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   July eNewsletter Features
(Click hyperlinks below to be taken to a specific article)

Friendships Worth Celebrating -- GTNPF listed as an NPS "Essential Friend" in special edition magazine   

Visual Variety -- Watch the complete series of videos highlighting Grand Teton's most stunning features  

Wildlife Whereabouts -- Updates on wildlife in the park from Senior Wildlife Biologist Steve Cain  

In the Spotlight -- El Abuelito   

Photography Workshop -- Benefit from the advice of two expert Teton photographers        

Natalie Clark: New Works -- Exhibition at Diehl Gallery to benefit GTNPF 

New iPhone App -- Featuring stories about Grand Teton, available this July for free! 

Discover Grand Teton Online -- A dynamic website focused on Grand Teton   




Grand Teton National Park Foundation  

Featured as Part of National Parks Traveler's   

Essential Friends, Celebrating Friends Groups in the National Parks

This free, downloadable magazine t
ells the stories of the indispensable national park partne
r organizations that play an important supporting role in the health and welfare of  our national parks.

According to Kurt Repanshek, founder and editor-in-chief of National Parks Traveler, "National parks preserve our culture, history, and most incredible landscapes. In trying times, the parks are even more important as they offer low cost escapes that re-enrich the American spirit. Never before have park friends groups played a more important supporting role. The proliferation of these friends groups, and their now essential contributions, is a nationally significant but largely untold story-until now."


The magazine features eight great national parks and the organizations that passionately step up to help "their parks" on the public's behalf, plus insider tips for enjoying the parks themselves this summer.

Essential Friends is easily available for free download at the National Park Traveler's website. Printed copies can be ordered here. 

No Finale Necessary: Video series provides lasting reminder of Grand Teton's splendor 

Last month's release of Glacial Lakes in Grand Teton marked the conclusion of our most recent media project -- a series of videos completed by Jackson-based videographers New Thought Media.  After capturing some of the year's most spectacular footage of natural phenomena in the park, they produced the four-part series 'From Valley to Peak.'   


Each video highlights a distinct feature of the Teton range through selections of artfully captured landscapes, time-lapses and insightful narration.  If you've yet to watch them, tune-in by clicking the links below.  This is footage you won't want to miss!     


Weather: Episode 2
Weather: Episode 2
Day and Night: Episode 1
Day and Night: Episode 1















Color Change: Episode 3
Color Change: Episode 3
Glacial Lakes: Episode 4













Many thanks to all who collaborated on this project!




      Wildlife Whereabouts
Nestling red-tailed, Swainson's, and other hawks have recently fledged and are gradually expanding their flights away from nests.  This photo of a red-tailed hawk was taken by Mark Barthelt near the airport in Grand Teton National Park.

Curious about the wanderings of other species that live in Grand Teton?  Read on!
  • "Child rearing" season is in full bloom for all species.
  • Early born bison calves are starting to turn from their bright orange natal fur to a dark brown coat.
  • Elk calves and pronghorn fawns are now very mobile, moving with their mothers for most of the day.
  • Wolf pups are out of their dens and staging at rendezvous sites under the watchful eyes of moms or other adult "pup sitters."
  • First year bear cubs are growing rapidly and become much more mobile, which allows their family groups to travel more widely in search of food.
  • Osprey, eagle, and swan nestlings are still developing and preparing for flight later this summer.
  • Pika and marmots at high elevations are active storing forage and fat to get them through the winter months.
  • Mosquitos are now out in force (but vary in abundance across the landscape), providing food to birds, bats, fish, and other species.
  • Lower than average snow pack and dry weather affects local vegetation, reducing forage available for some species.
  • Higher than average daily high temperatures can reduce mid-day wildlife activity considerably.   
Learn about the Foundation-funded Wildlife and Natural Resource Initiative and the crucial research of black and grizzly bears, wolves, and cougars it enables. 


