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.

Voices of Wonder

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

Upcoming 2019 Fall Programs:

VOICES OF WONDER: Advocating for the Wild through Storytelling

Center of Wonder and Jackson Wild are thrilled to present the 2019 Voices of Wonder: Advocating for the Wild through Storytelling. This event series will feature esteemed pioneers of ocean advocacy Dr. Sylvia Earle and Paul Watson, a National Geographic photo exhibition, screenings of Jackson Wild Media Award contenders, and more. All events will take place on the Center for the Arts Stage and are offered free to the public. Join us in celebrating the work of both emerging and established filmmakers, photographers, and explorers from all over the world! 

Sunday, Sept 22nd @ 6:00pm: In Conversation with Dr. Sylvia Earle and Paul Watson

This event will feature excerpts from Mission Blue, a film about Earle’s impact on policy and preservation, and Watson, a film about the controversial, anti-poaching mission known as Sea Shepherd. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about how two ocean heroes are actively reshaping our planet’s story.

Saturday, Sept. 27th @ 5:00pm: Planet or Plastic? National Geographic Photo Exhibition Happy Hour

Running in the Center Gallery from September 11th to October 6th, the National Geographic “Planet or Plastic?” showcases the photographers and artists of the global plastic waste crisis and the innovators working to solve this urgent issue. 

Saturday, Sept. 27th @ 6:00pm: Images to Change the World

If a picture is worth a thousand words, these remarkable photographers have volumes to tell. Discover new worlds with 10 renowned visual storytellers. Session produced and moderated by Kaitlin Yarnall, Chief Storytelling Office and Senior Vice President for the National Geographic Society.

Saturday, Sept. 27th @ 7:15pm: Media Lab Shorts Program

17 fellows selected from a pool of over 600 applicants partook in this year’s Jackson Wild Media Lab, an immersive, cross-disciplinary science filmmaking workshop. 

Saturday, Sept. 27th @ 8:00pm: Screening of Epic Yellowstone: Fire & Ice

Host Bill Pullman embarks on wintry Yellowstone journey over vast blankets of snow and across rivers warmed by geothermal springs. Watch how the area’s extreme conditions pose challenges even for animals that have evolved to survive these harsh winters. Followed by Q+A with Executive Producers Thomas Winston and Tria Thalman and joined by staff members of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.

Sunday, Sept. 28th @ 6:00pm: Screening of Yellowstone Wolf Dynasty

A film about one of nature’s greatest – and most controversial – experiments: bringing wolves back to Yellowstone. What happened next no one could predict. Followed by a Q+A with Katie Bauer, 

Saturday, Sept. 28th @ 7:30pm: Screening of Sea of Shadows

SEA OF SHADOWS follows a team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists and courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican Navy as they put their lives on the line to bring a vicious international poaching syndicate to justice.