The Yellowstone Park Foundation is recruiting businesses across the greater Yellowstone area for a new program designed to help them give back to Yellowstone, and receive benefits in return.
“Many area businesses have asked YPF how they can give back to Yellowstone, because the Park gives us all so much,” said YPF President Karen Bates Kress. “When a business joins the program, their entire membership fee supports the Park, and can be directed to help a specific project.”
Kress will discusse details of Gate Businesses for the Park on Monday during the Cody Club luncheon at noon at the club room of the Cody Auditorium, offering details on the program for interested local business owners.
Member businesses can be featured in a newly developed smartphone app that developers hope will become widely used by locals and visitors alike.
“The app is free and has an interactive map that contains information on more than 1,500 attractions, activities and services in the Greater Yellowstone Region, including eastern Idaho, southwest Montana, and western Wyoming,” said Whitney Tilt, president of High Country Apps.
Any business located in a Yellowstone National Park gateway community can join the new program at one of four membership levels:
- Platinum $5,000
- Gold $1,000
- Silver $500
- Bronze $250
Details on membership benefits area available at the program’s website: http://forthepark.org/membership-plans/.
The Yellowstone Outdoors app is targeted to outdoor enthusiasts who love adventure and casual travel, or those who want a “virtual tour” from the comfort of their couch. It can function without a data connection — a necessity in the Greater Yellowstone Region — and is available for Apple and Android mobile phones and tablets.
To download it, search “Yellowstone Outdoors” in the Apple or Google play app store, or go to www.highcountryapps.com and follow the links.
The Yellowstone Park Foundation has served as Yellowstone National Park’s official fundraising partner since 1996. Its mission is to fund projects and programs that protect, preserve, and enhance the natural and cultural resources, and the visitor experience of the Park.
The Foundation has raised more than $80 million, and funded more than 250 important projects and initiatives since its inception including wildlife research, cutthroat trout restoration, trail restoration, and youth education.
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Yellowstone Park Foundation President Karen Bates Kress will discuss the Gateway Businesses For the Park program at noon Monday during the Cody Club luncheon at the club room of the Cody Auditorium, 1240 Beck Avenue, Cody WY 82414.