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Grand Teton Association Celebrates 75 Years with Member’s Week

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Date: July 16, 2012
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393

Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott and the staff of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway toast the Grand Teton Association (GTA) as they mark their 75th anniversary as a non-profit partner in support of Grand Teton National Park, the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Caribou-Targhee National Forest and the National Elk Refuge. As part of this milestone, the Association will offer programs and discounts during its "Member's Week" from July 16-20. 

Events on tap this week include:

Tuesday, July 17 (9 a.m.) - a demonstration by the Teton Raptor Center, featuring live birds on the lawn of the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center at North Cache.

Wednesday, July 18 (10 a.m.) - a presentation by Andrew Langford about mountain men and their lives in the American West at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming.

Wednesday, July 18 (10 a.m.) -a demonstration by Jenny Lake rangers about climbing and rescue operations at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center.

Thursday, July 19 (1-4 p.m.) - a book signing event featuring numerous local authors at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming.

Friday, July 20 (10 a.m.) - a demonstration on canine search and rescue at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center at North Cache. 

During the coming week, GTA members will receive 25% discount at all Association locations. These locations include visitor centers throughout Grand Teton and the JDR Parkway and at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. The GTA also operates gift shops at Menor's Ferry, the Jackson Hole Airport, Miller House on the National Elk Refuge, and bookstores at several locations through the Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee national forests. Interpretive and educational items sold by the Association help to increase visitors' knowledge and appreciation of national parks and surrounding public lands. 

The seed for the Grand Teton Association was planted in December of 1936, when Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Thomas Whitcraft met with a group of Jackson Hole businessmen to discuss forming an association to provide written educational materials to park visitors. As a result of that meeting, the Jackson Hole Museum and Historical Association was formed in 1937. A local businessman donated fifty dollars to begin purchasing publications, and a fledgling board of directors selected the first advisory committee consisting of Dr. Fritiof Fryxell (Grand Teton's first naturalist), Olaus Murie, Stephen Leek, and Harrison Crandall, among others. In 1956, the Jackson Hole Museum and Historical Association changed its name to Grand Teton Natural History Association, and the current board approved a name change to Grand Teton Association on June 6, 2007. 

"The Grand Teton Association continues to be a key partner that helps us accomplish our NPS mission of providing education and inspiration for today's park visitors, and for future generations," said Superintendent Scott. "We greatly appreciate their passion, dedication, and commitment toward ensuring that visitors have a rich, enjoyable, and educational park experience."  

For further information, go to www.grandtetonpark.org or follow the GTA online through Facebook and Twitter.

Did You Know?

Tetons from the north, photo by Erin Himmel

Did you know that a large fault lies at the base of the Teton Range? Every few thousand years earthquakes up to a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter Scale signal movement on the Teton fault, lifting the mountains skyward and hinging the valley floor downward.