What You Can Do
Think about your green purchasing power and buy locally, sustainably, and only what you need, what can be recycled or reused. Only take pamphlets and flyers if you will read them, ask for water at park restaurants when you need it.
Turn out the lights before you leave your room and unplug appliances when not in use. Minimize water use when brushing your teeth and take short showers. Reuse your towels to reduce water use. Turn off your car at pullouts or if you are stationary for more than 30 seconds—don't idle. Keep our air clean—bike or walk whenever you can and reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Carry a refillable water bottle, your own coffee mug, and reusable bags—Yellowstone's many general stores and visitor education centers will thank you. All water from taps, faucets, and drinking fountains in Yellowstone is good to drink.
In Yellowstone you can recycle plastics, metals, glass, paper, cardboard, propane and bear spray canisters. Use one of the many recycling centers located parkwide and sort your waste appropriately. Can't find the recycling bins? Inquire at a park visitor education center, general store, or hotel front desk.
Apply these basic principles to your everyday routine and make them a way of life. While you're here, help us to make Yellowstone greener.
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Did You Know?
Some groups of Shoshone Indians, who adapted to a mountain existence, chose not to acquire the horse. These included the Sheep Eaters, or Tukudika, who used dogs to transport food, hides, and other provisions. The Sheep Eaters lived in many locations in Yellowstone.