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 November eNewsletter Features
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VideoTune-in to the Transition 

With an assortment of animals preparing for hibernation, Grand Teton National Park played host to some of nature's most breathtaking signals of seasonal change fall.  Northeastern city streets might have taken the lead in terms of early snowfall this autumn, but heavy doses of wintry weather in recent weeks show the Teton Range is catching up quickly.


Teton Changes, the following video by our good friend and supporter, Mike Cavaroc of  Free Roaming Photography, artfully catalogues spectacular scenes of adaptation in an ever-changing ecosystem.  

Teton Changes


2012 is almost here!
Grizzly and two cubs on Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center deck, November 15, 2011
Grizzly and two cubs on the Craig Thomas Discovery and
Visitor Center deck. Photo credit: Alison Bergh, November 15, 2011.


As the calendar year comes to a close, Grand Teton National Park Foundation thanks you for your support of our commitment to enhance and protect the park's treasured resources.  There are still improvements to be made to ensure an unforgettable experience for all who visit this special place.   



Your gift is crucial -   


GTNPF Board Member Receives Prestigious Award        

Congratulations to Dr. Bob Smith, recipient of the John Wesley Powell Award! 

Bob Smith reviewing GTNP earthquake data
Bob reviewing GTNP earthquake data

The award is the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) highest honor recognizing a nonfederal individual or group whose contributions to the USGS's objectives and mission are noteworthy.   


Dr. Smith has had a long and distinguished career as a research seismologist and geophysicist and as a university professor.  He is currently a professor of geophysics and geology at University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, Cambridge University, and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.  He has conducted research in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks for more than 30 years and has also authored hundreds of scientific papers.  Citing his prior devotion of educating the public, civil and emergency response authorities  about earthquake and volcano hazards, USGS Director Marcia McNutt calls Dr. Smith "an important partner in the science and research that contribute to accomplishing the USGS mission."   

Wildlife Wildlife Whereabouts  

We love the vibrant fall colors in this photo of a bull moose in the park. Good timing by photographer Anna Sullivan, as recent snowfall shrouded scenes like this in a blanket of white that seem to be here to stay.  Learn how animals in Grand Teton are preparing for winter below.    


  • Bighorn sheep rutting period begins
  • Most black bears have entered dens for the winter
  • Most grizzly bears will enter dens during November

  • All hibernating small mammals still active in October, such as chipmunks, are  hibernating

  • Rough-legged hawks return from Arctic nesting grounds for their winter in Jackson Hole

  • Migrations of trumpeter and tundra swans bring higher numbers of swans to the valley

  • Most deer and elk will migrate from summering areas to wintering areas

  • Most pronghorn will leave the Jackson Hole valley, bound for winter ranges south of Pinedale in the Green River Basin  

Send us your photos of wildlife in Grand Teton so we can share them with others on Facebook, Twitter and in these monthly eNewsletters!  Enjoy more photos of wildlife in Grand Teton by Anna on her soon-to-be website: annasullivanphotography.com. 

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NorthfaceIn the Spotlight:      

In 2010, the North Face introduced the Explore Fund, a grant-giving program that supports nonprofit organizations that get youth outdoors, as part of the company's mission to encourage an active healthy lifestyle and protection of our natural landscapes.  This year, the organization awarded Grand Teton National Park Foundation a grant to help young people and families explore Grand Teton National Park through the Youth Conservation Program and Pura Vida.  In the first of two grant cycles in 2011, the North Face awarded $125,000 to 52 projects, helping more than 30,000 kids connect to nature.   
Family outside sledding It comes as no surprise that the North Face has taken a leadership stance in the charge to get more people outside, and more often. Born out of a passion for the outdoors, the North Face was founded in 1968 by two enthusiasts who came together to forge a company that offered technically advanced products to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snow-sport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers.   Initiatives like the Explore Fund support a company-wide goal to share a love for the outdoors by enabling all types of exploration--from backyards to the Himalayan peaks. 


Rooted in the belief that the outdoors is where we develop character, confidence, clear minds, healthy bodies, and respect for nature, the North Face strives to inspire the next generation of explorers and conservationists by helping them discover nature's playground through youth programs and partnerships with organizations like GTNPF.  Individuals   

and families are also encouraged to connect with wilderness through the North Face's recently launched online community, PlanetExplore.  Designed to spread information about outdoor activities and community events, PlanetExplore.com has become a hub for every type of adventurer.  Check out Grand Teton National Park Foundation's profile, here!

A leader in technology as well as social responsibility, the North Face is committed to helping the next generation embrace the fresh air and wide open spaces. Thank you for your support in Grand Teton National Park! 


Fun in Grand Teton  

The park's winter 2011-2012 newspaper, Teewinot, features updates about current park happenings, as well as activities available to all (page 2), such as: 

  • Ranger-guided Snowshoe walks: Beginning in late December, park naturalists will lead snowshoe walks from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center daily, if weather is permitting.  The walks will continue through mid-March. 
  • Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing: The Taggart Lake trailhead to Signal Mountain Lodge is closed to motorized vehicles until April 30th and is intermittently groomed to provide a packed surface for snowshoeing and cross country touring.   
  • Winter camping: Didn't camp enough this summer?  Don't worry!  Primitive winter camping is allowed near the Colter Bay Visitor Center. 


Discover Grand Teton Online!  


The Foundation is proud toDiscover Grand Teton Homepage have funded a new, educational website: Discover Grand Teton. This exciting, up-to-the-minute resource complements the park's existing website by highlighting the park's history, geology, ecostystems, flora and fauna, as well as the Junior Ranger program. Visit the site's dashboard for constantly updated images of the Tetons via webcams, current weather conditions and other relevant park information.

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