Our Mission: The Mission of the Grand Teton Association is to increase public understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Area, through the sale of educational and interpretive materials, and aid to the interpretive, educational and research programs of Association partners.
Our Vision: Our vision is to inspire an appreciation of the unique natural and cultural heritage found in Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Through appreciation we seek to instill an understanding of how conservation and preservation of these components enhance the quality of life for current and future generations.
Our Purpose: Publishing, buying and selling materials calculated to stimulate public interest in Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem specifically, the national parks in general, western history and natural history. History of Cooperating Associations: Cooperating associations developed early in National Park Service history in response to visitor’s need for inexpensive guides, pictures, maps, and other interpretive literature not otherwise available through the use of federal funds. Interested persons in nearby communities and educational institutions joined with park naturalists and historians to form library, museum, and historical societies to produce and provide such information to the public. The first such organization was the Yosemite Museum Association founded in 1920 by a park ranger, to develop a museum and visitor contact station in Yosemite Valley.
The Association Today: In 2007 the Grand Teton Natural History Association changed its name to the Grand Teton Association.
Currently the association operates interpretive sales areas in all Park visitor centers, including the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center, the Menor’s Ferry historic district, Jackson Hole Airport, nineteen district ranger stations on two national forests, The Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, and the Miller House historic site on the National Elk Refuge.
The staff is comprised of seven full time employees and approximately 40 summer seasonal employees. In 2008, association sales reached over $3.3 million. Ongoing programs financed through donations to the National Park Service are:
· salary aid in the form of GTNHA employees assisting with visitor information;
· the printing of the park newspaper (Teewinot);
· Interpretive Associates and Park Interns to meet staffing needs;
· printing free brochures and trail guides;
· equipment and supplies to assist in educational outreach;
· interpretive supplies for programs;
· student scholarships;
· support of the Junior Ranger program;
· superintendent support for dignitaries and special events;
· Artists in the Environment and the Writers in the Park programs
· Pre publication expenses for new publications
· Operational and utility support of the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center
· Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship
In 2008 GTNHA was able to contribute to the education, interpretation, and research efforts of our park in the amount of $1,151,806 and to all agencies combined $1,598,370.