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In Teton County, everybody's got an ambassador

Volunteers help land managers keep track of recreation activity on public lands, while also helping first-time visitors learn the area and the etiquette.

Grand Teton Volunteers

Brianna Leaver has spent hours helping someone find a lost ski on Mount Glory — to no avail.

She frequently empties a trash can filled with dog poop, tries to create order of the parking morass on the top of Teton Pass, and carries a U.S. Forest Service radio and first-aid kit just in case she stumbles across a backcountry skier in trouble.

Pass ambassadors

Brianna Leaver is one of about 14 Teton Pass ambassadors tasked with “keeping the peace” in parking areas and pointing skiers in the right direction.

Valley Volunteers ambassador programs

Teton Pass Ambassador Ariel Kazunas digs out a hut adjacent to Telemark Bowl in 2021 that houses an AED device for emergency use on Teton Pass.

Grand Teton Volunteers

Volunteer Sue Morriss helps a skier with their gear this month in Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton Volunteers

Volunteer Steve Morriss helps out a visitor with directions this month at Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton Volunteers

Volunteers Sue and Steven Morriss stand for a portrait Sunday at Grand Teton National Park. The Morrisses have been volunteering at the park since 2015.

Grand Teton Volunteers

Volunteer Steven Morriss greets skiers March 5 at Grand Teton National Park. Morriss and the other volunteers work three-hour shifts to help out visitors with the rules and their gear.

Valley volunteers ambassador programs

Jane Frisch, a “poop fairy” with PAWS of Jackson Hole, speaks to dog walkers at Emily Stevens Park in 2019. “Poop fairies” are volunteer ambassadors who nonprofit and land managers credited with cleaning up Cache Creek.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or

Environmental Reporter

Billy Arnold has been covering the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the people who manage it since January 2022. He previously spent two years covering Teton County government, and a year editing Scene. Tips welcomed.

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