The Wonder Institute is the new primary focus of Center of Wonder.  Part think-tank, convener, and program creator, we envision the Wonder Institute as a catalyst to further solidify Jackson Hole as an arts and culture epicenter in the Rocky Mountain Region.

The Institute will be launched with four main initiatives:

Masters-In-Residence Series

We will bring to Jackson Hole engaging experts in the arts and science arenas, four to six times per year.  In addition to a keynote address, we will select speakers who can provide additional workshops for the community and students.

Digital Media Lab 

Jackson Hole is a hotbed of award-winning professional film and photography talent. However, there is limited opportunity where students and adults can learn from mentors, or have the equipment and technology to further their own creative pursuits.  Our goal is to develop a Digital Media Lab where this vision can become a reality.    By collaborating with the wide number of resources available to us, we plan to develop a world-class classroom that will inspire the next generation of filmmakers and photographers.

Click here to learn about our summer digital media lab programs.


We see the need for additional creative “makerspaces” in Jackson where individual artists who do not have gallery space can create and showcase their work.  The spaces will allow welders, sculptors, woodworkers and artists of all mediums to further their work, as well as provide a venue for youth and adults to learn from these artists.

ARTISTS, if you are interested in renting studio space in our Makerspace location, please contact Babs Case, Artistic Director 307-733-6398 or [email protected]  Rent is $400 per month.

Wonder Community Programs

Keeping with our collaborative mission, the Wonder Institute is now managing programs started by Jackson Hole Wild, including TedEx Jackson Hole, Wild Fest and Science Days.

Upcoming 2019 Summer & Fall Programs:

June – September: Ongoing Partnership with Doug Coombs Foundation

We will be working with Doug Coombs Foundation summer mentor groups (grades 6-12) to add a media component to their programming. The Wonder Institute will provide Doug Coombs with GoPros to document their experiences together, and then have them learn how to edit their footage at the Media Lab on July 24th and 31st.

June 28th: Unleash the Beast: MakerSpace Open House with Dancer’s Workshop

At this event, we will introduce the MakerSpace to the public. The Wonder Institute will be leading a birdhouse-making workshop alongside other artists to promote future MakerSpace programming.

July 15th – 26th: Summer Filmmaking Intensive at the Digital Media Lab

This 2-week camp will teach students how to advance their creative and technical skills. Students will learn all the basics of filmmaking, including writing, cinematography, lighting, sound, and editing, and will also have the chance to specialize in a certain area if desired.

July 19th and August 16th: Event Photography with JacksonHoleLive!

Participants will get real-world experience working with a client and shooting a live event. They will have a chance meet the bands backstage, receive a special press pass, and get guidance from a professional photographer. At the culmination of the program,  students’ content will be featured on the JacksonHoleLive website and Instagram.

August 20th – 22nd:  Connecting for Success with Jackson Hole High School

The Wonder Institute will lead a 72-hour Crash Course in Filmmaking in partnership with Jackson Hole High School. Rising freshmen will learn basic video skills and finish the program with a completed film.

September 21st, 27th, & 28th: Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival – Community Screenings

We are bringing in speakers from the JHWFF to accompany screenings of their films. We have invited Dr. Sylvia Earle and Céline Cousteau to speak on Sept. 21st, and the screenings for the 27th and 28th will be determined by mid-July.

November 1st & 2nd: Science Fest 2019 with Teton Science Schools

The annual Science Fest, previously run by Jackson Hole WILD, will feature over 30 STEAM-based exhibitors, performers, and scientists.