Sandhill Cranes gather near Driggs. (Teton Regional Land Trust) Credit: Photo: Teton Regional Land Trust

DRIGGS, Idaho — The Greater Yellowstone Crane Festival offers three more days of engaging programs.

Hosted by Teton Regional Land Trust, the festival aims to raise awareness for sandhill cranes and the wetland habitat these long-legged birds depend on.

Events include live crane-theme storytelling, a biologist talk on crane conservation and the screening of the documentary, “Crane Song” by Nebraska Public Media.

The festival’s closing celebration on Saturday, Sept. 23 will be on the downtown plaza in Driggs, Idaho. This all day event will host more than 20 local artist booths, food and drinks and crafts for kids. Performances by Idaho Falls School of Ballet and Summit School of the Arts, poetry and drawing workshops and an art auction will celebrate all things crane.

The Crane Festival is an educational foray into the world of these majestic birds.  

To learn more about all the events, go to

Leigh Reagan Smith is a wildlife and community news reporter. Originally a documentary filmmaker, she has lived in the valley since 1997. Leigh enjoys skiing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and interviewing interesting people for her podcast, SoulRise.