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Published August 17, 2016
An exhibition celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service, and the beauty and wonder of spiders, opens this weekend at the University of Wyoming-NPS Research Station in Grand Teton National Park.
“Spiders! Interconnectedness, Innovation and Stewardship” features the work of scientists and artists in a variety of media focused on spiders, described by exhibition organizers as “perhaps the most underappreciated wildlife species in our national parks.”
A kickoff event and introduction to the exhibition is 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in the Cook Auditorium of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson.
An opening reception with artists and scientists is 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, in the Berol Lodge at the UW-NPS Research Station, located at the historic AMK Ranch in Grand Teton. The exhibition will remain up for viewing and interpretation Monday through Saturday, Aug. 22-27, from 2-6 p.m. in the Berol Lodge.
“Visitors will learn about spiders’ amazing biodiversity and will be challenged to think about how spiders have inspired humankind for centuries to spark conversations of how we can innovate solutions for stewarding our parks and planet for generations to come,” organizers say.
The exhibition has been organized by arachnologist Sarah Kariko in honor of Herb Levi, the late curator of invertebrate zoology at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. He and his wife, Lorna, conducted one of the first surveys of invertebrates in Grand Teton in 1950.
The exhibition is sponsored, in part, by UW’s Biodiversity Institute, Gossamer Labs LLC and Canon USA Inc. Project partners include Harold Bergman and Michael Dillon, directors of the UW-NPS Research Station, and Jane Lavino, of the National Museum of Wildlife Art.