Preserving wildlife and its habitat by educating youth about the importance of conservation.


The Jack Creek Preserve Foundation promotes wildlife conservation and outdoor education to inspire a personal connection and commitment to nature.

The Preserve was created to permanently protect 4,500 acres and create an important migratory corridor between two sections of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. We manage this landscape to increase biodiversity and maintain and improve habitat and to provide special opportunities for education and research. At the heart of our mission is protecting regional wildlife habitat and teaching others about wildlife conservation.


The Jack Creek Preserve was established in 2005 by Jon Fossel, an avid bowhunter and fisherman, and Dottie Fossel, a passionate champion for preserving our nation's historical heritage. 

The 4,500 acre Preserve provides a vital connection between two units of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, extending critical wildlife habitat from Yellowstone National Park through the Madison Range and northward.  The Foundation manages the Preserve with a focus on improving wildlife habitat and migratory passage.

The Preserve protects our natural and historical heritage by promoting responsible hunting and the important role that hunting plays in wildlife conservation.

The Preserve provides programs and experiences for local schools, nonprofits and other groups that enrich the communities around Big Sky and Ennis and the surrounding Madison and Gallatin counties.