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New Grand Teton head to focus on outreach to youth, minorities

Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela plans to focus on youth and diversity during his tenure.

For the past two months, newly arrived Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela has been meeting with staff, elected officials and community members to learn about a host of challenges he'll likely be dealing with in the coming months. That includes a range of natural resource issues like grizzly bear management, elk hunting in the park and river paddling. But as pressing as those matters are, Vela is looking to expand his priorities as superintendent to focus just as much on human resources. Continue Reading →

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Foundation funds mobile app, website for tech-savvy Grand Teton visitors

A new mobile app for smartphones and tablets allows Grand Teton National Park visitors to learn more about specific elements of the park as they travel along the Teton Park Road.

While some outdoors enthusiasts may plead with fellow travelers to leave the gadgets at home, smartphone and tablet users visiting Grand Teton National Park now have a couple of helpful and free new resources aimed at enriching their trip. The TravelStorysGPS mobile app and website, both funded in part by the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, allow visitors to learn more about Grand Teton history, geology, plants, animals, people and more. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton and Yellowstone rangers go online to videochat with students

Grand Teton National Park rangers Clay Hanna & Kristen Dragoo broadcast in 2011 from their snowdesk located outside of the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose, Wyo. (NPS photo Ñ click to enlarge)

Interpretative rangers in Grand Teton National Park have just completed an innovative distance learning program called Snowdesk. During each program, rangers connected with students from across the county during live webcasts from outside the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. Through nine different Snowdesk broadcasts from Feb. 14 to March 15, a total of nearly 650 students from Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California and Wyoming were able to chat via live video with rangers using Skype conferencing technology. Continue Reading →

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