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Foundation

Teton Valley Ranch Camp was founded in 1939.

Teton Valley Ranch Camp - Education Foundation was founded in 2001.

The Founding of TVRC

TVRC operated for 60 years at the Kelly Ranch location where founders Mr. and Mrs. Wilson first established the camp in 1939. During the fall of 2000, the founding family decided to close the camp and sell the ranch in Kelly. In response, camp alumni and friends formed The TVRC Education Foundation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and began operation in 2002 in Dubois, Wyoming.

The TVRC Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) created in 2001, continues the tradition established in 1939 by The Wilsons. As with any great and important institution, tuition and fees do not cover the full cost of owning and operating the camp facility.

A New Home for the Camp

The foundation’s initial goal was to raise the necessary funds to purchase a permanent home for camp and continue operations into perpetuity. During the search process for a ranch, TVRC-EF moved camp in 2002 to a leased property in Dubois, Wyoming. After a fabulous summer, the move proved to camp parents and alumni that the spirit of TVRC continues regardless of location.

After an extended property search, TVRC-EF acquired a new home for Teton Valley Ranch Camp in December 2003. The new ranch is a 2,360-acre property near Dubois. It is on one of the most extensive private tracts as you descend into the Wind River region from the west. Home to elk, deer, moose, antelope, bighorn sheep, and hundreds of kids during the summer. The property is bisected by the Crooked Creek and views both the Upper Wind River and Absaroka mountain ranges. The new ranch positioning allows TVRC to continue its long history of running trips in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and new wilderness experiences in the Wind River Range.

Building for the Future

Looking into the future, The TVRC Education Foundation sets its sights on supporting Teton Valley Ranch Camp in the continued effort to offer the best possible experience for all campers, staff, and families.

Each year the Foundation and Programming staff and our Board of Directors work closely to assess the camp program’s needs and create funding initiatives that support those needs. Below is an outline of current initiatives. If you would are interested in supporting the efforts of TVRC, please reach out toWhitney Oppenhuizen, Director of Communications and Philanthropy, directly .

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