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February eNewsletter Features
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Summer Employment Opportunity -- Grand Teton's Teen Trail Crew
Wildlife Whereabouts -- Updates on wildlife in the park from Senior Wildlife Biologist Steve Cain
In the Spotlight -- Miller Ad Agency
Grand Teton Trivia -- Tidbits of interest about our favorite national park
Discover Grand Teton Online -- A dynamic website focused on Grand Teton  


Grand Teton National Park is currently recruiting participants for the 2013 Youth Conservation Program (YCP), a Foundation-funded youth program that runs for 10 weeks each summer. 


2013 YCP applicants must be between the ages of 16 to 19 and available from June 17 through August 22. This marks the eighth year that Grand Teton has conducted the program, and trail supervisors hope to enroll 15-25 short-term positions during this recruitment period.  Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2013. 


For more information, consult the park's website here, or watch the video below for last year's program highlights!  


The 2012 Youth Conservation Program in Grand Teton National Park
The 2012 Youth Conservation Program in
Grand Teton National Park



February has come and gone in Grand Teton, leaving additional snowfall and cold temperatures in its wake.   Read how wildlife in and around the park endure long Teton winters:  
  • Moose use their long legs to move through deep snow to areas of preferred forage. Moose calves remain with their mothers through the winter and follow behind them while she breaks trail through the snow. Moose also use their highly developed sense of smell to find only the most nutritious parts of shrubs under the snow.
  • Hibernating animals, such as black and grizzly bears, benefit from deepening snows, which provide better insulation.
  • There are currently five packs of wolves that inhabit the park and surrounding lands.  In deep snow, wolves travel in single file lines for energy efficiency.  
  • Bison use their massive heads, thick skin, and muscular necks to move snow from side to side, creating craters where they can access buried forage.
  • As days gradually lengthen, ravens, bald eagles, and great horned owls -- some of the area's earliest nesters -- begin courtship activities.
  • Wolverines, Canada lynx and wolves remain highly active, using large, snow-adapted feet to help move through the environment.  
 Photo by Ryan Sheets, www.sheetsstudios.com

Learn about the Foundation-funded Wildlife and Natural Resource Initiative and the crucial research of black and grizzly bears, wolves, and cougars it enables. 




For GTNPF supporters who have yet to see (or share) the Foundation's latest informational video, it's time to take a look. Thanks to Miller Ad Agency, the Foundation's work in Grand Teton is now showcased in video form, artfully rendered through a combination of stunning photography and informative narrative. This month, we're delighted to highlight the talent behind the video and extend a huge thank you to our generous Foundation friends at Miller for their pro bono work that is expanding our reach.


Agency founder Dorthy Miller Shore has been a homeowner in Jackson for nearly 20 years and visits Grand Teton often with her family, several members of which are also part of the Miller Ad Agency team. Based in Dallas, Texas, and preparing to celebrate 29 years in business this spring, Miller Ad Agency takes pride in their full service, inventive approach to effective marketing and advertising. Erik Radle, Vice President at Miller, describes their 20-person team as experienced, dedicated and passionate -- qualities that are having a positive impact both inside and outside the office. "We've seen what works, what doesn't and how to structure campaigns that deliver on client goals. It also seems like every employee at Miller Ad Agency has at least one external cause they support, which is a reflection of our culture here."  The agency has performed work to support a number of non-profit organizations, including the Special Olympics and several Dallas-based charities and schools.


"Our support for Grand Teton National Park reflects a desire to share with everyone the incredible flora, fauna and landscapes that are truly unique to the park," notes Radle. "There is such a myriad of activities and experiences that only GTNP can provide; we wanted to help the Foundation spread that message by creating a video that's both accessible and engaging." The video features photography donated by seven of the area's most talented photographers, including Ed Riddell and Henry Holdsworth, and an overlaid narrative providing viewers with a brief introduction to the Foundation's history, mission and accomplishments in Grand Teton. You can view the video below or on the Foundation's YouTube page here.  


Miller Ad Agency recently won a competitive bid to help the Foundation and project partners improve the visibility and reach of our latest technology venture, the TravelStorysGPS mobile app. This free new app shares stories about Grand Teton's history, animals and activities as you drive through the park -- it's like having your own tour guide!  The Foundation looks forward to continued involvement with the talented team at Miller, who has worked with passion and expertise in the past and will undoubtedly do so again as they embark on this latest project to benefit Grand Teton.   



      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!


On February 26th, 1929, President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill creating the 96,000-acre park that included the Teton Range and the scenic alpine lakes at the base of the range.  Park lands were later expanded, but the original Grand Teton National Park celebrates its 84th anniversary this week!

*Information from A Place Called Jackson Hole by John Daugherty


The Foundation is proud to have funded Discover Grand Teton, an interactive educational website with resources to engage park-lovers of all ages.


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