: tetonvalleylocalart.com / teri@tetonvalleylocalart.com / 208-270-0833 Teton County 4-H Ages: 8 to 18 Dates and times: 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 idaho.4honline.com teton@uidaho.edu / 208-354-2961

The Jackson Hole Perinatal Advocacy Project Outreach, education, and support in regards to pregnancy and postpartum mental health issues. jhpostpartum.wordpress.com

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Teton Indoor Sports Academy Ages: 4 and up Dates and times: June 9-August 27, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Activities: gymnastics, games, art, dance, yoga, outdoor play Contact: tetonindoorsportsacademy.com / tisa@silverstar.com / 307-413-6082 Teton Valley Community School Ages: 24 months to 12 years Dates and times: June 29-August 14, half-day (8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.), full day (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), aftercare available Activities: farm and garden, forest and stream exploration, wildlife adventures, naturalist camps, aquatic study, summer apprenticeship Contact: tetonscience.org/teton-valley-community-school info@tetonvalleycommunityschool.org / 208-787-0445 Teton Valley Dance Academy Ages: 3 to 18 Dates: 8-week summer session Activities: creative dance, ballet point, jazz, modern Contact: tetonvalleydance.com / margaret@tetonvalleydance.com 307-413-4679 tf

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Tonight by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater We lie in sleeping bags

wearing woven bracelets on our ankles

spilling giggles into cabin air. Our jokes

swirl with secrets

told by long-ago campers and our words

float warm and spicy like cinnamon

from bunk to bunk year to year.

We have new batteries in our flashlights marshmallow goo in our hair

and our hearts are

carved with music of paddles

dipping in water horse hooves

trotting on dry dirt a dinner bell calling us

for tacos and grace.

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