New Yellowstone Exhibits Greet Airline Travelers

Destination Yellowstone exhibit and DY storeA permanent installation of interactive, educational exhibits about Yellowstone was unveiled on October 15, 2012 at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. The Yellowstone Park Foundation and its partners have created Destination Yellowstone, a unique collection of inspirational and practical resources for park-bound visitors arriving at this important gateway to Yellowstone National Park. From a live view of Old Faithful, to ranger-hosted videos, to animal track casts, travelers can now begin their Yellowstone experience as soon as they land.

Destination Yellowstone is the result of a partnership between the Yellowstone Park Foundation (YPF), Yellowstone Association (YA), Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, and Yellowstone National Park.

Reporters learn more about Destination YellowstoneAs Yellowstone National Park's two primary nonprofit partners, YPF provided $150,000 in funding for the exhibits, and YA provided $170,000 in funding for a retail store and information desk.

"We want Destination Yellowstone to welcome visitors to our area with entertaining and educational information that will help them have a trip of a lifetime to one of the world's most treasured places, Yellowstone National Park," said Karen Bates Kress, Yellowstone Park Foundation president.


Destination Yellowstone
includes:

  • An 800-square-foot store, managed by YA, which houses a staffed information desk, an extensive collection of Yellowstone National Park educational merchandise, information on weather and road conditions, and animal sightings.
  • A 55-inch multi-media interactive exhibit loaded with fun facts, Yellowstone photographs by renowned photographer Tom Murphy, and information about how to get involved with YPF.
  • A wall that highlights Yellowstone’s most iconic wildlife including the grizzly bear, wolf and bison, and animal track casts designed to educate the public on animal identification.
  • Two 22-inch video kiosks, that include a video narrated by Tom Brokaw, and numerous ranger-led park videos created by the National Park Service.
  • A web-based, LCD park map display.
  • A live streaming webcam of Old Faithful Geyser. Old Faithful Live is funded by the Yellowstone Park Foundation through a grant from Canon USA, Inc.

Yellowstone Superintendent Dan WenkDestination Yellowstone is a great asset to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport,” said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk, who was one of the presenters at the event. “These new exhibits will provide more understanding of Yellowstone National Park, and enrich many travelers’ visits to Yellowstone.”

Additional presenters representing project partners included YPF President Karen Bates Kress, YPF Special Projects Manager Matt Wren, Deputy Airport Director Scott Humphrey, and YA Director of Sales and Marketing Daniel Bierschwale. Remarks were also made by Brianne Dugan, deputy state director for Montana Senator Max Baucus, and Jennifer Madgic, field director for Montana Senator John Tester.


Top right photo of exhibit and Destination Yellowstone store by Gropen Inc. Middle left photo of event and bottom right photo of Superintendent Dan Wenk by YPF/Matt Ludin.

 

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