Give Back While Getting Away in Grand Teton National Park

Summer Wildflowers with the Tetons
Summer Wildflowers with the Tetons

 

Not one to sit around on a vacation? Looking for something a little more exciting than a facial? Grand Teton Lodge Company (GTLC) is hosting an opportunity to give back while getting away. The Conservation Vacation volunteer package provides guests with the chance to explore and enjoy the magnificence of Grand Teton National Park at a discount, while helping preserve its beauty for generations to come.

“Grand Teton National Park was founded on the Rockefellers’ vision that natural splendor should be educational, enjoyable and treasured for years to come,” said John W. Rutter, GTLC Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  “This package reinforces his sentiment, and gives guests a chance to learn while participating in the preservation of this national treasure.”

A variety of conservation projects are available to all fitness levels and anyone over the age of 16 can participate. Help maintain the grandeur of the Park by joining in brush clearing to reduce fires, trail maintenance and preservation of historical cabins at Colter Bay.

 

Be a Leader and Volunteer in the Park
Be a Leader and Volunteer in the Park

 

The Conservation Vacation volunteer package is available September 20 through 26. Participants receive a welcome reception, three meals per day, accommodations, work tools for projects, and educational presentations by guest speakers and GTLC management. The package price is $120 per person per night based on double occupancy and space availability at Colter Bay Village, and is inclusive of tax and gratuities. It is not applicable to groups or conventions. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 800-628-9988.

Experience the spectacular Grand Tetons and help preserve this natural treasure for the future!

Posted from Katie’s Corner

 

Help Preserve the Park's Natural Beauty
Help Preserve the Park's Natural Beauty
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Spring Cleaning in Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton Lodge Company Employees Discover Roadside "Goodies"
Grand Teton Lodge Company Employees Discover Roadside "Goodies"

 

From socks to bottles to ball point pens, Grand Teton National Park’s Annual Park Clean-up Day strives to remove discarded “treasures” from the roadside. Service and Grand Teton Association (GTA) employees participate, as well as many of the Park concessioners, including Grand Teton Lodge Company (GTLC), Signal Mountain Lodge, Triangle X Ranch, and Flagg Ranch Resort.   

A beautiful Thursday morning greets Grand Teton Lodge Company volunteers. Walking along Highway 26/89/19, we head north toward Colter Bay Village and the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park. It’s 8:30 am and the sun is shining, as our crew gets to work. With pick sticks as our tools, the hunt is on for the most interesting, the most useful, and the heaviest piece of trash, as well as the most recyclables.

“Car parts are always interesting,” said Bob O’Neil, GTLC Director of Human Resources. “You wonder how people were able to continue their trip.”

The clean-up has been in existence for several decades and while the weather can be unpredictable, especially this time of year, there are always employees willing to volunteer.

“If you have the privilege of living in one of the most unique ecosystems in the world, a place noted worldwide for its beauty, and an area set aside for the American people, you also have a responsibility to have it ready and in pristine condition prior to the visitors arriving,” said O’Neil.

Grand Teton National Park is not only our home, but it’s home to an immense amount of wildlife. Litter like tin cans and plastic wrappers are potentially harmful to area wildlife, some which are endangered and protected animals. We want to keep our environment clean for everyone to enjoy.

“While park employees and the staffs of GTA and park concessioners collectively pick up trash each spring, anyone can contribute to keeping the park’s roadsides tidy by properly disposing of litter,” said Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott. “This responsible act also reduces the chance of bears getting unintended food rewards.”

One of this year’s tasks included the removal of a two-mile section of old buck and rail fence from the Airport Junction to the south end of Blacktail Butte. The project will improve wildlife migration across the Park and reduce maintenance costs.

Approximately 100 volunteers joined together for the clean-up day. “It was great to see so many people in orange safety vests scouring the roadsides for trash and removing old decadent fencing,” said Scott.

“One of the unique aspects of Grand Teton National Park is that it has an unspoiled natural beauty,” said O’Neil.  “Even though we encourage people to visit, recreate and enjoy their National Park, we should ensure that we leave it as beautiful for the next person as it was when we first encountered it. In fact, where possible we should improve it. Cleaning up basic trash is an important step in keeping the park beautiful.”

With this in mind, the Annual Park Clean-up Day will be around for many years to come.