Grand Teton launches wellness initiative with Active Trails program

Grand Teton National Park is partnering with St. John's Medical Center to promote an Active Trails program for the Jackson Hole community. (NPS photo)

Grand Teton National Park is partnering with St. John’s Medical Center to promote an Active Trails program for the Jackson Hole community. (NPS photo)

From Staff Reports

In partnership with St. John’s Medical Center, Grand Teton National Park will launch a new Active Trails program focused on getting Jackson Hole community members active and outside.

The program begins with a kick-off event June 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Miller Park in Jackson, Wyoming, according to a statement released by the park’s public affairs office.

The partnership between Grand Teton National Park and St. John’s Medical Center supports an online tracking portal where participants can log hiking and biking miles. Registered participants who log their progress on the portal are automatically entered in a lottery to win prizes that will get them back in the park for new experiences. Prizes will range from meals at restaurants located in the park to family adventure packages.

The first 10 people to register for participation in the Active Trails program will receive a free annual pass to Grand Teton National Park, and a few lucky participants who attend a bear safety presentation will receive a free can of bear spray.

On the 13th of each month, Grand Teton park ranger naturalists will lead family-friendly hikes for Active Trails participants. Free transportation will be offered to and from town to join these hikes. For details, call 307-739-3399. Additional information about the hikes will be posted online.

To register as a participant in Active Trails go to www.sjmcwellness.com and create an account. Use the code AT2013 to create an Active Trails account.

Grand Teton was one of 22 national parks from across the country selected to receive a 2013 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

Now in its fifth year nationally, the Active Trails program supports hands-on projects that encourage the public to lead healthy lives by actively engaging in activities that restore, protect and create land and water trails across America. Since 2008, the National Park Foundation has donated nearly $1.7 million in grants to fund its Active Trails program.

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