September 21, 2015
Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393
MOOSE, WY —In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Grand Teton National Park entrance fees will be waived and two volunteer projects will be hosted on Saturday, September 26. National Public Lands Day is celebrated across the country encouraging enjoyment of and volunteer opportunities on public lands.
Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela said, "Public lands day is a great opportunity to explore and appreciate public lands. Autumn is a beautiful time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife at Grand Teton National Park, as well as an opportunity to get the family together for an outdoor activity, or volunteer activity."
The fee waiver applies to entrance fees only. The entrance fee to Grand Teton National Park is $30 for a seven-day pass by private vehicle or $50 for a seven-day pass to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. A seven-day pass by foot/bicycle is $15 for Grand Teton National Park and $20 for both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The fee waiver does not include fees for camping, boating or backcountry permits. The next fee-free day with the National Park Service will be Veterans Day, November 11.
The park is sponsoring and partnering to host two volunteer activities on Saturday, September 26.
Volunteers are encouraged to participate in the removal and new construction of a buck-and-rail fence near the Lupine Meadows Trailhead. Participants should bring water, snacks, sunglasses, and clothing to match the weather, as the work activities will take place rain or shine. Work gloves will be provided, as well as shuttle transportation from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center to the work site. Shuttle transportation will depart from the visitor center at 9:40 a.m. and will return to the visitor center by 2 p.m. Participants will be expected to carry light logs and use a hammer to pound nails. For more information, please contact Angela Timby at 307.739.3379.
Another volunteer project hosted by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation and National Parks Conservation Association, in partnership with Grand Teton National Park, will take place Saturday, September 26. A fencing project to enhance wildlife movement will include removal of barbed wire and replacing it with smooth wire and wooden top rails. The project will take place in the Elk Ranch Flats area in the park, approximately two miles south of Moran Junction. Carpooling to the site is encouraged. Please meet at the Home Ranch parking lot to depart at 8 a.m. or at the Gros Ventre junction by 8:15 a.m. to carpool. Participants should bring layered clothing including long pants, study shoes, rain jacket, hat and water bottle. Eye protection is required. Work gloves and tools will be provided, as well as water and Gatorade to fill water bottles. Lunch for the participants will be provided by Nature Valley-General Mills Corporation. The project is anticipated to be completed by 2 p.m. Please contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in participating.