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Yellowstone’s 2 major charitable support groups to merge

Two charitable organizations that share a common mission of supporting Yellowstone National Park will merge, following a growing trend among nonprofit groups that support national parks across the country. The Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Park Foundation announced on Thursday a plan to merge, creating a single entity that will raise funds and engage in educational efforts in support of Yellowstone. The new organization expects to be operating jointly by March 2016, and will be fully integrated by February 2017. Continue Reading →

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Recycled tires used for new walking path at Old Faithful

Volunteers help resurface a walking path near Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park.

The best way to get the most out of a visit to Yellowstone National Park is to park the car and explore some of the many paths and trails that wind through a range of unique wonders. So it's fitting that one of the newest paths in Yellowstone is built from recycled car tires. Working with corporate sponsors, volunteers and park boosters, Yellowstone has rebuilt an existing pathway at Old Faithful with a paved surface that is porous, allowing rain and snow to percolate to the water table below. That helps maintain the groundwater system that recharges geysers and other thermal features in the area. Continue Reading →

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Crowdfunding campaign aims to send regional schoolkids to Yellowstone

Middle school students visiting Yellowstone Park from Utah board their bus after stopping at Artist Point in this 2012 file photo.

Children in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho are fortunate that they have the opportunity to visit Yellowstone frequently. But how many of them do? According to information from the Yellowstone Park Foundation, many school children from the states surrounding the world's first national park have never visited Yellowstone. The Foundation is working to change that with its new crowdfunding effort designed to help kids participate in Expedition Yellowstone. Continue Reading →

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Global photo contest focuses on Yellowstone Park

Bighorn sheep and other wildlife are likely to be subjects in a newly announced photography contest focused on Yellowstone National Park.

The Yellowstone Park Foundation and Nature’s Best Photography magazine are launching the Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest, created to celebrate the world’s first national park through photography and public participation. Designed as a run-up to the National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary in 2016, the Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest is one of several Yellowstone Park Foundation activities planned to observe the Centennial. It is also the first global photo competition to be focused on Yellowstone. Continue Reading →

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Program helps gateway area businesses give back to Yellowstone

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 speak 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. Continue Reading →

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Many options for ‘giving back’ to Yellowstone during holidays

The Yellowstone Park Foundation funds a range of programs and projects, including a long-term effort to reduce lake trout populations in Yellowstone National Park.

As Christmas fast approaches and shoppers are working through their gift lists, one organization is reminding supporters of Yellowstone National Park that it's a great time of year to consider giving a little something extra to the world's first national park. Based in Bozeman, Mont., the Yellowstone Park Foundation offers donors a range of holiday gift ideas, with proceeds helping fund what backers call "the margin of excellence" in how Yellowstone's resources are protected and shared with the public. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone Park Foundation donates $600,000 for wide range of projects

Bald eagles are among the many species of raptors that can be spotted in Yellowstone National Park. (Neil Mishler/USFWS)

A host of diverse projects in Yellowstone National Park — including bat research, visitor safety initiatives and a scientific symposium on Old Faithful Geyser — will receive financial support this year from the Yellowstone Park Foundation, the park’s official fundraising partner. The Foundation has announced $600,000 in new grants aimed at helping park managers, researchers and others achieve important goals that are not necessarily covered by the park’s $69.5 million annual budget. Continue Reading →

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Sale of fixed-up former Yellowstone soldier cabin attracts widespread interest

A cabin formerly used by U.S. Army soldiers in Yellowstone National Park is attracting widespread interest after being listed for sale.

When soldiers from the U.S. Army were assigned to protect the wildlife and resources of Yellowstone National Park in the late 1800s, many stayed in primitive cabins that could hardly be considered glamorous—or even quaint. But now, one of those cabins is up for sale and attracting widespread interest for its historic charms. A cabin formerly used by soldiers in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. was listed for sale online at an asking price of $37,500, drawing more than 15,000 views in just a few days. Continue Reading →

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Foundation funds Yellowstone projects from bat disease to ‘million-dollar room’

Hamilton's Lower Store at Old Faithful

A host of diverse projects in Yellowstone National Park — including bat research, geyser data sharing and even preserving a unique and historic wall covering — will receive financial support this year from the Yellowstone Park Foundation, the park's official fundraising partner. The Foundation has announced more than $200,000 in new grants aimed at helping park managers, researchers and others achieve important goals that are not necessarily covered by the park's $69.5 million annual budget. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone wolves are focus of new video highlighting research

Yellowstone wolves are the focus of a new video released by the Yellowstone Park Foundation promoting collaring and other research efforts. (NPS photo - click to enlarge)

The Yellowstone Park Foundation has released a short video showing how biologists capture, assess and collar Yellowstone wolves as part of ongoing research Yellowstone National Park. The project team collard a total of 19 Yellowstone wolves from nine of the 10 packs in the park this year, according to the foundation. The electronic collars — some of which are linked to satellite beacons to allow for precise geolocation data — allow researchers to track the wolves and learn more about individual and pack movements, predation patterns and denning habits. Continue Reading →

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