Grand Teton National Park Foundation

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Mission Statement

Grand Teton National Park Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization that funds projects that enhance Grand Teton National Park’s cultural, historic, and natural resources and helps others learn about and protect all that is special in the park.
The Foundation initiates improvements, critical research, and outreach that enrich visitors’ experiences to help create a stable future for Grand Teton National Park.

Description

Established in 1997, Grand Teton National Park Foundation helps the park solve challenges, provide meaningful visitor experiences, and ensure this world-class landscape continues to thrive.
Over 20 years of impact in Grand Teton National Park
• Built the state-of-the-art Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, the Foundation’s flagship project. The 22,000-square-foot facility welcomes, orients, educates, and inspires visitors.
• Transformed Grand Teton’s most iconic destination—Jenny Lake. Enhanced trails, lake overlooks, and an outdoor interpretive plaza will connect visitors with this beautiful place well into the future.
• Protected 640 acres of pristine sagebrush-grassland habitat in the heart of Grand Teton. The purchase of the Antelope Flats parcel, which was previously owned by the State of Wyoming, will ensure it remains undeveloped for the benefit of wildlife and provide much-needed funding to Wyoming public schools.
• Funded long-term, compelling conservation and research programs for gray wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and more to protect Grand Teton’s wildlife through informed decision making in the park and beyond.
• Preserved irreplaceable historic treasures including Bar BC Dude Ranch, Mormon Row Historic District, and Lucas Fabian Homestead to provide visitors with an understanding of the role they played in Grand Teton’s vibrant past.
• Introduced Grand Teton to the next generation of park stewards through five programs that actively engage participants in experiential learning, outdoor skills, and national park career training.
• Purchased the last privately-held inholding in the Mormon Row Historic District for inclusion in the park. The remaining structures will be utilized for seasonal employee housing—a critical need for Grand Teton.

Program Details

Current Priorities
Wildlife and Natural Resources: Grand Teton National Park lies at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem—one of the largest intact temperate ecosystems in the world—requiring a complex and robust long-term conservation strategy. In addressing these challenges, the Foundation funds a variety of project needs, including field research staff and equipment, GPS tracking devices, and volunteer programs to promote safe human-wildlife interactions.
Youth Engagement: Engaging young people in the outdoors is critical for the future of our national parks. Foundation funding for youth programming in Grand Teton focuses on five unique efforts that introduce the park to a younger, more diverse audience and offer escalating educational and employment opportunities. Participants develop a personal conservation ethic and lifelong appreciation for wild places.
Cultural Resources: Grand Teton National Park has a unique and colorful history that visitors enjoy by exploring the park’s many cultural sites. Foundation funding ensures iconic historic structures remain standing and provide insight into the Grand Teton’s past for years to come.
Visitor Experiences: The Foundation aims to enhance visitors’ experiences by supporting programs that increase safety, improve access, and create opportunities for people to enjoy time spent in Grand Teton National Park. As millions continue to explore this incredible place every year, it is now more important than ever to provide additional support to protect pristine areas and renew those degraded from heavy use.
Primary Issue
Land
Address
P.O. Box 249
Moose, WY 83012
United States
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