The Murie Ranch is the historic home of conservationists Mardy and Olaus Murie, the heart and soul of the early wilderness conservation movement. Brothers Olaus and Adolph Murie married sisters Margaret and Louise and acquired the STS Ranch in 1945. The Ranch became the setting for their research, writings, and gatherings. The brothers were pioneering wildlife biologists whose studies helped move wildlife management toward holistic management of ecosystems rather than promotion of individual species. The Murie Ranch served as a gathering place for discussion and debate among conservation leaders. The property is a natural setting located within Grand Teton National Park and boasts spectacular views of the Teton mountains, frequent wildlife sightings, and dark skies. Bears, moose, elk, mule deer, and other wildlife frequent the property. Participants must be at ease living with wildlife. Wildlife safety training will be provided. The ranch consists of a series of rustic cabins. All cabins are served by a common, newly renovated bath house with hot water and high water pressure. The bath house has a men's and a women's side, each with two stalls and two showers and equipped with a hairdryer. It is a short walk from the cabins; participants should bring headlamps or flashlights to help them navigate pathways after dark. 20 years ago, we adopted the Shaker philosophy of hands-to-work. We believe that if everyone cleans up after themselves as part of a community, people will have more respect for each other and the world around them. Hands to work also helps build a sense of community and rapport amongst participants. For adult programs such as this, we ask that participants help wipe down dining room tables after meals and pull linens from their beds at the end of the program. The camp-like atmosphere fosters friendships and will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired! The simple and rustic accommodations promote reflection and relaxation.