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Greater Yellowstone Parks Debut Virtual Research Learning Center

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Date: June 19, 2008
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190                 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2008     08-047                       
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Greater Yellowstone Parks Debut Virtual Research Learning Center
New Web Site Connects People To The Latest Scientific Information

Scholars from eight to eighty now have a new way to access the latest research about four national park sites in Montana and Wyoming.

The new Greater Yellowstone Science Learning Center is a web site designed to connect parks, science, and people.

Using the Internet shortens the time between data collection and analysis, and sharing information with scientists and the people who need this information in order to manage, educate, and learn about parks and park resources.

National Park Service staff and cooperating scientists are already creating products, such as one-page resource and project summaries designed help people understand park resources and management issues at various levels of complexity. The web site also provides access to materials from other sources that facilitate deeper inquiry into the status, significance, and interconnectedness of park resources.

Virtual visitors can go to www.greateryellowstonescience.org to learn more about subjects like grizzly bears, thermal features, and historic structures at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, and Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

This virtual Science Learning Center is one of 21 similar centers at national parks around the nation which have been established to foster partnerships, share and store information, and encourage people to protect the parks.

The web site is a cooperative effort of the National Park Service, the Yellowstone Park Foundation, Montana State University’s Big Sky Institute, and the Yellowstone Association.  It is made possible by a grant from Canon, U.S.A.

- www.nps.gov/yell -

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