  In The Spotlight: El Abuelito 



Perhaps you've enjoyed a margarita or a steaming plate of fajitas at El Abuelito, the popular Mexican restaurant located a few blocks off the Jackson town square, but here's something you may not know about this festive local favorite -- 2012 marks the second year of their support for Foundation-funded youth programming in Grand Teton National Park.


Owner Alfonso Centeno, originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, moved to Jackson in 2001 and opened El Abuelito shortly after.  Alfonso met his wife in Jackson and they have enjoyed raising their two boys in an area in which they can ski and bike.  Once a teenager who spoke no English upon moving to the United States with his mother in 1993, Alfonso is now a leader in our town, operating one of Jackson's busiest restaurants and supporting a number of community organizations, including El Puente, the Latino Resource Center, and Old Bill's Fun Run. "It's important to support the community," says Alfonso of his decision to contribute funding to GTNPF's Pura Vida, an experiential, mentoring program that engages Jackson's Latino middle and high-school students and encourages them to connect with Grand Teton's unique resources.   


With the help of donors like Alfonso, Pura Vida is successfully helping numerous young area residents and their families get to know Grand Teton National Park and feel comfortable participating in the many recreational opportunities available there.


Thank you, Alfonso, for your ongoing support!


Follow us on Twitter   Stay up-to-date on more of our partners' great contributions and involvements! 
Now you
can find and follow our corporate supporters in a central location on Twitter.    

Check out our new list of Foundation Supporters here


Join Foundation friends Edward Riddell and Jonathan Stewart amid scenes of stunning seasonal color change for a four-day photography workshop in Jackson Hole and the Tetons. For every person that mentions GTNPF at sign-up, Ed will donate $100 to the Foundation in support of our mission to protect and enhance Grand Teton's treasured resources.


Ed and Jon, both veteran photographers and instructors, have lived and photographed in Jackson Hole for more than 35 years.  They'll share their favorite shooting locations during each day of morning and evening field trips.  Many of these locations are seldom visited by the hundreds of photographers who visit Jackson Hole during fall color season. 


Emphasis is on hands-on learning during field outings.  Daily field trips and critiques along with group and individual instruction are guaranteed to make you a better photographer.



Thursday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 30 

Workshop fee:  $990 

16 student maximum 


All ability levels welcome!  

Click here for additional/sign up information. 


Upcoming exhibition at Diehl Gallery to benefit GTNPF 
Natalie Clark: N
ew Works 



GTNPF resource council member Natalie Clark is a British-American classically-trained artist, whose most recent influences include time spent in diamond mines of South Africa and living part-time in the majestic Teton Mountains.  The scale of natural spaces and a fascination in the geometric simplicity of crystalline polyhedron forms have manifested themselves into an evolving body of work. These installations range from two to twenty cubic feet and can function in both interior and exterior spaces.     


Join us for Natalie's upcoming exhibition at Diehl Gallery.   

A percentage of sales will support Grand Teton National Park Foundation.   



 Exhibition dates:  August 23 - September 5, 2012

Opening reception with the artist:  Thursday, August 23,  5 - 8 pm

Works in this exhibition are available for viewing here


Thank you, Natalie, for your ongoing and innovative support for the Foundation!



 For more information, contact:


Diehl Gallery 

155 West Broadway, Jackson Hole




Stay tuned for the launch of TravelStorysGPS, a free app that shares vivid and engaging stories about the history, geology, animals and activities in Grand Teton National Park!

Created in partnership with Grand Teton National Park, Story Clark's Conservation Consulting and the Jackson Hole Land Trust, this innovative app will introduce--or reintroduce--travelers to the land they love and to the organizations that work to protect it.

TravelStorysGPS image  

Restaurant s
ponsors Jackson Lake Lodge's
Mural Room
and Cafe Genevieve are on board and ready
to offer a tasty treat for users.  Stay tuned for more information, we're almost ready to launch!    




This resource complements the park's existing website by highlighting the park's history, geology, ecosystems, flora and fauna as well as the Junior Ranger program.   

It's a fantastic reference for the entire family! 

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