• The Cathedral Group from the Teton Park Road

    Grand Teton

    National Park Wyoming

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    Seasonal road closures are in effect for motorized vehicles. The Teton Park Road is closed from the Taggart Lake Trailhead to the Signal Mountain Lodge. The Moose-Wilson Road is closed from the Granite Canyon Trailhead to the Death Canyon Road. More »

  • Avalanche hazards exist in the park

    Avalanche hazards exist in the park, especially in mountain canyons and on exposed slopes. A daily avalanche forecast can be found at www.jhavalanche.org or by calling (307) 733-2664. More »

  • Bears emerging from hibernation

    Bears are beginning to emerge from hibernation. Travel in groups of three of more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay at least 100 yards from bears. 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?

Tetons from Hurricane Pass, KF

Did you know that Grand Teton National Park was established in both 1929 and 1950? The original 1929 park protected the mountain peaks and the lakes near the base. The boundaries were later expanded in 1950 to include much of the adjacent valley floor.