Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce

Top 5 Things You Should Know About Jackson Hole WILD

The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce is pleased to share this member feature on Jackson Hole WILD.

1.    We want to preserve nature… and we do that by connecting people to the natural world through media. We also host professional development industry summits, as well as community and educational events – all focused on the issues that matter, stories that need telling and wildlife worth saving.

2.    You may know us as the world-renowned Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, which has been hosted here for 26 years. Every other year, more than 650 filmmakers, industry experts and scientists from around the world converge at Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. We hold workshops, premiere film screenings and honor the best of the best with the “Oscars” of wildlife and natural history film. Our forums and keynotes give some of the world’s greatest minds a platform to talk about filmmaking, conservation and how we can protect endangered wildlife.

3.    But the festival isn’t all we do in Jackson; we also host community events and educational programs. All of our community events include media, science and nature components, all are open to the public, and most are free. For example, our fall WILD Fest – Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday Oct. 1 – brings highlights of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival to residents and includes Wyoming’s only interactive science festival. Other community media events this summer season have included:

  • Organizing TEDxJacksonHole at the Center for the Arts;
  • Working with middle school students at the Wind River Reservation and in Jackson Hole for a storytelling exchange using cutting-edge “augmented reality” video techniques;
  • Co-hosting a movie premiere of “Toxic Puzzle” about ground-breaking scientific research completed right here in Jackson;
  • Partnering with local, regional and international nonprofits on a short film event where Zoey, the Cougar Dog, took the stage to show off her skills at saving wildlife;

4.    Wait...what happens in the years in between the festival? The answer is: SMASH. Also known as the Science Media Awards and Summit in the Hub, SMASH is a biennial industry conference, hosted in partnership with PBS/WGBH in Boston, Mass. SMASH brings science media innovators together to test equipment, celebrate research, and explore new ways of communicating the wonders of science to a global audience in a rapidly changing media landscape.

5.    We’re always on the move with Jackson Hole WILD On Tour and United Nations World Wildlife Day. Jackson Hole WILD On Tour shares the best wildlife, nature and science films from the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival competitions with a worldwide audience. In the past year, our On Tour events reached over 8,000 people in 70-plus countries. Our UN showcase events – in conjunction with World Wildlife Day – reach audiences in excess of 50,000 a year.

Whether on an international or local level, Jackson Hole WILD strives to present events that open hearts, speakers who change minds and films that inspire action. To accomplish all of this, we rely on the help of donors, sponsors and volunteers. To get involved, join our mailing list at or call 307.200.3286.