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    Grand Teton

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  • Bears are active in Grand Teton

    Black and grizzly bears are roaming throughout the park--near roads, trails and in backcountry areas. Hikers and backcountry users are advised to travel in groups of three or more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay 100 yards from bears. More »

  • Area closure in the area around Baxter's Pinnacle

    An area closure is in effect around Baxter's Pinnacle to protect nesting peregrine falcons. This closure precludes any climbs of Baxter's Pinnacle and usage of the walk-off gully. This closure will be in effect through 8-15-2013. More »

Generations of Philanthropy - Countdown: 21 Days

August 04, 2012 Posted by: KG

Have you ever experienced a "ripple effect"; one action causing another, spreading over time and space? It's an amazing phenomenon, and one that applies in myriad occasions throughout life.

One of my favorite ripple effects is when one good deed causes another, and on down the line. When it comes to the Rockefeller family, I am reminded of this. John D. Rockefeller, Sr. was well known as an oil tycoon, but later in life he found purpose and fulfillment in public works projects. Some of his early efforts included the eradication of a parasitic infection called hookworm. But it wasn't eradicating hookworm that was Rockefeller, Sr.'s biggest ripple effect; it was his ability to instill the philanthropic ethic into future family generations.

Here in Grand Teton we are most grateful to the men of the next generations, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his son Laurance S. Rockefeller, for their foresight and generosity. In other places in the United States and even around the world you may benefit from this family's long history of philanthropy. Are there any places near you that were gifts from the Rockefeller family?

-KG

Did You Know?

Close-up of trumpeter swan head

Did you know that Grand Teton National Park is home to the largest bird in North America? The Trumpeter Swan weighs 20-30 pounds and lives in the valley year-round in quiet open water.